Savage Grace


Savage Grace

Drama. The marriage of wealthy Brooks to actress Barbara produces repressed only child Tony (Eddie Redmayne), whose relationship with his mother (Julianne Moore) takes a dark turn.


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This programme contains very strong language and scenes of a sexual nature

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(MAN'S VOICE) 'I was eating a tomato at teatime a few weeks ago

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'and I suddenly realised that Mommy is not dead at all,

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'just very, very mysterious.'

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'Papa spoke languages, climbed mountains.'

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'He was an adventurer.'

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'But Mommy was such a gifted person socially.'

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'She was a master of the understatement, an adventuress.'

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'He was cold and dark and she was warm and light.'

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'And I was "Little Tony".'

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Bye. Your mommy loves you.

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'I was the steam when hot meets cold.'

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Midge? Well, hello.

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The reason that I called, darling, is that Aschwin,

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Prince Aschwin Lippe,

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his brother is Prince Bernhard,

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well, Aschwin thought it would be lovely to meet at the Stork Club.

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He so wants to know you and Joost and asked if I could...

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Well, of course. Shall we say... 10.30?

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Is that too Continental?

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(LAUGHS)

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Be as catty as you want but Tony can hear every word you're saying.

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Can you imagine the world he's growing up into?

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Brooks and I will see you tonight.

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Brooks...

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..darling.

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I gather that you're making commitments for me.

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Sans permission, sans consultation.

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Prince Aschwin de Lippe, please.

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You may say Barbara Baekeland is calling.

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Don't get difficult, not tonight, darling.

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Please, forgive the intrusion and the damnably short notice

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but we are having supper with Midge and Joost van den Heuvel

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and they would so like the pleasure of your company.

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They'll be delighted.

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As will I.

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As will Brooks.

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Thank you, darling.

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'People say now that I must have hated them because of what...

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'..transpired...'

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We won't be back too late, I promise.

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'..but everything that happened, happened because of love.'

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Do I...

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Do I look like a monkey to you?

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Then, why on Earth should I get dressed up in a fucking monkey suit

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-just to eat?

-You don't have to wear your tux. And no need to be vulgar.

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-In front of the B-O-Y?

-Just wear your uniform.

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-I will not.

-You look so handsome, so dashing, in your uniform.

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The war is over, had you not heard?

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You have a right. You won the war.

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I mean, you volunteered so you have a right to wear your uniform.

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Your father looked so handsome, so dashing.

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So dashing...

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Is the little paragon coming or do you plan on leaving him here alone?

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Nini will be here at 9.00.

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In that case, I'm glad that I shall be dining out.

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(BABY MURMURS)

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Tone... Tony, Tony...

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Mother, do you think we should call him "Antony"?

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"Antony" will be his full name,

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his formal name, his name to the world.

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And "Tony" will be his name as a child... and among intimates.

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When I refer to him, when I am asked if I have a photograph, do I say...?

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You say "This is Tony".

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And they will say, "What an angel!"

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Oh, yes... An angel.

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What an angel. What an angel you are.

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-We may be out late.

-"Shall".

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Oh, yes... Your mommy loves you.

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Barbara.

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Good night, Tony, you are in good hands.

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Enjoy the Stork Club.

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And you may stay out as late as you wish.

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Fuck...

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(BALLROOM MUSIC)

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Thank you.

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Good evening.

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So we were coming downtown...

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Mr and Mrs Baekeland. Right this way, ma'am.

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(MAN) She's gorgeous.

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Hello.

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Wonderful to see you.

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How do you do?

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-I'm Barbara.

-Simone.

-How do you do?

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Why, it was with Dieter that Brooks went on his great adventure in Peru,

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in the Villa...?

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Darling, you know I'm not at my best with geography.

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Brooks, help me. Villa...?

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Darling, don't press. Maybe your husband don't feel like at dinner.

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Brooks, please, if you don't feel like performing...

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-Vilcabamba.

-Ah.

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Dieter and I we went to the Vilcabamba in Peru.

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So tell us, man, what was your "little adventure"?

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It was nothing.

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-Well, I lie. It was something.

-(ALL CHUCKLE)

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-(LAUGHS)

-I was intrigued by a 400-year-old mystery -

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what became of Manco Inca.

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-I wanted to find the ruins of the lost city.

-This is actually true.

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-Give him a dirt road and he'll go up it.

-(ALL LAUGH)

-That's very good.

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-Would you, Simone?

-Oh, I don't know.

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-Your husband asked you a question.

-This seems... unfair.

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This seems... tedious.

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-Hmm... But would you?

-Yes, would you?

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Would I eat a pound of human flesh for 10 million?

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No, I would not.

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I have eaten horse flesh, you know?

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There is a difference between eating the cheval and eating the chevalier.

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Brooks, for 10 million would you sleep with Simone?

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-For 10 million would you - ?

-Don't, Barbara. Please...

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..don't be tedious.

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Would you go home with the first person you met

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-going through a nightclub door?

-Yes, I would.

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So... shall we get on with our drinks?

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Brooks, Barbara, have you ever been to the Engadin?

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Oh, I was practically born in Gstaad!

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She practically loves the ski instructors.

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(LAUGHS)

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Thank you for coming this evening.

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Bye.

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-Barbara.

-You said you'd go home with the first person you met

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-going through a door...

-No...

-So I thought I might go home

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with the first person... Hello!

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Hello, I'm awfully thirsty. Would you buy me a drink?

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Aschwin... Simone...

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-Barbara.

-Brooks...

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Lovely to see you all.

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(LAUGHS)

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Nini.

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-Oh, I'm sorry. I'm sorry.

-Quite all right.

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-I must have...

-You fell asleep. Quite natural.

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It's late. It got late, you fell asleep.

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-I trust your evening was...?

-Oh, we had a fine time.

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I can hold down the fort.

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-Where's Barbara?

-She's returning separately.

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-May I get your coat?

-I'll just go.

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-And was the Prince there?

-Excuse me?

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-The Prince. The Prince of Amsterdam.

-Ah.

-Was he there?

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I think you're thinking of Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands.

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He was Count Lippe-Biesterfeld, of course, before he married Juliana.

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The man with whom we dined Aschwin Lippe

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is just Aschwin Lippe - younger brother.

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-A prince in title but not in any way...

-Oh...

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-Because Barbara said...

-"Barbara said"(!)

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Decent man nonetheless.

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I see.

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Good man.

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(CAR ENGINE)

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(CAR DOOR OPENS / CLOSES)

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(FOOTSTEPS)

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(BABY COUGHS)

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Oh, yes. Oh, yes...

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Hey, kid...

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Oh, what a life.

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Thirsty? Hmm? Thirsty boy?

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Tony a thirsty boy?

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'Papa used to say "For 2 the court fee and 10 for a wedding band,

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I made your mommy into Mrs Brooks Baekeland"...'

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S'il vous plait!

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'..and myself for the next 30 years into "Barbara's husband".'

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Oh! You are an angel.

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-Where's Papa?

-He went to visit Duran.

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What shall we do today?

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Ah... Well...

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Tonight we're going to L'Hippo with Marcel and his wife Teeny.

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-Remember them?

-(SPEAKS FRENCH)

-En Anglais, s'il vous plait.

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-Doesn't sound like much fun for a kid.

-You don't have to come.

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-But when you leave me alone...

-Tony.

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I feel no bigger than a lima bean.

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Oh... You won't be alone. You'll be with Clothilde.

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Maybe since I'll be with boring Clothilde we can balance it out

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with something more fun during the day?

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Ah... I see where this is going.

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-Your mother needs time to paint.

-I'd like to go on the Ferris wheel.

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-And for lunch I'd like some ice cream.

-Ah!

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-But you had ice cream for breakfast.

-(CHUCKLES)

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-Please don't tell Papa.

-I won't. It will be our secret.

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-As will the aspirins you're going to fetch from...

-The bathroom

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next to the sink.

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Your mother has a shocking hangover.

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Mommy...

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I shall cure you.

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-Ha!

-Oh!

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OK! OK, OK.

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-I concede, I resign.

-Well, sir, I'm pretty expert.

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So there's no embarrassment in losing if that's a concern.

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-Do you love me?

-Of course.

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Will you still love me when my hair is gray and my tits are sagging?

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Well, of course.

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-Do you remember the dog?

-What dog?

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-Which dog?

-The one we had in Italy.

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Giotto.

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I remember when Giotto died.

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-He was old.

-No, he wasn't.

-In dog years.

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-We still have his collar.

-I know.

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-Somewhere...

-I know where.

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Leo was famous. Not like you're famous of course.

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Well, I'm not...

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For heaven's sake. You won the Premio Nadal.

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You know Picasso, you know Camus, you know Malraux, you know Dali.

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Pilar knows them. I just write.

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What I'm saying, Carlos, is that Leo's fame, like yours,

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was a function of achievement, it came from what he did.

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So Leo's stroke of genius was the notion that the formaldehyde

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might stabilize the phenol, give it strength.

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But they never mixed. Leo thought "Try putting it under pressure".

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Poof! Long-chain molecules, Bakelite, plastic.

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The telephone, bracelets, radios, records,

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coffins, submarines, the housing for the atom bomb -

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the world as we know it today.

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-That was your father?

-No, that was my grandfather.

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My father is a crapule, my grandfather decidedly was not.

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-What does Papa do?

-How do you mean?

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-Well, Francois at the...

-Ecole?

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-Francois asked me...

-You can tell him, "My father writes".

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"My father explores."

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"My father has a very refined knowledge of mathematics."

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Oh.

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And you can tell him that your mother was almost a movie star.

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Do you find my wife attractive?

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Most men do.

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But what she doesn't...

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What Barbara doesn't realise...

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..is that women find me...

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..you know...

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..attractive.

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Some people's fathers, some people's mothers,

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they have to go to an office or a factory or a store I guess every day.

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But we are fortunate...

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..because what we do is what we love.

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What does Francois's father do?

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-He works.

-Ah, well, we worked.

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I mean, Father worked, Nini worked. There was no other way.

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I kind of had to raise myself and then I worked too at Filene's.

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Then when I could I left.

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I just left.

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Nini wanted what was best for me - only what was best for me.

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"Find the mon," she'd say.

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She meant "man" I guess and she meant "money".

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The rich, they don't have pet names for money.

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Did you know Leonardo da Vinci wrote backwards?

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So you could only read it in a mirror.

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-(WOMAN SPEAKS IN SPANISH)

-(MAN REPLIES IN SPANISH)

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-Entrez.

-Hi.

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Carlos!

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Pilar! My, you're looking swell!

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Gracias. Mrs Baekeland, permit me to introduce Monsieur Souvestre.

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Jean-Pierre, I am so happy to meet you.

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Please, come in.

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I have been dying to ask you about Marcel Proust,

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your biography of whom I have yet to read

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as my French reading skills are not what they will be.

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It is not necessary to apologise for that.

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Brooks, of course, reads the language like a native.

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And our Tony is mastering it every day at the Ecole Bilingue.

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But for pour moi I must confess it's been a struggle.

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-Understood.

-What was I saying? Oh... yes...

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Jean-Pierre, was Proust truly a homosexual?

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(SPEAKS FRENCH)

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-So you met Carlos here in Paris?

-I was at the Sorbonne,

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the adoring graduate student writing about his work.

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But then... we woke up one morning and none of that seemed to matter.

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I think I knew he was serious

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when he introduced me to Marcel and Teeny Duchamp.

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Oh! I ran into them today at L'Equipe.

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They said they might stop over... later. (SPEAKS FRENCH)

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You may be assured they were only being polite.

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I don't want to be impolite

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but Monsieur Souvestre has an early day tomorrow.

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He's off to Vittel.

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It is regrettable but what Mrs Duran says is the truth.

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Un petit cafe for the road? And you've yet to meet Tony.

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Excusez-moi.

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(SIGHS / SPEAKS FRENCH)

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(SPEAKS FRENCH)

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Did I get it right? Did I get the order right?

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The younger is presented to the older, the less distinguished.

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Exception is a gentleman is always presented to a lady. Exception to

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the exception, unless the man is a president a cardinal or a sovereign.

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So, then, it's right.

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Well, everyone, this is Tony.

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Say hello.

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(SPEAKS SPANISH)

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(REPLIES IN SPANISH)

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(SPEAKS FRENCH)

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Told you his French is better than mine.

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Perhaps you'd like to read something.

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Perhaps Tony would prefer to get his sleep.

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Especially as Monsieur Souvestre has an early start.

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(Please...)

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For me.

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Thank you, Tony. It was gracious of you to volunteer.

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You are welcome, senora.

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Your mother's a bit tired, as are we, as I'm sure are you.

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-Erm...

-Then, we call it an evening.

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As your friend Monsieur Duchamp says...

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(SPEAKS FRENCH)

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-Your husband or your son will translate.

-Don't you dare.

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Don't you dare condescend to me. Fucking French!

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They tell you how to raise your child and then they stare at your ass.

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Yes! I know the word!

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It's sick. This society is sick!

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Excuse me. Move!

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I shall be leaving too. Tell Tony his father says good night.

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(SPEAKS SPANISH)

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(SPEAKS FRENCH)

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(DOOR CREAKS)

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(FOOTSTEPS)

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What are you doing in my hotel room?

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You bribed the concierge, didn't you?

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Mmm...

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(SPITS)

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(PANTING)

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Uh...

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Hello?

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Hello?

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Mommy? >

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Mommy?

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-Bonjour, Mama.

-Bonjour.

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-Who's that boy?

-Francois.

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From the ecole.

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From the Ecole Bilingue?

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I know where he's from.

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When you left and then when Mommy left, I didn't want to be alone

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so I called Francois and he came over.

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We listened to the radio. It was Boulez -

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one of those poems by Rene Char which Boulez set to music.

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I rather like Boulez, don't you, Mommy?

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I know that some consider him atonal and all that

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but I think they just don't know how to listen or what to listen for.

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Your friend leaves.

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Now.

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Get him a towel.

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(MELODIC ACOUSTIC GUITAR)

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That wasn't bad, you know? Tony?

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Do you have a cigarette for me?

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Black.

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I like black tobacco.

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But sometimes I yearn for the brown.

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-You know how they are.

-What?

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-Fussing, always making a fuss.

-Not all women.

-Damn near all.

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Always telling us, you know?

0:27:230:27:26

Always telling us where to put our cocks,

0:27:270:27:30

where not to... and so forth.

0:27:300:27:35

I don't need to tell you, you've seen, you know.

0:27:360:27:39

So, what are you saying?

0:27:390:27:42

You'll soon be... Hell, you're on your own.

0:27:430:27:47

I just wanted to give you a piece of... what fathers tell sons.

0:27:470:27:52

Well, thanks.

0:27:540:27:56

I mean, your mother was an actress...

0:27:560:27:59

..in some ways, is an actress, will mostly likely be...

0:28:000:28:04

Mommy can be histrionic but she's not...

0:28:040:28:06

Don't defend her. You needn't defend her.

0:28:060:28:09

You love her as do I but for the moment

0:28:080:28:11

we're sitting here, Brooks and Antony, two men.

0:28:110:28:14

Had she been on time, we'd never have had this discussion.

0:28:180:28:22

Do you think she gets stoned?

0:28:340:28:36

Well, she's Spanish.

0:28:360:28:39

Worth a pull?

0:28:400:28:42

After you, pal.

0:28:430:28:45

(SPEAKS SPANISH)

0:28:510:28:53

Si.

0:28:530:28:55

Gracias.

0:28:550:28:57

(CHUCKLES)

0:29:030:29:05

Taught by experts.

0:29:050:29:07

You know what this place needs?

0:29:100:29:12

Some music.

0:29:140:29:17

-I have one.

-Excuse me?

0:29:170:29:20

(MOTOWN MUSIC)

0:29:290:29:31

# Once upon a time A long, long time ago

0:29:390:29:45

# Wherever you lead me I would surely follow

0:29:450:29:50

# Girl you put me through Some pain and misery

0:29:500:29:54

# And now you stand here On my doorstep

0:29:540:29:59

# Telling me how much you need me

0:29:590:30:03

# Ain't nobody home

0:30:060:30:09

# Girl...!

0:30:090:30:11

# Ain't nobody home

0:30:100:30:14

# How many times I begged for you to come home

0:30:150:30:19

# But you laughed at me And said, 'Let me alone'

0:30:190:30:24

# Ain't nobody home... Girl! #

0:30:250:30:29

-I don't know.

-What's she like?

0:30:290:30:31

-I don't know. She's Spanish.

-Well, with a name like Blanca...

0:30:310:30:35

-Blanca what?

-I don't know, Blanca what.

0:30:350:30:38

This is not a city, it's a port so when we hang out,

0:30:380:30:42

it's typically on a first-name basis.

0:30:420:30:44

And if what you're asking is, "Does she come from bonne famille?",

0:30:440:30:48

you know, if that's what you're asking well...

0:30:480:30:52

..aren't there enough counts and countesses in that stack

0:30:520:30:56

of cartes de visite in the foyer, just the way that Nini taught you?

0:30:560:31:00

The carte from Prince Bernhard on top and bills on the bottom.

0:31:010:31:06

You will not speak to your mother like that. I will not stand for it.

0:31:060:31:11

Oh, piss off.

0:31:110:31:13

A mother knows.

0:31:210:31:24

-Hmm?

-When her son... when her son might like someone.

0:31:240:31:30

(ENGINE REVS)

0:31:440:31:47

(TYRES SCREECH)

0:31:560:31:58

(TYRES SCREECH)

0:32:080:32:11

(TYRES SCREECH)

0:32:190:32:21

The discovery, that was 1907.

0:32:260:32:29

In less than ten years my grandfather was a very wealthy man.

0:32:290:32:32

1924, his face on the cover of Time magazine.

0:32:320:32:36

1930, Coco Chanel makes all her mannequins

0:32:360:32:39

wear Bakelite accessories.

0:32:390:32:41

Then came the Depression which hit everyone except the Baekelands.

0:32:410:32:45

We were headed the other direction -

0:32:450:32:47

our triumph, and, of course, our downfall.

0:32:470:32:50

How do you mean?

0:32:500:32:52

Leo knew the social register

0:32:520:32:55

but it wasn't what moved him, it wasn't what he prized.

0:32:550:32:59

To him all that was just la parade.

0:32:590:33:02

But not to George, his son, my father.

0:33:020:33:04

He valued all that to a fault and in the process lost everything.

0:33:040:33:09

Camarero! No-one here is drinking enough. Another round over here.

0:33:090:33:14

Tony, drink while your father bores the shit out of your little friend.

0:33:150:33:20

-She's not very happy.

-Ah...

-(CHUCKLES)

0:33:260:33:29

Then, you understand.

0:33:290:33:31

Well, it's been a long night.

0:33:380:33:40

Bye, kiddo.

0:33:420:33:44

-Night, Blanca.

-Good night.

0:33:440:33:47

-Are you sure that...?

-Yes!

0:33:560:33:59

You know, I don't think I've ever met a family like yours.

0:34:320:34:36

All this excitement, all this history.

0:34:380:34:42

-Well, there is that.

-(CHUCKLES) Yes.

0:34:420:34:45

(LAUGHS)

0:35:100:35:12

You really are such a handsome boy.

0:35:590:36:02

'Later Mommy said that I had brought Blanca home

0:36:130:36:16

'like a kitten that had killed its first mouse

0:36:160:36:19

'and laid it at your feet.'

0:36:190:36:22

'"And you... and you took it."'

0:36:240:36:27

(SPEAKS SPANISH)

0:36:540:36:56

-Landing? When it lands?

-Oh, it's been delayed.

0:37:000:37:03

So... 6PM. Any time after that.

0:37:030:37:06

"Paging Mr Baekeland, to the Aviaco counter, please."

0:37:230:37:27

Paging, please, Mr Baekeland, to Aviaco. Your party is waiting.

0:37:260:37:31

Boarding time's at...?

0:37:360:37:38

Let me see.

0:37:390:37:41

Yeah it's 1.30.

0:37:450:37:46

Come, darling.

0:37:510:37:53

Coward!

0:37:540:37:56

Cobarde!

0:37:580:38:00

Cobarde! That's right, that's you I'm talking about, you little puta.

0:38:000:38:06

-You little whore!

-(SPEAKS SPANISH)

0:38:060:38:09

(SPEAKS SPANISH)

0:38:100:38:12

You are truly disgusting, do you know that?

0:38:120:38:15

You and your little Spanish cunt!

0:38:150:38:17

-You're speaking too loudly.

-I am speaking of a cunt half your age.

0:38:170:38:21

She looked at Tony, looked at you, thought for about five seconds

0:38:210:38:24

and said to herself, "Ha! That's where the money is"!

0:38:240:38:27

Entiendes?

0:38:270:38:29

You go on about your grandfather and the life of the fucking mind.

0:38:290:38:33

I go away for one week and what do you do?

0:38:320:38:35

Something very intellectual, very intellectual indeed.

0:38:350:38:38

Oh, does he fuck you up the ass? (SHOUTS IN SPANISH)

0:38:380:38:42

That's what he likes, you know? He thinks... it's very manly.

0:38:420:38:47

I think... quite the opposite.

0:38:470:38:50

She bats her eyes at you and says,

0:38:500:38:55

"Oh, Brooks, you, you big man, you".

0:38:550:39:00

And you honour the great Baekeland tradition by fucking her.

0:39:000:39:03

OK... Fuck her.

0:39:060:39:09

Fuck her. I understand.

0:39:090:39:13

But leave me?

0:39:130:39:15

Break my heart? Break Tony's?

0:39:150:39:18

He never broke Tony's heart.

0:39:180:39:20

And neither did I.

0:39:230:39:25

Much of what you've just said is an amalgam of paranoia and spite.

0:39:250:39:29

Sell yourself to yourself any way you like but in your heart you know.

0:39:290:39:32

So does everyone else.

0:39:320:39:35

Also...

0:39:360:39:38

..you're a little old for this, don't you think?

0:39:380:39:42

(SPEAKS SPANISH)

0:40:070:40:09

(ENGINE STARTS)

0:40:140:40:17

(SPEAKS SPANISH)

0:40:170:40:19

(GUNSHOT)

0:40:220:40:24

(GUNSHOTS CONTINUE)

0:40:410:40:44

(ENGINE STARTS)

0:40:510:40:53

(GUNSHOT)

0:41:000:41:02

You are a very nice man.

0:41:150:41:17

(SPEAKS SPANISH)

0:41:190:41:23

(SOBS)

0:41:430:41:46

'Jake was like a devil... or a magician.'

0:42:120:42:18

Nothing is true. Everything is permitted.

0:42:180:42:21

'He wore little bones and things on his vest,

0:42:210:42:26

these certain little bones.'

0:42:260:42:29

Tony! Jake!

0:42:340:42:36

-You might have knocked.

-I did.

0:42:360:42:39

I went to the airport today to pick up Sam.

0:42:440:42:47

Who should I see but your father?

0:42:460:42:48

We had a word or two I can tell you that.

0:42:480:42:52

You CAN tell me, you are telling me.

0:42:530:42:56

-Don't get harsh with me.

-I'm sorry.

0:42:560:42:59

Are you defending him? Are you taking his side?

0:42:590:43:02

You must have had a long drive.

0:43:020:43:05

Sit down and let me pour you something to drink, OK?

0:43:050:43:08

So I told Sam you'd be joining us for dinner.

0:43:250:43:29

I'll see you around 9.00.

0:43:290:43:31

How can you live in this shit hole?

0:43:350:43:37

(BOTH LAUGH)

0:43:450:43:47

'Sam was often called a walker,

0:43:580:44:01

one of those homosexuals who escort wealthy women to dinner or the opera

0:44:010:44:06

when their husbands are not able.'

0:44:060:44:08

'But Sam's devotion to Barbara was never about the money.'

0:44:080:44:12

'He liked us more when there was less of it.'

0:44:120:44:14

Do you remember how it was with Maxime de la Falaise?

0:44:140:44:18

There was a difficult period.

0:44:180:44:20

I helped her as much as I could, a few of us we did what we could,

0:44:200:44:24

and now, well... no-one remembers the sad period now, do they?

0:44:240:44:30

These are the facts we have to face.

0:44:320:44:35

One, we are dealing with an insecure and capricious crowd

0:44:360:44:41

who given any doubt or hesitation will always follow the money.

0:44:410:44:46

In this case, meaning Brooks.

0:44:450:44:48

Second and this is in your favour,

0:44:520:44:56

you were to any sensible observer,

0:44:550:44:59

THE charm and vivacity of the couple.

0:44:590:45:03

So we must make that work to your benefit.

0:45:030:45:06

-I'm so glad you're here.

-It's my pleasure.

0:45:060:45:09

'Pop across to Cadaques for a day or two.'

0:45:100:45:13

'You need to be proud not embarrassed to be seen in public.'

0:45:130:45:16

'And that will give people permission to be seen with you.'

0:45:160:45:20

-Hola...

-'Let us think, who are those...'

0:45:200:45:25

..you know, from whom others take their cue?

0:45:250:45:29

Someone like Pilar Duran would be terrific.

0:45:290:45:32

And then of course we need a doyenne to seal it.

0:45:320:45:36

You do of course know Teeny Duchamp?

0:45:360:45:40

Teeny Matisse Duchamp?

0:45:390:45:42

And I shall naturally make sure that the word gets out.

0:45:420:45:46

As will others. (CHUCKLES) As WILL others!

0:45:470:45:50

(LAUGHS)

0:45:530:45:54

You've got to start painting again. The difference between...

0:45:540:45:58

-An artist and a divorcee.

-So you understand.

0:45:580:46:02

That's for starters.

0:46:030:46:05

-Some of it will, I've no doubt, be emotionally unpleasant.

-Oh, please.

0:46:050:46:09

-Where is he?

-Oh, I'm sure he'll be along, Barbara.

0:46:090:46:13

He's just... being Tony.

0:46:130:46:16

Mommy, what I don't understand is Brooks.

0:46:210:46:24

Of all the places Brooks would wanna go for the season,

0:46:240:46:28

he'd choose a place near us and then not wanna see us?

0:46:280:46:32

-And Blanca. Why'd she go to Mallorca when she hates me?

-She doesn't.

0:46:320:46:36

-And Brooks?

-He doesn't hate you either.

0:46:390:46:42

-Then why won't he -

-I've given up trying to understand Brooks.

0:46:420:46:46

Explain him, justify his ways.

0:46:460:46:50

Men do... This is something you know very well.

0:46:500:46:54

Men do what... what men do.

0:46:540:46:57

Mommy?

0:46:570:46:59

I think he's writing us a letter.

0:46:590:47:03

I think he is writing us a letter

0:47:030:47:05

but in another alphabet, in Baekeland writing,

0:47:050:47:09

no-one else can read.

0:47:090:47:12

-Cos the thing with Brooks is he -

-Oh, please.

0:47:120:47:14

Mommy, don't be angry.

0:47:140:47:17

I'm not angry.

0:47:170:47:20

I love you.

0:47:220:47:25

Mommy, I love you.

0:47:250:47:27

(INSTRUMENTAL GUITAR MUSIC)

0:47:310:47:33

(MUSIC STOPS)

0:47:440:47:46

-No, you've been fantastic.

-No, no, no. You needn't...

-I wanted to.

0:47:480:47:52

I can't begin to tell you how much of an improvement...

0:47:520:47:55

-Well, she'll be all right.

-Well, she'll always be Barbara.

0:47:550:48:01

(CHUCKLES) Yeah.

0:48:000:48:03

And... what of you?

0:48:030:48:06

-What of life in the world of Tony Baekeland?

-(SPEAKS FRENCH)

0:48:060:48:10

(SPEAKS FRENCH)

0:48:130:48:15

(SPEAKS FRENCH) No, no, no, no!

0:48:150:48:18

That isn't good enough by half. Tony takes care of Jake.

0:48:190:48:24

Tony takes care of Barbara.

0:48:240:48:26

Someone must take care of Tony.

0:48:260:48:30

(SIGHS)

0:48:490:48:52

What I would like to do ideally is to place you with a gallery.

0:49:410:49:46

Or failing that, with a private dealer

0:49:450:49:49

and that is something I know I can do.

0:49:490:49:52

You shouldn't have done that.

0:49:590:50:02

Sam... you should not have done that.

0:50:050:50:09

He's your child and he will always be your child

0:50:130:50:17

but he is a grown man with his own life and his own choices.

0:50:170:50:21

-You don't know what you're talking about.

-Tony is who Tony is.

0:50:210:50:25

(PLATE SHATTERS) Tony is not who Tony is!

0:50:250:50:30

(SOFT INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC)

0:50:300:50:33

'Dear Papa, I don't know any other way to say this but straight out.'

0:51:110:51:17

'Would you please come back to Mommy? She's so unhappy.'

0:51:180:51:23

'She needs you...

0:51:240:51:28

..but is too full of pride to ask.'

0:51:280:51:31

'Do you remember our dog whom you named Giotto?'

0:51:330:51:37

'The dog is gone but the collar remains.'

0:51:370:51:40

'For all the times we've moved, I've taken it from place to place.'

0:51:410:51:46

'It's never gotten lost, not even once.'

0:51:450:51:48

'I do not know why you fear me.'

0:51:530:51:56

'I do not fear you.'

0:51:560:51:59

'Sometimes I have a bloody mind and I don't know what to do about it

0:52:000:52:05

but I fight it with everything I've got.'

0:52:050:52:09

'With my best love, Antony.'

0:52:090:52:13

Tony!

0:52:450:52:47

Tony!

0:52:470:52:49

Brooks!

0:53:150:53:17

(Everything is going to be all right.)

0:54:020:54:05

'My mommy told me ever since I was seven,

0:54:560:54:59

"Hold your head up high."'

0:54:590:55:01

'A very strange thing is when your charm ceases.'

0:55:090:55:14

'And for one reason or another, you become gloomy.'

0:55:160:55:20

'And people cease to understand you

0:55:240:55:26

when you need understanding the most.'

0:55:260:55:29

'I now realize that for many years,

0:55:390:55:43

I have been living a totally false life.'

0:55:430:55:46

'Anyway...

0:55:530:55:56

..for Mommy's sake, I've decided to make a new person of myself.'

0:55:560:56:00

(LAUGHS)

0:57:270:57:29

(ALL LAUGH)

0:57:320:57:35

(BIRDS CHIRP)

0:58:180:58:21

We'll be bored rigid without you.

0:58:230:58:25

-It's harder to get people to come -

-Like it was in Cadaques? I know.

0:58:270:58:31

I know.

0:58:310:58:34

It's time.

0:58:340:58:37

It's time.

0:58:400:58:43

Take care.

0:58:510:58:54

(ENGINE REVS)

0:58:550:58:57

I'm glad he's gone.

0:59:070:59:09

(LAUGHS)

0:59:090:59:12

'I'm not sure, Papa, you would wanna know this

0:59:190:59:22

but she used sleeping suppositories, six or seven of them,

0:59:220:59:26

so that she wouldn't change her mind - couldn't.'

0:59:260:59:29

'I remember she told me that her father, my grandfather,

0:59:290:59:33

had killed himself, so I fear that...

0:59:330:59:36

..all this ran very deep within her.'

0:59:360:59:40

'It was a miracle that I came home that night

0:59:400:59:43

instead of staying out till morning, as is my custom.'

0:59:430:59:47

'And a miracle that when I did come home, she was still alive.'

0:59:470:59:51

'Taking care of Mommy had been your job.'

0:59:510:59:56

'But when you left, Brooks,

0:59:581:00:01

taking care of Mommy became my inheritance.'

1:00:011:00:05

Barbara?

1:00:071:00:10

(SQUEAKING)

1:00:411:00:43

Hi. We just missed each other.

1:01:021:01:06

(SPEAKS FRENCH)

1:01:061:01:08

They told me that you had been there.

1:01:081:01:11

This... must be very hard for you.

1:01:111:01:15

Your music? Your writing?

1:01:191:01:22

-That!

-Carlos thinks very highly of you, always has.

1:01:221:01:26

-And I'm sure he'll...

-Have you seen Brooks?

1:01:261:01:30

Carlos saw him.

1:01:301:01:33

I don't think that Brooks is liking me very much these days.

1:01:351:01:40

-He said I was a crapule.

-Oh, please!

1:01:431:01:46

To Brooks, everyone is a little shit.

1:01:461:01:49

Everyone in the whole wide world. Including me, including you.

1:01:491:01:53

-Including even Carlos, for God's sake!

-But not Leo.

1:01:531:01:57

Not the sainted grandfather.

1:01:581:02:01

-What was it he said?

-Who?

1:02:051:02:08

Hemingway, I think. Or the other one.

1:02:081:02:11

-Fitzgerald?

-Hemingway or Fitzgerald. Yes. It was one of them.

-Who said?

1:02:111:02:15

Who said what it is I'm trying to remember!

1:02:151:02:18

God! I'm turning into Nini.

1:02:181:02:22

(SPEAKS FRENCH)

1:02:231:02:26

I know. It was about Paris, I think. "If you're tired of Paris,

1:02:271:02:30

you're tired of everything."

1:02:301:02:33

I remember.

1:02:331:02:35

"To say that one is tired of Paris

1:02:351:02:39

is in fact to say that one is tired of life." Something like that.

1:02:391:02:45

'Mommy hoped that with a new place would come better things for us

1:02:451:02:50

and she was right, but not completely so.'

1:02:501:02:53

'But still, Paris was a step up in the world.'

1:02:531:02:57

'It was in Paris I started writing backwards in my notebook

1:02:571:03:01

so that no-one could read my thoughts.'

1:03:011:03:04

'But Mommy seemed to be able to read them anyway

1:03:041:03:08

as if she were inside my head, looking out.'

1:03:081:03:12

'My great-grandfather Leo once said, "One of the uses of money is

1:03:181:03:22

that it allows us not to live with the consequences of our mistakes."'

1:03:221:03:26

'But I fear that in this, Leo was wrong.'

1:03:281:03:32

'Tony? Do you know what I would really love?'

1:03:341:03:38

-What would you really love?

-'What do you think?'

1:03:401:03:44

-This is so good.

-I'm glad.

1:03:461:03:49

It's exactly what I wanted.

1:03:491:03:52

Well, then I'm all the more glad I was able to obtain it.

1:03:521:03:55

Is there a better ice cream in the whole world?

1:03:551:03:59

-Is it Thursday?

-Yes, it is.

1:04:011:04:04

I have dinner with Ethel tonight. Ethel de Croisset.

1:04:071:04:10

-I'll make other plans.

-She wouldn't mind if you tagged along.

-No.

1:04:101:04:14

I don't like what happens when you make other plans.

1:04:141:04:18

Mommy, please.

1:04:181:04:21

-The afternoon of the longest laundry?

-(CHUCKLES)

1:04:221:04:25

-I don't do that anymore.

-Mmm. Hmm.

1:04:251:04:28

What does the G stand for?

1:04:301:04:33

-What, dear?

-The G.

1:04:341:04:36

George, like his father.

1:04:361:04:40

Do my wrists, would you?

1:04:441:04:47

That was lovely.

1:05:481:05:50

And now...

1:05:501:05:53

..I need some privacy.

1:05:541:05:57

Scoot so that I can get dressed.

1:06:001:06:03

I'm so sorry.

1:06:101:06:13

'Mommy said I should be furious with you for stealing my girl.'

1:06:141:06:19

'But I said, "Mommy, he didn't hurt me. He hurt you."'

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'Still, Papa, you should have come back.'

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'I thought that one day, you'd wake up and know that, too.'

1:06:281:06:33

'But you never did.'

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'And something else I want you to know

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is Giotto's collar has disappeared

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and I will not be able to sleep until we find it.'

1:06:431:06:48

Not the formal opening dinner, of course. That's me

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and 17 of his closest friends getting pissed at Regine's. Mmm.

1:07:481:07:52

This is different. What I was thinking was after the vernissage,

1:07:521:07:57

I would gather together a small group, you and Mishka of course,

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and Ethel de Croisset and the Durans

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and Bill and Rose Styron if they are still in town. Not buyers.

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-Not a business thing. Thank you.

-People you love

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and who I know would love each other. I can't begin to tell you

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how much Tony adores London. It's brought about a sea change in him.

1:08:151:08:21

Do you remember, in Paris, how down he could get?

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How pulled within himself? And then in the morning, how agitated?

1:08:241:08:28

Well... that's still Tony, of course.

1:08:281:08:31

But in London, he eats, he walks, he even shops.

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This morning, we stayed in bed until 11, reading the newspapers.

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-For him, that's unheard of. For me, paradise.

-Oh, thank you.

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It's a pleasure.

1:08:421:08:45

What do you think of a small dinner following the vernissage?

1:08:451:08:49

-It sounds like a great idea.

-Well, I was thinking I might have it here.

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I thought it might add a note of class to my own little works

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-which they, in no way, merits.

-You can have your little dinner here.

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I don't know how to thank you.

1:09:041:09:07

Tony will be thrilled.

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(SIGHS)

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(DOOR SHUTS)

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Well? Where is it?

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Where is it? Where did you put it?

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It is not my responsibility to keep track of your objects.

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-But it's not anywhere.

-Missy Harnden is the soul of graciousness.

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When I mentioned that there would be a vernissage after the opening,

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she offered to host a little dinner, chez Harnden.

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-I'm so happy for you, Mommy.

-I like the way you've been dressing lately.

1:09:461:09:50

-Is that from Gieves?

-No. Actually it's from Anderson and Sheppard.

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-Did you just walk in?

-No. You might just walk into Gieves

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but you won't walk into Anderson, you get walked into Anderson.

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In my case, by Timothy Chalmers.

1:10:021:10:05

Have you been seeing a lot of young Timothy Chalmers?

1:10:051:10:09

I don't think he's the kind of person you want to be learning from

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if what you want to learn is how to be a man.

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-What do you mean?

-I don't think Timothy likes women very much.

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Oh, he's English is all.

1:10:231:10:26

He's the kind of person that does things for people

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in the way that Missy Harnden does for you.

1:10:291:10:33

I hope you haven't incurred any obligation.

1:10:331:10:35

Mother, we're talking about an introduction to a tailor.

1:10:351:10:39

Well, I very much like this material... this fabric.

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-What would you call it?

-It's a worsted, I should think.

-Hmm.

1:10:461:10:50

-It's much nicer than your other worsted.

-Well, that's Anderson.

1:10:501:10:54

This is interesting.

1:10:581:11:01

Barbara... please.

1:11:011:11:05

You don't seem to mind it. Part of you doesn't seem to mind it.

1:11:051:11:10

I suppose I don't... mind.

1:11:101:11:14

-You might even enjoy it.

-I might.

1:11:141:11:17

Ah, I'm finding some buttons here.

1:11:171:11:20

-How many?

-Five.

1:11:221:11:24

-They do them with five.

-That's five. That's four.

1:11:241:11:30

That's three.

1:11:321:11:35

Hold that thought.

1:11:371:11:40

(DOOR SHUTS)

1:11:441:11:46

-God.

-(CLOCK CHIMES)

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(DOOR OPENS AND CLOSES)

1:11:591:12:01

-I like the boxers you've chosen.

-I picked them out for myself.

1:12:121:12:17

How does that feel?

1:12:341:12:37

I think you know.

1:12:361:12:39

(FAST PANTING)

1:13:021:13:06

Did you come?

1:13:461:13:48

No.

1:13:481:13:51

(SIGHS) We can do something about that.

1:13:551:13:58

(PANTING)

1:14:231:14:26

(GROANS)

1:14:311:14:33

(SIGHS)

1:14:381:14:41

You're the best.

1:14:521:14:55

You are.

1:14:551:14:58

You are the best.

1:14:571:15:01

Are you sure you didn't put it anywhere?

1:15:011:15:04

Why do you care so much about this thing?

1:15:241:15:27

For the same reason anyone cares about anything. For its value.

1:15:291:15:33

-Its sentimental value.

-We are talking about a dog collar.

1:15:331:15:38

We are talking about a collar that belonged to Giotto,

1:15:381:15:41

-a dog I loved and a dog that died!

-Inside voice, please.

1:15:411:15:45

Now the dog is gone but we still have the collar and we have moved

1:15:451:15:49

-and moved and moved and we have never lost it!

-Oh, Tony, please.

1:15:491:15:54

Go look for it.

1:15:581:16:00

Go!

1:16:051:16:07

Tony?

1:16:421:16:44

(CLOCK CHIMES) Tony!

1:16:451:16:48

Get your thumb out of your mouth. You are not a fucking baby!

1:16:561:17:01

(CLOCK CONTINUES TO CHIME)

1:17:011:17:04

You hid it.

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You hid it in the cupboard.

1:17:141:17:17

-At the back of the cupboard with Nini's silver.

-I did no such thing.

1:17:181:17:23

-Then how did it get there?

-Well, maybe you put it there

1:17:231:17:27

for safekeeping and then you forgot.

1:17:271:17:30

Everything's gonna be all right.

1:17:431:17:46

Let me help you. Tony. Tony...

1:17:491:17:52

After we fought this morning, you wrote something on a piece of paper.

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And I was so angry,

1:18:171:18:20

that when you went out for lunch, I just had to tear it up.

1:18:201:18:24

We didn't fight this morning. We stayed in and read the papers.

1:18:241:18:28

You wrote it in that backwards writing.

1:18:311:18:34

But I'm not stupid.

1:18:341:18:37

I know that you think I'm not smart but I'm...

1:18:371:18:41

..smart enough to know that if there is a piece of backward writing...

1:18:411:18:45

(SNIFFLES)

1:18:451:18:47

..why you just hold it up to a mirror.

1:18:471:18:51

So I tore it into little pieces and I flushed it down the toilet.

1:18:521:18:56

But you know how that toilet is and those pieces, they just kept...

1:18:561:19:01

-They kept floating to the top.

-I don't know what you're talking about.

1:19:001:19:04

-When you talk nonsense, I can't...

-I'm not talking...

-I can't help you.

1:19:041:19:08

-I am telling you!

-You are spouting!

1:19:081:19:11

(CHILDREN SHOUTING)

1:19:531:19:56

I'm gonna call an ambulance.

1:20:011:20:04

Yes.

1:20:201:20:22

83.

1:20:221:20:24

Cadogan Square.

1:20:261:20:28

-Thank you.

-(PHONE HANGS UP)

1:20:301:20:32

(DIALLING)

1:20:351:20:37

Yes, I'd like to place an order.

1:20:571:21:00

To be delivered.

1:21:021:21:05

Yes. Baekeland.

1:21:061:21:08

I'm very hungry.

1:21:111:21:14

Yeah, those thin rice noodles with pork, shredded pork.

1:21:151:21:19

Yeah, that would be it.

1:21:211:21:24

And some rice, some fried rice.

1:21:241:21:26

No, the large.

1:21:281:21:30

'Dear Papa, I'm hoping you receive this letter.'

1:21:411:21:45

'During the time, preceding what happened

1:21:521:21:55

a lot of rather strange things were happening.'

1:21:551:21:59

'Earlier that afternoon, I had a telephone call

1:21:581:22:02

from a friend of ours who lives in Wales.'

1:22:021:22:05

'She told me I had fallen down an elevator shaft.'

1:22:041:22:09

-(DOORBELL RINGS)

-'I thought this rather strange.'

1:22:091:22:13

'And yet, it had a profound effect on me.'

1:22:131:22:16

'I was in a dreadful state.'

1:22:211:22:24

'For a long time, I didn't know where I was.'

1:22:251:22:29

'Past memories kept flooding my mind and I felt like I was re-enacting

1:22:291:22:34

-parts of my former life.'

-'(SIREN WAILS)'

1:22:341:22:37

'You know I loved and still love and adore my mommy

1:22:371:22:41

-more than anyone in the world.'

-Hello?

1:22:411:22:44

Hello?

1:22:471:22:49

Mr Baekeland?

1:22:491:22:52

-You would be Mr Baekeland, sir?

-Yes.

1:22:571:23:01

-And this would be?

-My mother.

1:23:011:23:04

'I do wish we could all be together again.'

1:23:081:23:12

'And another thing is

1:23:121:23:15

-I have so much in my head that...'

-I said steady with that.

1:23:151:23:19

'..to let it out would surely kill me.'

1:23:191:23:22

'Nevertheless, I feel better now...

1:23:221:23:27

..and even feel that a great weight has been lifted from my shoulders.'

1:23:281:23:32

-Something strange.

-Yes, what a shame. Quite a shame.

1:23:321:23:38

-(CHATTER)

-Does anyone know who died? Is it someone famous?

1:23:381:23:44

-(CHATTER)

-I said go. They said to move on.

1:23:441:23:48

'Yes, it is very boring here but I try to be good and not to fret.'

1:23:481:23:53

(INDISTINCT CHATTER)

1:23:521:23:55

'And you ask me what it's like to be in prison. Well...

1:23:571:24:01

..just exactly as one would imagine.'

1:24:011:24:04

(INDISTINCT CHATTER)

1:24:041:24:06

'There will be a Mass given by Barbara's friends who knew her well

1:24:111:24:15

and remember what was lovable and brave in her

1:24:151:24:19

at St Mary's Cadogan Gardens

1:24:191:24:22

at 6.30pm on November 30th.'

1:24:221:24:26

'She would have been happy to know you had been there, too.'

1:24:281:24:32

(INSTRUMENTAL GUITAR MUSIC)

1:25:381:25:41

# Let's get out of town

1:25:581:26:00

# Go swimming, swimming

1:26:001:26:04

# Move your arms around

1:26:041:26:06

# We're wading so far out

1:26:061:26:11

# Nothing to cry about

1:26:111:26:15

# Mmm-hmm

1:26:151:26:18

# It barely makes a sound

1:26:181:26:21

# Let's get out of here

1:26:261:26:29

# Go flying, flying

1:26:291:26:32

# You're so pretty, dear

1:26:321:26:35

# And you're mine

1:26:351:26:37

# Aren't you now?

1:26:371:26:39

# Higher than a cloud

1:26:401:26:43

# Mmm, mmm

1:26:431:26:46

# It barely makes a sound

1:26:461:26:50

# Ahh-ahh, ahh-ahh, ahh

1:26:541:26:59

# Ahh-ahh, ahh

1:27:001:27:01

# Ahh-ahh, ahh-ahh, ahh

1:27:011:27:04

# Ahh-ahh

1:27:061:27:08

# Ahh-ahh, ahh-ahh, ahh

1:27:081:27:10

# Ahh-ahh, ahh

1:27:121:27:14

# Ahh-ahh, ahh-ahh, ahh... #

1:27:141:27:16

Drama. The tempestuous marriage of wealthy Brooks to actress Barbara produces repressed only child Tony, who grows up in Europe in the 1960s and 70s aware he is a disappointment to both of them - but his emotionally charged relationship with his mother is to take a darker turn.


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