Master Ending, Explained: Breaking Down Regina Halls Confusing Thriller | Decider
if you caught master on amazon prime this week, you might be left scratching your head.
Written and directed by Mariama Diallo, this thriller starring Regina Hall first premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival in January and premiered on Amazon Prime Video last Friday. the film is a disturbing thriller about how terrifying racism can be in the elite academy. the story follows three black women at a majority-white university: an incoming freshman, an up-and-coming English professor, and the university’s first teacher of black students.
The film has received mixed reviews from critics thus far. Despite the strong cast and relevant theme, the film’s tone is unsteady and the college lore is confusing. if you were lost, you were certainly not alone.
but fear not, because the decider is here to help you. Read on for the master plot summary (2022) and the master ending, explained.
what is regina hall film director about? master plot summary:
gail bishop (regina hall) is a newly appointed teacher at an elite university in new england called ancaster, becoming the first black teacher in the school’s history. she moves into her master’s dwelling, which is very creepy and haunted by the memory of the black servants who used to work there.
Meanwhile, a black freshman named Jasmine Moore (Zoe Renee) moves into her dorm with her white roommate Amelia (Talia Ryder). her room, room 302, is the same room that housed ancaster’s first black student, louisa weeks, who committed suicide in her bedroom in 1965. this is not to be confused with the legend of margaret millett, the alleged witch who— of According to the sadistic upperclassmen who try to scare Jasmine, he picks one freshman each year to haunt until said freshman commits suicide, at exactly 3:33.
jasmine dates amelia and her friends, even though they are terrible with her, with microaggressions as well as microaggressions. she starts having nightmares and is generally having a hard time. On top of that, Jasmine’s only black teacher, Liv Beckman (Amber Grey), gives her a failing grade on an assignment about race, and Jasmine thinks she’s targeting her on purpose. jasmine files a grade dispute with teacher gail bishop. At a committee meeting on Liv Beckman’s tenure, Gail, under pressure from her non-black colleagues to evaluate the only black professor “fairly,” brings up the grading dispute and puts Liv’s tenure at risk.
Later, Jasmine discovers the word “let” carved into her door and a noose hanging from the doorknob. Bishop teacher believes it is a racist bullying tactic. Jasmine’s nightmares start to get worse and she wakes up with scratches on her neck. in the school archives, jasmine finds the diary of the black student who died in her room and sees that she also heard strange noises at night and had nightmares, that she believed she was the witch who was after her. After an incident in the woods with some boys, Jasmine’s roommate Amelia drops out of school.
Now completely isolated, Jasmine’s nightmares get worse. it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s a nightmare, but the burning cross he finds on campus is real. when liv’s tenure committee meeting goes awry, she criticizes the committee for allowing racist incidents to occur on campus.
the master bishop sees the ghost of the black servant who used to live in his house. Jasmine is frightened by a hooded figure on campus, and when Master Bishop doesn’t respond to the knocking on her door, Jasmine flees to her dorm and locks the door. Someone is moving the handle, so Jasmine climbs onto the roof of the building, slips, and falls, at exactly 3:33 AM. m.
Jasmine wakes up in the hospital, with the Master Bishop by her side, and tells the Master Bishop that the witch is after her and she doesn’t want to come back. Bishop Teacher tells Jasmine that she can’t quit. she says that it is racism, not witches, that haunts her, and says that her jasmine will not be able to escape from it anywhere. we never found out who was moving jasmine’s door.
what is the master ending explained?
Taking Teacher Bishop’s words to heart, Jasmine returns to school but feels miserable. the master bishop discovers jasmine dead in her room, having hanged herself.
Meanwhile, liv’s request for ownership is granted, and she tells Master Bishop that she feels like she finally belongs somewhere. Ella Liv blurts out to her that she has a brother, and Master Bishop is shocked because Ella Liv told him that she was her only child. Ella Liv replies that she no longer considers them her family.
Master Bishop receives a phone call from an elderly white woman from the local Amish community, whom Master Bishop has been suspicious of throughout the film. this white amish woman, esther, claims that liv is her daughter and that liv is a white woman pretending to be a black woman. esther shows teacher bishop a picture of liv when she was a child and says that her father was white too.
at liv’s tenure party, teacher bishop accuses liv of being a fraud and accuses the other professors of feeling better about the death of a black student by giving a black professor tenure. Gail realizes that she is not the master, but the maid, and that she failed Jasmine.
Liv tells Gail that she is not a white woman and that Esther raised her to believe that she would “go to hell for being the bastard daughter of a black man.” Liv insists that she told Gail the truth. liv leaves the party putting on her cape —does this mean she was the figure that scared jasmine? the movie doesn’t explain!
gail is leaving the party and as she walks home, a member of security approaches her and asks for her college ID. Gail tells the security officer that she doesn’t work at the school and leaves campus. with that, the movie ends.
It’s a bit convoluted, with questions left unanswered, but the movie seems to say that nothing supernatural ever happened here, it was all the ghosts of racism past, present and future.
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