A question/problem about Arrival...
I am going ask about a personal problem I had with the ending. The plot is masterful, and nothing about the way the story is told is a problem. My query is the concept of choice, after she has the new understand of time. She can now see her life and actions all at once, she knows all that will be in her future. But by the end of the film, she is the only one with that FULL understanding. Which brings me to her daughter and her friend turned husband. She knows she will have a child that will live a short life, and on the brink of adulthood will suffer and die. If this was a CERTAINTY - beyond her ability to choose against, if this had and will always play out in space and time no matter what. Fine. Beautiful. Life is all things, good, bad, inevitable. But, without everyone having this full understand, she made a pre determined choice for her daughter and husband.
If my mother, right before I was about to die, told me that she saw all this was going to happen, knew my future suffering and choose let those things play out. I would be furious. I would hate that someone choose that for me. My point is - did she have any power to choose after her revelation?? I know, even if she married someone else, had a different child - bad things could still happen to that timeline too. But the way time works in this movie, it seems your fate is set, but maybe not??? Does she see all possible outcomes of her life with different partners, different careers - is she all knowing? Again - not really a complaint, just a philosophical black hole I got myself into after watching this. HELP
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