The Twist and the Ending
The story completes with a dramatic twist when Lilly predicts that a person from both men’s past will return. The consequences are life-changing for L’Estrange.
After the trial L’Estrange discovers Martha is his long lost and undiscovered daughter, but she disowns L’Estrange due to his relentless persecution of Lilly and her lover Tom.
The film juxtaposes inner conflict and outer rivalry, played out between two former friends turned enemies.
The key theme of the film is that despite our talents and ambitions, we all suffer from human weaknesses and failings. We, like the central characters, can also find ways to overcome them (Lilly) or at least recognise and regret them when we hurt those we care most about (L’Estrange).
Threads of science, politics, ambition, love and betrayal weave intricately through a story that resonates as well today as in 1666.