Clouds of Sils Maria


Clouds of Sils Maria

Drama in which an established fortysomething actress is asked to perform in a revival of the play that launched her career twenty years earlier.


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This film contains very strong language.

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TRAIN CLATTERS

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Maria Enders will not be doing Jakarta.

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Or Lima. No, no.

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Yes, it's OK on the Annie Leibovitz shoot, but just for that one day.

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And in New York, like we agreed.

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Yes, I know it'll be tight. I'm sorry about that.

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Hey, you're...you're going to have to excuse me.

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I have to jump on another call.

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Get back to me by tomorrow. All right? OK.

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Hello?

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Yes, this is Valentine, Maria pers...

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Maria Enders' personal assistant.

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Yeah, we received the date of the hearing, but she will not be in Paris that day.

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We've told the lawyer two times.

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She's the one who filed for divorce. Why would she be holding things up?

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That's... That's ridiculous.

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OK, well, we're going to...

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Hell... Hello?

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-TRAIN CLATTERS LOUDLY

-I'm sorry, we're on a...

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MOBILE RINGS

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Hello?

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I'm sorry. I can barely... W-We're just... We're...

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We're on a train and I'm not sure if I...

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Fuck!

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MOBILE RINGS

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Hello?

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No, I still can't... I'm...

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We're in the Alps. There's a tonne of mountains and tunnels and I...

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Yeah.

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Did you read this article about Google

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and users' private information? It's disgraceful.

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-They're too powerful.

-Thanks.

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So, I have no service in here

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because of all the tunnels, but I did reach Gwen.

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She said that she's going to take the X-Men thing off of IMDb.

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I did one. That was enough. No way am I playing Nemesis again.

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Well, they have to do it now because

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everyone's blogging about it already.

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Yeah. I'm sick of acting hanging from wires

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in front of green screens.

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I've outgrown it.

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Fans are going to be devastated.

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Oh, did you speak to, um... What's his name?

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-Um... Urs...Urs Kobler?

-Yeah, I did.

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Is the agenda set for tonight?

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Yeah, you're all set. You have just the three interviews.

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And then it's the presentation of the award and the official dinner.

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He's going to meet us at the train station in Zurich

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to take us to the Dolder...Dolder.

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That's where you wanted to stay, right?

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-I've written a first draft. Want to hear it?

-Sure.

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READS: I'm very honoured that Wilhelm Melchior asked me

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to accept the prize you're awarding him tonight.

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As you all know, he decided a long time ago to stay away from all public events.

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Not because he's shy or proud. He's a modest and generous man.

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But he insists on protecting the peace and quiet he needs to write.

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I wish that I could promise you all that I myself will place this prize in his hands.

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But Wilhelm has forbidden me to do so.

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He asked me to join him tomorrow in Sils Maria,

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where he lives for part of the year,

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but on one condition - that I come empty-handed.

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If I'm here tonight, it's because I owe everything to him.

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He chose an unknown 18-year-old actress for the lead in the play

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you all know, Maloja Snake,

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and then for the film.

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That unknown actress who played Sigrid was me.

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In two months of shooting he gave me everything I needed to bui...

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build a career on - my career.

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Up to here it's fine. And then it's all downhill.

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Just fragments.

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You want me to finish it for you?

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No, I'm the one who has to pay tribute to him.

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I have to find my own words. If I'm stuck, I'll ask you. OK?

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Mappy says it's going to take two and a half hours

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to get to Sils Maria from Zurich.

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We have a driver.

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Um, also, I texted Wilhelm's wife. She hasn't got back to me yet.

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That's not like Rosa. MOBILE RINGS

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You sure I gave you the right number?

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I have to take this.

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MOBILE RINGS

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I know. I heard. Just a second ago.

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Um, I know, I know. I haven't told her yet, but, um...

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As soon as I can, OK? I got it. Yeah, yeah.

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Yeah...

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Yeah, there's really nothing on the net yet.

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Just this press release and, um...

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..comments.

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What kind of comments?

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You don't want to know. They're stupid. It just says, you know...

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Zorglub228 - "I thought he died a while ago.

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"Besides, he hasn't written anything of interest in 20 years."

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Wiseguy666 - "The media pays too much attention to writers.

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"People die all over the world and no-one ever mentions them."

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Zohrarose didn't know who this guy was

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but offers her condolences to the family.

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So, I spoke to Urs Kobler and we cancelled the press, obviously.

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I'm going to work it out when we get in tonight.

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It's going to be really...different.

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It'll be gloomy.

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Official and stiff.

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Everything Wilhelm hated.

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Yeah, and people are going to be sad.

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What do you expect? He's...

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He's dead.

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If I wanted to be true to him, I'd turn around and go home.

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You'll find the words once you're there. I think they'll come naturally.

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I think... You know...

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Who could do him justice better than you? A stranger?

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You love him. It's different.

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I love him.

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I know so little about him.

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MOBILE RINGS

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You kn... You know what I mean.

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If you want to be true to him,

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you have to be there.

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Hello.

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Um, sure.

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Yeah, we're on a train, so we might lose you, but I'll ask her.

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OK.

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-It's France Inter.

-Oh, God.

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You kind of have to. I'm sorry.

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MOBILE RINGS

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-Rosa just called.

-I'll call her right back.

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She's actually not going to be available till tonight.

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She's really busy. She still has to go to the morgue.

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Did you find out anything?

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Yeah, um...

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Wilhelm was home in Sils Maria.

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Rosa went for a check-up in Basel.

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She thinks that he was home all day writing as usual,

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went for a late afternoon walk.

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But she called to check on him and couldn't get through,

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so she got worried and sent the neighbours over.

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Doors were locked, the lights were out, he wasn't home.

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When did they find him?

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Late afternoon, like, the middle of nowhere.

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They think it was a heart attack.

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It's so exciting having you here.

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Nice.

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The cockroaches must have taken a later train.

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We are...in a...in a loss for words.

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I have to say, my first reaction was to head right back.

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I understand.

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We were wondering, as well,

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should we move forward or cancel everything?

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You know, here in Switzerland,

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we are not big on public displays of anything.

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Especially grief.

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This should have been a celebration.

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And now it will be a posthumous homage.

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It's going to generate the kind of press that we do not want.

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We'll try to keep them on distance.

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Paparazzi are going to be all over her. You realise that, right?

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I have to think it over.

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Everything's hitting me at once, so I...I don't know.

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Of course. That's why we invited Henryk Wald.

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Henryk Wald?

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Yes.

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He's devastated, as well.

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But he agreed to hop on a plane to be with us tonight.

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If you'd prefer not to accept the prize, Henryk can do it.

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It's up to you.

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He's associated with Wilhelm's theatre.

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Most of the plays were written for him.

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-You don't appreciate him?

-We did two films together.

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No, we didn't get along very well.

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But I'm glad he's here.

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He and Wilhelm were very close, and Rosa likes him a lot.

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He's a...a great actor.

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Yeah.

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One last question.

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Oh, I forgot to tell you this thing. Sorry.

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-Chanel.

-Chanel.

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The press attache from Chanel

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is waiting for you at the hotel to try on your gown.

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You don't have to.

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No, you do not have to.

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Can we turn this off?

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-And no fruit. Thank you.

-Mm-hmm.

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OK, all good. Thank you.

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So, what do you think? Would she stay?

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Yeah, she'll...she'll stay.

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Because if not, I have to change the tickets.

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I know. She'll stay. Trust me.

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Thank you.

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I can't deal with this. It's impossible.

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I'll never find the right words.

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His body isn't even cold yet, and everybody wants a piece of him,

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starting with Henryk Wald, of course.

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Of course he'd be happy to accept the prize.

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If only I could just not see him.

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Henryk?

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Why are you still so upset with him?

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I have no reason to have stopped being upset with him.

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-So he was in love with you or something.

-Not at all.

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He was just furious I didn't give in to him.

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He's perverse, violent.

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He hits women.

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He likes to humiliate them.

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Look it up on the internet.

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I thought we despised the internet.

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-Caroline?

-Yes.

-Hey. Valentine.

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-Hello.

-Hi.

-Hi.

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Thanks for agreeing to this. I know it must be really difficult for you.

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Uh, this is Berndt.

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-Oh. Hi.

-Hi.

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-Berndt. Nice to meet you.

-Nice to meet you.

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You know those really trashy photos I showed you of Lindsay Lohan?

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This guy's responsible.

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But I'll try to be more elegant today.

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Mmm.

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It's Rosa.

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Am I bothering you?

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I just wanted to tell you...

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..to thank you.

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It's good that you're there.

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It's good...

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that you're accepting the prize.

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It's what Wilhelm wanted.

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Henryk? No.

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You know what he thought of Henryk.

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The less he understands, the better he is,

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and when he understands nothing, he's excellent.

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I would like to have given you a hug, but...

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but I'm leaving.

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I can't stand being alone at Sils.

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It's too difficult.

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But there's something I want you,

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and only you...

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..to know.

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Mmm.

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THEY GIGGLE

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So, he knew about the illness for a long time?

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Did the autopsy say what he swallowed?

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Oh, I see.

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He left nothing to chance.

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Beautiful. Turn your body a bit sideways, please.

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Yeah. And chin up a little bit, please. Thank you.

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Great. Yeah.

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-Maria?

-Hmm?

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-Sorry. It's, uh, your future ex.

-And again. All right?

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-Hold on a second.

-Right, right.

-Hello?

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CAMERA SHUTTERS CLICK

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-PHOTOGRAPHERS CLAMOUR

-Maria! Maria!

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Maria!

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-ALL SHOUT:

-Maria! Maria!

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The press is all here.

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I don't know how we'll squeeze them all in.

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One thing you should know - we met very early, at the university.

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We were both studying literature and theology.

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And I had the privilege of acting

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in all of his plays, here and abroad.

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He had become a recluse - mysterious, inaccessible.

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Wilhelm was the simplest man in the world.

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He liked to ski in the winter and go hiking in the summer.

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Those are the fondest memories I have of him.

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His later work depicts a bleak, destructive vision.

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I acted in those plays.

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Mmm, it's true.

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At times I found them scary.

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A sea of grey hair.

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Completely.

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So, first I'll say a few words.

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I hope I am up to the task.

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And then I'll introduce Henryk.

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Once he has finished, he asks you to join him on stage.

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You'll introduce the film. That's it.

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I saw Wilhelm two weeks ago.

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We went hunting.

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He was his usual self. There and not there.

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He mentioned the prize, said he wouldn't be attending.

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I told him he'd miss an opportunity to see you.

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I was on Long Island six months ago. I spent a week with him and Rosa.

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-I know.

-I don't give a fuck that you know.

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Henryk, you are almost on.

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Excuse me.

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We had an affair when we were shooting Maloja Snake.

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-Yeah, I couldn't tell...

-I was 18, kind of dumb.

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And he really took advantage.

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After the shoot, I never heard from him.

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-It destroyed me.

-I'm sure you've run into him since.

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We made another film together afterwards.

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-Which one?

-Oh, you don't want to know.

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Tolstoy adaptation. German producers.

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Who cares, huh?

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Well, ten years later, I was famous.

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Then he was interested.

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And he kept harassing me, calling me in the middle of the night.

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But I didn't give in, and that he hated.

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And he made me pay for it every single day of the shooting.

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He was really amazing in that one movie... Um, what is it called?

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He plays a Soviet defector with, like, missile codes and shit.

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-Um, do you know?

-No, I don't know.

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Never heard of it.

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He's great in it.

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So intense, especially in the more physical scenes.

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That stare. He is like...

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-I like him.

-Yeah, I kind of got it.

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I mean, as an actor I really like him. I...

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Maria, you're on in five minutes.

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APPLAUSE

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Maria...

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APPLAUSE

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Thank you.

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Go get 'em, tiger.

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Thank you very much.

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-Hi.

-Good evening. Welcome.

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I'm honoured to welcome you here.

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I wish it had been under happier circumstances.

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It's, um... It's great to celebrate his work. Especially today.

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I was eager that the city of Zurich pay tribute to him.

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He was very grateful to you. He told me so.

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Hey. She'll just be two seconds.

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I'm sure she's going to be thrilled to be relieved from officialdom.

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-You know that his last play was set in Zurich.

-Oh, yes.

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He paints a rather dire portrait of our political class.

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That's an understatement.

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You should know. Your character was evil.

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Klaus Diesterweg is here to see you.

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Excuse me. Sorry.

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I already told him no.

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-He's here just to see you.

-The project doesn't interest me. OK?

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He's a great director. Just hear him out. You don't have to do it.

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He's probably the best of his generation.

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I know. We saw the same productions.

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If you'd like to go on chatting with the mayor and Henryk, you can be my guest.

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No, thank you.

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OK.

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Do you mind if I cut out for a bit?

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I'm just going to meet Berndt.

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Berndt?

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-The photographer.

-SHE WOLF-WHISTLES

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We're just going to find somewhere a bit livelier.

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This place is a dead zone.

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Oh. No problem. I don't plan to hang around.

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Enjoy.

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-Thank you for finding time for me.

-It's a pleasure to meet you.

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-I hope you don't find me too insistent.

-Not at all.

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I've seen quite a few of your productions. I enjoy them, and...

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I know we'll find an opportunity to work together in the future.

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Give me one more chance.

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Klaus...

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I played Sigrid in Maloja Snake when I was 18.

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For me it was more than a role.

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In some way, I am still Sigrid.

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That's my point. If Sigrid seduces Helena...

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And it has nothing to do with being a lesbian, by the way.

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-I've always been straight.

-That's not at all what I meant.

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Sigrid is free, beyond everything.

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And most of all, she's disruptive, unpredictable.

0:25:160:25:19

I know.

0:25:190:25:20

And right or wrong, I've always identified with that freedom.

0:25:220:25:25

It's a way of, uh...

0:25:260:25:27

..protecting myself.

0:25:290:25:31

Do you smoke?

0:25:310:25:32

Uh, no, no. I...I try not to.

0:25:320:25:36

And for you, Helena embodies the opposite?

0:25:380:25:41

Helena is 40. She's runs a company.

0:25:410:25:43

She falls head over heels in love with a girl who doesn't love her

0:25:430:25:47

and leads her to suicide.

0:25:470:25:49

Yes. She's completely the opposite.

0:25:490:25:52

But what is it that attracts Helena to Sigrid, if they are so different?

0:25:520:25:56

It's obvious. Her youth.

0:25:560:26:00

Well, if you're telling me

0:26:000:26:01

that I'm Helena's age now, yeah, you're right, it's true.

0:26:010:26:04

But that doesn't mean I can play her.

0:26:040:26:06

The way I see Helena is totally different.

0:26:060:26:09

Despite her bourgeois life, despite her responsibilities,

0:26:090:26:13

she's not the epitome of order

0:26:130:26:15

and not at all the opposite of Sigrid.

0:26:150:26:17

Well, she is married, with children,

0:26:170:26:20

her social life is a huge success,

0:26:200:26:22

and she sacrifices it all.

0:26:220:26:23

Yeah, she's destructive.

0:26:230:26:25

Sigrid revives this hidden violence in Helena.

0:26:250:26:28

Was it hidden or tamed?

0:26:280:26:30

Time's gone by and she can't accept it.

0:26:330:26:36

Me neither, I guess.

0:26:360:26:37

There's no antagonism.

0:26:400:26:41

It's the attraction of two women with the same wound.

0:26:410:26:45

Sigrid and Helena are one and the same person.

0:26:450:26:48

One and the same person.

0:26:480:26:50

That's what the play is about.

0:26:500:26:52

And because you were Sigrid, only you can be Helena now.

0:26:530:26:57

Hmm. How can you be so sure?

0:26:570:27:00

You know as well as I do that Wilhelm Melchior

0:27:000:27:03

had been working on a sequel for years.

0:27:030:27:05

Yes, but it was about Sigrid at 40 years old.

0:27:050:27:08

No, it was about Sigrid 20 years later became Helena.

0:27:080:27:12

So who's to play Sigrid?

0:27:150:27:18

Jo-Ann Ellis.

0:27:190:27:21

She did a superhero movie that just opened in the States.

0:27:220:27:26

-And besides that?

-Not much. She's 19.

0:27:260:27:29

She's a lot more interesting than her interviews and profiles.

0:27:290:27:33

She has a theatrical background.

0:27:330:27:35

She doesn't want to be swallowed up by Hollywood.

0:27:350:27:38

She admires you, and she's willing to pull out

0:27:390:27:41

of her other commitments.

0:27:410:27:42

Well, I've listened carefully.

0:27:470:27:50

But to be honest, um, the role scares me.

0:27:520:27:55

Helena scares me.

0:27:550:27:57

I'm in the middle of a divorce.

0:27:570:27:59

I feel alone and vulnerable.

0:27:590:28:02

Probably too vulnerable to do this.

0:28:020:28:04

If you refuse, I'll understand, but...

0:28:050:28:08

..it will be a missed opportunity.

0:28:090:28:12

Especially for Wilhelm.

0:28:120:28:14

SHE CHUCKLES

0:28:140:28:16

I should get going.

0:28:160:28:18

Excuse me, but I won't be staying for dinner.

0:28:250:28:28

Good evening, Maria.

0:28:300:28:32

Klaus.

0:28:320:28:34

I have another reason.

0:28:340:28:36

Susan Rosenberg.

0:28:360:28:38

She played Helena with me.

0:28:380:28:40

I remember Susan Rosenberg.

0:28:400:28:42

She died in a car accident a year after.

0:28:420:28:45

It's a superstition. I've always associated her death

0:28:470:28:50

with Helena's suicide.

0:28:500:28:52

She was a lousy actress who didn't understand a thing about the role.

0:28:520:28:55

But her conventional style of acting

0:28:570:28:59

highlighted the modernity of your performance.

0:28:590:29:02

You should be grateful to her.

0:29:020:29:04

Please sit down.

0:29:130:29:15

Thank you.

0:29:160:29:18

Oh, is there a way of changing this?

0:29:210:29:23

-Can you put him in another place?

-I'm... I'm sorry. Oh, he's coming.

0:29:230:29:26

MUTED CONVERSATION

0:29:350:29:38

You were with Klaus Diesterweg.

0:29:420:29:44

Are you going to accept his offer?

0:29:440:29:46

-What offer?

-You know.

0:29:460:29:48

He's a very good director.

0:29:480:29:50

If he'd offered me a role, I'd accept it on the spot.

0:29:500:29:53

So that means, um, I should accept it?

0:29:530:29:56

-God, no!

-SHE LAUGHS

0:29:560:29:59

This much-talked-about sequel of his...

0:29:590:30:02

Remember, he never finished it.

0:30:040:30:06

Sorry to be brutal,

0:30:060:30:08

but I'm a simple man and the play tells a simple story.

0:30:080:30:11

An older woman falls in love with a scheming girl

0:30:110:30:14

that has her wrapped around her little finger.

0:30:140:30:16

The girl takes advantage of her,

0:30:160:30:18

squeezes everything she can out of her, then dumps her.

0:30:180:30:22

Helena's love for Sigrid makes her stupid

0:30:220:30:25

and blind to what everybody in the audience can see right away.

0:30:250:30:28

But then, that's really all she's ever wanted.

0:30:280:30:32

She's fascinated by her own downfall.

0:30:320:30:35

It's as clear as day.

0:30:350:30:37

That's why the play was such a hit and is still being performed today.

0:30:370:30:42

Why stage it if you want to tell another story?

0:30:440:30:47

I think your reading is simplistic.

0:30:470:30:50

I know Sigrid,

0:30:500:30:53

and believe me, she's more interesting than that.

0:30:530:30:55

Yes, she takes advantage of Helena.

0:30:550:30:58

Yes, she fascinates her and she knows it.

0:30:580:31:01

You can decide not to look any further, but I had to because I played her.

0:31:020:31:06

You're just talking about what's on the surface.

0:31:060:31:09

The play is about what attracts them to each other.

0:31:090:31:12

It's harder to see, and it's more profound and truer.

0:31:120:31:16

The impossibility of their relationship is as cruel for Sigrid.

0:31:180:31:22

-HE SCOFFS

-Cruel for Sigrid?

0:31:220:31:25

-I'm sure she'll get over it.

-What do you know?

0:31:250:31:27

Time. Youth.

0:31:270:31:29

She has her life ahead of her.

0:31:290:31:31

Well, Helena is young too. She's not old.

0:31:310:31:33

She has her life ahead of her, too.

0:31:330:31:35

But she decides to give it all up.

0:31:350:31:37

Helena is not used to being turned down.

0:31:370:31:39

She discovers her own frailty and she can't accept it.

0:31:390:31:42

We'll drop Mr Wald off first, please.

0:31:550:31:59

Grand Hotel du Lac, please.

0:32:000:32:02

So Klaus has persuaded you.

0:32:060:32:09

You're going to play Helena.

0:32:090:32:10

I didn't say that.

0:32:120:32:14

But I'm considering it.

0:32:140:32:16

Yes.

0:32:160:32:18

Are you sure you don't want to have a last drink?

0:32:300:32:34

SHE LAUGHS

0:32:340:32:36

I'm already drunk, darling.

0:32:370:32:40

Henryk!

0:32:450:32:46

-Yes?

-Hold on.

0:32:460:32:49

-TV:

-Ready for recovery, recently appointed governor Mark Carney

0:33:020:33:06

promised to keep interest rates low

0:33:060:33:08

as long as unemployment remains high...

0:33:080:33:11

TV CONTINUES INDISTINCTLY

0:33:110:33:15

Wow.

0:34:500:34:52

-Hey.

-Hi.

0:34:520:34:54

I just found the main road again. I'm sorry.

0:34:540:34:56

I must have set the GPS wrong.

0:34:560:34:58

Like an hour or so, probably.

0:34:580:35:00

I had a...dream, um...

0:35:000:35:03

We were already rehearsing and...

0:35:050:35:07

past and the present were blending together.

0:35:070:35:11

-I'm confused.

-No kidding.

0:35:110:35:14

I shouldn't have said yes to Klaus.

0:35:150:35:18

But Wilhelm's death, mourning - I couldn't refuse.

0:35:180:35:22

He is a sick director.

0:35:220:35:25

Jo-Ann's a superstar. It pays well.

0:35:250:35:28

I don't need the money.

0:35:280:35:30

OK.

0:35:320:35:33

Hi.

0:35:560:35:58

Stay as long as you want.

0:36:030:36:05

I like the fact

0:36:050:36:07

that you are working on the part here, where it was written.

0:36:070:36:11

You promised - no ghosts.

0:36:110:36:15

There... There aren't any.

0:36:150:36:17

I was joking.

0:36:170:36:19

No. It was half-joking.

0:36:190:36:22

This is what I wanted to show you.

0:37:080:37:11

This is where Wilhelm killed himself.

0:37:110:37:14

But that...that stays between you and me.

0:37:140:37:17

Is that the Maloja Pass over there?

0:37:210:37:24

Yeah.

0:37:240:37:25

-The snake, right?

-The snake.

0:37:250:37:28

Why a snake? In the play, it's, uh... It's ambiguous.

0:37:280:37:32

The Maloja snake.

0:37:330:37:35

It's a cloud formation.

0:37:350:37:38

Fairly rare.

0:37:380:37:40

Partially unexplained.

0:37:400:37:42

It's a sign of bad weather.

0:37:420:37:46

And the clouds, they are coming from the Italian lakes,

0:37:460:37:49

over the pass

0:37:490:37:51

and winding through the valley

0:37:510:37:54

like a serpent.

0:37:540:37:56

Therefore, it's a snake. They call it a snake.

0:37:570:38:00

The clouds wind up the Maloja Pass.

0:38:190:38:23

Wilhelm was fascinated by this film.

0:38:440:38:47

He used to marvel at the fact that the true nature of the landscape

0:38:470:38:52

revealed itself in these images.

0:38:520:38:55

Yes, um, but the black-and-white creates a distance.

0:38:570:39:02

It sets the passing of time.

0:39:020:39:05

It's almost a century old.

0:39:050:39:08

Actually, it comes from very far away.

0:39:080:39:12

That's the beauty of it.

0:39:120:39:15

-Thank you so much.

-Lovely to meet you. Thank you.

0:39:280:39:30

Thank you.

0:39:300:39:32

I won't promise to come and see you in London.

0:39:350:39:39

I hope you change your mind. All right?

0:39:390:39:41

THEY CHUCKLE

0:39:410:39:43

Theatre is only theatre.

0:39:430:39:45

Oh, Maria.

0:39:480:39:49

It belongs to Wilhelm.

0:39:510:39:53

Keep it.

0:39:540:39:55

GOATS' BELLS CLATTER NEARBY

0:39:550:39:58

ENGINE TURNS

0:39:580:40:00

You were 18 years old. You weren't a child.

0:40:140:40:17

There had to have been some kind of attraction or...

0:40:170:40:19

Wilhelm was far from a saint, right?

0:40:210:40:23

Maybe.

0:40:250:40:27

Mmm.

0:40:290:40:31

He did choose me, so he must have felt something, but...

0:40:310:40:35

it remained unspoken.

0:40:350:40:37

-So you admit...

-And it's not very important.

0:40:380:40:40

It's not very important.

0:40:400:40:42

Mmm. If that's not important, what the fuck is important?

0:40:420:40:47

All that matters is what's in the movie.

0:40:470:40:50

So you admit there was attraction?

0:40:500:40:52

Stop.

0:40:530:40:54

Why? Was it mutual?

0:40:550:40:58

Yes.

0:40:580:40:59

No! I don't know. I don't know.

0:40:590:41:02

You don't understand.

0:41:020:41:04

Yes, I was attracted to Wilhelm, but it's normal.

0:41:070:41:11

I was fine with just feeling attracted and with the intimacy.

0:41:110:41:16

So there was intimacy, too.

0:41:170:41:19

SHE LAUGHS

0:41:210:41:23

Stop picking apart every word I say.

0:41:230:41:25

Anything more would have endangered our relationship.

0:41:250:41:29

I was, uh...

0:41:290:41:31

My intuition told me that it was far more valuable than desire.

0:41:310:41:36

I feel you.

0:41:360:41:38

-You were in love with him.

-Of course I wasn't.

0:41:380:41:42

Stop oversimplifying. It's too easy.

0:41:420:41:44

It was less than that.

0:41:440:41:46

And it was better.

0:41:460:41:47

I don't know any more. Maybe I only remember what suits me to remember.

0:41:490:41:53

Yeah. I think so.

0:41:530:41:55

-Cos the story changes every time.

-Bitch.

0:41:550:41:58

SHE LAUGHS

0:41:580:41:59

Do you want to christen a shopping mall in Nanking?

0:41:590:42:02

No.

0:42:020:42:03

How about a series of commercials for eyeglasses?

0:42:030:42:06

-No.

-It's only in Latin America.

0:42:060:42:08

-No!

-All right.

0:42:080:42:09

Um, there's a Spanish horror flick. It's pretty gory.

0:42:090:42:12

You'd be playing a mother superior.

0:42:120:42:14

There are werewolves involved, for whatever reason.

0:42:140:42:17

No.

0:42:170:42:18

An interview with an Italian magazine targeting active women.

0:42:180:42:22

Seduction After 40.

0:42:220:42:23

No!

0:42:250:42:26

But it's the cover.

0:42:260:42:28

-No!

-OK.

0:42:280:42:29

-Mario Testino is shooting it.

-I don't care.

0:42:290:42:32

Jo-Ann Ellis' movie is opening up in Europe.

0:42:340:42:36

She wants to meet you.

0:42:360:42:37

-When?

-Next week.

0:42:370:42:40

Where?

0:42:410:42:43

Wherever you want. She'll come here if you'd like.

0:42:430:42:46

-Definitely not here.

-Maybe I'll tell her to book the Waldhaus.

0:42:470:42:51

When is her movie opening?

0:42:520:42:54

It opened last week. Have you read a paper lately?

0:42:540:42:58

I'm sorry. You want one?

0:42:580:43:00

It's playing in St Moritz, if you want to see it.

0:43:010:43:03

I'd rather wait until rehearsals start

0:43:030:43:05

and...keep the image of Sigrid as myself at 18.

0:43:050:43:09

I know, I know. It's a little disturbing.

0:43:090:43:12

But I find it more interesting.

0:43:120:43:15

Well, I didn't know you at 18,

0:43:150:43:17

but I'm almost positive Jo-Ann's a lot worse.

0:43:170:43:20

How can you be so sure?

0:43:200:43:22

-Have you googled her?

-Well, I just looked at the pictures.

0:43:220:43:25

Well, you should dig a little deeper.

0:43:260:43:29

Won't take you long to find all the naked photos,

0:43:300:43:33

the latest updates on her exploits.

0:43:330:43:36

Such as?

0:43:360:43:37

Her break-up.

0:43:370:43:40

With Andrew Beltram?

0:43:400:43:41

Any idea who that is?

0:43:420:43:44

Not at all.

0:43:440:43:46

What world do you live in?

0:43:460:43:48

He's, like... He's the biggest star.

0:43:480:43:51

Says who?

0:43:510:43:52

-Preteens.

-Oh...

0:43:520:43:54

Hey, there are a shit-tonne of them, so be careful.

0:43:540:43:57

Um, he broke up with her because she wouldn't stop getting wasted

0:43:580:44:01

and cheating on him in public.

0:44:010:44:03

So she went to his house with a gun, and he went bat-shit.

0:44:030:44:06

Threw her out. But, like, violently threw her out.

0:44:060:44:09

Not exactly the way Klaus described her.

0:44:090:44:12

The neighbours had to subdue her

0:44:120:44:13

cos she was, like, shooting up the place. Apparently it wasn't easy.

0:44:130:44:17

She went to rehab to get out of doing time. She's better now.

0:44:170:44:20

According to her press releases.

0:44:200:44:22

Well, yeah.

0:44:220:44:24

And, uh, the classical training, the theatre background,

0:44:240:44:28

is that all bullshit?

0:44:280:44:30

No. No, that's all true.

0:44:300:44:32

She took off and just started really fucking up.

0:44:320:44:34

Um, I think she probably got jealous of, like, Hollywood trash.

0:44:340:44:39

TMZ deemed her the A-list actress

0:44:400:44:43

that dreamt of making it to the Z-list.

0:44:430:44:45

You could have told me sooner.

0:44:450:44:47

You despise internet gossip.

0:44:490:44:51

This is not gossip. It's information.

0:44:510:44:54

It's celebrity news. It's fun.

0:44:540:44:57

-I thought you liked her a lot.

-I do. I love her.

0:44:570:45:00

She's not completely antiseptic like the rest of Hollywood.

0:45:000:45:04

Well, you just said she was a self-destructive crazy girl.

0:45:040:45:08

-I didn't say that.

-Sorry. I must have misunderstood, then.

0:45:080:45:11

Where are my fucking cigarettes?

0:45:110:45:13

They're right in front of you.

0:45:130:45:15

Where?

0:45:150:45:16

-Hello!

-Ah!

0:45:180:45:20

She's brave enough to be herself.

0:45:220:45:24

At her age, I think that's pretty fucking cool.

0:45:240:45:26

I don't see what's so cool about fucking around,

0:45:280:45:31

getting wasted out of your mind

0:45:310:45:32

and almost killing a boyfriend that's sick of you.

0:45:320:45:34

I think she's got a bright future.

0:45:340:45:37

In fact, I think she's probably my favourite actress.

0:45:370:45:40

Oh.

0:45:400:45:42

You mean more than me? Hmm?

0:45:420:45:44

No, I... I didn't mean that.

0:45:460:45:48

Hmm?

0:45:480:45:50

I'm more...what?

0:45:500:45:52

Conventional?

0:45:520:45:54

Boring.

0:45:540:45:55

-And I can't reach her intensity.

-No.

0:45:570:46:00

I didn't say that.

0:46:000:46:02

Of course not.

0:46:020:46:04

Goodnight.

0:46:060:46:07

Hey!

0:46:140:46:16

Motherfucker!

0:46:160:46:18

Hey! Stop fucking following me, all right?

0:46:180:46:20

I'll fucking kill you! I'll fucking kill you!

0:46:200:46:22

THUDDING

0:46:220:46:24

So, let me ask you a tough question.

0:46:280:46:30

You were fired from the Forbidden Planet remake.

0:46:300:46:32

I don't know about that.

0:46:320:46:35

You were supposed to play the old Anne Francis role, Altaira.

0:46:350:46:39

I don't know. Maybe.

0:46:390:46:40

And after your DUI arrest, your studio cancelled the contract.

0:46:400:46:44

You know, even if that were true,

0:46:440:46:47

that would have cost them an arm and a leg.

0:46:470:46:50

Well, just say it were true. Which I'm not saying it is.

0:46:500:46:54

But, hypothetically speaking,

0:46:540:46:56

I wouldn't be able to even talk about it right now

0:46:560:46:59

because I would've signed

0:46:590:47:00

-a confidentiality agreement with the studio.

-Sure.

0:47:000:47:03

So, let is imagine you were arrested for a DUI

0:47:030:47:06

and you had insulted the police officer.

0:47:060:47:08

No. No, no. That's not hypothetical. That's a verified fact.

0:47:080:47:12

I did get arrested on a DUI, and I did assault police officers.

0:47:120:47:16

-So it's the studio's reaction that's hypothetical?

-Exactly.

0:47:160:47:19

And their hypothetical bat-shit crazy response

0:47:190:47:23

would have cost them a hypothetical seven-figure sum,

0:47:230:47:25

which I guess I wouldn't be able to talk about right now, right?

0:47:250:47:28

So, will you be appearing on the remake for Forbidden Planet?

0:47:280:47:32

Uh...

0:47:320:47:34

I'd rather die...

0:47:340:47:35

very, very slowly

0:47:350:47:37

of, probably, food poisoning.

0:47:370:47:39

SCREAMING

0:47:420:47:45

SIRENS WAIL

0:47:450:47:47

SHE MOUTHS

0:47:500:47:51

-REPORTER:

-Rumour has it that we'll see you on stage?

0:48:010:48:04

Yeah, um, I'm going to...

0:48:050:48:07

I'm going to do a play called Maloja Snake,

0:48:070:48:10

uh, with Maria Enders.

0:48:100:48:12

Um, she's going to play the older woman,

0:48:130:48:16

and I will play the one who drives her to suicide.

0:48:160:48:20

I mean, that's kind of rad, right?

0:48:200:48:23

Where in London will you play it?

0:48:230:48:25

They told me the name of it.

0:48:250:48:26

This theatre...

0:48:260:48:29

It's still being negotiated.

0:48:290:48:31

-Who's directing?

-Klaus.

0:48:310:48:34

-Klaus who?

-Klaus Klaus.

0:48:340:48:37

Like, you know, the Klaus.

0:48:370:48:38

Klaus Klaus?

0:48:380:48:40

-Klaus Klaus!

-Yeah. Fucking Klaus.

0:48:400:48:43

You should do your job and look him up.

0:48:430:48:44

You're a fucking reporter, for God's sake.

0:48:440:48:46

-Well, you apparently don't know him.

-Santa Klaus?

0:48:460:48:49

ALL LAUGH

0:48:490:48:51

Klaus Kinski?

0:48:510:48:53

-Klaus Barbie.

-Oh! SWITCHES CLIP OFF

0:48:530:48:55

SHE SIGHS

0:48:590:49:02

OK. This is the armchair.

0:49:130:49:16

Um...

0:49:170:49:19

..office door.

0:49:210:49:22

Desk.

0:49:250:49:26

OK, go ahead.

0:49:280:49:29

Come in.

0:49:350:49:37

Sigrid, I asked you here because your internship is almost over,

0:49:410:49:45

and I wanted to congratulate you

0:49:450:49:48

personally.

0:49:480:49:50

Have a seat.

0:49:500:49:52

No, there. The armchair.

0:49:540:49:56

Everyone in my office sings your praises.

0:50:060:50:09

Including the nastiest ones.

0:50:100:50:13

The ones who think that I shouldn't have taken over the company

0:50:130:50:17

after my father died, that I'm running it into the ground.

0:50:170:50:20

The ones who consider me incompetent, not because I'm a woman

0:50:200:50:24

but because they look at the figures,

0:50:240:50:27

and the figures aren't what they should be.

0:50:270:50:31

I know it's true. It keeps me up at night.

0:50:320:50:35

It's been eating away at me.

0:50:380:50:40

They've persuaded me, and now I think they're right.

0:50:410:50:44

Why are you telling me this? It's none of my business.

0:50:440:50:47

You want people to know?

0:50:470:50:49

You think if you arouse their pity, they'll back off.

0:50:510:50:54

I've been around a lot less than you,

0:50:560:50:58

but in my experience it's quite the opposite. Wouldn't you agree?

0:50:580:51:01

When they tell me about you,

0:51:020:51:05

how much they appreciate you,

0:51:050:51:08

they're using you to humiliate me...

0:51:080:51:10

Shit! I messed up. Fuck!

0:51:100:51:13

-It's...

-What?

0:51:130:51:15

-It's to remind...

-It's to remind me!

0:51:150:51:17

SHE GROANS Sh...!

0:51:170:51:19

MARIA SIGHS

0:51:190:51:20

SOBBING: I hate this fucking scene...

0:51:230:51:27

Oh, I have too many memories of Susan Rosenberg

0:51:270:51:30

and the disgust she made me feel

0:51:300:51:32

while she was slipping into the skin of this...defeated woman.

0:51:320:51:36

She got such obscene pleasure out of it night after night.

0:51:360:51:40

Why "defeated"?

0:51:400:51:41

Defeated by...by...age,

0:51:410:51:44

by...by...her insecurities.

0:51:440:51:47

Letting this kid lead her around by the nose.

0:51:480:51:50

Come on. That's not... That's not all there is to it. There's...

0:51:500:51:53

I'll start over.

0:51:530:51:55

This poor woman is ready to kill herself before the play even starts.

0:51:570:52:00

She's using Sigrid as a weapon, that's all.

0:52:010:52:04

I'll start over.

0:52:040:52:06

OK.

0:52:070:52:08

When they tell me about you,

0:52:120:52:15

how much they appreciate you...

0:52:150:52:17

..it's to remind me how happy they are

0:52:190:52:22

to grant you what they never granted me.

0:52:220:52:25

They're using you to humiliate me.

0:52:260:52:29

It's not just your youth, or your powers of seduction.

0:52:300:52:33

No, it's your aplomb,

0:52:350:52:36

your unshakeable self-confidence.

0:52:360:52:38

-You don't know me.

-Nothing gets to you.

0:52:380:52:40

You radiate...self-confidence.

0:52:400:52:44

And you don't?

0:52:440:52:45

I wear a mask.

0:52:450:52:47

It works with some people. Others see right through it.

0:52:470:52:50

I can tell which is which right away.

0:52:520:52:55

If there's one thing I excel at,

0:52:550:52:57

that's reading people's behaviour.

0:52:570:52:59

So, how should I be reading yours?

0:52:590:53:01

How do you think?

0:53:040:53:06

I don't know. I'm reluctant to say it. It's pretty clear.

0:53:080:53:11

Don't be reluctant.

0:53:110:53:13

"Helena nervously crosses and uncrosses her legs,

0:53:140:53:17

"reaches for a cigarette."

0:53:170:53:18

You talk about your insecurities.

0:53:210:53:23

Your vulnerabilities.

0:53:230:53:26

You open up to me, and I'm not exactly sure why.

0:53:260:53:29

It's as if you're expecting something. Can I be frank?

0:53:310:53:34

I don't think it's company figures that are keeping you up at night.

0:53:390:53:42

-What's keeping me up, then?

-Desire.

0:53:420:53:44

For me, I think.

0:53:460:53:48

I noticed it the second you hired me, and I'm sorry,

0:53:480:53:51

but I've had fun playing with it.

0:53:510:53:52

You've let me play with it.

0:53:540:53:55

Fun.

0:53:550:53:57

What a strange word.

0:53:570:54:00

Not what I was expecting...

0:54:000:54:01

Oh, this text is impossible.

0:54:010:54:04

Oh, my God!

0:54:040:54:05

So, now the play is bad?

0:54:050:54:07

No. But everything is weighted to make Sigrid look good.

0:54:070:54:10

I didn't read it like that.

0:54:110:54:14

I see her arrogance, her cruelty,

0:54:140:54:17

and Helena's humanity.

0:54:170:54:19

She's able to talk about her own pain.

0:54:190:54:22

It's moving.

0:54:220:54:23

I'll start over.

0:54:230:54:25

Fun.

0:54:280:54:30

What a strange word.

0:54:310:54:32

Not what I was expecting...

0:54:340:54:37

She's such a stupid cunt.

0:54:370:54:39

Oh...

0:54:390:54:40

And I didn't expect you to talk about desire either.

0:54:400:54:43

Let me be frank now.

0:54:430:54:45

It makes me uncomfortable.

0:54:450:54:47

And it forces me to see you differently.

0:54:480:54:51

And that gets under your skin.

0:54:510:54:53

Pause.

0:54:550:54:57

You can tell me.

0:54:570:54:58

Stands, lights a cigarette.

0:54:580:55:01

In fact, it's exactly what you want to say, so say it.

0:55:020:55:05

Yes. It's true.

0:55:050:55:07

You get under my skin.

0:55:070:55:09

I wanted to ask you to stay on and become my personal assistant.

0:55:100:55:15

She doesn't accept.

0:55:150:55:17

-I mean, she does accept!

-MARIA LAUGHS

0:55:170:55:19

Without hesitation, she accepts.

0:55:190:55:22

Oh, I've been feeling sick all morning.

0:55:400:55:43

I feel dirty.

0:55:480:55:50

I don't like Helena, no matter how much humanity you see in her.

0:55:510:55:55

-Want some?

-No, thanks.

0:55:560:55:58

Or maybe because of that humanity. I don't know. I don't care.

0:56:000:56:03

I don't feel good in her skin.

0:56:030:56:04

I don't know why I have to inflict this on myself.

0:56:040:56:07

Then don't do it.

0:56:070:56:09

That's what I'm saying. I'm not doing it.

0:56:090:56:11

I'd like to take the car tonight.

0:56:410:56:43

Berndt rented a house on Lake Como with some friends.

0:56:430:56:46

That's pretty far.

0:56:460:56:49

I mean, it's...two hours by car.

0:56:490:56:52

If I left at 6.00, I could probably be back by sunrise.

0:56:530:56:56

-Would you be OK alone?

-Yeah.

0:56:580:57:01

Yeah, just... Just be careful on the mountain roads at night.

0:57:010:57:04

Are you involved with him?

0:57:070:57:09

I mean, is this a thing now?

0:57:100:57:13

I like him.

0:57:140:57:16

Oh, you like him.

0:57:160:57:18

That's all we'll get.

0:57:190:57:21

You're jealous.

0:57:230:57:25

Jealous?

0:57:260:57:27

I don't know. Of my time.

0:57:290:57:31

My thoughts.

0:57:320:57:33

-Maybe my affection.

-No.

0:57:340:57:36

I'm not jealous. I'm thrilled that you have a boyfriend.

0:57:360:57:40

There haven't been that many,

0:57:400:57:42

and when there is one, you burn through him pretty fast.

0:57:420:57:45

I'll tell you.

0:57:460:57:47

No, you won't.

0:57:470:57:49

And I never know if I should believe what little you do tell me.

0:57:490:57:53

That's up to you.

0:57:530:57:55

Why the fuck are we doing this shit?

0:58:000:58:03

MARIA SCREAMS AND LAUGHS

0:58:030:58:05

Fuck!

0:58:050:58:06

THEY LAUGH

0:58:060:58:09

Can you pass me those? I'm a little late.

0:58:300:58:33

THUDDING

0:58:330:58:35

-Sorry.

-See you.

0:58:360:58:38

THUNDER RUMBLES

0:58:380:58:41

We can do anything, but you did sign a contract.

0:59:581:00:01

-Pulling out will cost you.

-You know, I've thought it over.

1:00:011:00:04

I worked on a scene. I can't.

1:00:041:00:06

I mean, I can, but...it's too hard.

1:00:061:00:09

I feel too much disdain for Helena.

1:00:091:00:11

I'm Sigrid. I want to stay Sigrid.

1:00:111:00:13

Sigrid is 20.

1:00:131:00:15

I don't care. I know I'm right.

1:00:171:00:19

It doesn't interest me any more. It spoils my memories.

1:00:191:00:22

It's not constructive.

1:00:221:00:23

They'll sue, and it'll go on for months and months.

1:00:231:00:26

They can replace me.

1:00:281:00:30

It's too late. Klaus doesn't want anyone else for Helena.

1:00:301:00:33

So I'm a hostage!

1:00:331:00:35

You'll be appearing in a prestigious production

1:00:351:00:37

that's been waiting for you for 20 years.

1:00:371:00:40

I'm asking you to get me out of this.

1:00:401:00:42

Great. But like I said, it won't be cheap.

1:00:421:00:45

Figure something out!

1:00:451:00:47

There's no use getting upset.

1:00:471:00:49

We'll take care of it.

1:00:491:00:51

But I'm giving you due diligence, OK?

1:00:511:00:53

-SKYPE:

-Ended.

1:00:531:00:55

Wait! You have to stay with us.

1:03:221:03:24

We're mutants, just like you.

1:03:241:03:26

But we all have doubts.

1:03:261:03:28

Doubts about our powers. Are we worthy of them?

1:03:281:03:31

Do we have the right to use them?

1:03:311:03:33

After all, what is good...

1:03:331:03:36

and what is evil?

1:03:361:03:38

And who are we to decide?

1:03:381:03:40

Scarlet Witch and Dr Pretorius both agree.

1:03:421:03:45

What you did was not treasonous.

1:03:461:03:47

Forgive yourself.

1:03:471:03:49

Don't judge your own actions so harshly.

1:03:491:03:52

SHE SCREAMS

1:03:521:03:55

Don't you understand?

1:03:561:03:59

This is no mistake.

1:03:591:04:00

I have been double-crossing the Alliance for a very long time now

1:04:001:04:04

and reporting directly to Sargon.

1:04:041:04:07

And you know why?

1:04:071:04:09

Because I am madly in love with him.

1:04:101:04:14

Do you remember when he attacked our guild's outpost?

1:04:151:04:17

I tried to fight him then, but I was alone and I failed.

1:04:171:04:20

You weren't there.

1:04:201:04:22

Neither was Dr Pretorius, and neither was Scarlet Witch.

1:04:221:04:25

He led me into a gravitational field that neutralised my powers.

1:04:251:04:28

-He bolted me.

-We tried to find you.

1:04:281:04:31

I woke up alone!

1:04:311:04:32

A prisoner in his fortress.

1:04:321:04:35

And I know that he raped you.

1:04:351:04:37

Yes.

1:04:371:04:39

He didn't rape me.

1:04:391:04:40

I fell in love with him.

1:04:411:04:43

I refuse to believe this.

1:04:431:04:45

Sargon is not a mutant, but he understands mutant desire.

1:04:451:04:47

I became his lover. It's the only reason he set me free.

1:04:471:04:50

You are crazy. Sargon loves no-one.

1:04:501:04:54

He used me and then he cast me aside.

1:04:541:04:56

But maybe if I obey him, maybe if I follow his orders...

1:04:561:04:59

..he might just take me back.

1:05:011:05:03

BLASTER FIRE, SHE SCREAMS

1:05:031:05:05

ALARMS BLARE ON MOVIE

1:05:101:05:12

QUIET CONVERSATION

1:05:121:05:14

MUSIC PLAYS

1:05:201:05:23

CHIPS CLICK, GLASSES CLINK

1:05:251:05:28

And place your bets, please.

1:05:311:05:32

The last bets, thank you. No more bets.

1:05:371:05:39

-Rien ne va plus.

-BALL SKITTERS

1:05:391:05:42

28, black.

1:05:421:05:43

And five places here.

1:05:491:05:51

Place your bets, please.

1:05:521:05:54

Nine, red.

1:06:011:06:03

Place your bets, please.

1:06:061:06:08

Well, I stayed because of you,

1:06:081:06:09

but I could feel my brain cells dying, one by one.

1:06:091:06:13

OK, but you don't find her amazing?

1:06:131:06:15

I think she's totally fascinating.

1:06:151:06:17

It's such a stupid character. Come on.

1:06:171:06:19

Because it takes place on a spaceship?

1:06:191:06:22

I know that if it was set on an assembly line

1:06:221:06:24

or like a farm or something, you'd love it.

1:06:241:06:27

It's true. I have a hard time taking bimbos in astronaut suits

1:06:271:06:30

mouthing off some generic pop psychology seriously.

1:06:301:06:34

-Been there, done that.

-I like it.

1:06:341:06:37

I know. I know you do. I'm sorry.

1:06:371:06:40

There's no less truth than in a more supposedly serious film.

1:06:411:06:45

She goes deep into the darker side of her character.

1:06:451:06:48

MARIA HOWLS WITH LAUGHTER

1:06:481:06:49

It's daring. It's really daring.

1:06:491:06:52

In a big movie like that, it's fucking cool.

1:06:521:06:54

Well, she's got great presence,

1:06:541:06:56

but I don't see what's so daring about it.

1:06:561:06:59

Despite her superpowers...

1:07:011:07:03

SHE LAUGHS AND CHOKES

1:07:031:07:05

-"Her superpowers"!

-Yes, her superpowers.

1:07:051:07:08

-Her superpowers?

-Yes, her superpowers. So what?

1:07:081:07:11

It's a convention, but it's no dumber than any other convention.

1:07:111:07:14

Despite her superpowers, she's emotionally defenceless.

1:07:141:07:17

She's in love, but she's not loved in return.

1:07:171:07:20

This impossible love for Sargon, the Alliance's worst enemy,

1:07:201:07:22

-leads her to betrayal and madness.

-MARIA LAUGHS

1:07:221:07:24

Fuckin' shit. Are you telling me there's nothing there

1:07:241:07:26

-worth playing there?

-I don't know. I don't know, Val. I don't know.

1:07:261:07:30

Thank you.

1:07:311:07:34

She knows that it means her downfall,

1:07:341:07:36

but that is the ultimate truth of her desire.

1:07:361:07:38

-Cheers.

-It's fuckin' powerful.

1:07:381:07:40

SHE LAUGHS

1:07:401:07:41

Oh, my God. I hate you sometimes so much.

1:07:411:07:45

You're making my head spin.

1:07:451:07:48

And Sargon? You find him interesting, too?

1:07:481:07:52

-Yeah, I do.

-Good.

1:07:551:07:57

No, Sargon sucks. It's...

1:08:001:08:02

SHE CHOKES

1:08:021:08:04

Jesus Christ! MARIA COUGHS

1:08:041:08:07

Vos jeux, mesdames, messieurs.

1:08:101:08:12

Last bets, thank you.

1:08:131:08:15

No more. No more bets. Rien ne va plus.

1:08:161:08:18

All of it?

1:08:181:08:20

Ho!

1:08:201:08:22

Did you see that? My magical door-opening powers?

1:08:221:08:25

I can open a door, too.

1:08:251:08:28

Sure you can drive?

1:08:281:08:30

-I had the same drinks as you.

-That's my point.

1:08:301:08:33

CRASHING

1:08:351:08:37

ALARM BLARES

1:08:371:08:40

Go, go, go!

1:08:401:08:42

ENGINE REVS

1:08:421:08:44

So...what you were saying earlier was that,

1:08:591:09:04

unlike Jo-Ann, I don't take that kind of role seriously, hmm?

1:09:041:09:09

What? No.

1:09:091:09:11

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

1:09:111:09:13

That I have disdain for those characters

1:09:131:09:16

and their...cartoonish psychology,

1:09:161:09:19

but she doesn't.

1:09:191:09:21

-Mmm.

-Which makes her superior to me.

1:09:211:09:24

Uh-oh. Don't get jealous.

1:09:241:09:26

That's not an attractive quality.

1:09:261:09:28

She dives headfirst into a character's ambiguities, but...

1:09:281:09:31

..I don't.

1:09:321:09:34

That's why you admire what she does.

1:09:351:09:38

Yeah.

1:09:391:09:41

You know, I think that when you watch her in a movie

1:09:411:09:43

like the one we saw tonight, there is...there is no distance there.

1:09:431:09:48

-It's normal. It's, uh...

-Her culture.

-Right?

1:09:481:09:52

Yeah, agreed.

1:09:521:09:54

-What's wrong with my acting?

-Nothing.

1:09:541:09:58

What do I need to do to make you admire me?

1:09:581:10:00

Do I think too much? Huh?

1:10:001:10:03

Am I too classical?

1:10:031:10:04

Not liberated like Jo-Ann?

1:10:041:10:07

-You're here to talk to me, so start talking.

-Hmm?

1:10:071:10:11

I don't know. You...

1:10:111:10:14

You can't be as accomplished as you are

1:10:141:10:16

and as well-rounded as an actress as you are

1:10:161:10:20

and still expect to hold on to the privileges of youth.

1:10:201:10:22

It just doesn't work like that.

1:10:221:10:24

Oh!

1:10:241:10:26

So I'm allowed to not be old,

1:10:261:10:27

as long as I don't want to be young, is that it?

1:10:271:10:30

Yeah. I don't know. I guess so.

1:10:301:10:33

Yes. Totally. Well put.

1:10:341:10:36

Fuck.

1:10:401:10:41

I think, maybe, goodnight.

1:10:471:10:50

Wait, wait! Wait.

1:10:521:10:54

Hey. Hey...

1:10:541:10:57

You... You didn't tell me how it went with Berndt.

1:10:571:10:59

Yeah, well, you know, um, fuck Berndt.

1:11:021:11:06

-I thought you wouldn't believe me anyway.

-Try.

1:11:061:11:09

Maybe you'll manage to persuade me.

1:11:091:11:12

I'm...exhausted.

1:11:121:11:14

I don't know. I don't have the energy.

1:11:141:11:16

OK. Goodnight.

1:11:171:11:20

Oh, I spoke to Jay.

1:11:201:11:22

He doesn't think he can get me out of the contract.

1:11:221:11:25

Yeah, I figured.

1:11:271:11:29

Please knock when you enter my office.

1:11:341:11:36

You summoned me.

1:11:381:11:39

I didn't summon you. I asked you to come.

1:11:391:11:42

What's the difference?

1:11:421:11:43

There's differences. When I summon you, it's for professional reasons.

1:11:431:11:47

When I ask you to come, it's for... personal reasons.

1:11:471:11:50

-So it's personal?

-Yes.

1:11:501:11:52

All the more reason not to knock.

1:11:521:11:54

Everyone knocks before coming into my office.

1:11:541:11:57

I could have been in a meeting or in a private call.

1:11:571:12:00

I'm surprised Josephine let you through.

1:12:001:12:03

I told Josephine it didn't concern her. She understood perfectly well.

1:12:031:12:06

Understood what?

1:12:061:12:08

That we have a personal relationship.

1:12:081:12:10

Since when does Josephine know

1:12:101:12:12

that we have what you call a personal relationship?

1:12:121:12:15

Don't be stupid. She has eyes.

1:12:151:12:17

-You want me to draw you a picture?

-Please don't draw me a picture.

1:12:171:12:21

I thought it was between you and me.

1:12:221:12:25

I'm appalled.

1:12:251:12:26

Who else knows?

1:12:281:12:29

I don't know,

1:12:311:12:33

but in an office, word gets around pretty fast.

1:12:331:12:37

You hired me as your personal assistant. I'm under-qualified.

1:12:371:12:40

Everyone understood right away that I could come and go as I pleased.

1:12:421:12:45

I created a vacuum around you, to keep my hold on you.

1:12:451:12:48

Created a vacuum...

1:12:481:12:51

..to keep your hold...?

1:12:521:12:54

Don't you realise?

1:12:581:13:00

No.

1:13:001:13:02

I don't see things that way.

1:13:021:13:04

Then everyone else got it before you did.

1:13:041:13:06

Shall we stop here?

1:13:221:13:25

Sure.

1:13:251:13:26

Can you repeat Sigrid's last lines?

1:13:291:13:32

Then everyone else got it before you did.

1:13:381:13:40

Helena pauses and stares at Sigrid.

1:13:421:13:44

What started at my place that night...

1:13:461:13:48

..I won't deny a thing.

1:13:501:13:52

I probably wanted it. I don't know.

1:13:541:13:56

It's as if you put this idea in my head.

1:13:581:14:01

If you allowed yourself to be manipulated,

1:14:011:14:03

it's because you wanted it.

1:14:031:14:05

-I don't want anything.

-Stop!

1:14:061:14:08

I can't stand that condescending tone of yours.

1:14:081:14:11

You want to be clear? This can't go on.

1:14:111:14:13

-Whatever you say.

-It's... I've thought it over.

1:14:131:14:16

-It's finished.

-So I'll leave.

1:14:161:14:18

No, you'll stay. You do your job well. I have no complaints.

1:14:181:14:21

-I stay, and it's finished.

-We stop.

1:14:241:14:26

-And act as if it never happened.

-Yes.

1:14:261:14:28

Helena, you're not capable of that.

1:14:281:14:31

If I stay, nothing will change. You'll be my lover.

1:14:341:14:37

-No.

-You will. And I'll keep driving everyone else away.

1:14:371:14:42

I'll have a tighter and tighter hold on you.

1:14:421:14:44

-Is that what you want?

-No, not necessarily.

1:14:441:14:46

I'm just telling you how it is.

1:14:461:14:48

But if you want me to leave, just say so.

1:14:481:14:51

She doesn't speak. Say it.

1:14:561:14:59

It's time. End of Act 2.

1:14:591:15:02

-You hungry?

-Yeah.

1:15:071:15:10

SHE LAUGHS

1:15:151:15:17

You'll be my lover.

1:15:281:15:30

I'll keep driving everyone else away.

1:15:331:15:36

I'll have a tighter and tighter hold on you.

1:15:361:15:38

Honestly, you don't find this ridiculous?

1:15:381:15:41

-Why, cos she speaks brutally?

-No, because it's phoney.

1:15:411:15:44

I don't believe it.

1:15:441:15:46

So, you don't think people can be blinded by their own emotions?

1:15:471:15:50

No, I do, but not to that extent.

1:15:501:15:53

It's too theoretical.

1:15:531:15:55

Even a little stupid.

1:15:561:15:58

It's theatre.

1:15:591:16:01

It's an interpretation of life. It can be truer than life itself.

1:16:011:16:04

Sigrid puts Helena's desires into words. She says the unspoken.

1:16:051:16:09

She...formulates it.

1:16:091:16:11

-Cruelly.

-OK, cruelly.

1:16:111:16:13

Yeah, cruelly, because she's up to no good.

1:16:131:16:16

You're not in the character's skin. You... I have no choice.

1:16:161:16:19

I have to be them. I have to identify with them.

1:16:191:16:21

When it's phoney, I...I feel it.

1:16:211:16:23

Viscerally.

1:16:231:16:24

It can be, uh...

1:16:261:16:28

literary, but still be true.

1:16:281:16:31

I can feel the difference. I can hear it.

1:16:341:16:36

GRASSHOPPERS CHIRP

1:16:531:16:55

SHE SIGHS

1:16:591:17:01

DISTANT BELLS

1:17:011:17:04

BLEATING NEARBY

1:17:051:17:08

-Maria.

-Hmm?

-We've got to go. Sun's about to go down.

1:17:211:17:24

I know a short cut a little further up.

1:17:301:17:33

It's steep, but, uh, it'll take us straight to Val Fex.

1:17:331:17:37

-I thought Val Fex was that way.

-No, no, no.

1:17:371:17:40

You're sure this is the right path, huh?

1:17:441:17:46

Well, actually, not really.

1:17:461:17:49

I'm not even sure it's a path.

1:17:491:17:52

Or we might have forked off somewhere, I don't know.

1:17:521:17:54

I think you're right.

1:17:551:17:57

I'm pretty sure Val Fex is, um...not this way.

1:17:591:18:03

Anyway, we're heading down. We'll end up somewhere.

1:18:061:18:08

I think this road takes us to Maloja.

1:18:111:18:13

CHURCH BELLS RING NEARBY

1:18:131:18:15

What do we do when we get to Maloja?

1:18:151:18:18

We take the bus.

1:18:191:18:20

You know, you don't have to keep me on if you find my ideas simplistic.

1:18:251:18:29

What makes you say that?

1:18:311:18:32

If you find my point of view...

1:18:331:18:36

..uninteresting, I...

1:18:361:18:38

I don't really know what I'm doing here. I...

1:18:401:18:42

I can run lines with you, but I don't really see the point.

1:18:431:18:46

You can find anyone to do that.

1:18:461:18:48

No, all I'm saying is that thinking about a text

1:18:481:18:50

is different from living it. It's nothing against you.

1:18:501:18:53

You...

1:18:531:18:55

You hate the play. You hate her.

1:18:551:18:57

You don't have to take it out on me.

1:19:001:19:03

I'm just doing my job.

1:19:031:19:04

Ready?

1:19:181:19:19

-You're ready?

-Yes!

1:19:211:19:22

Don't lie to me!

1:19:291:19:31

You received a confirmation for a flight to Tokyo.

1:19:311:19:35

You're reading my mail now? Aren't you ashamed?

1:19:351:19:37

I haven't felt shame in a long time.

1:19:371:19:39

I went through all your desk drawers, your notebooks,

1:19:391:19:42

and I'm doing it because you want to leave me.

1:19:421:19:44

Now I know when and how.

1:19:441:19:46

Helena is restless. Sigrid remains poised.

1:19:461:19:50

All you had to do was ask.

1:19:501:19:52

Yes, I accepted a job in Tokyo. A pharmaceutical lab.

1:19:521:19:55

I think it'll be much more interesting

1:19:551:19:57

than the work I'm doing here.

1:19:571:19:58

More interesting than what you're doing here?

1:19:581:20:01

Haven't I given into every demand you've made?

1:20:011:20:05

No other company would have given you

1:20:051:20:06

that kind of responsibility and power!

1:20:061:20:08

Exactly.

1:20:081:20:10

It's weighing on me.

1:20:101:20:13

I know this place in and out.

1:20:131:20:15

The world moves. I want to feel that. I want to be a part of it.

1:20:151:20:19

I want to travel. Switzerland's too provincial.

1:20:191:20:22

SHE SCREAMS

1:20:221:20:24

She takes a deep breath and regains her composure.

1:20:351:20:38

And with me you don't feel free?

1:20:381:20:40

You've become too dependent on me.

1:20:401:20:43

It's unhealthy. What do I get in return?

1:20:431:20:46

I give you whatever you want. You know that.

1:20:461:20:48

Oh. Like a job at a dead-end company that's about to go down the drain?

1:20:481:20:53

How could you say a thing like that?

1:20:531:20:55

Open your eyes, my poor Helena.

1:20:551:20:57

I'm not your poor Helena!

1:20:571:20:59

Nothing I've learned here is of any use to me.

1:20:591:21:02

I'm not your poor Helena!

1:21:021:21:03

You'll never last.

1:21:031:21:05

You should listen to what the bankers are telling you.

1:21:051:21:08

And your board members.

1:21:081:21:09

That's not true!

1:21:091:21:11

For God's sake.

1:21:111:21:12

Oh, this relationship between these women, it's... It's...

1:21:141:21:18

Fuck. It's disturbing.

1:21:181:21:20

Disturbing.

1:21:201:21:21

Nowadays people say disturbing about everything,

1:21:211:21:24

even the most conventional ideas.

1:21:241:21:26

Anyway, it's, uh...

1:21:261:21:27

It's a male fantasy.

1:21:271:21:29

Uh, no, it's not.

1:21:291:21:31

I don't know why I should be helping to bring it alive.

1:21:311:21:34

I bet you weren't saying stuff like this when you were playing Sigrid.

1:21:341:21:37

I was a kid when I was playing Sigrid.

1:21:371:21:39

I wasn't asking those kind of questions.

1:21:391:21:42

-Like Jo-Ann in her science-fiction film.

-Yeah, probably.

1:21:421:21:46

Don't you want to get that innocence back?

1:21:481:21:50

You can't get innocent twice.

1:21:501:21:52

You can. If you just accepted Helena the way you accepted Sigrid.

1:21:521:21:56

Obviously, it's easier to relate to strength rather than weakness.

1:21:561:22:00

Youth is better than maturity.

1:22:001:22:02

Cruelty is cool, suffering sucks.

1:22:021:22:05

But she's...

1:22:061:22:08

She's mature and she's innocent.

1:22:081:22:11

She's innocent in her own way. That's what I like about her.

1:22:111:22:14

I'll make some coffee. You want some?

1:22:191:22:21

Cruelty is cool and suffering sucks.

1:22:231:22:26

You didn't answer me.

1:22:441:22:46

You have your interpretation of the play.

1:22:461:22:48

I think mine's just confusing you.

1:22:481:22:50

It's frustrating me.

1:22:511:22:53

It's uncomfortable.

1:22:541:22:56

It's not good.

1:22:561:22:57

Stay.

1:23:051:23:07

No. No.

1:23:101:23:12

Please, stay.

1:23:121:23:14

I need you.

1:23:151:23:17

CHAMBER MUSIC PLAYS

1:23:321:23:34

THEY PLAY CHAMBER MUSIC

1:23:431:23:46

-Thank you.

-I prefer 18th-century music to any other.

1:24:541:24:58

It's so bright and lively.

1:24:581:25:00

Yeah, me, too. Romantic music is so sad and depressing.

1:25:001:25:04

But I'd rather listen to rock music any day of the week, though.

1:25:041:25:07

-Even the worst.

-Not me.

1:25:071:25:09

I've heard too much of it. I'm sick of it.

1:25:091:25:11

Well, you're such a snob!

1:25:111:25:14

No. Tastes can get worn out, kind of like desire.

1:25:141:25:17

I've never listened to Handel properly. I think he's excellent.

1:25:191:25:22

I haven't been this moved by music in ages.

1:25:221:25:25

SHE SCOFFS

1:25:251:25:26

You're making fun of me.

1:25:261:25:28

I'm not, but I just...

1:25:281:25:30

I find it really cute that you're trying to fit in with my ideas.

1:25:311:25:35

But you know I'm not a music whiz.

1:25:351:25:37

I mean, besides what my family practically spoon-fed me,

1:25:371:25:40

which is incredibly specialised,

1:25:401:25:42

I don't know a thing about music.

1:25:421:25:44

Thank you.

1:25:461:25:48

So, how'd it go with your wife?

1:25:481:25:51

Really well.

1:25:511:25:53

No, I'm kidding. It was horrible.

1:25:531:25:55

But, you know, she's...

1:25:551:25:56

she's not the type to wear her heart on her sleeve.

1:25:561:25:59

I think she was expecting it.

1:25:591:26:01

-Did you tell her about me?

-No, I said, you know,

1:26:011:26:04

I'd be going off on my own to write my book and wouldn't be back.

1:26:041:26:07

She must be suspecting something.

1:26:071:26:09

She has no idea you and I know each other.

1:26:091:26:11

Well, she will. I mean, once it hits the tabloids.

1:26:111:26:14

-They're not going to find us here.

-They're going to find us anywhere.

1:26:141:26:17

It's their job, you know?

1:26:171:26:19

Did you say anything to Maria Enders?

1:26:191:26:21

Just that I would be taking advantage

1:26:211:26:22

-of my press tour and come say hi.

-She didn't find that strange?

1:26:221:26:26

I talked to her assistant,

1:26:261:26:27

and she didn't seem to question it, so I guess not.

1:26:271:26:30

LOUD MUSIC PLAYS

1:26:401:26:43

Hey. There she is, just there.

1:26:451:26:47

-Hi.

-Hi. Hi.

1:26:471:26:49

-Nice to meet you.

-Nice to meet you, too.

1:26:491:26:51

-Wow.

-What?

1:26:511:26:53

-I never would have recognised you.

-Really?

1:26:531:26:56

I mean, if you've only seen me on the internet or in movies,

1:26:561:26:59

-that's not really a big surprise.

-Still, it's a little weird.

1:26:591:27:01

You, on the other hand, look exactly like all your roles.

1:27:011:27:04

I hope not all of them!

1:27:041:27:06

No, no, no. Only the better, only the better ones.

1:27:061:27:09

Rest assured, you don't look like Nemesis.

1:27:091:27:11

This is Chris. He's a... He's a novelist.

1:27:111:27:14

Hi. Nice to meet you, Chris. My assistant.

1:27:141:27:16

Hey. It's so good to meet both of you. Seriously.

1:27:161:27:19

Yeah.

1:27:191:27:20

Hello. May I get you anything to drink?

1:27:201:27:23

-A cognac for me, please.

-Yeah?

1:27:231:27:25

-I'll have the same.

-OK.

1:27:251:27:27

-I'm fine, thanks.

-All right.

1:27:271:27:29

What herbal teas do you have?

1:27:291:27:31

We have vervain, mint and chamomile.

1:27:311:27:33

-Um, can I get a chamomile, please?

-Yeah, sure.

1:27:331:27:36

Thank you.

1:27:361:27:37

I don't think you understand how much of an honour this is for me.

1:27:381:27:43

When I was 15, I saw...

1:27:431:27:45

Oh, my God, the movie you did with the CIA and Harrison Ford.

1:27:451:27:49

-I'm so sorry. I'm blanking.

-Um... Beetle On Its Back.

1:27:491:27:51

A Beetle On Its Back, with Harrison Ford.

1:27:511:27:53

You blew my mind.

1:27:531:27:55

You... You...

1:27:551:27:57

You were the epitome of class.

1:27:571:27:58

You were everything I ever wanted to be as an actress.

1:27:581:28:01

And I mean, the way that you battled those politicians

1:28:011:28:04

and the military brass men, it was captivating.

1:28:041:28:06

It was my first Hollywood film. I was a little lost.

1:28:061:28:09

Um...Sydney Pollack was really nice,

1:28:091:28:13

but sometimes I didn't understand what he was saying,

1:28:131:28:15

so I was too shy to ask.

1:28:151:28:17

But, fortunately, Harrison was there to help.

1:28:171:28:19

A lot.

1:28:191:28:22

ALL CHUCKLE

1:28:221:28:23

Well, then, of course, after that,

1:28:231:28:25

I begged my parents to let me see you on stage, in The Seagull.

1:28:251:28:28

And they didn't know who you were before then, because,

1:28:281:28:32

well, they kind of hate movies.

1:28:321:28:34

-Well, I hope they tolerate the theatre.

-No, no, no.

1:28:341:28:37

They don't just tolerate the theatre. I mean, they're absolutely in love with it.

1:28:371:28:40

In fact, they see everything and...and...

1:28:401:28:43

Well, you know, when they saw your performance,

1:28:431:28:45

they said it was the best Nina they'd ever seen.

1:28:451:28:47

And that meant a lot to me.

1:28:471:28:49

Because after... You know, before that I...

1:28:491:28:52

I'd never been able to tell them that I wanted to be an actress.

1:28:521:28:55

But because of you, I could pursue my vocation.

1:28:551:28:58

I prefer your early French films.

1:28:581:29:00

There was a cycle at the ICA in London. I saw almost all of them.

1:29:001:29:04

And you came. You probably don't remember.

1:29:041:29:06

Oh, I remember perfectly well.

1:29:061:29:09

I was fascinated by how freely you spoke about your work.

1:29:091:29:13

And, um, yet someone asked you if you had any regrets,

1:29:131:29:17

and you said, "We're not allowed to regret anything.

1:29:171:29:20

"If we're sincere, then we're the sum total of our experiences,

1:29:201:29:23

"with no exceptions."

1:29:231:29:25

I said that?

1:29:251:29:27

Well, not word for word. Something like that.

1:29:271:29:29

-You don't think that any more?

-Oh, I... No.

1:29:291:29:32

I completely agree with that, 100%.

1:29:321:29:36

ALL LAUGH

1:29:361:29:38

You know, I am incredibly intimidated to take on your role.

1:29:401:29:43

I mean, no-one's going to be able to do it like you did.

1:29:431:29:46

-I hope you don't judge me too harshly.

-Oh.

1:29:461:29:49

We all have our own way into a character. They're all good.

1:29:491:29:51

Well, I cannot wait to do the read-through tomorrow.

1:29:511:29:54

We'll work in Wilhelm's chalet. I hope that's OK with you?

1:29:541:29:57

Yeah, sure, as long as his ghost

1:29:571:29:58

isn't watching over us the entire time.

1:29:581:30:00

I can't promise you that, but don't worry. He's a well-meaning ghost.

1:30:001:30:04

Ooh. Well-meaning? I don't know about that.

1:30:041:30:07

Nor do I.

1:30:071:30:08

THEY CHUCKLE

1:30:081:30:10

You know, it's incredibly brave of you to take on the role of Helena.

1:30:101:30:14

It's... It's a way of dealing with time.

1:30:141:30:18

Yes, well, I don't know, sometimes I...

1:30:181:30:21

..I tell myself that it's just a job.

1:30:221:30:25

And I'll be happy to move on when it's over.

1:30:251:30:28

Hey. Thank you.

1:30:291:30:31

You still want to see the snake you asked me the other day?

1:30:311:30:34

-Oh, yeah.

-The weather they're predicting for tomorrow seems ideal.

1:30:341:30:38

So you better make sure you're out there at daybreak.

1:30:381:30:41

It's wonderful to see it coming over the Maloja Pass.

1:30:411:30:43

Great. Awesome. That's amazing.

1:30:431:30:45

-Thank you.

-OK.

1:30:451:30:47

I thought they were really nice.

1:30:481:30:50

It's true. I...

1:30:521:30:53

She's a lot more interesting than the person you described.

1:30:531:30:57

I didn't know her parents were musicians.

1:30:571:30:59

I liked him, too. He's...

1:30:591:31:01

SHE SCOFFS

1:31:011:31:03

What's so funny? Did I say something funny?

1:31:031:31:06

They spent the whole evening flattering you.

1:31:071:31:10

Of course you liked them.

1:31:101:31:11

-That has nothing to do with it.

-No, no. Of course not.

1:31:111:31:14

MARIA LAUGHS

1:31:141:31:16

What was that movie again?

1:31:241:31:26

THEY LAUGH

1:31:261:31:28

LAUGHING: Beetle On Its Back!

1:31:281:31:30

What was that movie? Beetle on Its Back!

1:31:301:31:33

MARIA LAUGHS, CLATTERING

1:31:331:31:36

I can't believe we got this scoop tonight.

1:31:361:31:38

What scoop?

1:31:381:31:40

She's with Christopher Giles.

1:31:401:31:42

Chris? His name is Christopher Giles?

1:31:421:31:44

-Yes.

-Is he famous?

1:31:441:31:47

He's...uber-famous!

1:31:471:31:50

I can't remember which major book prize he won, but...

1:31:501:31:53

He's married. He's with Dorothea Von Duisburg, the German artist.

1:31:551:31:59

She had a show at the Serpentine last year?

1:31:591:32:01

THEY LAUGH

1:32:011:32:05

Never heard of either of them.

1:32:051:32:07

You should google him.

1:32:091:32:11

How do you spell his name?

1:32:111:32:14

Giles. G-I-L-E-S.

1:32:141:32:16

Well, he's obviously with her.

1:32:161:32:19

Yeah.

1:32:201:32:21

When word gets out, it's going to be, like, a tsunami.

1:32:211:32:25

SHE LAUGHS

1:32:251:32:27

Well, yeah, on their planet.

1:32:271:32:29

Their planet has a name.

1:32:291:32:31

It's called the real world. Welcome!

1:32:311:32:34

SHE LAUGHS

1:32:341:32:36

Careful with that. Come here. Give that to me.

1:32:361:32:39

Here.

1:32:411:32:42

WIND HOWLS

1:32:531:32:56

I spent all night thinking about Helena's death.

1:32:571:33:01

Her death?

1:33:011:33:02

She doesn't necessarily die. She just... She disappears.

1:33:021:33:06

That's your interpretation.

1:33:061:33:08

Well, it's... It's pretty ambiguous.

1:33:081:33:11

She goes out for a hike and never comes back.

1:33:111:33:14

Seems clear enough to me.

1:33:141:33:16

You don't know that. She could reinvent herself somewhere else.

1:33:161:33:20

There's really no way of knowing.

1:33:201:33:21

Yeah, you can imagine whatever you want.

1:33:211:33:23

Are we going the right way?

1:33:231:33:25

I mean, I don't mind waking up at the crack of dawn,

1:33:251:33:28

but not to get lost in the mountains and miss the snake.

1:33:281:33:31

Well, we're basically here. You happy?

1:33:311:33:33

What makes you think we're here?

1:33:331:33:35

I've got a map! You want me to show you?

1:33:351:33:38

Come here.

1:33:381:33:39

This is the bend we just went around ten minutes ago.

1:33:411:33:44

And just around there is the view of the valley. You see that?

1:33:441:33:47

-How do you know?

-How do...?

1:33:471:33:50

Such a fucking pain in the ass. Jesus Christ.

1:33:511:33:55

I don't know why you're so dead set on making this play

1:33:561:33:58

say the opposite of what it was meant to say.

1:33:581:34:01

At 20, you saw Sigrid's ambition and you saw her violence

1:34:011:34:05

because you felt it in yourself.

1:34:051:34:07

-So?

-That's what I'm saying. The text is like an object.

1:34:071:34:12

It's going to change perspective based on where you're standing.

1:34:121:34:15

I don't know.

1:34:151:34:17

We should go. We're going to miss the snake.

1:34:191:34:21

There won't be any snake.

1:34:211:34:23

Fuck it.

1:34:251:34:27

Look there!

1:35:151:35:17

Is that the snake?

1:35:181:35:20

No.

1:35:211:35:24

No, it's just mist.

1:35:241:35:26

A little fog.

1:35:261:35:28

But it breaks up.

1:35:281:35:30

Still pretty beautiful though.

1:35:331:35:35

It's like it's gathering and pouring out into the valley.

1:35:351:35:39

Maybe it is the snake.

1:35:411:35:43

We have to be patient.

1:35:451:35:47

No, it's not the snake.

1:35:491:35:52

Oh, yes!

1:35:521:35:54

I think it's turning into the snake!

1:35:541:35:57

How about you?

1:35:571:35:59

Val?

1:36:001:36:01

What the hell are you doing?

1:36:031:36:05

Val?

1:36:071:36:09

Val!

1:36:101:36:12

Val!

1:36:131:36:14

Val!

1:36:161:36:18

Val!

1:36:211:36:23

Answer me!

1:36:231:36:25

Val!

1:36:271:36:29

Val!

1:36:321:36:34

MUSIC: Pachelbel's Canon

1:36:451:36:49

How's the hotel?

1:37:531:37:56

The hotel's fine. Oh, thanks for the flowers.

1:37:561:37:59

So, did you reach Klaus? He was really impatient to see you.

1:37:591:38:02

You have to return his calls, you know.

1:38:021:38:04

He thinks you're avoiding him.

1:38:041:38:05

We're having dinner. He's a half hour late.

1:38:051:38:08

Oh, so you called me to kill time?

1:38:081:38:10

Just kidding.

1:38:101:38:12

I'm not avoiding him I...I want to talk to him one-on-one.

1:38:121:38:15

You know how reluctant I was. I'm over that now.

1:38:151:38:18

You know, Klaus understands the risks you're taking.

1:38:181:38:21

I know he's sincere.

1:38:211:38:22

He's doing this for you and for Wilhelm's memory.

1:38:221:38:24

And for the publicity.

1:38:241:38:26

20 years after being Sigrid, I'm Helena.

1:38:261:38:29

That's all the press is talking about.

1:38:291:38:31

You know, he's like every artist of his generation.

1:38:311:38:34

He has a flair for PR.

1:38:341:38:36

Oh, and is that a crime?

1:38:361:38:38

To excel and to know how to show it is to excel twice.

1:38:381:38:42

Baltasar Gracian said that.

1:38:421:38:44

I have no idea who that is, but he was right.

1:38:441:38:48

The press is talking about you and your work.

1:38:481:38:50

Oh, I said OK to pictures.

1:38:501:38:52

No interviews. It's too soon, too fragile.

1:38:521:38:54

PHONE RINGS Hold on.

1:38:541:38:56

Yes?

1:38:561:38:58

Tell him I'm on my way down.

1:39:001:39:02

Thank you.

1:39:021:39:03

-It's Klaus.

-You'll be fine.

1:39:041:39:07

Hi.

1:39:101:39:11

-Hi.

-Hi. Excuse me, I'm late.

1:39:131:39:15

But something terrible has happened.

1:39:151:39:17

Dorothea tried to commit suicide. She's in a coma.

1:39:171:39:20

Dorothea?

1:39:201:39:22

Christopher Giles's wife.

1:39:221:39:24

Chris... Um, Jo-Ann's friend, you mean?

1:39:241:39:27

Yes, but you are not supposed to know he's Jo-Ann's friend.

1:39:271:39:30

Well, they were together in Sils, so...

1:39:301:39:32

I thought it was more recent than that. Excuse me, sir. We can go.

1:39:321:39:36

Well, she slit her wrists in her studio.

1:39:361:39:39

The housekeeper found her in a pool of her own blood.

1:39:391:39:43

Oh, that's awful.

1:39:431:39:44

She's a well-known artist, right?

1:39:461:39:48

Dorothea is an amazing girl.

1:39:481:39:50

Beautiful, talented,

1:39:501:39:52

everything going for her.

1:39:521:39:54

I love her work.

1:39:541:39:56

I don't understand.

1:39:561:39:58

Jo-Ann is devastated.

1:39:581:40:00

She was at an exhibition.

1:40:001:40:02

She can't go back to the hotel.

1:40:021:40:04

The paparazzi have surrounded the place.

1:40:041:40:07

I suggested she join us. You don't mind?

1:40:071:40:10

No, of course not.

1:40:101:40:12

MUTED CONVERSATION

1:40:341:40:36

It was still just a rumour, but the press knew something was up.

1:40:431:40:46

Someone posted in her blog that it was the real reason

1:40:461:40:49

that Jo-Ann had accepted to do a play in London.

1:40:491:40:52

-And is that true?

-She doesn't need a pretext to act in London,

1:40:521:40:55

but the paparazzi will never let go.

1:40:551:40:57

They need a picture with Christopher. They're going wild.

1:40:571:41:00

She's in her car. She'll be here in five minutes.

1:41:061:41:08

-You wanted to talk to me?

-Sorry. I'm confused.

1:41:121:41:15

I had a long conversation with Rosa last night.

1:41:161:41:19

I told her you were in London,

1:41:191:41:21

that we were about to start rehearsals.

1:41:211:41:24

That made her happy, I think.

1:41:241:41:25

Now all we have to do is not disappoint her.

1:41:251:41:28

-Um, let's take Chateau Larousse.

-Thank you.

1:41:311:41:34

Rosa gave me fragments from Wilhelm's follow-up to Maloja Snake.

1:41:341:41:38

A sign of her trust.

1:41:381:41:40

Some of the pages make no sense out of context,

1:41:401:41:43

but there are a few others that put the play in a new light.

1:41:431:41:47

How old was Wilhelm when he wrote Maloja Snake?

1:41:471:41:49

35 or so? How...?

1:41:491:41:51

Hmm. 38.

1:41:511:41:53

-38?

-Yeah. Little older when he made the film.

1:41:531:41:56

He was still a young man. All action.

1:41:561:41:59

25 years later, obviously, he was more analytical,

1:41:591:42:02

trying to put things in perspective, maybe thinking about posterity.

1:42:021:42:05

Who knows?

1:42:051:42:07

Isn't it better to stay faithful to his youthful energy?

1:42:071:42:10

-And forget the new scenes?

-Yes.

1:42:101:42:12

Wilhelm never had any distance or maturity.

1:42:141:42:17

On the contrary, his last texts got bolder and bolder

1:42:171:42:20

and more and more enigmatic.

1:42:201:42:22

Here's another way of looking at it.

1:42:241:42:26

We think like him.

1:42:261:42:28

We... We project ourselves into the future

1:42:281:42:31

instead of freezing ourselves in the past so that we...

1:42:311:42:34

-Jo-Ann.

-Hi.

1:42:341:42:37

-What's happening?

-She's hanging on by a thread.

1:42:371:42:40

She's lost a lot of blood, but the doctors won't tell us anything.

1:42:401:42:43

I mean, Chris said she was really relaxed when he told her.

1:42:431:42:46

She was just getting used to the new situation.

1:42:461:42:48

Where's Christopher?

1:42:481:42:49

Dorothea's family got home from Germany, so he...

1:42:491:42:52

They told him to leave the hospital, so he's going to come join us.

1:42:521:42:55

Here? But that's ridiculous.

1:42:551:42:57

He will have all the paparazzi from the hospital on his trail.

1:42:571:42:59

No. He said there were no paparazzi. He'd know.

1:42:591:43:02

He's being naive. Of course they're tailing him.

1:43:021:43:04

They're just doing it discreetly.

1:43:041:43:06

Tell him absolutely not to join us.

1:43:061:43:08

His... His voice mail's turned off. I'll just text him.

1:43:131:43:16

If they follow him here, we are stuck.

1:43:171:43:20

-Do you have your driver?

-Yeah. He's outside.

1:43:201:43:23

OK. Tell Christopher to meet us at my club.

1:43:241:43:26

At least we'll have some peace and quiet.

1:43:261:43:29

-Here's the address.

-Chris!

1:43:291:43:30

Hey, hey...

1:43:301:43:32

Are you all right?

1:43:321:43:34

-Did you get my messages?

-Um...

1:43:341:43:37

Klaus thinks the paparazzi are following you from the hospital.

1:43:371:43:40

I don't know. I...I didn't see any.

1:43:401:43:43

They can't get a picture of us tonight. It'd be a total disaster.

1:43:431:43:46

It'd spread like wildfire. I'm going to call my driver.

1:43:461:43:49

Hey. Will you come pick us up?

1:43:511:43:53

-All right.

-Here.

1:43:531:43:56

The address of my club.

1:43:561:43:58

We'll go first. Wait five minutes, take a taxi and join us.

1:43:581:44:00

CAMERA SHUTTERS CLICK

1:44:071:44:09

ENGINE TURNS

1:44:131:44:15

TYRES SCREECH

1:44:151:44:17

ENGINE TURNS

1:44:191:44:22

MOBILE RINGS

1:44:251:44:27

Fuck, they're following us.

1:44:271:44:29

Hey, Ari?

1:44:301:44:32

No, there's no news here from the hospital.

1:44:321:44:34

Yeah, I could really use you right now.

1:44:341:44:37

Whatever the first plane out is.

1:44:371:44:39

I'm stuck here in London till the end of the year.

1:44:391:44:42

Rehearsals start tomorrow.

1:44:421:44:44

If she doesn't make it,

1:44:441:44:46

it's going to be a nuclear fucking winter.

1:44:461:44:49

What do you want to do? Change hotels?

1:44:491:44:52

No way. Wherever I go, they're just going to find me and chase me down.

1:44:521:44:56

I'd rather just stay where I am.

1:44:561:44:58

You know, it's... I'm fine with it.

1:44:581:45:00

It'll just be hard for Chris.

1:45:001:45:02

-The media is going to crucify him.

-No, no.

1:45:021:45:05

I'll take the heat. I'll be the home wrecker.

1:45:051:45:08

I'm used to getting nasty shit written about me.

1:45:081:45:10

I couldn't honestly care less.

1:45:101:45:11

You want us to cancel tomorrow's rehearsal? Maria, would you mind?

1:45:111:45:15

-No, of course not, no.

-No way.

1:45:151:45:17

No, no, no.

1:45:171:45:19

I'd rather work.

1:45:191:45:20

-We didn't get to talk much.

-No.

1:45:251:45:27

I'll have the new scenes dropped off at the front desk.

1:45:271:45:31

And we'll talk about them seriously.

1:45:311:45:33

Yeah, we can do that tomorrow, after rehearsal.

1:45:331:45:36

Mmm, I'm drained after a workday. It's not the best time for me.

1:45:361:45:39

I know. Same for me.

1:45:391:45:42

And next weekend I have to see my kids in southern Italy.

1:45:421:45:46

We'll manage.

1:45:471:45:48

OK, goodnight.

1:45:481:45:50

Goodnight.

1:45:501:45:51

When they tell me about you, how much they appreciate you,

1:46:001:46:03

it's to remind me how happy they are

1:46:031:46:06

to grant you what they never granted me.

1:46:061:46:08

KNOCK AT DOOR They're using you...

1:46:081:46:11

Hi. I printed everything out.

1:46:231:46:25

-Thanks.

-If you want an English solicitor

1:46:251:46:27

to take a look at the papers, tell me.

1:46:271:46:29

I know a bilingual girl who specialises in Paris real estates.

1:46:291:46:32

That's the sales agreements.

1:46:341:46:35

Your ex-husband is buying your half of the apartment

1:46:351:46:38

for the price you agreed to.

1:46:381:46:39

No, I didn't want to discuss it. Maybe I was wrong.

1:46:391:46:42

That's the sales agreement for the studio on Rue du Chemin Vert.

1:46:421:46:45

Yeah. It's expensive, but it's worth it.

1:46:451:46:48

-So it's ready to sign?

-Tomorrow, as planned.

1:46:481:46:51

You take the Eurostar at 8.15, leave Paris at 5.00,

1:46:511:46:54

and you'll be back in London in time for dinner.

1:46:541:46:56

-OK.

-If you want, I can travel with you.

-No, I'm fine.

1:46:561:47:00

What do I tell Piers Roaldson?

1:47:041:47:06

Remind me who he is.

1:47:061:47:08

He's shooting a film next summer called Electric Shockwave.

1:47:081:47:12

What's he done?

1:47:121:47:14

Nothing. He's 25.

1:47:141:47:16

But Jay says it's good and that it's been green-lit.

1:47:161:47:19

-What's the part?

-They haven't sent it over yet.

1:47:191:47:23

It's the lead.

1:47:231:47:24

I think your character would be some sort of...hybrid.

1:47:241:47:27

Mm, a creation of modern genetics, but with a soul.

1:47:291:47:32

It's set in the near future, the 23rd century.

1:47:321:47:35

On Earth?

1:47:351:47:37

Maybe. I'm not sure.

1:47:371:47:39

Hello. Over there, please.

1:47:411:47:44

Thank you.

1:47:441:47:47

Well, tell Piers I'm interested, and I'll read the script next week.

1:47:471:47:50

OK?

1:47:501:47:52

And, uh, there are the new scenes Klaus sent you.

1:47:521:47:54

-Ah, yes, I forgot.

-You want to run the lines?

1:47:541:47:57

No. I haven't read the pages yet.

1:47:571:48:00

-He wants to know what you think.

-Why doesn't he just call me?

1:48:001:48:04

Maybe he's waiting for your reaction.

1:48:041:48:06

You've had the scenes for two weeks.

1:48:061:48:08

I understand.

1:48:081:48:10

But I'd rather discover them at the last minute and not overthink it.

1:48:101:48:13

It's the only way I can keep it spontaneous.

1:48:131:48:16

That's how I, um, prepared Sigrid 20 years ago.

1:48:161:48:19

I'll do the same thing with Helena.

1:48:191:48:21

If he asks you, just tell him I think they're very good.

1:48:221:48:26

-KLAUS:

-Very good, but it's still a little long.

1:49:221:49:26

-Jo-Ann, can you hear me?

-Uh, yeah.

1:49:261:49:28

-Do the same thing, but speed it up a little.

-OK.

1:49:281:49:31

Why don't you just forget one of the files? There are plenty.

1:49:311:49:34

-We do it one more time.

-OK.

1:49:341:49:36

Excuse me.

1:49:401:49:41

-Tomorrow is our final dress rehearsal.

-I know.

1:49:411:49:44

-Thanks for taking the time.

-My pleasure.

1:49:441:49:46

I'll just switch this on.

1:49:461:49:49

Uh, may I have a cup of coffee, please?

1:49:491:49:52

You can imagine my first question.

1:49:521:49:54

Will the media frenzy around Jo-Ann Ellis steal the spotlight?

1:49:541:49:59

All that matters is the show. The rest is of no importance.

1:49:591:50:02

And fortunately, Dorothea pulled through.

1:50:021:50:05

I know you have a new take on it, but will the audience be receptive

1:50:051:50:09

or might they be too distracted?

1:50:091:50:10

I suppose that's my question.

1:50:101:50:12

I hope they'll be receptive.

1:50:121:50:14

So you think the shows are airtight?

1:50:141:50:16

No connection to the outside world.

1:50:161:50:19

No.

1:50:191:50:20

No, each theatregoer brings his own subjectivity.

1:50:201:50:23

And it's generally not defined by tabloid headlines.

1:50:231:50:27

Some will go for the smell of scandal.

1:50:271:50:29

So will they see the show you had in mind, or something else?

1:50:291:50:32

-Jo-Ann?

-What's up?

1:50:341:50:37

I wanted to ask you...

1:50:371:50:38

You know the scene at the beginning of Act 3

1:50:381:50:41

when you tell me you want to leave

1:50:411:50:43

and I get on my knees and beg you to stay?

1:50:431:50:45

You're on the phone ordering pepperoncino pizza

1:50:451:50:47

for your co-workers in Accounting.

1:50:471:50:49

Well, you...you leave without looking at me,

1:50:491:50:52

as if I didn't exist.

1:50:521:50:55

Um...

1:50:551:50:57

if you could pause for a second, you know,

1:50:571:50:59

Helena's distress would last longer when she's left alone in her office.

1:50:591:51:03

Well, the way you're playing it, um,

1:51:051:51:08

the audience follows you out,

1:51:081:51:09

but instantly forgets about her, so...

1:51:091:51:12

So... So what?

1:51:121:51:15

Well, when I played Sigrid, I...I held it longer.

1:51:151:51:18

I thought it was more powerful, dramatically.

1:51:181:51:22

I mean, it really played well.

1:51:221:51:23

Well, no-one really gives a fuck about Helena at that point, do they?

1:51:231:51:27

I'm sorry, but I mean, it's pretty clear to me

1:51:271:51:29

this poor woman's all washed up.

1:51:291:51:31

I mean, your character, right? Not you.

1:51:311:51:33

And...when Sigrid leaves Helena's office,

1:51:331:51:37

Helena is a wreck, and we get it.

1:51:371:51:39

You know, it's time to move on.

1:51:391:51:42

I think they want what comes next.

1:51:421:51:45

If you just held it a few seconds longer.

1:51:451:51:47

It doesn't really feel right for me, Maria.

1:51:471:51:50

SHE LAUGHS

1:51:501:51:53

You're right.

1:51:531:51:54

Yeah.

1:51:551:51:57

I, um...

1:51:571:51:59

..I think I'm lost in my memories.

1:52:001:52:03

You think you've forgotten your old habits,

1:52:031:52:06

but they all...they all come back.

1:52:061:52:08

I have to break them.

1:52:081:52:10

-I guess you do.

-SHE CHUCKLES

1:52:101:52:12

Excuse me. I'm looking for Maria Enders' room?

1:52:261:52:29

Thank you.

1:52:311:52:32

-Hi. Come in.

-Hi.

1:52:361:52:39

Thanks so much for seeing me tonight. I really appreciate it.

1:52:391:52:42

We're leaving early tomorrow morning for a location scout in the Ukraine.

1:52:421:52:46

That's where we're going to be shooting our exteriors, mostly.

1:52:461:52:48

So, I...I read your script.

1:52:481:52:50

Yeah, well, um, I know we've never met,

1:52:501:52:52

-but I actually wrote it with you in mind.

-As a mutant?

1:52:521:52:57

I'm trying to consider genetics from a more human point of view.

1:52:571:53:00

When I was reading it, um,

1:53:021:53:04

I imagined someone much younger.

1:53:041:53:06

Maybe me younger, actually,

1:53:061:53:08

but you're seeing me in movies that were made years ago.

1:53:081:53:11

I've changed.

1:53:111:53:13

She has no age.

1:53:131:53:15

Or else she's every age at once, like all of us.

1:53:151:53:19

Can I be frank?

1:53:201:53:22

Maybe it's because I'm working with her, but...

1:53:231:53:26

as I was reading it, I kept thinking about Jo-Ann.

1:53:261:53:30

Yeah, well, personally,

1:53:301:53:33

I never think about Jo-Ann Ellis.

1:53:331:53:35

You're wrong. She's smart...and talented.

1:53:351:53:39

She's modern, just like your character.

1:53:391:53:41

My character isn't modern. Not in that way, anyway.

1:53:411:53:44

She's...outside of time.

1:53:441:53:47

Outside of time.

1:53:471:53:49

-I don't understand. It's too abstract for me.

-Sorry.

1:53:521:53:56

I, uh... I don't like this era.

1:53:561:53:59

You're wrong. It's yours.

1:53:591:54:01

Hey, man, I didn't choose it.

1:54:011:54:03

And if my era is Jo-Ann Ellis and viral internet scandals,

1:54:031:54:07

I think I'm entitled to feel unrelated, aren't I?

1:54:071:54:09

I mean, it's nothing against her.

1:54:111:54:12

I guessed I just assumed you'd understand.

1:54:121:54:14

KNOCK AT DOOR

1:54:141:54:17

Curtain in five minutes.

1:54:171:54:18

-How's the house?

-Full.

1:54:181:54:20

MUSIC: Pachelbel's Canon

1:54:231:54:29

Take your cue, please.

1:54:291:54:31

An established fortysomething actress is asked to perform in a revival of the play that launched her career twenty years earlier.

In English, French and German with English subtitles.


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