Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles 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.