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Radioactive: A Stunning Biography, Ending Explained

Radioactive‘ is a British biographical drama film released in the year 2019. The film was directed by Marjane Satrapi and is based on the novel by Lauren Redniss. The movie has Rosamund Pike as the biographical lead portraying the character of Marie Curie. Read on to know about the ending in detail!

Radioactive: Synopsis

The film documents the life events and achievements of the great Polish scientist Marie Curie. She is the only person in history to have won the Nobel Prize in the fields of both Chemistry and Physics. The film shows how she met her husband and co-researcher Pierre Curie and fell in love with him. They both worked together and discovered the radioactive elements Radium and Polonium. This remarkable discovery formed the basis for atomic energy and atomic power development in the world.

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Rosamund in Radioactive
Source: The Guardian

Radioactive: The Ending Explained

Marie and Pierre win the Nobel prize for their benchmark discovery. However, Pierre dies in a road accident. Marie’s life turns out more challenging following his death. Eventually, she finds comfort in Paul Langevin. Their romantic affair invites a lot of trouble for her public image.

On the other hand, she yet again receives another Nobel prize in Stockholm for her radioactive research in the field of Chemistry. Paul decides to terminate their affair for Marie’s safety.

Was her discovery a boon or a bane?

The first world war strikes in and the world’s peace and harmony are in grave danger. Marie’s daughter Irene, serves as a nurse in the war and asks her mother to help the soldiers. Marie agrees to sell her Nobels in order to help the government to arrange the required equipment.

In the end, the story circles back to the first scene where Marie was taken to the hospital. She fell unconscious in her laboratory due to all the radiation from all these years of her research. She sees the consequences of her radioactive scientific research in a young boy being treated with a linear electron accelerator.

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The leads in the movie Radioactive
Source: Amazon Prime

But, she also witnesses the people who died in the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. She sees people affected by the disaster of Chernobyl. Also, she wonders if her husband was also affected due to the radiation and eventually died in an accident.

Also read: Radioactive: Here’s What We Felt About Marie Curie’s Biopic

Eventually, she reunites her husband who makes her believe that the repercussions of their discoveries are not in their hands. She should not hold herself responsible for the ill effects of radioactive elements. They did their part in bringing a new thing out to the world. Now, it’s on them how they would use it, for killing each other or for the greater good. She hopes he is right and leaves the mortal world, with him by her side.

The movie Radioactive is available on Amazon Prime Video.

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