Netflix's 'Òlòtūré' Ending Explained: Was Òlòtūré's boss Theo able to save her from getting trafficked to Italy?
Netflix's latest addition to its ever-expanding slate of foreign film is the Nigerian festival thriller 'Òlòtūré'. Tracking the titular Lagos-based journalist invading a sex trafficking ring as an undercover prostitute, the story gets very bloody, violent, and devastating very soon. Òlòtūré does all she can to make sure she can get to the dearth of the mafia smuggling women across the border to Italy, and while her boss-cum-senior Theo tries his hardest to keep her safe, things don't go as planned exactly.
Once raped, Òlòtūré starts detaching herself from her job, although continuing with the investigation against Theo's wishes. He begs her to step aside, but Òlòtūré is adamant - she is fuelled by rage and vengeance against the politician who violates her inebriated self. Busting the trafficking ring is not just about seeking justice for those lesser fortunate than her; it's about seeking justice for what was done to her unsuspecting self.
Òlòtūré thinks she is smart but is soon proven wrong. So, without making sense of any it, she goes ahead with her bravery and volunteers as one of the women being trafficked to Italy. She plans on keeping a burner phone hidden on herself and informs Theo about when they will be smuggled across the border. Unfortunately, one of her allies spots her with the phone and begs to make a call, which ends in further tragedy.
Whilst making the call, Òlòtūré's fellow victim in the trafficking ring gets caught and subsequently decapitated to send a message to the rest of the girls. Panicking that the now dead woman was an undercover spy, they decide to speed up the operation and start the transportation process way earlier than Theo and the cops were led to believe. When they arrive at the hideout where Òlòtūré and the other women were being held, all they can find is a dead body. Theo rushes to the border knowing that's where they would inevitably be, and although Òlòtūré makes a run from the vehicle, hoping for an escape with the dead woman's little sister who was also being trafficked, she gets caught.
Beaten unconscious by the men smuggling them beyond the border, Òlòtūré is brought back and dumped inside the van while the other girl flees. Theo gets stopped by the military at the border because all he has is a press card and not a police license. Helpless and stranded, he watched the other girl escape for her life as his troubled face scans at the border tolls for any sign of suspicious vehicles. The ending, open-ended and devastating, leaves on a hopeless note for Òlòtūré as Theo can't save her from her own expose in the end.
'Òlòtūré' is now available for streaming only on Netflix.