Sometimes, we truly don’t understand why some creators have such disregard for their audiences. There might be an idea that is the most ingenious thing the world has ever seen, but why do these creators fail to translate it properly to the screen? It is one thing to challenge the audience, and it is completely another to refuse to put in effort. Arini by Love Inc. is the latter. Till the very end, we have very little idea of what is going on, which means that though we are rooting for the girls, we don’t know the “what” or “why” of it all. It reminds us of another movie we saw a while back named “Faces of Anne.” We won’t say that the movie lacked effort, but it was similarly disregardful of the audience. We don’t have much to say except that here is the detailed recap of this hour long, inexplicable snooze-fest.
What is Love Inc.?
Love Inc. is certainly a dating app or maybe a matchmaking website. People come here looking for love, but if we were to speculate more, we would say that it is a place for commitment-phobes. What we mean is that Love Inc. has agents who are trained to be the dream girl or boy of any client that signs up for their services. But these relationships are certainly not designed to last. They are supposed to work for a short period of time and then fizzle out somehow, which is when the agent returns to the company and starts with another client with a clean slate. We mean that literally because their memories are wiped out so that the agents may retain the capacity to keep falling in love without the burden of previous affairs. These agents are, thus, the ultimate fantasy. Trained in conversational skills, etiquette, and overall desirability, they are designed for people to fall in love with. But of course, none of it is authentic, which means that the love doesn’t last, which is what the agency counts on. They make their money while keeping up the hope of romance in their users.
However, we wonder about the psyche of the agents. What makes them sign up for such an exercise? When Arini first came to Love Inc. looking for a job, she said that she was looking for happiness. What does that mean for an employee and not a customer of Love Inc.? For a second, let us suppose that this is a world in which such things can be said in job interviews. Did she know what her job would entail? One of the clauses in the contract demanded absolute dedication of mind and body, but when we take a look at Tiara, we can understand that they did not think that it meant leaving behind their memories and being confined to the building and to their jobs. That is why Tiara had it written in Braille that she was Hanna’s mother. It was not just a message for her blind daughter but for herself as well.
Arini had similar messages on her body that she turned to, erasing her confusion when she woke up in the facility one day without any of her previous memories. It looks like Arini and Tiara’s memories were not wiped at the same time, which is why Tiara was able to approach Arini to ask her if she wanted to know what was going on. That night, they discuss how their strongest memories, which are often called the core memories, have remained, or at least flashes of them. Looking at Arini’s flashes of memory, she seems to have fallen in love with one of her clients, or maybe he was there before she joined the company. In the latter case, it is likely that losing him caused her to start this search for happiness to help others find love where she couldn’t find her own. Otherwise, if she met him as a client, maybe she fell in love for real which changed her attitude towards the job, and now she wants to get out. Arini remembers a turtle in her visions, and when she sees one of her fellow trainees with that tattoo on his hand, she believes that he could be an ally. However, he is not that, and he gets Arini and Tiara’s memories erased again. But this time, it didn’t work. They had kept something in their mouths that prevented the memory erasure. We don’t know what it is. It’s just one of the many unexplained things in the movie.
‘Arini by Love Inc.’ Ending Explained: Do Tiara And Arini Finally Escape?
The desserts that the agents eat every night are loaded with sedatives, which put them to sleep. One day, Arini and Tiara pretend to eat the dessert when, in reality, they just spit it out into their napkins. This helps them stay alert and awake for their plan. Through the air vents, they sneak into Diana’s room and steal her access card. They use that to get into the control room, where Arini finds their information in the files. Just then, they hear a security guard approaching, and Tiara distracts them while Arini continues with her mission. She feeds her information into the system and reactivates one of her old clients’ profiles. Then she brings them together as a match. Arini shreds the pages with hers and Tiara’s profiles, and with her job done, she goes back to her room while Tiara is captured by the guards and punished.
The next morning, at the end of Arini by Love Inc., Arini is sent off for her assignment with the client, which she had created the previous night, and while leaving, she throws out her cell phone. This cuts off all communication with Love Inc. We believe that Arini goes to the police since we saw Tiara also getting released as a happy woman. That would have only been possible if Love Inc. had been dissolved with the help of outside intervention. As Tiara reunites with her daughter, we find that Arini may also have a child of her own in the post-credits’ scene. Probably the man she kept thinking about is still alive and is parenting their daughter. Or maybe she had left her behind, much like Tiara had done, and is now back to take care of her.
God save us from movies that the filmmaker does not feel like putting an effort into. The story of Arini was just speculation through and through, with very few concrete facts. Unless Arini by Love Inc. gets a better script, it will remain a serious skip.