I felt the climax was a betrayal of everything that went before it. We watch the blossoming of two inhibited characters only to see them destroyed for proclaiming their independence. While this may reflect the way many women now see their role in society, it does nothing for those young women who are looking for ways to establish their own identities without worrying about being overwhelmed by a male-dominated society.
I’d find a way for the women to triumph — even if I had to twist reality to do so. The ending as it stands is creatively bankrupt.