Released in 2010, Inception has both fascinated and confused millions of viewers. With its interwoven time loops, the enigmatic film by Christopher Nolan is complex to say the very least. Particularly because of that famous spinning top which turns, and turns, and turns, without ever stopping:
In the cerebral blockbuster, Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays Dom Cobb, navigates between dream and reality. To avoid getting lost during this long voyage, he uses his totem, a spinning top, as a reference point. By spinning it, he can tell whether or not he is in the real world depending on whether it falls or continues to turn.
The director aroused debate and raised questions by ending his film with a great mystery: when the main character returns home, he spins his top on the table and joins his beloved children. Except that the camera focuses not on the reunion but on the spinning top, which spins and sways until the screen goes black. It's impossible to know whether he remains in his fantasy or whether he's back in the real world.
From the dream expert who attempted to decipher the dreams in Inception from the director's vague, philosophical explanations (whatever the reality, the character advances towards his greatest desire: to be reunited with his children) to the bizarre theories suggested by internet users, it's clear that everyone has their own opinion on the matter.
Actor and producer Michael Caine has now put an end to these varying opinions. During his appearance at the Film4 Summer Screen festival, the man who played Professor Miles provided the audience with an explanation:
"When I got the script of Inception, I was a bit puzzled by it and I said to him 'I don't understand where the dream is'. I said, 'When is it the dream and when is it reality?' He said, 'Well when you're in the scene it's reality.' So get that - if I'm in it, it's reality. If I'm not in it, it's a dream.."
So Dom isn't in a dream at the end of the film. As you can see in the video, the professor comes to collect him from the airport. So now you know...