Tenet That is the hidden meaning behind the title (and many other names)

“Tenet”: That is the hidden meaning behind the title (and many other names)

“Tenet” is the title of Christopher Nolan’s new film and is a palindrome that can be read backwards and forwards. But the title also has a meaning that goes back to the inscription SATOR AREPO TENET OPERA ROTAS.

Christopher Nolan leaves nothing to chance: the title of his new film “Tenet” is a so-called palindrome, so it can be read forwards and backwards. Suitable for a film that is constantly going back and forth in time.

The fact that the title also has an English meaning (“tenet” means something like “doctrine” or “(belief) principle”) should not have been as important to him as another meaning of the word – thanks to which, among other things also explains the name of villain Sator (Kenneth Branagh).

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Because both the word “tenet” and the word “sator” appear in the Latin sentence SATOR AREPO TENET OPERA ROTAS, the so-called sator square. This is a sentence palindrome, i.e. an entire sentence that can be read backwards and forwards. But this word sequence can also be read horizontally and vertically if you write the words one below the other.

SATOR AREPO TENET OPERA ROTAS in “Tenet”

If you look closely at the remaining three words in the sentence, you will also see that all elements in “Tenet” play a role – WARNING, SPOILERS:

WARNING, SPOILERS
SATOR:
AREPO
TENET:
OPERA:
ROTAS

However, it is unclear what exactly SATOR AREPO TENET OPERA ROTAS was originally supposed to mean, which is mainly due to the unclear origin of the word AREPO FMovies. Possibly it is a proper name, then the translation would be something like “The sower Arepo holds the wheels through his effort (or with effort).”

Also interesting: Sator squares were used as inscriptions in ancient times and in the Middle Ages and some of them were discovered in Pompeii. The city, which was buried under volcanic ash when Vesuvius erupted in 79, plays a role in “Tenet” just like the neighboring Herculaneum on the edge.

The fact that Sator, Kat (Elizabeth Debicki) and their son Max (Laurie Shepherd) are vacationing there of all places is certainly no coincidence with a director like Christopher Nolan.

“Tenet” has been in German cinemas since August 26, 2020.

“Tenet” has been in German cinemas since August 26, 2020.
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