- 1. This film was restored in 2016
from the original negative
- 2. with funding from the CNC.
- 3. Image restoration by Eclair,
sound by I.E. Diapason.
- 4. Come here and give me a hand, boy!
- 5. Once upon a time, long ago
- 6. an old monk lived
in an Orthodox monastery.
- 7. His name was Pamve.
- 8. And once he planted
a barren tree on a mountainside
- 9. just like this.
- 10. Then he told his young pupil,
- 11. a monk named loann Kolov,
- 12. that he should water the tree
each day until it came to life.
- 13. Put a few stones there, will you?
- 14. Anyway, early every morning
- 15. loann filled a dipper with water
and went out.
- 16. He climbed up the mountain
and watered the withered tree
- 17. and in the evening
when darkness had fallen
- 18. he returned to the monastery.
- 19. He did this for three years.
- 20. And one fine day,
- 21. he climbed up the mountain and saw
- 22. that the whole tree
was covered with blossoms!
- 23. Say what you will, but a method,
a system, has its virtues.
- 24. You know, sometimes I say to myself,
- 25. if every single day,
- 26. at exactly the same stroke of the clock,
- 27. one were to perform the same single act,
- 28. like a ritual,
- 29. unchanging, systematic,
every day at the same time,
- 30. the world would be changed.
- 31. Yes, something would change.
It would have to.
- 32. One could wake up
in the morning, let's say,
- 33. get up at exactly seven,
- 34. go to the bathroom,
- 35. pour a glass of water from the tap,
- 36. and flush it down the toilet. Only that!
- 37. I'll be hard to get rid of today!
- 38. Beautiful, eh?
- 39. Like Japanese lkebana.
- 40. I will come to your house
to wish you well on your birthday.
- 41. I am very honored by the invitation!
- 42. Here's the last of it.
- 43. The post office is closed.
- 44. Anyone who turns up now
will just have to wait till tomorrow.
- 45. - Here!
- I don't have my glasses. Please read it.
- 46. “Happy Birthday, dear friend STOP.
- 47. Mighty Richard greets
good Prince Myshkin STOP.
- 48. God grant you joy, health and peace STOP.
- 49. From your loyal and loving
- 50. Richardians and ldiotists STOP.”
- 51. Oh, how touching!
- 52. A joke.
- 53. Friends, and their jokes!
- 54. “ldiotists... ” That's not half bad.
- 55. “God grant you joy... ”
Say, how is your relationship to God?
- 56. Non-existent, I'm afraid.
What do you mean?
- 57. It could be worse.
- 58. Here you are...
- 59. a famous journalist,
- 60. a theatrical and literary critic,
- 61. who lectures on aesthetics
for students at the university.
- 62. Hey, your lasso! Run and fetch it!
- 63. And essays...
- 64. you write them too.
- 65. But you're so gloomy!
- 66. What's that supposed to mean, “gloomy”?
- 67. Well, you shouldn't grieve so much.
- 68. You shouldn't yearn so for something.
- 69. You shouldn't be waiting like that.
- 70. One shouldn't be waiting for something.
- 71. “Shouldn't be waiting”?
Who says I'm waiting for anything?
- 72. We all are...
- 73. waiting for something!
- 74. Take me, for example.
- 75. All my life I've been going around
waiting for something.
- 76. All my life, in fact, I've felt as if...
- 77. as if I were waiting in a railway station.
- 78. And I've always felt as if...
- 79. as if the living I've done, so far,
hasn't actually been real life
- 80. but a long wait for it...
- 81. a long wait for something real,
- 82. something important! What about you?
- 83. Yes, if that's what you mean.
- 84. I just never knew you were interested
in that kind of problem.
- 85. But I am!
- 86. I most certainly am! Unfortunately.
- 87. Sometimes I get the most peculiar notions.
- 88. Yes, I mean it.
- 89. Like that dwarf, for example.
- 90. That notorious dwarf!
- 91. What dwarf?
- 92. Look here, you've managed
to muddle me up completely!
- 93. Oh, you know who I mean.
- 94. Eh? The one Nietzsche mentioned.
- 95. The one who made Zarathustra faint.
- 96. Faint? What are you talking about?
- 97. I say, do you know Nietzsche?
- 98. No, not personally.
- 99. I haven't really studied him
all that carefully.
- 100. However...
- 101. he interests me, I can't deny it.
- 102. SQ?
- 103. Sometimes I get silly things in my head,
things like this “eternal recurrence.”
- 104. We live, we have our ups and downs.
- 105. We hope.
- 106. We wait for something.
- 107. We hope, we lose hope,
we move closer to death.
- 108. Finally, we die
- 109. and are born again.
But we remember nothing.
- 110. And everything begins again,
- 111. Not literally the same way,
- 112. just a wee, wee bit different.
- 113. But it's still so hopeless
- 114. and we don't know why.
- 115. Yes...
- 116. No, I mean.
- 117. Really, it's quite the same,
- 118. literally, the same.
- 119. Just the next performance, so to speak.
- 120. If I'd made it all, I guess I'd have
done things the same way.
- 121. Funny, eh?
- 122. But I've heard all that,
it's nothing new.
- 123. You didn't invent it!
- 124. Do you really think that mankind
could devise a universal concept,
- 125. a model, so to speak,
- 126. of Absolute Law, of Absolute Truth?
- 127. Why, it'd be like trying
to create a new universe!
- 128. To be a demiurge!
- 129. And you actually believe in your dwarf,
do you? In your “recurrence”?
- 130. Yes...
- 131. Sometimes I do...
- 132. You understand?
- 133. If I truly believe,
- 134. it will be so.
- 135. “Believe that it hath been given
- 136. and it shall be given unto you.”
- 137. But now I think I'll head home.
It's late, I must think of a gift.
- 138. You needn't do that.
- 139. This is a very important day!
- 140. You'll be buried in telegrams!
- 141. What?
- 142. What are you mumbling about?
- 143. In the beginning was the Word.
- 144. But you are mute, mute as a fish.
- 145. A little smelt.
- 146. Look here, my boy, we've lost our way.
- 147. Humanity is also on the wrong road,
a dangerous road.
- 148. So, up you go!
Dear, how heavy you are.
- 149. The first impression that Man had...
- 150. How has he been lately? All right?
- 151. Yes.
- 152. In what way? He works a lot.
- 153. I don't like his monologues.
- 154. Alexander!
- 155. Doctor! Wait, we'll come to you.
- 156. You're not equipped
for a jaunt through Africa.
- 157. It's quite a job, you know.
- 158. - Hello.
- Hello! Welcome.
- 159. - Many happy returns.
- Thanks, thanks.
- 160. And you, young man, how are you?
- 161. Isn't it hard to keep silent?
- 162. I can well imagine.
But it's good for you.
- 163. Sociability is a burden.
- 164. Not all of us can bear it.
- 165. - My brave boy.
- Why “my”? He's “ours,” after all.
- 166. He gargles and goes to bed by himself.
- 167. Gargles? That's nothing!
- 168. Think how well he behaved
during the operation.
- 169. He's got the makings of a real man!
- 170. Open wide, now.
- 171. It looks fine. Keep that up
and you'll be talking in a week.
- 172. By the way, did you know
- 173. that Gandhi had one day in the week
when he spoke to no one?
- 174. - It was his system.
- 175. He was probably tired of people.
- 176. Shall we walk here?
- 177. You've deserted your patients.
- 178. And what elegance!
- 179. On a day like this,
one has to live up to expectations.
- 180. Your present's in the trunk.
- 181. Still more presents!
- 182. - It's time we went home.
- Yes, all of us.
- 183. But why don't you two take the car?
We'll follow on foot.
- 184. We must finish our chat.
Right, my boy?
- 185. Please don't be too late.
- 186. All right, little man?
- 187. Everything's almost ready.
- 188. Have I told you how your mother
and I found this place?
- 189. We came here on a trip once.
You weren't even thought of then.
- 190. It was the first time we were here.
- 191. We had no map with us,
we forgot to bring one.
- 192. Besides, we'd run out of gas.
- 193. We stopped somewhere near here,
then we kept going on foot.
- 194. Frankly, we were lost.
- 195. Then it started raining,
a cold, ugly drizzle.
- 196. We came to that bend over there,
by that dry old pine tree
- 197. and just then, the sun came out.
- 198. It stopped raining.
- 199. The light was dazzling!
Then we saw the house.
- 200. Suddenly I was sad that I didn't...
- 201. I mean, that we didn't live there
- 202. in that house under the pines,
so close to the sea.
- 203. How beautiful it was!
- 204. I knew that if I lived there,
I'd be happy until I died.
- 205. Hmm? What's wrong?
- 206. Don't be afraid.
There is no such thing as death.
- 207. No, there's the fear of death,
and that is an awful fear.
- 208. Sometimes it even makes people
do things they shouldn't.
- 209. But how different things would be
- 210. if only we could stop fearing death!
- 211. Huh? Oh, I was talking
about something else... Ah, yes.
- 212. As I was saying, we were enchanted
as we took in the beauty of it.
- 213. We couldn't tear ourselves away.
- 214. The peace, the stillness...
- 215. And...
- 216. it was plain that this house
was meant just for us.
- 217. It turned out to be for sale, too.
What a miracle!
- 218. And you were born in this house.
- 219. Do you like it?
- 220. Do you like your house?
Eh, my boy?
- 221. Man has defended himself, always
- 222. against other men, against nature.
- 223. He has constantly violated nature.
- 224. The result is a civilization built
on force, power, fear, dependence.
- 225. All our “technical progress”
- 226. has only provided us with comfort,
a sort of standard.
- 227. And instruments of violence
for keeping power.
- 228. We are like savages!
- 229. We use the microscope like a cudgel!
- 230. No, that's wrong...
- 231. savages are more spiritual than we!
- 232. As soon as we make
a scientific breakthrough
- 233. we put it to use in the service of evil.
- 234. And as for standard,
some wise man once said that sin
- 235. is that which is unnecessary.
- 236. If that is so,
then our entire civilization
- 237. is built on sin, from beginning to end.
- 238. We have acquired a dreadful disharmony,
- 239. an imbalance, if you will,
- 240. between our material
and our spiritual development.
- 241. Our culture is defective.
- 242. I mean, our civilization.
Basically defective, my boy!
- 243. Perhaps you mean that
we ought to study the problem
- 244. and look for a solution together.
- 245. Perhaps we could, if it wasn't so late.
- 246. Altogether too late.
- 247. God, how weary I am of this talk!
- 248. At last I know what Hamlet meant.
- 249. He was fed up with windbags.
- 250. And so am I! Why do I talk this way?
- 251. If only someone could stop talking
- 252. and do something instead!
- 253. Or at least, try to.
- 254. Little Man!
- 255. Little Man!
- 256. Dear God, what's wrong with me?
- 257. Fantastic!
- 258. Such remarkable refinement!
- 259. Such wisdom and spirituality.
- 260. And such pure childlike innocence as well.
- 261. At once profound, yet virginal.
- 262. It's unbelievable.
- 263. Like a prayer.
- 264. And all this has been lost.
We can't even pray any longer.
- 265. I had a rotten day today.
- 266. Or rather, a day I lost control of.
- 267. Thank you, Victor.
- 268. A splendid book!
- 269. Thanks for the wine too.
We'll have it later.
- 270. Above all, thanks for coming.
- 271. Have you...
- 272. never felt that your life was a failure?
- 273. No. Why?
- 274. I once felt exactly that way.
- 275. But since Little Man came along,
all that has changed.
- 276. Not all at once, of course.
- 277. A bit at a time as he grew bigger.
- 278. I'm very attached to him,
- 279. too much, I'm afraid.
- 280. But there is something
in all this that I resent.
- 281. I prepared myself for a life,
- 282. a higher life, so to speak.
- 283. I studied philosophy,
the history of religion, aesthetics.
- 284. And I ended up putting myself in chains,
- 285. of my own free will.
- 286. But at the same time, I'm happy.
- 287. Today, for example...
- 288. What happened today?
- 289. I got a telegram from my friends.
- 290. As a joke they signed it:
- 291. “Richardians and ldiotists.”
- 292. Old theater friends.
We played Shakespeare and Dostoyevsky.
- 293. - I remember.
- 294. - Remember what?
- Those performances.
- 295. - Oh, come now.
- Yes, I do!
- 296. I remember how you dropped
that vase from the tray and broke it.
- 297. And your eyes were full of tears.
- 298. I remember it well.
- 299. The vase, too.
- 300. It was white, with blue flowers.
- 301. That's right!
She does remember.
- 302. But those tears meant nothing.
I had something in my eye.
- 303. It hurt so, I didn't think
I'd get through the performance.
- 304. Alexander was superb as Prince Myshkin.
- 305. That role made you.
- 306. And then you just gave it all up.
- 307. The theater, the lot.
- 308. You threw away everything
after Richard III and The Idiot.
- 309. I don't know why.
- 310. - What “everything”?
- 311. What do you mean by “everything”?
- 312. The theater.
- 313. Everything!
- 314. “Success,” that's what you mean!
- 315. As it happens, theater isn't “everything.”
- 316. I couldn't take it anymore.
- 317. What do you mean?
- 318. Well...
- 319. For some reason, I started feeling
- 320. I was ashamed to impersonate
someone else, to play another's emotions.
- 321. But worst of all, I was ashamed
of being honest onstage.
- 322. It was a critic who first saw that.
- 323. But it wasn't sudden, not at all.
- 324. So you mean that an actor
may not keep his ego intact?
- 325. That he must lose his identity?
- 326. No, not quite.
- 327. What I mean is that an actor's identity
dissolves in his roles.
- 328. I didn't want my ego dissolved.
- 329. There was something in it
that struck me as sinful,
- 330. something feminine and weak.
- 331. Aha! Feminine!
So that's what's sinful.
- 332. I liked you as an actor,
so you quit. That's it!
- 333. - I don't know. That might be it.
- No, that was it!
- 334. I said it might be.
- 335. Always the last word!
- 336. She'll be his death!
- 337. Please, not today.
- 338. It's Alexander's birthday.
- 339. Thanks for defending me, Victor.
- 340. In other words,
first he seduced me with his acting.
- 341. Then he lured me from London
and abandoned me!
- 342. But I liked being the great actor's wife.
- 343. Forgive me, but I saw no harm in it.
- 344. Who's that, now?
- 345. By the way, Alexander,
I'll soon be leaving.
- 346. Leaving?
- 347. Leaving all this.
- 348. Has something happened?
- 349. I've been offered a clinic in Australia.
- 350. Are you serious?
- 351. You must tell me about it later.
- 352. It's Otto, the postman.
He's carrying something.
- 353. Julia!
- 354. Your beau's come calling!
- 355. Good evening!
- 356. - Many happy returns!
- 357. Here I am, and here's
a kind of present for you.
- 358. Thank you very much. What is it?
- 359. I don't think I can do this alone.
- 360. It's a map of Europe,
from the late 1600s.
- 361. Is it genuine?
- 362. How could it be?
It must be a copy, a reproduction.
- 363. No, not at all!
It's genuine, an original.
- 364. - How could anyone...
- Is it possible?
- 365. How beautiful it is!
We must take it inside.
- 366. Come, now.
- 367. But it's far too dear a gift.
I don't know if I...
- 368. Oh God, don't say that!
- 369. But it's far too much.
Too much, Otto!
- 370. I know it's no sacrifice, but...
- 371. And why shouldn't it be?
Of course it's a sacrifice!
- 372. Every gift involves a sacrifice.
- 373. If not, what kind of gift would it be?
- 374. Excuse me...
- 375. Otto. My name is Otto.
- 376. Oh.
- 377. Excuse me, Otto.
- 378. What are you doing in these parts?
- 379. I hear you haven't lived here long.
- 380. Smoke?
- 381. Once I went to the morgue
and saw the autopsied corpse...
- 382. of a man who had smoked all his life.
I saw his lungs.
- 383. I haven't smoked since.
- 384. Hear that, Alexander?
- 385. Yes, you're completely right.
- 386. I've only lived here two months.
- 387. Before then, I taught history
at a secondary school.
- 388. But when I was pensioned,
I moved here.
- 389. And here I am.
- 390. Nowadays I have fewer expenses,
and more time left over for my interests.
- 391. My sister used to live here.
She's dead now.
- 392. I understand you're employed
by the post office.
- 393. Yes, I'm a postman.
- 394. But not regularly.
Only in my spare time.
- 395. Hello, Maria!
- 396. I've put everything in order,
Mrs. Adelaide. Can I go now?
- 397. Yes, yes, Maria. Thank you.
- 398. Oh, yes! Do you think
you might just warm the plates?
- 399. Julia can do the rest.
- 400. Yes, Mrs. Adelaide.
- 401. I'll put the plates to warm at once.
- 402. I'll warm the plates.
- 403. Then can I go?
ls there something more?
- 404. No, no! You may go.
- 405. Julia's still here.
- 406. Oh, one more thing!
- 407. Would you put the candles on the table?
- 408. Then you may 9°"-
- 409. You have opened the wine,
- 410. Well, open it.
- 411. Then you won't be needed.
- 412. The plates, the candles, the wine.
- 413. We're neighbors, she and I.
- 414. We're acquainted.
- 415. Indeed? Congratulations.
- 416. She came from Iceland a few years ago.
- 417. Really?
- 418. She is very odd.
- 419. Who?
- 420. Maria.
- 421. Yes, Maria.
- 422. Sometimes she scares me.
- 423. It must've been lovely when men
thought the world looked like this!
- 424. This Europe looks more like Mars.
- 425. That is, it has nothing to do with truth.
- 426. No.
- 427. But people lived then.
- 428. And not badly, either.
- 429. But wait, what's the date...
- 430. uioday?
- 431. 1392...
- 432. It's best we put the map away now.
- 433. Otto, will you help me?
- 434. I have a feeling that our maps
have nothing to do with truth, either.
- 435. What truth?
- 436. You keep going on about truth.
- 437. - Truth! What is truth?
- There's no such thing.
- 438. We look, but don't see.
Here comes a cockroach...
- 439. A cockroach!
- 440. Here comes a cockroach
running 'round a plate.
- 441. He fancies that he's moving forward
with a definite purpose.
- 442. How do you know
what a cockroach thinks?
- 443. It could be a ritual.
- 444. - Yes!
- His own.
- 445. Aha. “Could be.”
- 446. Anything could be.
- 447. “Could be”!
- 448. Otherwise all we're left with
is this “truth,"truth.”
- 449. - Can I help?
- No, that's fine.
- 450. Let's put it there, Otto.
- 451. A fantastic map!
- 452. I'm glad you think so.
It's a first-class chart.
- 453. Where's Little Man?
Where's the boy?
- 454. I don't know.
He was here just a moment ago.
- 455. - Shall I look?
- No, no.
- 456. He seemed down, to me.
- 457. - Something wrong?
- I'll be right back.
- 458. Dinner's ready.
- 459. You said you had more time
for your interests...
- 460. What'd you mean?
- 461. Huh?
- 462. Take it easy.
- 463. He's around here.
- 464. - I'm sort of a collector.
- Are you?
- 465. What do you mean, “sort of”?
- 466. How shall I put it?
I collect incidents.
- 467. Things that are unexplainable but true.
- 468. I need a lot of time, though,
to gather evidence that they're true.
- 469. I need to travel, too,
and I need money for it.
- 470. That's why I'm a postman... as well.
- 471. Unexplainable?
- 472. Little Man should be here.
He loves stories like this.
- 473. Does he, indeed?
- 474. But still...
- 475. I don't really understand.
- 476. Well, for example...
- 477. No, not that one.
- 478. How about this one...
- 479. It happened before the war.
- 480. In Kénigsberg, a widow
was living with her son.
- 481. But then war broke out,
and the boy was drafted.
- 482. He was 18 years old.
- 483. They decided to see a photographer
and have a keepsake photo taken.
- 484. The mother and her son
were photographed together.
- 485. Then the boy...
- 486. the boy was sent off...
- 487. to the front.
- 488. A few days later, he was killed.
- 489. Good Lord!
- 490. In the midst of all
the commotion and calamity
- 491. the widow, of course,
forgot about the photos.
- 492. “Of course”?
Why, how could she forget such a thing?
- 493. - It's not important.
- No, it's not very important at all.
- 494. The fact is, this woman
never fetched the photographs.
- 495. The war ended. She moved to another town
far from her memories.
- 496. But didn't she even try
to find the photographer?
- 497. It was her last photo of her son!
- 498. But do let him make his point.
- 499. Sorry.
- 500. - Mommy...!
- I'll be quiet. Sorry.
- 501. It doesn't matter.
- 502. Some years later...
- 503. I think it was in 1960...
- 504. the widow visited a photographer
- 505. to have her photo taken.
She intended to give it to a friend.
- 506. The photo was taken,
but when she got the prints
- 507. she saw not only herself on them,
- 508. but her dead son, too.
- 509. In the photos, he was 18
- 510. and she was as old as she was
when these last photos were taken.
- 511. Did it happen like that?
- 512. Just as you told us?
- 513. Yes. That's how it happened.
- 514. How did you check it?
- 515. I've spoken with the woman.
- 516. And I have the photo
- 517. showing her in 1960
and her son in a 1940 uniform.
- 518. Oh, dear God!
- 519. And besides...
- 520. I have a copy of his birth certificate
- 521. and an official copy
of the notice of death.
- 522. Are you pulling our leg?
- 523. No, by no means!
- 524. I have about 300 similar incidents.
- 525. 284, to be exact.
- 526. We are blind, simply.
- 527. We see nothing.
- 528. What was that? What do you think?
- 529. Are you ill?
- 530. No...
- 531. nothing's wrong.
- 532. It was only an evil angel passing by,
who saw fit to touch me.
- 533. And you see fit to joke with us, eh?
- 534. There are jokes
and then there are jokes, Doctor.
- 535. There's nothing to joke about here.
- 536. Maria!
- 537. Who made that?
- 538. Little Man.
- 539. Little Man, really?
- 540. - Where is he?
- He's upstairs.
- 541. I think he's in his room.
- 542. That's good.
- 543. But what is it?
- 544. He made it for you.
- 545. It's his birthday present to you.
- 546. It was he and Otto, the postman,
who built it together.
- 547. Don't say that I told you,
- 548. He wanted to show it off himself.
- 549. I'll go now.
- 550. Happy birthday.
- 551. Go home now!
- 552. It's so damp out.
- 553. - May I come in?
- Yes, come in.
- 554. Oh, it's you. Come in!
- 555. Things are almost ready downstairs.
- 556. What on earth is that?
- 557. What's what?
- 558. The picture, there.
- 559. On the wall, what is it?
- 560. I can't see clearly.
It's behind a glass. And it's so dark.
- 561. It's the Adoration of the Three Kings
- 562. by Leonardo.
- 563. A reproduction, of course.
- 564. My God, how sinister it is!
- 565. I've always been terrified of Leonardo.
- 566. are now being organized nationwide...
- 567. This is even the duty
of all officers of the army.
- 568. Every responsible citizen...
- 569. is expected to behave with courage...
- 570. to keep a cool head...
- 571. and to help the army...
- 572. in its efforts to re-establish peace,
- 573. order, and discipline.
- 574. The only dangerous enemy
in our midst at the moment,
- 575. is panic.
- 576. It is contagious,
- 577. and won't allow itself to be ruled
by common sense.
- 578. Order and organization...
- 579. and nothing less, good citizens.
- 580. Only order... order...
- 581. against this chaos.
- 582. I beg you, I humbly appeal
- 583. to your courage and...
- 584. in spite of all...
- 585. to your common sense.
- 586. Shall we eat? And wake the boy?
- 587. We have here,
unfortunately, such a base...
- 588. with four missile warheads.
- 589. And it is very likely...
- 590. that these warheads,
- 591. What's this?
- 592. will be used against us.
- 593. Communications
may be broken at any time...
- 594. but I have told you
what is most important...
- 595. my fellow citizens.
- 596. You are to stay where you are.
- 597. There is no place in all of Europe
- 598. that is safer
- 599. than where we are now.
- 600. In this regard,
- 601. we are all forced into the same situation.
- 602. All districts will be under the control
- 603. of special military units...
- 604. so that... so that...
- 605. Surely this isn't...
- 606. Shouldn't one do something?
- 607. I've waited for this all my life.
- 608. My whole life has been
one long wait, for this.
- 609. Can't we do something?
- 610. Victor!
- 611. Mama, please calm down!
- 612. Victor!
- 613. Shh! The boy is asleep.
- 614. He mustn't be awakened.
- 615. It's all my fault!
- 616. This is my punishment!
- 617. The boy's sleeping.
- 618. Don't wake him.
- 619. - Little Man! Where is he?
- He's sleeping.
- 620. Julia!
- 621. Fetch the black bag by the piano.
- 622. Maybe later.
- 623. Put it on the table!
- 624. Julia, do you need one, too?
- 625. No, I don't want it! It's not necessary.
- 626. Yes, it is.
- 627. It's absolutely necessary.
- 628. And it's completely harmless.
- 629. It will be easier
for all of us if you take it.
- 630. No! I don't want to!
- 631. - And you, Alexander?
- No, I'll have a drink instead.
- 632. Just don't drink too much.
- 633. It'll only make it worse.
- 634. Otto?
- 635. Oh no, don't worry.
- 636. Thanks, but I don't need it.
- 637. Julia?
- 638. We must go up to the boy.
He's not to wake up now!
- 639. I'll go with you.
- 640. Julia can stay with Mama.
- 641. Sleep now, sleep.
- 642. We'll be right back.
- 643. It's dead.
- 644. The telephone's dead.
- 645. Oh, dear God...
- 646. Why do we always do
the opposite of what we want?
- 647. Always!
- 648. I have loved one man...
- 649. and married another.
- 650. Why?
- 651. Would you like something to drink?
- 652. No, no.
- 653. Nothing. Thanks, Otto.
- 654. No.
- 655. I think I know, now.
- 656. We simply don't want
to depend on anyone.
- 657. When two people love each other,
- 658. they don't love in the same way.
- 659. One of them is strong,
- 660. the other, weaker.
- 661. And the weaker is always the one
who loves without reckoning...
- 662. without reservation.
- 663. It feels now as if I've awakened
- 664. from some kind of dream...
- 665. after some other kind of life.
- 666. For some reason,
I always offered resistance.
- 667. I fought against something.
- 668. I defended myself,
- 669. just as though I'd had...
- 670. someone else inside me, saying:
- 671. Don't give in to anything...
- 672. don't go along with...
- 673. anything...
- 674. or you'll die!
- 675. But God, how foolish we are anyway!
- 676. That's good.
- 677. It's good
that you finally understood that.
- 678. How do you feel?
- 679. - Better now?
- 680. I've finally understood,
- 681. even though it's a bit late.
- 682. But what shall we do now?
- 683. The telephone isn't working, of course.
- 684. We could get into the car
and drive north,
- 685. where it's quieter...
- 686. But it's no use.
- 687. No. It's the same everywhere.
- 688. And no one knows where it's worst.
- 689. No, no! We'll stay here.
- 690. There, there...
- 691. Easy, easy...
- 692. We won't go anywhere!
- 693. We're staying here!
- 694. Victor!
- 695. And now...
- 696. Now we shall eat dinner.
- 697. Excuse me, but I must go now.
- 698. I have a few things to put in order.
- 699. What will you do, Marta?
- 700. Julia.
- 701. Go wake Little Man!
- 702. Today is a very special day.
- 703. We must be together.
- 704. Please stop it!
- 705. Julia, did you hear me?
- 706. - It's best not to wake him.
- 707. I'm not going to wake him.
- 708. I have no intention of doing it.
- 709. And I won't allow anyone else to, either.
- 710. He's asleep now,
and we mustn't wake him,
- 711. or frighten him.
- 712. A lot can happen while he's sleeping.
- 713. If God wills it,
he'll never know what's happened.
- 714. Don't scare him!
Please, I beg you!
- 715. If you have to torture someone,
let it be Mr. Alexander.
- 716. Or me, for that matter.
- 717. Choose whom you will,
since you can't do otherwise.
- 718. But I will not allow you
to torture the boy.
- 719. My dear girl...
- 720. My poor, dear girl...
- 721. Forgive me.
- 722. Our Father, Who...
- 723. Our Father, Who art in Heaven...
- 724. hallowed be Thy Name.
- 725. Thy Kingdom come...
- 726. Thy will be done...
- 727. Give us this day our daily bread...
- 728. And deliver us from evil.
- 729. For Thine is the Kingdom...
- 730. and the Power...
- 731. and the Glory.
- 732. Amen.
- 733. Lord!
- 734. Deliver us in this terrible time.
- 735. Don't let my children die,
- 736. nor my friends...
- 737. my wife...
- 738. Victor...
- 739. all those who love Thee
and believe in Thee...
- 740. All those who do not believe in Thee,
because they are blind...
- 741. those who haven't given Thee a thought...
- 742. simply because they haven't yet
been truly miserable.
- 743. All those who in this hour
have lost their hope, their future...
- 744. their lives...
- 745. and the opportunity
to surrender to Thy will.
- 746. All those who are filled with dread
- 747. who feel the end coming closer...
- 748. who fear, not for themselves,
but for their loved ones.
- 749. All those whom no one,
- 750. except Thou, can offer protection.
- 751. Because this war is the ultimate war
- 752. a horrible thing.
- 753. And after it, there will be
no victors and no vanquished...
- 754. no cities or towns, grass or trees,
- 755. water in the wells,
- 756. or birds in the sky.
- 757. I will give Thee all I have.
- 758. I'll give up my family, whom I love.
- 759. I'll destroy my home,
- 760. and give up Little Man.
- 761. I'll be mute, and never speak
another word to anyone.
- 762. I will relinquish everything
that binds me to life...
- 763. if only Thou dost restore
everything as it was before...
- 764. as it was this morning and yesterday.
- 765. Just let me be rid of...
- 766. this deadly...
- 767. sickening, animal fear!
- 768. Yes, everything!
- 769. Lord!
- 770. Help me...
- 771. I will do everything I have promised Thee.
- 772. Come here, Victor.
- 773. Help me!
- 774. My boy!
- 775. - What is it?
- Sorry to get you up.
- 776. - Were you asleep?
- What is it? What's happened?
- 777. There's still one last chance!
- 778. A chance? What kind of chance?
- 779. A chance. One last hope.
- 780. What kind of hope?
What's the matter with you?
- 781. Nothing's the matter with me.
But Maria can do it. Maria!
- 782. Maria?
- 783. Which Maria? Do what?
- 784. You must go to her and convince her.
- 785. Do you understand?
- 786. Where must I go?
- 787. Whom must I convince?
- 788. Come in, have a drink.
I had one and I feel better.
- 789. There's no light anymore.
- 790. How long have I slept?
- 791. You shouldn't drink that by the glassful.
- 792. It's very good cognac, that.
- 793. Where is everybody?
- 794. Are they sleeping?
- 795. They're downstairs,
sitting 'round the table.
- 796. - They're very fond of you.
- Sitting 'round what table?
- 797. You must go to Maria at once!
- 798. Which Maria?
- 799. Can't you express yourself more clearly?
- 800. Maria, you know her!
One of your servant girls.
- 801. Yes! Yes,
- 802. I'll explain later.
Don't rush me!
- 803. Who's rushing you, for God's sake!
- 804. Why do you always
have to beat around the bush?
- 805. She lives...
- 806. on a farm on the other side of the bay.
- 807. Behind the church.
- 808. It's closed now.
- 809. Who?
- 810. “Who”?
- 811. I'm not talking about “who.”
I mean the church.
- 812. But I asked who lives there.
- 813. What's the church got to do with it?
- 814. Who lives there?
Why, Maria, of course.
- 815. Your servant. I've been trying
to tell you that for half an hour!
- 816. Can't you pay more attention!
- 817. This is very important.
- 818. Pay attention? I...
- 819. I know where she lives.
My wife showed me.
- 820. Oh, I think that... l...
- 821. Yes, it's quite all right.
- 822. It's all right, believe me.
- 823. I'll sit here by you.
- 824. What was it you said
about the servant?
- 825. Oh, yes, your servant girl...
- 826. - Did you hear?
- Hear what?
- 827. What was that?
- 828. I don't know... I don't know.
- 829. I thought it sounded like music.
- 830. In any case, you must go to Maria!
- 831. But why?
- 832. Don't you want all of this
to be over and done with?
- 833. For what to be done with?
- 834. Everything!
- 835. The whole lot!
- 836. God, Otto!
- 837. There is an end to this.
- 838. Otto!
- 839. Yes.
- 840. You must go to Maria and lie with her.
- 841. What?
- 842. I say, you must go and lie with Maria!
- 843. Lie with Maria?
- 844. It's very simple. She lives alone.
- 845. And if you only wish
for one thing at that moment:
- 846. That all this will be over,
then it will be!
- 847. There'll be no more of it!
- 848. But that's madness, Otto!
- 849. Good God, Otto.
- 850. You don't understand a thing.
- 851. It's true!
- 852. It's a holy truth.
- 853. She has very special qualities, you know.
- 854. I've gathered evidence. She is a witch!
- 855. In what sense?
- 856. In the best sense.
- 857. Are you joking again?
- 858. Still having me on
with your Nietzschean pranks?
- 859. Is there any other way out?
- 860. There is no other alternative.
- 861. None, whatsoever.
- 862. What alternative, Otto? What alternative?
- 863. What are you talking about?
- 864. It's best if I go now.
- 865. I've left the bike for you...
- 866. down there by the shed.
- 867. Don't take the car, they'll hear you.
- 868. I've put a ladder against the balcony.
- 869. Go to Maria...
- 870. but be careful!
- 871. There are a couple of broken spokes
in the front wheel.
- 872. I once caught my pants-leg in them.
- 873. I almost fell in the water.
- 874. - What pants-leg?
- The right one.
- 875. Be careful!
- 876. Have you finally understood
what I told you?
- 877. Do you hear what I'm saying?
- 878. Yes, what about it?
- 879. No... never!
- 880. Anyway, I prefer Piero della Francesca!
- 881. As I understood Alexander's words,
- 882. that it is peculiar for a man
- 883. to change, of his own free will,
into a work of art.
- 884. Generally,
the result of all poetic striving
- 885. lies so far from its author
that one can hardly believe
- 886. that it is a man-made creation.
- 887. In the case of the actor,
though, the reverse is true.
- 888. The actor is, himself,
his own creation, his own work of art.
- 889. Excuse me.
- 890. - I'll be right back.
- Don't stay long.
- 891. How much gas do we have left?
- 892. - Will it last?
- I don't know. I'll see.
- 893. They brought new tanks last week.
Don't you remember?
- 894. Julia! Come here to us.
- 895. - Who is it?
- It's me.
- 896. Mr. Alexander?
- 897. Has something happened?
- 898. But why stand there? Come in.
- 899. It was only by chance
that I heard you knock.
- 900. The kerosene gave out,
so I got up to fill the lamp.
- 901. Has something happened?
- 902. Why don't you say anything?
- 903. What is it? Is it something at home?
- 904. Something's happened at your house again.
- 905. Is that it?
- 906. But don't you...
- 907. don't you have a TV?
- 908. Yes, a small one. But...
- 909. it went dead about 11:00,
and didn't come on again.
- 910. What...
- 911. What's happened to your hands?
- 912. I fell off the bike.
- 913. Did you come on a bike?
- 914. Yes, I did. I fell.
- 915. Come!
- 916. You mustn't go about with dirty hands.
- 917. Thank you.
- 918. You're welcome.
- 919. As a child, I played this prelude.
- 920. My mother loved it.
- 921. Years ago,
- 922. before I was married,
- 923. I often went to visit my mother...
in the country.
- 924. She was still alive in those days.
- 925. Her house, a little cottage,
- 926. was surrounded by a garden...
- 927. a little garden,
- 928. dreadfully neglected and overgrown.
- 929. No one had tended it for many years
- 930. and I don't think...
- 931. anyone had ever been in it.
- 932. Even then, my mother was very ill.
- 933. She almost never left the house.
- 934. Still,
- 935. amidst the ruin of the garden
- 936. there was something
that was, in its way, beautiful.
- 937. Yes, now I know what it was.
- 938. When the weather was fine...
- 939. she often sat at the window...
- 940. looking out at the garden.
- 941. She even had a special chair
by the window.
- 942. Once, though, I decided
that I would tidy things up...
- 943. in the garden, that is.
- 944. I wanted to mow the grass,
burn the weeds, prune the trees.
- 945. On the whole,
- 946. I wanted to redo the garden
in my own taste...
- 947. with my own hands.
- 948. Yes, simply to please my mother.
- 949. And for two solid weeks...
- 950. I went at it with shears and a scythe.
- 951. 'Dug... -...
- 952. and cut...
- 953. and sawed...
- 954. and weeded...
- 955. I kept my nose to the ground, literally.
- 956. And I took great pains
to get it ready as soon as possible.
- 957. My mother's condition grew worse,
- 958. and she kept to her bed.
- 959. But I wanted her to be able...
- 960. to sit by the window
- 961. and see...
- 962. her new garden.
- 963. In short,
- 964. when I was finished
and everything was ready...
- 965. I took a bath...
- 966. put on fresh underwear,
a new jacket, even a tie.
- 967. Then I sat down in the chair
to see what I'd made,
- 968. through her eyes, as it were.
- 969. LI-I
- 970. I sat there...
- 971. and looked out through the window.
- 972. I had prepared myself to enjoy the sight.
- 973. Anyway, I looked out the window
- 974. What did I see?
- 975. Where had all the beauty gone?
- 976. The naturalness of it?
- 977. It was so disgusting.
- 978. All that evidence of violence!
- 979. I remember once
when my sister was young.
- 980. She went to a barber and had her hair cut.
It was the fashion then.
- 981. Her hair was unbelievably lovely.
- 982. Golden yellow, like Lady Godiva's.
- 983. She came home pleased as punch.
- 984. Then my father saw her.
- 985. He began to cry.
- 986. I think it was the same with the garden.
- 987. And your mother?
- 988. It's three o'clock!
- 989. We won't have time...
- 990. But your mother... did she see it?
- 991. Maria...
- 992. My being here must be
an imposition on you.
- 993. You can't sleep.
- 994. What do you mean?
- 995. What do you mean?
- 996. Could you...
- 997. Could you love me, Maria?
- 998. What are you saying?
- 999. Love me, I beg you!
- 1000. Save me.
- 1001. Save us all!
- 1002. I know who you are.
He... He told me!
- 1003. Please, please.
- 1004. Save us, I beg you!
- 1005. What are you talking about?
- 1006. Go home now.
- 1007. Do you want me to go with you?
- 1008. I... I have a bicycle, too.
- 1009. Don't kill us.
- 1010. Save us, Maria.
- 1011. But why?
- 1012. You poor, poor man.
- 1013. Why? No, not that way!
- 1014. You poor man.
- 1015. Don't be afraid. What's wrong?
- 1016. Who has frightened you so?
Calm down, calm down.
- 1017. I understand, I know...
- 1018. that it concerns your home.
- 1019. I know her, she is wicked.
- 1020. I know her. They've hurt you...
- 1021. frightened you.
- 1022. Don't be afraid of anything.
- 1023. Everything's going to be all right.
- 1024. Be calm.
- 1025. Don't be afraid, not of anything.
- 1026. It's all right now, all right.
- 1027. You poor, poor man.
- 1028. There, there.
- 1029. There's nothing to fear.
- 1030. Don't be afraid.
- 1031. Nothing will happen to you here.
- 1032. Don't cry, don't cry.
- 1033. Everything will be fine.
- 1034. - Just love me.
- 1035. My poor dear.
- 1036. What have they done to you?
- 1037. There, there...
- 1038. No... no.
- 1039. What is it?
- 1040. - Calm down!
- No, no!
- 1041. I c-c-can't!
- 1042. I can't!
- 1043. Drink this.
- 1044. No.
- 1045. There...
- 1046. It'll soon be over.
- 1047. What's frightened you so, Alexander?
- 1048. Mama!
- 1049. Hello!
- 1050. Hello, is it Martin?
- 1051. Yes. Alexander?
- 1052. Yes, it's me.
- 1053. Your voice is so weak.
- 1054. Oh. Better now?
- 1055. - Yes, it's better.
- I wonder, is the editor in?
- 1056. Yes, but I don't think he's free.
- 1057. You can't imagine
what things are like here today.
- 1058. You were to see him next week.
- 1059. Yes, but it wasn't important.
A trifle... it doesn't matter.
- 1060. I'll call back.
- 1061. All right, until then.
By the way, congratulations!
- 1062. On what? Oh, of course!
- 1063. Mama, did you know that
our Victor is leaving for Australia?
- 1064. What'd you say? To Australia?
- 1065. Yes, and he's not coming back.
He's been offered his own clinic.
- 1066. I heard it last night.
- 1067. Right, Victor?
- 1068. - Why are you laughing?
- I'm not laughing!
- 1069. When did you decide that?
- 1070. Australia!
- 1071. You must be mad!
- 1072. I don't know why I chose Australia.
- 1073. I don't know.
- 1074. It doesn't matter.
- 1075. I'm tired, that's all.
- 1076. All right!
But what's to become of us?
- 1077. Of Alexander?
- 1078. The fact is, what I'm most tired of
is the lot of you.
- 1079. Tired of being your nursemaid.
- 1080. Your nursemaid and your warden.
- 1081. Tired of wiping your noses.
- 1082. Victor, are you mad?
- 1083. Pardon.
- 1084. What are you saying?
- 1085. May I smoke?
- 1086. Marta, go away! Go, go, go!
- 1087. Go, go, go!
- 1088. God, Mama, I'm not a child!
- 1089. Call your father to breakfast!
- 1090. - But...
- Is it too much to ask?
- 1091. All right, I'll go.
- 1092. Oh, her ways!
- 1093. So calculating.
- 1094. I won't let you go, Victor!
- 1095. I don't know about Mama,
but I won't let you go!
- 1096. Something's wrong here
and I'm fed up with it.
- 1097. Yes. You can forget about me,
and Marta, and the boy...
- 1098. But Alexander is your friend!
- 1099. He'll always be.
- 1100. But he needs you!
- 1101. He has a wife to take care of him.
- 1102. She ought to, anyway.
- 1103. He has a family, a splendid house...
- 1104. - and a son he adores.
- Fine and dandy!
- 1105. Julia!
- 1106. Fetch your mistress' jacket! She's cold!
- 1107. So thoughtful!
- 1108. Little Man. Where is he?
- 1109. Look, he's left this note!
- 1110. What's it say?
- 1111. “My dears: I've slept badly this night.
Please don't wake me.
- 1112. Go and take a little walk.
- 1113. The boy will show you his Japanese tree
that we planted yesterday.
- 1114. Or was it today?
I don't remember, it matters not.
- 1115. I kiss you all.
- 1116. I've taken my pills.
- 1117. Forgive me, even now.
- 1118. June 19, 1985.
- 1119. 10:07 a.m. Papa A.”
- 1120. Shall we take a walk,
before the weather changes?
- 1121. “Forgive me, even now”...
What did he mean by that?
- 1122. And why the exact time?
- 1123. Mama, you know how he is.
- 1124. “How he is... ”
- 1125. I think that “his” kindness
- 1126. would be enough to see us all through.
- 1127. But he'll be around longer than that.
- 1128. “How he is”!
- 1129. What'd I say wrong?
- 1130. Have you enough kindness left for “him”?
- 1131. All right, Victor.
But why must he be such a child?
- 1132. Maybe I want to be a child as well!
- 1133. We all want something.
I, for one, want to go to Australia.
- 1134. Well, gather the ashes.
- 1135. Put them in a glass,
fill it with wine, and drink it.
- 1136. - Why?
- Don't ask me.
- 1137. Someone said so.
- 1138. If you do, you'll remember this
the rest of your life.
- 1139. Come, let's go.
- 1140. Julia, come with us!
- 1141. Fetch the boy and we'll go.
- 1142. I had a dream recently.
- 1143. I was walking the streets, begging.
- 1144. When I woke, I cried and cried.
- 1145. The boy's not there!
- 1146. He's already gone out.
- 1147. I think I know where.
- 1148. To the Japanese tree?
- 1149. He and the boy are just crazy
about their Japan.
- 1150. Why lust Japan?
- 1151. First it's Australia, then Japan.
- 1152. God, I can't take much more of this!
- 1153. What about this morning?
I turned on his music...
- 1154. But he didn't fancy his Japanese.
He shut it off.
- 1155. He says he and the boy
were Japanese in an earlier life.
- 1156. I wish someone would tell him
what to make of this life.
- 1157. Maybe that springs
from a deep inner need.
- 1158. Maybe it's easier for him so.
- 1159. Why can't I find an easier way?
- 1160. Can't you?
- 1161. You seem to have all sorts
of schemes to that end.
- 1162. But nothing quite
so far-fetched as Australia.
- 1163. My God, what is all that nonsense about?
- 1164. Australia! It's absurd!
- 1165. Flowers!
- 1166. I don't understand.
- 1167. What've I done with them?
Where are they?
- 1168. Alexander!
- 1169. What's happened?
- 1170. I did it. Don't be upset!
Listen to me, Victor.
- 1171. I've got something very impor-
- 1172. No! Silence!
- 1173. Say nothing! Ask nothing!
- 1174. Come, Alexander!
You can't stay here!
- 1175. Come, now.
- 1176. Let him be!
What are you doing to him?
- 1177. Don't touch him!
- 1178. See you, Alexander!
- 1179. In the beginning was the Word.
- 1180. Why is that, Papa?
- 1181. This film is dedicated to my son Andriosha
with hope and confidence
- 1182. English Translation by Susanne Heine