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  • A modern times tragedy

  • I wish to dedicate this movie to the France of tomorrow

  • but since she's embodied in you, i may, very humbly,

  • dedicate it to you, Mr Le Marechal.

  • It is when there is no more hope

  • that there's nothing to be hopless for.

  • I saw this on a stained glass, on the stained glass of my church

  • O the sun, the sea, the breeze the sailors on the shore

  • it's the harvest of all the dreams

  • a man, a woman and love, and it ends like it starts.

  • Goutard, eyes illness.

  • Sit down.

  • What's your job?

  • Snapshot editor and during the slack season, i'm a model.

  • I guess you came here for an assurance certificate

  • like your little friends.

  • No, i just wanted to know why the street gaslamps flicker this way

  • when i look at them at night.

  • Since...?- Since 6 to 8 months.

  • You should have come earlier, I could have operated on you.

  • - Operate? - Too bad.

  • What's your name?

  • Clarisse, but it is Venus for the artists.

  • Venus?!

  • - They say it was an antic godess who...- I know.

  • Why did you say " too bad"?

  • - Is it you? - It's me. My name has become a cigarette brand.

  • Every man buys me.

  • I'm really in demand!

  • It smells french fries in here.

  • What a funny face! You're scaring me.

  • - Do you have relatives? - Only a sister.

  • Mireille.She's waiting for me downstairs.

  • - Call her up.- I can't. It's too high. She's a cripple.

  • Why? Are you afraid to tell me?

  • I must know. In my job, eyes

  • need to be perfect.

  • You have an inferior

  • unsticking of the retina.

  • I don' t understand.

  • It would not help anyway.

  • Now, you have to be very sober.

  • No cigarettes.No alcohol. No...

  • The convent without the musketeers!

  • Try these medicines anyway.

  • So you think that.....

  • Don't desperate now.

  • It may last for one year, two years....

  • You have your degrees, so you don't tell stories...

  • Is it with this you could see?

  • - Is it really the truth? - You see i was wrong to tell you.

  • No stories! I' m only asking you if

  • it's really the truth! - I swear.

  • - Goodbye doctor. - Goodbuy Clarisse.

  • Please wait for i can't see you in detail no more!

  • So what did the doctor tell you?

  • Quick, let's go to the other oculist, Barbes.

  • Right now?-Yes!

  • -What's wrong?-Nothing, come i'll tell you.

  • At the red cork.

  • Do you know Clarisse's adress?

  • Shout you stupid.

  • It doesn't hurt.

  • Shout the like.

  • See you got the link:

  • first the legs, the arms,

  • the neck, the head, the chest and the back.

  • Lets start again.

  • - Is this one your father or your husband?- My husband.

  • When we sing the time of the cherries,

  • will be singing much better ....

  • much better ...

  • You're hurting me.

  • much better !

  • F sharp!

  • better..the mocking bird.

  • Hey, boy.

  • What's up my beauty?

  • - This Mr's looking for Venus adress. - Another one!

  • He met her in Paris.He's the painter, the big poster painter.

  • Mr Gazul.

  • You really hit the bull's eye with your poster!

  • Clarisse became Venus thanks to it for the customers.

  • - The customers?-No, not those ones!

  • A real hottie, this girl! but she burns up if you touch her!

  • - She came here only for singing. - Only?

  • It's mad how much the customers liked her!

  • Mad.

  • Bugger off, little snot!

  • Don't think i was taking personal advantage on her.

  • I never meant to.

  • Neither did she, you hear?

  • But she's such an astounding pretty girl!

  • - Yes indeed, unfortunatly! - Tartuff!

  • Give us the same.

  • - What does she do now? - She's in the photo.

  • My customers are launching a soap brand and they want

  • the same face for a new poster.

  • - Only the face? - Yes, because of her look.

  • It won't be easy because Madere closely looks after her.

  • He's a master mariner who loves her and waits for

  • the "noisy one " insurance to marry her.

  • What's that?- It's his boat.

  • It's damaged and been anchored for two years.

  • Trials.Expert's reports...

  • Meanwhile, he starves.

  • One more reason to make a deal with them.

  • Where can i find her?

  • At Madere's. On The "noisy one", at the boats cemetary..

  • Be careful, Madere isn't a common sailor.

  • He won't like you wandering around Clarisse and wanting her

  • face displayed again on every wall of France.

  • - And in every bathroom! - I've seen more..

  • Not like him! He's quite

  • an odd man.He only likes his boat, aside Clarisse.

  • With all the pianos you have sold

  • to Mr, don't you hear this one is blaring wrong?

  • Of course i do .Come on, Olympia, flatter!

  • You're wrong. Venus is not your kind of woman.

  • Very well.

  • You like this jackanapes!

  • - Absolutely.- Marjorie!

  • What's wrong, Roquefort?

  • A pin! It stung me!

  • Where at?

  • And it wants to be a world champion!

  • They all are stung by their Venus.

  • - Here baby, a Venus cocktail! - Thanks grandma.

  • What are you doing here?

  • I'm scared. I hear voices.

  • It's me. I' m training for

  • my ventriloquist show at the red corck.

  • Air ! You're letting me choke!

  • Air !

  • Turn it off. It cuts off the oxygen.

  • I can't do it Madere or

  • Ill have to stop the scuba pump!

  • Screwed-up!

  • 28 is an old age for a boat.

  • Poor old one.....

  • You're right to be sorry for me.

  • I' m sorry for the boat, stupid.

  • Don't worry this way.

  • You have no heart. You're a fool failed dog!

  • Don't you see that a boat

  • suffers, dies like a man! And talks too!

  • What is the "noisy one " telling today?

  • Nothing.She's crying.

  • - You hear? - Don't worry.

  • Stop unscrewing my head!

  • What were you doing idiot?

  • I was polishing my new show.

  • You've been polishing it for 10 years!

  • Soon, i'll be at the red cork.

  • Don't mention it anymore or i'll throw you to the sharks!

  • - What's wrong?-Nothing.

  • Only it's the fifth and bad things always happen to me then.

  • You're crazy about her, aren't you?

  • That's not saying enough, Ulysse.

  • If i look so sad since a few days, it's because i'm too happy with her.

  • Funny. Being too happy.

  • But i'm afraid we may quit.

  • I could never overcome it.

  • She's really cheering up the view!

  • Fortunately!

  • Who's that looney one coming to our place?

  • I'm waiting for a woman.

  • What woman?

  • That's my business!

  • I don't care who you're looking for but do it elsewhere!

  • - You're in a preserve. -So i'm a poacher!

  • What do you stop at the red cork for?

  • You know Madere has forbidden you to come here.

  • She must have split up with Madere.

  • What a chance!

  • If only she could sing here, we could pay the cottage cash!

  • Only her used to make money here!

  • Venus has guts but if

  • Madere finds her here, he will crush her!

  • Why don't you speak to me? Is it that serious?

  • Are you sure?

  • Come on, you must clear off here!

  • Who are you?

  • See the signature: Gazul.

  • That's me!- So what?

  • So i have a proposal for Clarisse.

  • I've been asked for her for her soap brand.

  • You sure would like her to pose in a bathtube.

  • This would be a change from the "noisy one ".

  • Cross her off your plans or i drop you!

  • What will Madere say?

  • You've heard what Barbes said. He has confirmed.

  • One year. Perhaps.

  • To think that what he liked the most were my eyes!

  • What will Madere say?

  • It was too beautiful! We loved each other too much!

  • Only in tales, it ends well.

  • One night, you go home,and,

  • because of a curse of fate,

  • the biggest love on earth suddenly

  • breaks apart like a castle of cards,

  • with no words left to the hearts...

  • I never could tell him such a thing

  • I know him.He looks like a brute, but he's the best of all.

  • He would not let his sorrow show

  • to ease mine. He would count down

  • my light days, and when it's over

  • and i can't see anymore,

  • he would want us to kill ourselves together.

  • My darling!

  • Even if i'm wrong, i don't want Madere to become a guide dog.

  • Can you see him guiding me by hands for years, like a slave?

  • Feeding me! No never!

  • How you must love him to say all this!

  • Two sisters, two cripples!

  • The blind one and the paralytic one.

  • The drunkenness of our father... What a heavy bill to pay!

  • I pay with my legs, you with your eyes.

  • - Promise me you won't... - Kill myself.

  • Put me at rest!

  • No, i won't if i can quit Madere.

  • Why quitting him right now?

  • Because later i would not be strong enough.

  • You must break off.

  • He only lives by you, for you.

  • What good reason will you give him?

  • That's my business.

  • Swear me that, whatever happens,

  • you will never tell Madere why!

  • I swear it!

  • - On my eyes? - On your eyes!

  • This will be the only memory.

  • Smoke....

  • Indigo! I'll have a room again.

  • And your singing show too?

  • No,i have a job; i want to

  • work. Alone. You understand?

  • So please book me the room 5 for tomorrow.

  • Please come Clarisse.

  • What time is it?

  • You toldd me she had to bring some edition work back from town.

  • She'll be back.

  • You don't know how jealous i am of all she does!

  • Even of the sweet portraits she fixes!

  • Jealous of postcards!?

  • Because she has to look at them too long.

  • And it ruins her eyes..

  • Gisele!

  • Back under?

  • Where is Madere?

  • Out - Too bad.I've brought him some rose seeds i sponsor.

  • - Seeds?- Gisele Rose.

  • Take it in your hanging garden, my little Ulysse.

  • My face is on the packs too.

  • Moron! Idiot!I'm suffocating!

  • What are you doing down there?

  • A new year's visit.

  • Don't you want me to come with you?

  • I'm afraid of fishtailed women.

  • It would not be of any use.

  • Right.Even at the seabed,

  • I'm in love with Clarisse.

  • Don't waste your breath.