Déjà Vu - Scenes 5 to 8

Scenes 5 to 8

Déjà Vu, Caroline and Karime © Sebastien Rabany

A co-production between BBC Radio 4 and Franco-German Company Arte

  • SCENE 5

     
  • PERE LACHAISE CEMETERY. THEY ARE STANDING IN FRONT OF A GRAVE.

     
  • HIM: Tu veux pas faire un petit bisous à Oscar ? Oscar Wilde.

     
  • HER: It’s covered in lipstick.

     
  • HIM: Allez, un petit ... ?

     
  • HE MAKES A KISSING SOUND.

     
  • HER: No! I couldn't kiss a tombstone.

     
  • HE LAUGHS. SHE LAUGHS GENTLY TOO. SHE STOPS.

     
  • HER: [READING] “And alien tears will fill for him pity's long-broken urn. For his mourners will be outcast men and outcasts always mourn.”

     
  • HIM: En français ?

     
  • HER: Well … he's saying … outsiders … [SUDDENLY SHE GRABS A WORD] l' étranger … always … sad.

     
  • HIM: Triste … l' étranger … very good.

     
  • HER: Albert Camus. You've read L' Étranger ?

     
  • HIM: Bien sûr. He is Algerian.

     
  • THEY WALK.

     
  • HER: Is Camus buried here?

     
  • HIM: Ici ? Non. Ici … Chopin … Balzac … Jim Morrison.

     
  • HER: Oh. Can we see Jim Morrison?

     
  • HIM: It is not very impressive.

     
  • HER: I don't care.

     
  • HIM: Bien, viens alors.

     
  • HE GRABS HER HAND AND THEY RUN. SHE SCREAMS.

     
  • HER: Stop!

     
  • HIM: C'est tout près.

     
  • HER: I can't run anymore. Ahmed!

     
  • HIM: Juste là.

     
  • HIM: [SINGS] Come on baby, light my fire.

     
  • THEY STOP.

     
  • HER: Those kids, they're looking at us.

     
  • HIM: [SINGS] So what. You know that it would be untrue … You know that I would be a liar.

     
  • THEY WALK TOWARDS THE GRAVE. WE HEAR SOME KIDS CONGREGATED AROUND THE GRAVE. THEY ARE DRINKING AND SWEARING.

     
  • HER: [READING] “And alien tears will fill for him pity's long-broken urn, For his mourners will be outcast men and outcasts always mourn.”

     
  • HER: [INTERNAL] I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you.

     
  • HIM: What are you thinking?

     
  • HER: [INTERNAL] I love you. I love you.

     
  • HER: Nothing.

     
  • TWO POLICEMEN APPROACH. THEY SPEAK ONLY IN FRENCH.

     
  • POLICE 1: Bonjour. Papiers d'identité, s'il vous plaît.

     
  • HIM: Pardon ?

     
  • POLICE 2: Vos papiers, monsieur, s'il vous plaît.

     
  • HER: What do they want?

     
  • HIM: Nothing.

     
  • POLICE 1: Vous êtes d'où ?

     
  • HIM: Paris.

     
  • POLICE 2: D'accord. Votre nom, monsieur, s'il vous plaît.

     
  • HIM: Ahmed Ibrahim Hamil.

     
  • HER: Ahmed?

     
  • POLICE 1: Eh, on se calme, s'il vous plaît.

     
  • HE PUTS HIS HAND IN HIS POCKET.

     
  • HER: What's going on?

     
  • HIM: Don't say anything.

     
  • HIM: Elle est anglaise.

     
  • THEY READ HIS PAPERS.

     
  • HER: He's my boyfriend.

     
  • HIM: Shut up Claire.

     
  • HER: Mon copain.

     
  • HIM: Je viens de la rencontrer. Elle voulait visiter le cimetière. Je l'emmène voir la tombe de Jim Morrisson.

     
  • BEAT.

     
  • POLICE 1: Allez, on se calme.

     
  • HIM: Pourquoi vous ne lui dites pas en français ?

     
  • POLICE 2: Allez, n'en rajoutez pas, s'il vous plaît.

     
  • POLICE 1: Allez, circulez.

     
  • HIM: Come on. Let's go.

     
  • HER: What was all that about? Ahmed? Ahmed?

     
  • SCENE 6

     
  • HOTEL ROOM, PARIS.

    THEY ARE IN BED. A TV IN THE ROOM NEXT DOOR IS PLAYING. CLAIRE CAN'T SLEEP. SHE SIGHS, FIDGETS. TURNS OVER.

     
  • HER: Ahmed? … Ahmed?

     
  • HIM: Hmmm?

     
  • HER: Are you asleep?

     
  • HIM: Oui.

     
  • HE ROLLS OVER HUGS HER.

     
  • HER: Ahmed?

     
  • HIM: Rendors-toi.

     
  • HER: I can't.

     
  • HIM: Essaie.

     
  • HER: It's the TV next door.

     
  • HE SIGHS.

     
  • HIM: You want me to call reception?

     
  • HER: No.

     
  • HIM: Bien rendors-toi, alors.

     
  • SILENCE. EXCEPT FOR THE TV.

     
  • HER: Ahmed?

     
  • HIM: I can go next door ...

     
  • HER: No. It's not the TV. It's today.

     
  • HIM: Quoi ?

     
  • HER: With the police.

     
  • HIM: Forget about it.

     
  • HER: I can't.

     
  • HIM: It was nothing.

     
  • HER: It didn't seem like nothing.

     
  • HIM: It happens all the time.

     
  • HER: To you?

     
  • HIM: No. To people.

     
  • HER: It's not right.

     
  • HER: Why did you tell them I wasn't your girlfriend?

     
  • HE SITS UP AND SWITCHES THE LIGHT ON.

     
  • HIM: I know how to handle them. Okay?

     
  • HER: Why didn't you tell them the truth?

     
  • HIM: Parce que la vérité, ils s'en foutent.

     
  • HER: They could have hurt you.

     
  • HIM: Le gouvernement veut expulser 25 000 immigrés. Il faut bien que quelqu'un le fasse, et ça tombe bien, la police est là pour ça. Tu comprends ?

     
  • HER: But you're a French citizen.

     
  • HIM: Tu vois, tu comprends tout.

     
  • HER: You should make a complaint.

     
  • HIM: Je vais me plaindre un maximum si tu me laisses pas dormir. You want to have a good time tomorrow.

     
  • HER: Of course.

     
  • HIM: Bon alors, arrêtons de perdre du temps sur des conneries. Bonne nuit.

     
  • HE SWITCHES THE LIGHT OFF. BEAT. SHE SWITCHES THE LIGHT BACK ON.

     
  • HIM: Putain.

     
  • HER: If we can't talk, Ahmed. It's over. Us. It's … over.

     
  • HIM: Don't be silly.

     
  • HER: What am I learning French for? To talk to you. I'm learning it for you. Pour vous.

     
  • HIM: Pour toi. Tu.

     
  • BEAT

     
  • HIM: J'suis désolé. Y'a des cons partout. Y'a des flics aussi.

     
  • THE TELEVISION IS SWITCHED OFF.

     
  • SCENE 7

     
  • HER: I didn't know.. I don't know him. No, I don't feel I completely know him and there is something that worries me about it. You never really know anybody. How are you supposed to really trust somebody completely? Who they are, what their motives are. What their background is. All that stuff. I don't know.

     
  • TAPE: I'd like a room with a view, please. Une vue sur la mer ou sur le parking ? A view of the sea, obviously. Who wants to look at a car park? Si vous saviez. I'd like an en-suite bathroom. Toutes nos chambres ont des salles de bains. Vous êtes à Paris. Nous avons inventé le bidet. He likes to wash. He always washes after we've been in bed together. L'hygiène, c'est important. I used his razor to shave my legs.

     
  • HIM: T'as la peau si fine, j'ai peur de te brûler en te caressant. T'es brune mais même ton bras n'est pas comme le mien. Comme un bras clair, un bras léger. Mais c'est pas que c'est clair mais c'est comme si il y avait de la lumière dedans. En fait, toi t'es clair de l'intérieur.

     
  • HER: I would like him to talk more about his culture. How it is for him. We were stopped actually. In Pere Lachaise. Dunno, I found it really scary. They were obviously really vile. Treated him badly. I’ve seen that happen before. To people. But it has never happened to me. I was sort of involved in it. Didn’t like it. Made me worry.

     
  • HIM: C’est frisé. Long. Il sont bouclés masi léger à la fois et en fait dense mais léger. Je ne sais pas comment dire, un peu comme la barbe à papa.

     
  • HER: They wanted to see his papers. And I think they .. there was an opportunity to pick on a Muslim, you know. They stop people all the time. They do that in England, London all the time. Especially now. Because everyone’s hyper aware about all that stuff. It's so... such a cliché. But that’s what they do.

     
  • SCENE 8

     
  • PARIS METRO.

    THE TRAIN STOPS AT A STATION. PEOPLE GET ON AND OFF. WE HEAR PEOPLE’S VOICES AS SHE SPEAKS.

     
  • HER: [INTERNAL] French … he’s French. She’s definitely French. Look at that pout. And the way she dresses. Conservative, but sexy. I hate her. He's Japanese. Or maybe Korean. He's African ...

     
  • A MAN ON THE TRAIN TALKS IN AN AMERICAN ACCENT.

     
  • HER: [INTERNAL] American…African-American.

     
  • TRAIN ANNOUNCEMENT FOR CHATELET LES HALLES, THE NEXT STATION.

     
  • HIM: We get off at the next stop.

     
  • HER: [INTERNAL] And he’s Algerian. French-Algerian.

     
  • HIM: Claire. Tu m’écoutes ?

     
  • HER: Do you think I look English?

     
  • HIM: Comment ?

     
  • HER: Do I look English to you?

     
  • HIM: Ben, t'es anglaise.

     
  • HER: I wish I looked like her.

     
  • HIM: Who?

     
  • HER: That French woman over there.

     
  • HIM: Pourquoi ?

     
  • HER: Look at her … she’s so … sophisticated.

     
  • HIM: Tes ouf ou quoi. On dirait une pouf.

     
  • HER: And thin. How come French women don’t get fat?

     
  • HIM: [LAUGHS] You haven’t seen my cousin, Nafisa.

     
  • HER: I mean, French French women.

     
  • BEAT.

     
  • HER: You know what I mean.

     
  • SILENCE. WE HEAR THE ‘FRENCH’ WOMAN FROM A DISTANCE. SHE’S SPEAKING ITALIAN. ANNOUNCEMENT GARE DU NORD COMING UP.

     
  • HIM: Bon, allez, on y va.

     
  • HER: No … don’t worry. You go and see your mother.

     
  • HIM: Quoi ?

     
  • HER: Seriously, I’ll just be going straight through anyway.

     
  • HIM: But I want to say goodbye.

     
  • HER: I hate goodbyes. So let’s just say goodbye here. Okay?

     
  • HIM: Tu es sûre?

     
  • HER: Absolument. I see you soon.

     
  • HIM: A tout à l'heure.

     
  • SHE KISSES HIM. THE TRAIN STOPS. THE VOICE ON THE TRAIN SAYS GARE DU NORD. SHE GETS OFF. THEN KNOCKS ON THE TRAIN WINDOW.

     
  • HER: [SHOUTS] I love you.

     
  • THE TRAIN ROARS AWAY. FADES INTO THE UNDERGROUND IN LONDON.

    TUBE

     
  • ANNOUNCER: This train will now terminate at Stratford.

     
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