随笔 American Pie

一直跟大叔说,我中学时候上的是女中,没有经历过American Pie那样的青少年男女在成长期的疯狂。到美国来念书,也没有参加过完全美国式的party,大部分情况都是被当作国际学生对待的。周末,大叔就带着我参加了他高中一群哥们的party,我才真的体会到American Pie一样的生活,喝高吸高,河边篝火,怎么像电影怎么来。

 

下午的时候,大叔开车带我到长岛。以前我有一篇文章说过,纽约往西开一个多小时,长岛内陆,很多小镇其实都是很传统的,跟纽约的大都会大熔炉的感觉完全不同。小镇的每个人相互都认识,大小事情都一群人聚一起,婚礼洗礼生日,等等。而且,一色的白人,大部分金发,头发颜色最深的是亚麻色,没有西裔、亚裔或者非裔。从某种程度上说,不太接纳外族。正是因为小镇的闭塞,所以还保留着原汁原味,进了小镇就像进入妥妥的美剧场景一样。每家每户都是大house,宽实的带森林的院子。大叔一路开一路说,这是谁家的房子,小时候的朋友。那是中学时代的朋友住的房子。感觉上,就算是称作邻居,没有车也是要走一个小时才到的。

 

一下车,是一片草坪,上面有十几个男生在打橄榄球。清一色的白人男生,打的兴高采烈。大叔放好东西,就加入了战队。男生们都光着上身,赤着脚,在阳光下奔跑。两个女生则是邀请我上了车顶,坐在两米高的地方,听着音乐喝着啤酒,看男生打球。

后院里,烧烤已经开始了。后院里有硕大的游泳池,已经为夏天的party打开了灯光。主人一家在游泳池旁边搭了女主人主持的烧烤晚宴。女生们帮忙安排食物,男生们玩到尽兴,进来一起加入。有的跳进游泳池畅游,有的迫不及待的拿起食物开吃,大叔则是跟主人家的狗狗玩闹成一团。

就像电影里,每个美国男生的group都有那么一个stiffler,出口讲话就遭嫌弃;有那么一个Chris,英俊有礼貌尊重女生;有那么一个steve,温文尔雅有点迷茫;还有一个finch,喜欢朋友的妈妈。每个角色在现实生活中都有一模一样的影子。大家因为一起长大,所以说话也是敞开着的,finch一直表达对朋友母亲的仰慕,据说是从中学开始就一直盯着朋友母亲的D罩杯看。stiffler跑过来,大概有点喝醉,跟我们说了一句不着边际的话,我瞪大了眼睛,问大叔,他是你的朋友吗?大叔有点为难的说,别搭理他,他喝醉了。steve则是一直陪伴在女伴身边。

连笑话都一模一样。What’s the capitol city of Thailand? Bang Cock!

吃到饱,篝火就燃起来了,大家围坐一圈,开始说笑。每个人拿一杯啤酒,我都感觉他们要开始吸大麻了,如果不是因为家长在,应该是很疯狂的一群人。好在年龄也都是快30了,虽然开口闭口还是各种男女话题,但是不像电影里十几岁的孩子整天想着getting laid了。说笑中,也不停的提到十几岁那会儿的各种horny事件,听的我笑的眼泪都快出来了。

如今的他们,如美国派的第三集,都长大了,在回头看往事。但是友情还是不变,相互之间的关心还是不变。回头看看那些青葱岁月,大家都觉得那时候无限年轻和美好。

然后宵夜,游戏,跳舞。每个人都有了女伴,都显得稳重,虽然很多瓶啤酒喝完之后又有打闹,可以看到十几岁的影子,但是毕竟每个人都已经是十年后的自己了。

我喜欢这种大派对,聚会,毫无顾忌的畅玩。

这次的美国派聚会真是让我感觉到了美国年轻人的生活和活力还有欢乐,仿佛自己置身在电影中一样。

影评《爱很复杂》

影评《爱很复杂》

(2014-06-08 01:20:24)[编辑][删除]

标签:

娱乐

其实算不上影评,因为还没有看电影,被整个故事的拖沓搞的没有心思去看电影了。
剧情梗概:加州圣芭芭拉市的面包店老板娘珍妮(梅丽尔•斯特里普 Meryl Streep 饰)与前夫杰克(亚历克•鲍德温 Alec Baldwin 饰)20年的婚姻因后者的外遇而解体。十年后,三个孩子均已长大成人,珍妮的生活也终于步入正轨,并在扩建房屋的过程中结识了建筑师亚当(史蒂夫•马丁 Steve Martin 饰),二人互生情愫。但在小儿子Luke(亨特·帕瑞施 Hunter Parrish 饰)的毕业典礼上,珍妮却突然发现杰克对她旧情复燃。心乱如麻的珍妮禁不住诱惑,竟与已婚的杰克搞起了婚外恋。面对这段剪不断理还乱的复杂四角关系,珍妮到底该如何选择呢? 
基本故事结构就是,跟前夫睡了一觉,回去跟建筑师调情。跟前夫又睡了一觉,回去跟建筑师继续发展。跟前夫再睡了一觉,发现跟建筑师聊的更多了。
一个比较松散的结构,很欧洲,有一层淡淡的色彩。原本要说一个很subtle的故事,比如中老年人的爱情, 结果非要搞成浪漫喜剧,搞就搞了,可是既没有浪漫也没有搞笑。还非要用Alexander Baldwin和Meryl Streep这两个大牌来撑场面。其实就变成了一件很尴尬的事情。
说中老年人的爱情,As Better As It Can Be,就很subtle,人物关系一点点推进,两个人都各有concern,各有退缩,没有什么特别的大起大落,但是尺幅拿捏的很好,就那么一种欲说还羞的感觉。没有特别的dramatic moments,没有刻意的浪漫。
这个剧情要浪漫喜剧其实也可以,人物应该更夸张一点,笑料应该多一点。既然这个setup本来就很喜感,不如一路走下去,就不要再提subtle这件事了。
说实话,实在不行,咱们对白能不能精彩一点?
总之,不要在dramatic和subtle之间摇摆好不好?

影评《哈尔的移动城堡》和《对她说》

影评《哈尔的移动城堡》和《对她说》

(2014-10-01 03:24:24)[编辑][删除]

标签:

情感

这两部是毫不相干的电影,无论从内容还是形式。
《哈尔的移动城堡》是宫崎骏2013的作品,《对她说》是西班牙大师阿莫多瓦2002年的大作。
《对她说》简介
 马克的女友莉迪亚本是一个职业斗牛士,比赛场上的意外令她变成了植物人。现在莉迪亚就躺在贝尼诺的诊所里接受治疗。马克每天来到这里,盼望莉迪亚能苏醒过来。 
  贝尼诺也在这里守着他的爱情,一守就是四年。女孩阿里西亚是一个芭蕾舞女生,贝尼诺曾经住在她的舞蹈室的对面,每天对翩翩倩影暗暗心动。当女孩遇到车祸变成植物人之后,贝尼诺每天都对她说话,相信她能听到的信念在他心中从未动摇。 
《哈尔的移动城堡》简介
一个恶毒的巫婆嫉妒苏菲的制帽技术,用巫术把她变成了一个80岁的老太婆,而且苏菲还不能对别人说出自己身中的巫术。无奈,苏菲决定独自一人逃离小镇。天 黑了,虚弱的苏菲没走多远,来到了移动城堡。心想自己已经是老太婆了,苏菲壮着胆子走进了城堡。不想,遇到了和她遭遇相同的火焰魔。两人约定彼此帮助对方 打破各自的咒语
对她说的主角没有什么亮眼,剧情虽然有点小悬念,但是总体没有什么特别引人入胜的地方,就是讲两个男人相互交换自己的心情故事、交换彼此的信念。但是两个小时,既没有visual pleasure也没有悬念迭起,就是扣着观众的心,从头一直细细的看到底。
这点,我是很佩服导演的技术的,就是什么噱头都没有,就能俘获住观众。我觉得这其中,主要就是靠的一种信念,即,在语言的缺失下,人与人是如何交流的。
相对来说,《哈尔》完全是对立面。《哈尔》有着亮眼的男主,悬念,魔幻,爱情,温情,什么都有,但是拍着拍着就开始拖拉,然后就完全看不下去。
其实我觉得《哈尔》相对宫崎骏的其它作品来说,是最短缺的一部。女主爱上男主没有任何理由,然后就用了各种噱头来吸引观众走下去。但是因为片子内在的缺失,我看到一半是完全看不下去了,任凭导演一波一波的上各种花头。
同时,《哈尔》的造型很老套,一点没有想象力,没有灵动性,没有天马行空,完全是以往作品的黏贴相册,没有一种内聚力。
两部片子一比,完全就可以知道什么是好的电影、好的电影要怎么拍。

影评 《归来》

影评 《归来》

(2014-07-29 03:19:47)[编辑][删除]

标签:

娱乐

梗概:(省略。。。)
看了之后不知道什么感觉,既不难过又不闷。。。没有达到导演希望观众有的那种情绪。。。
不知道编剧是谁,但是很不给力。故事展开太慢,大概是到中间段才进入正题,而且太稀薄,整个电影就两张脸,好像是与环境脱离了。后半段太慢太松散,看到没有耐心。
第二,导演也不行。可以看出老张故意用了很多老电影手法,推镜头,有点夸张的表情,很像那个主题歌是《我是蒲公英的种子》那个电影,或者那个时代的电影。 但是老张到底怎么了?他的功力不行啊。明明是想让观众有某种特别压抑的伤心,但是既没做到压抑,也没做到伤心。没做到压抑是手法不够含蓄、云清风高,没有 那种《美国往事》的朦胧,没有《美国美人》的暗波,没有阿巴斯电影的冷静。没做到伤心,是因为导演刻意的据他自己说的“留白”,该高潮没高潮,该冲突没冲 突,我觉得是因为为了做到那个“压抑”而无法表达出“伤心”,是导演功力不够。
第三,演大于戏。巩俐和陈道明的表演很厉害,但是大过戏了。这也是“压抑”没有做好的原因之一。阿巴斯和一些伊朗导演都喜欢用纯路人演电影,一点表演痕迹没有,观众完全代入。所以,这个表演太出彩有时候也是问题。
我认为“留白”是要表演留白,而镜头不能留白。当表演大于戏,而镜头又留白的时候,观众会觉得很隔,而且纯粹是在看别人的戏。
导演,要讲一个故事不难,要按照自己的心思、用自己的风格去触动观众的情绪很难。
我又要说《爱在》三部曲了!之所以取得很高的成就,是因为导演/编剧,完全按照自己的想法从一个很细微的层面煽动了观众的情绪。

影评 《怒放之青春再见》

影评 《怒放之青春再见》 (2014-07-24 00:17:35)[编辑][删除] 转载▼ 标签: 情感 上次简单的写了个观后感,这次终于忍着把片子看完,写个影评。 梗概: 马路(潘粤明 饰)是某交友网站中层白领,工作的压力和家庭生活的平庸无聊让他丧失了对生活的热情。一天,他平静的生活被20年前初恋女友李爱(温心 饰)突然造访的电话打破。  马路和李爱数次相约见面却因为种种原因未能如愿以偿,但他青春的情感和记忆已经被打开,当年为了李爱的做乐队的各种往事历历在目,还有那首当年写给李爱却一直没有唱出来的歌是藏在他内心深处的遗憾。  回忆的过程中马路渐渐找回了青春的激情和梦想,他和老友重组乐队,在大海边唱出当年未唱完的歌曲,几个中年人完成了他们生命中又一次的怒放…… 基本上感觉片子是拍的凌乱,杂,散,才一个半小时的长度,已经能把人看烦。说实话,从来没有看到过一小时30分的片子能拍的fall all over the place。真是赶上韩国片了。 现在的很多青春片,弄点20年前的东西,就卖给我们这一代怀旧的。搪瓷杯,8人寝室,崔健。那是很廉价的一种做法,有点像卖粗制滥造的旅游纪念品 — 放点你要的东西,质量又不敢恭维。 片子的问题是,没有搞清楚genre这个概念。导演在小清新和dramedy之间徘徊,让人很费解。也可能是不会玩小清新,就玩走调了。小清新只能说一种感情,从头贯穿到底,清新、明朗、感人,不能有太大的情节起伏、不能有太明显的drama(比如啊我们原来是兄妹、啊男主被车撞了)。dramedy呢,就是可以有两种元素,drama和comedy,可以玩情节,可以玩桥段,可以玩悬念。小清新撩拨的是观众淡淡的感情(忧伤,怀旧,感怀),dramedy是让观众情绪大起大落的,紧张,愤怒,开怀。所以这两个genre完全是两个层面,完全不能混淆。 怒放的问题就是什么都想要,什么都没说清楚,主线不明确、每个故事都没有交代完整,最硬伤的就是把小清新和dramedy混一起,没法看。 片子的还有一个硬伤就是男主不停回闪,但是故事是第三者视角。回闪本身就是一种个人情绪,有主观视角,可以加入一种情结,本来是玩小清新很好的一种手法。但是为了那有巨大起伏的dramedy啊,导演说故事的时候就完全第三者了。这你让我们到底去感受神码? 5分最高分,勉强给2.5分。

影评 《卢旺达饭店》

影评 《卢旺达饭店》

(2014-07-21 01:14:56)[编辑][删除]

标签:

娱乐

一直知道《卢旺达饭店》是一个口碑很高的电影,在IMDB也算top一列的,终于找了个时间看完。
梗概:保罗在乱世中经营一家饭店。事件源于两国元首的罹难:他们分别是胡图族和图西族的首领,同乘一班机,却被意外击落。这样一来,两族人之间的猜忌和争 斗开始了,胡图族人开始疯狂杀戮图西族人。而保罗是一个胡图族人,他有着图西族的妻子和朋友,为了挽救身边的人,挽救一个民族,他在越来越严重的局势中, 奋力救活1000个难民性命,卢旺达饭店上演了一幕幕感人至深的故事。
可惜的是,影片用了个人英雄主义的手法去讲述了一个历史故事,从叙事方式上面就犯了第一个错误。同样的手法不是没有,比如《勇敢的心》也算是,但是《勇敢 的心》几乎已经fictional,大家当故事来看的。你能想象若干年以后的马航如果拍成电影,讲一个英雄比讲整个事件要多的故事结构吗?
其次,影片是相当的好莱坞节奏,剧情展开,小高潮大高潮完全是商业片模式。这种模式用在纯商业片上的确节奏紧凑、悬念迭起、扣人心弦,但是用在一个 heart warming的灾难片中,如此的结构是很让人费解并且难以投入的。整个故事从技术角度来说,桥段/主题叫做predicament,就是困境等待救援。 但是电影的笔墨并没有给困境中的人,没有描述他们的恐慌、期待和团圆,而是过多的给了男主保罗,说他如何机智,如何舍身救人。所以观众给予那些等待救援的 人们的sympathy就少了很多,有时候甚至还觉得为什么卢旺达饭店的人可以享受特权?
第三,很多小手法太多余了。整个电影本来就应该让观众感受到同情和期待他们走出卢旺达饭店,那种情绪应该是主旨。但是因为片子太好莱坞了,就一定要加入很多其它手法,比如浪漫、煽情、悬念, which,没有一样是做好的。因为节奏关系,因为整个片子的基调已定,因为导演不知道笔墨放在哪里,所以每次任何一个effort到最后都没有能够激起观众的情绪。
跟《金陵十三钗》的感觉一样,本来挺好个题材,被拍成那样。
如果最高5分,那给电影3分。

MV剧本 (maybe最长的电影?)

(时代:文革
一个小女孩在一个有玻璃大窗的房间外面,贪婪的看着里面的人弹钢琴。她顺着玻璃窗一格一格走过去,就是想看的清楚一点。
一个在跟人打弹珠的男孩注意到了她。
她在一个废旧的仓库阁楼里面发现了一个老式钢琴,很旧很破,但是门被看楼人锁了

晚上没人的时候,她试图从阁楼的窗户爬进去,但是因为她很小,怎么也够不着。被路过回家的男生看到,他脱了衣服先爬了进去,然后伸手把她拉了上来。
她弹琴的时候,他在外面和自己玩弹珠,也帮她看着是不是有人会过来。
有的时候他就坐着听她弹琴,他很喜欢听她弹琴

他们就这样默契的每天他拉她进阁楼,陪她练琴。
冬天,她回到根本没有人的家,没有吃的,没有暖炉,
门响,是他来了,带来了面包、牛奶和热水袋
他把她的手捂在自己的手里

他们长大了
她还是每天晚上偷偷去练琴
他则是成了一个工厂的工人,业余时间练练拳击,一到时间就去接她回家

她看到了一个国际比赛的通知
他觉得她一定可以
可是他们没有钱支付机票

他还是把她送到阁楼练琴
自己回到车间,找人,约地下拳击赌博比赛
对手是一个比他壮多了的拳手

他被打的鼻青脸肿
从组织者手里拿了500块钱
他买上机票,放在信封里,塞到她屋子的门下

她准备好行李
又带上小时候他一直玩的一个弹珠
机场,她只是一个人,不知道他去了哪里

她参加比赛
不出所料,一举获得冠军
他的弹珠熠熠生辉

她回国,成为媒体的宠儿
很多年,她一直生活在光环下
而他一直没有踪影

其实那次比赛,他被击中了耳朵,耳膜撕裂
他没有了听力
他在残疾人学校当勤杂工
一个人的时候,他会去音乐教室坐在钢琴前发呆

有的时候他会读报纸上关于她的报道
她依旧笑的很漂亮
只是那一天,他看完报纸抬头的时候
她站在门口看着他
打着手语问他是否还记得他掉的那颗弹珠

他伸手从她手里接过弹珠的时候
她泪如雨下

MV剧本 可惜不是你

最长的电影 – MV剧本

 

 

 

家,早上

铅笔,橡皮,量尺,闹钟,手机。潇潇收拾起屋里的东西,赶地铁去学校。

 

室外,早上

纽约繁华的市中心,Parsons设计学院大楼。潇潇和同学打招呼,一路走上楼梯。

 

设计室

设计室里,她开始设计画图。每次看到相框里潇潇和可可的合影,总是甜蜜一笑,画笔随着也轻盈舞动,设计出漂亮的衣服。

 

楼前的台阶上

她坐着,开心的看着鸽子。拿出手机和可可skype通话。镜头回闪,她和可可以前整天嬉闹的场面。可可背着她在草地上走,两个人一起骑车。

 

画室里

她和同学一起在画板前写生。课结束之前,教授布置毕业设计。

 

设计室

同学都开始设计,潇潇一点思路都没有,面前的sketch book一直只白纸。别的同学都开始drape了。照片里的可可还是那么英俊。镜头回闪,海滩上,两个人一起写KKXX,这是他们自己的标记。

设计桌上的Ipad在呼叫,打开,是可可。电话那头的可可是那么的开心,他展示一张机票给潇潇看,是中国到美国的 – 他要来看潇潇。

潇潇开心的不知所措。

 

设计室

潇潇来了灵感,她要设计一件婚纱。镜头回闪,他们在墙上涂鸦,用粉笔在墙上写KKXX。

潇潇开始drape,模特架子上面是一件很漂亮、很漂亮的婚纱。

潇潇匆匆整理了东西,一路飞跑出去打车。

 

JFK机场

潇潇走在人群里。很远的地方,她看到了可可,开心的尖叫着冲过去抱着他。许久,她想哭想笑,她终于看到他了。

他把她放下,从身后拉出一个人,是一个和他很般配的漂亮的女生。女生跟潇潇打招呼,潇潇不知所措,却看到了他们拉在一起的手。两个人的手上都有戒指。

 

教堂休息室

潇潇给漂亮女生穿上她设计的婚纱。她穿着婚纱是那么漂亮。她站起来转身给潇潇一个拥抱。是的,她是一个幸福的新娘。

 

教堂大厅

可可和穿着婚纱的女生款款走向神父。潇潇是伴娘,她看着婚纱,看着可可。此情此景。

神父宣布他们结为夫妻,新婚夫妇接吻,然后手拉手走出教堂。

 

 

旋转木马

潇潇一个人独自坐在旋转木马上。镜头回闪,可可和潇潇走在铁路上,那长长的铁路,像是他们青春的记忆。

木马旋转着,恍然间她好像看到了可可。

可可正站在门口一看她。他手里拿着婚纱,婚纱的袖口上,里面,是用手工缝制的几个字:KKXX。

可可看着她。

 

(结束)

 

 

 

 

 

需要的场地:

写生教室

教堂

机场(可以用grand central代替)

 

演员:

可可

潇潇

可可妻子

老师

同学

神父

伴郎

各种宾客

剧本 International House

International House

 

Characters:

Lucy, Jenny, Charles and Daniel live in 2 2-bedroom apartments across the hall way. They know each other since college, and have very deep relationship. They are very different in person, but due to the friendship bound, they help each other and love each other.

 

Lucy: journalist, pretty, vigorous, idealistic, gets nervous easily, fussy, likes to get patted on the shoulder, likes to ask why. The world is beautiful to her. She is not with too much brain. She likes to be a winner and minds other people’s businesses. As a famous character in the Chinese community due to her job nature, she doesn’t seem to care about her public image.

 

Jenny: resident doctor, not pretty. She treats herself well, using the best quality everything. Disappointed by men, cynical and sometimes a bitch. She has high standards on everything, and sometimes it drives people crazy.

 

Charles: IT, short guy, likes to eat and is cheap. His biggest dream of whole life is to have a small business and have a bunch of pretty girls around him. However, the reality is opposite, he doesn’t have a business and no girl wants him. He is a coward on most matters, but is willing to help.

 

Daniel: financial analyst., tall and good looking. Strict and stiff, cool minded. Likes running in central park. He has very strong boundary, but in fact it’s to hide his lacking of confidence that he doesn’t think he can do anything else than finance and running. To him, if things go out of his calendar book, it will go wrong. Control freak, likes to say ‘no’

 

 

Christy: next door Chinese girl, pretty, ex-model, never worries about money. So bored that her biggest thing of a day is to go shopping for brand names. To her, it’s important to have love, but when love is vacant, it’s important to have a man.

 

Michael: next door neighbor, a white boy who is happy and simple. He likes to hang out with the Chinese to learn the language and the culture. He works for UNICEF.

 

 

 

留学生公寓

 

人物

 

 

Lucy, Jenny, Charles和Daniel住在两套对门的两室一厅公寓里。大家念大学时就开始认识,感情特别好,虽然性格差异很大,但是因为这份他乡异地的珍贵友情,所以相处很不错,而且随着时间推移,友情更加加深。

 

Lucy:记者,外向,漂亮,有活力,但是容易大呼小叫,大惊小怪,喜欢被吹捧,喜欢问为什么,争强好胜,爱管闲事,对于她来说世界是美好的,典型的傻大姐。在华人社区里有名,但是似乎不太注意自己的公众形象。

 

Jenny: 实习医生,不怎么漂亮,对自己很好,讲究吃穿用,对男人比较绝望,对什么都要求特别高,包括卫生,营养,讲话刻薄,但是虽然外表可恶,内心却是善良的。

 

Charles: IT,矮个子,贪吃,小气,一辈子最大的愿望是搞个自己的产业,搞一群美女在身边,但是事与愿违,既没有生意也没有追到女孩,胆小,却乐于助人。

 

Daniel: 金融分析师,帅气,冷静,做事刻板,喜欢跑步。不喜欢新事物,深层里,他非常没有自信,觉得自己除了金融和跑步一无是处。所以对于他,做事情必须一丝不苟,否色就会出错。

 

Christy: 漂亮女孩,住隔壁,前模特,不用工作不用愁吃穿,整天无聊的逛商店买名牌,对于她来说,爱情很重要,但是没有爱情的时候男人很重要

 

Michael: 住隔壁的白人男生,阳光,思想简单,喜欢跟留学生混一块儿,学中文和中国文化,在联合国工作,从事难民救援工作

剧本 Love Therapy

LOVE THERAPY

Doctor’s Office – Day
ANNIE is sitting in the couch and talking to her therapist HENRY.

ANNIE

I just feel that I have no trust in guys. Love to me is a game. Ever since my first boyfriend betrayed me, I find it’s hard to get into any relationship seriously. So recently I met this guy.

 

CUT TO
Vintage book store – Day
Annie’s hand is moving along the book shelves to search for a book. As soon as her hand stops at a book, another hand picked it up. Her hand isn’t ready to let go. So, now, two hands are on a same book.

Annie looks up. A good looking guy is holding her book, Little Lulu. This guy is her age, good looking, and well dressed, and everything good you can imagine would happen on a guy. His name is JOHNNY

ANNIE

I have to have this book.

JOHNNY

I love this book since I was a kid. I have my reasons too.

ANNIE

I really have to have it.

JOHNNY

How about each of us tell a story of why and we decide?

ANNIE

Sure. I never had my own comic book when I was a kid.

JOHNNY

Neither did I.

ANNIE

I borrowed Little Lulu from my play mate.

JOHNNY

And mine took it back after two days.

ANNIE

So everyday I sat outside of the classroom after school to read a page or two.

JOHNNY

And I secretly torn a page out of it.

(both smile)

JOHNNY

My name is JOHNNY. See, how about this, I leave you my number, and after you read it, call me up, so I can take over.

ANNIE

I’m Annie.

Doctor’s Office – Day
Annie and her doctor are in the old places, one on couch, and the other on chair.

ANNIE

He’s charming. He’s lovely. He’s just good. But I don’t know if I want it serious. I mean, love to me is a game, either you get dumped or you dump that person first.

DOCTOR HENRY

So, your commitment phobia comes from your deep insecurity, such that you are afraid you will get abandoned.

ANNIE

You think so?

DOCTOR HENRY

Yes. You keep getting into relationships to fill out the fear that you are not loved.

ANNIE

That might be true. And I really don’t feel like getting into a serious relationship. This guy to me is just another prey.

 

CUT TO

MONTAGE

Art Gallery – Day
Annie and Johnny are enjoying their good time.
Street – Day
Annie and Johnny are enjoying their good time: taking photos, playing and laughing.
Hiking Resort – Evening
They hug and kiss on top of the mountain.

Doctor’s Office – Day
Annie and her doctor are in the old places, one on couch, and the other on chair.

DOCTOR HENRY

Before the session starts, I have to tell you that I will be on a business trip next week, so we’ll miss 2 sessions.

ANNIE

That is not a problem.

DOCTOR HENRY

Okay. Go on.

ANNIE

I’m just afraid this will turn out to be another terrible one. If everything goes well, something would go wrong.

Clock turns and almost hits 45 minutes.

ANNIE

… But you know somehow I feel…

Clock goes off, and the alarm rings.

DOCTOR HENRY

We’ll have to talk about it next time.

ANNIE

… but …

Doctor sends Annie to the door, shows her way out and closes her outside.

ANNIE (outside of the door mumbling)

But I think I’m really in love this time.

 

FADE TO

A Village Resort – Evening
A car stops in the front, and walks out Annie and Johnny hand in hand. They look happy and have fun. They walk into the restaurant, which is apparently an upscale one and full of artistic atmosphere. It’s charming.

Restaurant – Evening
The waiter shows them their seats. They get seated, and start to chat. And when the waiter comes, they start to order.

JOHNNY

I would like to have a steak, half done. And you?

ANNIE

Hmm, I guess I will have a salad.

WAITER

I would recommend soup of the day, which is our chef’s recommendation.

JOHNNY

Good. Do you want to have a try?

ANNIE

Sure.
The waiter takes the menu away. Annie and Johnny can’t wait to resume their conversation.

JOHNNY (peaks at the TV and starts)

Evening news is where they begin with ‘Good evening’, and then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.
Annie laughs. The waiter comes up to serve the dishes. They start enjoying the food.

ANNIE

Wow, this is delicious.

JOHNNY

Yes, I really like this place. They cook the best steak in the world. You know, Confucius used to say: Man who eat many prunes get good run for money.

Annie laughs.

As they are talking, the camera moves to a faraway seat, which Annie’s backing at. A guy’s back is facing the camera, and he is delightedly chatting with a girl, a blonde and extremely hot girl. He takes up her hand to kiss from time to time. Apparently, they are a couple on a date.
At the sight, Johnny’s face freezes.

ANNIE

Anything wrong?

JOHNNY

No, nothing.

He eats while peaking at the faraway seat and meanwhile, he tries to stay calm.

ANNIE (continues the conversation)

Actually, I was once asked Do you ever notice that when you’re driving, anyone going slower than you is an idiot and everyone driving faster than you is a maniac? I think that speaks out quite the truth.

Johnny tries to listen to her while he notices that the couple on the faraway seats stand up to leave. Johnny grabs a waiter next to him.

JOHNNY

Check please.
Annie is a little startled. Johnny takes out a credit card and throws it on the table and stands up to catch up with that couple.
The camera follows. We can see he is catching the faraway guy in the dressing room.

Back to the table, the waiter is asking Annie for credit card signature.

ANNIIE

Can I sign for him?

WAITER

No. I don’t think so.

ANNIE

Well… Ok, let me go get him.
Annie stands up and walks to where Johnny went.

Dressing Room – Evening

We can only see Johnny’s angry face and vaguely a man (the guy who sat farway)’s back.
Johnny

I thought you were on business trip.

GUY (no face)

Yeah, I was. But… well, it’s not a right time. Nor is it a right place to talk about it.

JOHNNY

Do I need to make an appointment?

Annie rushed in.

ANNIE

Johnny, what’s going here?

GUY (no face)

Johnny? What the… is she doing here? Why are you with her?

ANNIE

Doctor!

JOHNNY

Doctor?

GUY/HENRY

Yeah, and I really don’t think you want to know about it. To put it short, son, you shouldn’t be with her.

JOHNNY

Dad, I don’t think it’s right of you to say that.

ANNIE

Dad?

So now it’s clear that the guy Annie has been dating is her doctor’s son.

Just when they were all astonished, a voice comes in with that blonde lady’s catwalk. GENE, aka BELLA got out of the lady’s room and gets into the mess.

BELLA/GENE

Henry, let’s go.

ANNIE

Oh… I guess your dad IS on a business trip. That’s apparently another “patient”.

BELLA/GENE

Annie?

ANNIE

Yes, Gene, if that’s still the name you use.

HENRY

You said you were Gene.

BELLA/GENE

Yeah, sometimes.

ANNIE

Doctor, you remember I told you when I was in college, I had a best friend whom I trusted with everything, until one day I found out she was sleeping with my boyfriend. Not that, for some reason, she tried very hard to seduce every guy I’ve dated, which, back then, made me feel totally worthless and abandoned. Thanks to her –  I always have relationship problems even now.

BELLA/GENE

See, Annie, I’m sorry.

ANNIE

No, don’t. I feel sorry for you, a person who would do anything to meet her jealousy, vanity and for money. So I think it’s quite a right thing for you to find a therapist. My mistake was that I just trusted you too much and took you as my best friend!

HENRY

I think we can talk about it in the next session.

ANNIE

No, we won’t. Next session we will be talking about that was left out in the last session. You were so stingy with time and you think every minute should be compensated by money.

Johnny

That’s true, Dad. You don’t spend time with mom.

BELLA/GENE

You are still married?

HENRY

Again, I… I don’t think this is a right moment.

ANNIE

No, let me finish. You never cared about your patient. Because if you do, you wouldn’t lie to them. Because if you do, you would have let me finish what I wanted to say in my last session, which is, I really fell in love with this guy and I think he is the true love of my life!

JOHNNY

Are you talking about me?

ANNIE

Yes. I would have never thought I’d fall in love. And honestly I have this feeling since I met you but I never knew how to let you know.

JOHNNY

And I truly love you too.

BELLA/GENE walks straight up to Annie and gives her a passionate kiss.

BELLA/GENE

I was jealous because they had you. You were the one whom I loved.
The waiter, we don’t know when, steps into the room.

WAITER (looks at the two girls)

God, that’s what I’ve been fantasizing and this is THE best dream you can have in your life.

HENRY

No, no, it’s not what you think. One is my girlfriend, and the other my son’s girlfriend.

 

WAITER

Ouhhhh… That’s even hotter.

 

BELLA/ GENE

Now I have expressed myself. I don’t have hide the fact that I’m bisexual. I don’t have to pretend someone who is looking for mature, old… and bald man… And I’m still jealous of this guy to have you.

 

HENRY

Look, if that’s an issue for you, I can always help. You can make an appointment with my office tomorrow.

BELLA/GENE

Forget it.

ANNIE

So I guess I have to change a therapist.

JOHNNY

No, you need love not a love therapist.

 
They hug and kiss.

The camera’s focus moves to the outside, where the sky is shining with stars. In the middle, there comes out a big hand drew heart.

OFF THE SCREEN MUSIC

<All You Need Is Love>