Is She the bad guy? Maybe that does not matter either, because this is an inaction movie, where it doesnt matter what it makes her make up her mind, what it matters is how the heroic deeds tangle with the ordinary. Just the night before she dies, her life still goes on. On the night before she will be torn into little pieces, she washes her socks and bounces on the bed.
Her last meal is a pizza, or maybe not, maybe it is a sugar coated apple. She bites the heart of the (Big) apple, like Eve, the bite that ends her innocence, her first and her very last sin. The last wrong you do, is the one you have to make sure you do it for the right reasons.
That is the ultimate doubt when you kill others: am I doing it for the right cause? Maybe I do it for other reasons than Im aware of and I fool myself. We do not want to kill based on false premises, because we do not want to be killed by fools believing in stupid ideas. We want to be killed only with a good excuse.
It is also about power, submission and control. Quoting freely Julia Loktevs words: Shes out there out of her own free will. Its not the submission of a victim, its the submission of a believer
But there is a very complicated relationship between the organizers and her, there are different levels of surrender and control. She retains her agency, shes determined to submit, but she is always surrounded by them at all times.
This relation mimics the relationship of an actor with the director. The organizers have to please her, shes the star, but they run the show.
The whole event is about performance, is about the rituals that take place before the suicide bombing, the ultimate installation. Take for instance the suicide bombing videotape, by now a tradition, that is becoming a genre in itself (Loktev).
And it is about something more important than all what I said above, but Im not going to give it away. I promise you a hell of a ride.