Netflix 'Photocopier' Ending Explained: Sur finds out what really happened to her

The ending is powerful and sets the tone of the film beautifully as Sur, Farah and Tariq finally piece together what happened on that ill-fated night

                            Netflix 'Photocopier' Ending Explained: Sur finds out what really happened to her
A still from the movie 'Photocopier' (Netflix)

Contains spoilers for 'Photocopier'

In the 'Photcopier', Sur (Shenina Cinnamon), a shy computer science student from a strict Muslim household, is the protagonist of this Indonesian film. The student volunteers as a web designer for Mata Hari, her university's theatre group, in her spare time. Sur is invited to a party at the home of the group's wealthy playwright, Rama (Giulio Parengkuan), to honour their most recent award-winning production.

Sur's strict parents are understandably apprehensive about her attending a party with young actors, and she only gets their approval after vowing to uphold Muslim beliefs and refrain from drinking.


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But once there, she gives in to peer pressure and drinks a few drinks, waking up the next day with no recollection of what happened. Things turn out to be worse than she had anticipated with her pictures leaking out on social media and Sur ultimately loses on her scholarship from the university, for her immoral misconduct. Sur is however determined that she has been set up and something far worse must have happened to her that night.

'Photocopier' Ending Explained

The final minutes of the fim saw Sur, Tariq and Farah getting together to understand what must have happened to her that night. After she uncovers the truth that Amin, her childhood friend has been helping Rama getting his "inspiration" for the sets by hacking into the phones of the students and accessing their private pictures she is very upset and decides to leave. Sur finally understands why the Netcar, which brought her home, stopped for an hour or so in the middle of the nowhere. 

Sur (Shenina Cinnamon) in a still from the movie. (Netlix)

All along, it was the cab driver who had actually helped Rama to take his objectionable pictures from these victims; the photos of which were found in the drive that Sur had recovered earlier from Amin. Sur devises a plan with Tariq to somehow get ahold of the Netcar driver's phone.

After a series of obstacles, Sur finally manages to see what was there all along. Sur and Farah (who earlier was the photographer for the Mata Hari theatre group and was also haressed by Rama) uncover multiple photos and videos from the phone of the driver. The videos pointed a clear evidence of Rama taking objecionable photos of the victims without their consent.

Just as they were deciding on how to approach the matter further, a break-in happens with Rama and his team of guards. Rama had traced the location of the phone and starts reciting the lines of the play based on Medusa. By exerting his powerful influence, Rama sets the phone ablaze and laughing on their faces knowning that there won't be anything that Sur and Farah would now be able to do.

However, both Sur and Farah were determined to let the world kow that Rama had wronged them. They go on top of the university campus along with the photocopy machine and start writing their story on sheets of paper. They photocopy these sheets and then throw them down the roof of the campus.

Sur and Farah in the ending. (Netflix)

The entire school is made aware of the situation, but the survivors still have a long way to go. After all, Sur's entire predicament began when members of the scholarship committee pulled the rug out from under her because of her "immoral" behaviour of drinking and partying. She takes a risk to find out what happened that night, only to discover that Rama would sedate people and then photograph them naked as "inspiration" for his own creations. We later see multiple women coming in support of Sur and writing their own stories on these sheets to let the world know.

Anngun, the director of the theatre group punches Rama in the face after she gets to know what actually had happened. However, the ending doesn't let the viewers know if Sur, Farah, and Tariq were actually able to get justice by taking Rama to the court or not. While they may have finally been able to get the truth out there, matters must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. Rama claims he was only photographing the Milky Way, not Sur's birthmark, and because to his father's connections, the university will almost certainly support him.

Despite the fact that many individuals have backed Sur's assertions, it appears that Rama will escape justice, especially since Sur herself had to engage in immoral tactics in order to obtain this information. As a result, it's safe to assume that Sur will not be obtaining the university scholarships, yet her mother will now proudly assist her daughter in fulfilling her goals and dreams.

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