“I Came By” on Netflix: explanation of the ending and answers to all persistent questions

I passed it starts as a social comment on the nose about class and privilege, but quickly turns into a creepy horror movie. The Netflix the film stars some established British actors and initially offers several compelling twists.

But does it bring home a satisfying ending? Not really, given the confusion about a particular person’s identity in a particular basement. Also, when it looked like some characters were going to survive, they ended up incinerated off-screen.

Let’s look at this frustrating movie.

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Spoiler ahead and content notice: sexual assault, self harm, suicide

A mother looking behind her son sitting on a door

These two don’t have an easy time.

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Who is Hector Blake?

That’s Sir Hector Blake. As a young man he was sent to board the Birlstone School. He later studied law and became a High Court judge, but recently retired after 30 years. He was considered a “saint”, known for his “philanthropic work on behalf of refugees”. He was involved in a major fictional case with Kazima Ajang in 2016, according to a letter he receives from a student asking if he will read their thesis. (He promptly throws it in the trash can.)

This is all a thin veil that hides Blake’s true identity. Toby inquires about Blake, discovering that his family was all “firm colonialist”, his father a factory owner. Blake stopped being a High Court judge after a year, calling the bench too “white and elitist” ostensibly to divert attention from his shady history.

He also reveals that his wife is at Chesham House, a psychiatric hospital. He regularly plays squash with Police Superintendent William Roy, and most importantly, he likes to watch Rick and Morty.

What are Blake’s motives?

Why is Blake drugging migrant workers and imprisoning at least one person in his basement? Much of her disturbing conversation with Omid when he invites Omid into his fantasy house reveals his motives.

Blake says his father invited Ravi to live in their home “as a member of the family”. Eventually, he invited Ravi “to his bed”. According to Blake, this led to his mother committing suicide. Blake was the one who discovered her with sliced ​​wrists. Sent off to boarding school, Blake believed his father had replaced him and his mother with Ravi. He calls Ravi a “farmer” and says he “hated” him.

A line that Toby Jay’s friend (Percelle Ascott) says at the beginning of the film, referring to a portrait of Blake’s father, suggests that Blake behaves the same way as his father. “Is that your old man? I see the similarity.” Blake continues to stare at the portrait significantly.

Blake may be gay, but the “anger” inside him is “very hard to suppress” when it comes to the boy he hated growing up: Ravi. It’s possible that Blake struggles with his hatred of anyone who echoes Ravi, as well as with his sexual feelings for them. This may be why he keeps Said alive and trapped in his basement, similar to how his father kept Ravi as his prisoner in some way.

Is that Ravi in ​​the basement?

The answer is no. The man kept chained in Blake’s basement (Hugh Bonneville, famous for Downton Abbey) is definitely not Ravi. How do we know?

For one thing, the times would be long gone. Blake told his Omid masseuse (Yazdan Qafouri) that growing up, her family had a young Indian-Persian helper named Ravi. His father “ran into him while he was working in his factory and decided to take him under his wing.” Blake says he was a “kid” himself at the time and was later sent to boarding school at the age of 9. In one photo, rebellious graffiti artist Toby (George MacKay) inspects Blake’s house after breaking into, there are two guys: one who appears to be Blake and a much taller one who appears to be Ravi. All of which indicates that Ravi was probably older than Blake, so the young man found chained in his basement must have been someone else, probably another migrant worker. Blake’s backstory reveals that he despised Ravi and appears to be still seeking revenge to unleash his fits of rage on multiple victims.

The main reason we know the man is not Ravi is because IMDb lists the prisoner’s name as Said and claims to be played by Tarik Badwan.

Hector and Omid inside Hector's car

Hector Blake blackmails Omid into getting him into the car.

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What happens to Ravi?

“I thought I killed him one summer when I got home from school. I pounced on him like a wild beast,” Blake tells Omid. “Almost destroyed his face.” Toby discovers a photograph of Ravi with the side of his head looking bloody, apparently in the aftermath of this attack.

We never hear the end of the story, so it’s understandable to connect the dots and think Ravi was Blake’s basement prisoner, not Said. Potentially, Blake treated Ravi in ​​the same way as the other victims: by killing him and burning his remains.

What happens to Omid?

After Omid manages to escape from Blake’s home despite being drugged, Blake essentially blackmails Omid into his car, warning that he has the power to stop or speed up his permanent settlement application in the UK. Next we see Blake in his basement, holding Omid’s phone, which has a bloodstain on it.

Omid is heard knocking on the door to the secret room, screaming for his release. (By now Said would have been moved to Blake’s other secret room in his garage.) Blake’s clothes are off, suggesting that he and Omid had sex before Blake trapped him, or Blake is simply burning his clothes and any trace of blood. Blake later cuts Omid to pieces and incinerates him in his furnace (which belonged to his pottery-loving wife), just as he did with Toby and then his mother Elisabeth.

What is the final message of “I Came By”?

A literal graffiti label “I have arrived” is left on the wall of Blake’s house after he is captured. Unfortunately, it is not Toby who is able to give his last triumphant stamp. He never manages to show his mother Elisabeth and the world that she really cared about big problems (though perhaps Elisabeth once realized that she too saw Blake’s true self). Instead, it’s Jay who writes the message in Toby’s honor.

Director Babak Anvari She said that when it comes to themes, I Came By is “very current”.

“The crux of the matter is how institutions can fail us, and if institutions are failing us, shouldn’t we, as individuals, take responsibility and turn our backs on each other?” Anvari said. “So it was like the central theme that I really wanted to tap into.”

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