The Arrangement (2013 TV Movie)
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As the politician rescues this woman from Columbia on the pretext of being in love but actually for his own political advantage, you assume the movie would end with the two falling in love despite being together until now for mutual benefit; for him to win over the Latino people of Miami and for her to get out of the dark streets of Columbia and make a new life in America.
Throughout the movie the two are very clear that after their two years together, after she gets a green card and he becomes governor they will part ways but despite this constant hint you tend to assume that love will overcome ambition and power- hunger and the two will be together forever. This assumption probably comes with the prerequisite brought out by the genre of a romantic comedy where you expect nothing less than a happy ending.
Throughout the movie there is a nagging feeling that you don't know the whole story and you tend you sit eagerly waiting to see the story to be revealed. There is continuous hinting at events that previously occurred or reasons behind most actions but they remain unexplained. The woman, Lourdes Neives is like a stranger even till the end of the movie, we don't know who she is, why she needs to leave Columbia, what happened to her family or even who is trying to kill her. And there are many points through out the movie where you feel like she will tell you any moment and the aura of mystery around her will soon vanish, but it doesn't happen.
The movie ends with the two finally getting married, you think they are in love now by the way they look at each other as they say their vows but the movie ends with Lourdes telling her husband, " we just need to keep this up for two more years".
While the movie ends abruptly and leaves you with a feeling that none of my questions were answered, but who she was and what they did was not important. The movie broke stereotypes and and changed expectations. After all is being in love and happily married the only kind of happy ending ? Or can ambition, success and new beginnings bring just as much happiness?
An excerpt from a review by priyankajacob95