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our studies at the same time. I went
to Italy and when I came back
Michael was already working as the
treasurer's assistant. I had a
girlfriend named Lidia at that time.
After some time she started dating
Michael. That was the beginning of
our discord. We used to meet in
public places, the hard feelings
were forgotten. On that fateful
night I was walking to the center
from the suburb.
EXT. SUBURB. NIGHT.
from the distance. When it comes closer it turns out to
be a Bentley. The car slows down to the speed of the
Do you need a lift?
The man gets in to the car.
INT. INSIDE OF THE CAR. NIGHT.
Both are silent. After a pause:
We haven't been talking for ten
years. Because of Lidia. But now
neither of us has her so why
don't we make peace.
Michael offers his hand, JOEL shakes it.
Suddenly old memories came to me.
I don't even know what happened. I
suggested him to stop and to get
out of the car to look at the
Riviera. When Michael got out of
the car I took out my gun and shot
EXT. THE ROADSIDE. NIGHT.
Michael. Michael's face looks terrified. Joel pulls
Beretta's trigger twice.
I drag the body to the car, drove
to the cliff and threw it into
EXT. THE QUAY. DAY.
Special Agent looks quietly and calmly at Joel.
A great story.
A confused man stops. His face looks surprised.
SPECIAL AGENT (CONT’D)
Why do you need this contrived
story? Why are you wasting my time?
Is it that hopeless?
For me, yes. Might be good for
Monaco literature award. Good bye.
Special Agent walks away along the pier. Joel watches
him going away.
FADE TO BLACK.
INT. CASINO. NIGHT
roulette table among other players. The marble is
rolling in the roulette wheel. There is a pile of chips
besides Gambler No.1.
GAMBLER NO.1 (CONT’D)
You know, that investigation
caused such a bustle here. Some
kind of agent came here, questions
I heard, he questioned Andre.
Well yes. Oh by the way, where were
you in the evening on July the 6th?
I was gambling in the Casino
Why are you asking?
Well, for no reason. It's good
to have some kind of alibi.
Alibi for me? Has the investigation
started already? Why are you asking
me? Who are you to be asking here?
If you're comfortable about
yourself you shouldn't get so
agitated here. You would watch
the marble and answer simply.
GAMBLER NO.1 (CONT'D)
I was there and then, I did
this and that.
Mind your own business and your
own damn alibi. It would be
interesting to question your wife,
what alibi does she have.
Don't touch my wife.
I don't touch her; the others
touch her; on July the 6th and on
other days while you're staring at
the marble here.
GAMBLER 1 scoops up the chips and moves away from
the roulette table.
INT. NIGHT CLUB. NIGHT.
Special Agent with a cigar in his mouth. A mulatto girl
is clumsily wriggling around the go-go pole.
INT. SUPERMARKET. DAY.
LADY 1 and LADY 2 are walking around in the extravagant
apparel section. They are looking at the jewelry placed
in the window case.
Yesterday the event was fantastic;
it's a pity you weren't there.
These invitations you can't
understand who get them and who
don't. Anyway there was this
spring-summer pet fashion show.
INT. FASHION SHOW PLACE. EVENING.
A big decorated hall with a podium in the middle. The
action going on the podium is seen on big screens. There
are a lot of spectators; among them there are some
characters seen before and Prince Albert himself. An
extravagant pet fashion show is going on; the audience
applauds each “performance”. Effective lightening, music.
The pet owners of the animals are walking various pets.
Vigorous presentations of the announcer are applauded by
I couldn't take my eyes off.
What elegance. What a style.
Mr. Antoine is walking his tiger down the podium.
Meet the lion Niki.
Mr. Yves is walking a monkey down the podium.
And here are monkey clothing
tendencies for this year.
the wildly applauding audience. Other ladies are walking
dogs down the podium; extravagant dog hair cuts, willies
decorated with ribbons, “willy” hair-cuts.
I picked a nice outfit from
transparent silk for my baby too.
INT. SHOPPING MALL. DAY.
Lady No.1 and Lady No.2 stops at the jewelry section.
There was one gold-and-diamond brooch in 60’s style.
Salesman (aged 37) is precisely attending both ladies.
May I see this one?
Is it signed by any name?
Is this a good diamond?
Is it a good diamond? Yes Madam.
This is a very good to buy. This
is an Estate piece. There are two
carats of diamonds here.
Lady No.2 whispered. This guy is awful.
Ladies headed toward the escalator. Salesman starts
screaming with an angry voice.
You might not have another chance
for another three years. That’s
right. Come back in three years...
Ladies are headed closer to the escalator. Lady No.1 screams.
But will the price be the same?
I don’t know if the price will
be the same tomorrow...
After the visit in the jewelry section ladies are going
down on escalators. Lady No. 1 is standing a few steps
higher. Lady No.2 starts dialogue with Lady No.1
How come that you like jewelry
I don’t like jewelry so much.
Let’s go buy some prestigious
underwear. Jewelry will never
I’d rather have jewelry.
Because diamonds is forever.
Ladies are in the gourmet section. They're walking around
the counters, tasting the goodies.
LADY NO.1 (CONT’D)
Have you heard that story, poor
It's impossible not to hear.
Everybody is asked, where they
were, what they were doing.
But investigation is investigation.
That agent is so cute.
By the way. Excuse for asking
but where was your husband in
the evening on July the 6th?
Do you ask me? I'm sorry; I
don't understand your question.
Please do understand. It’s just
my social responsibility.
that's none of your business.
Well, my husband was with me.
And yours? There's a lot of fun
stuff going in town.
How dare you! Stop chewing that
ham and be careful not to end up
like that gentleman with the
JUMP CUT TO:
Lady No.1 chewing the ham:
be better than your end in your
EXT. THE PASSAGE OF TRENDY SHOPS. DAY.
Special Agent is walking among the window-cases. Stops in
front of one and examines it's contents, stops at another
one. He stops at the shopping screen and sees a plastic
mannequin of a man with plastic dog. Dog wears exclusive
pair of men shoes.
EXT. IN FRONT OF ART GALLERY SCREEN. DAY.
JUMP CUT TO:
INT. ART GALLERY. DAY.
Special Agent is walking among the window cases. Stops in
front of one and examines it's content, stops at another
one. The gallery is empty of visitors. At the corner display
Pamela is standing and holds little glass bird in her hands.
INT. BAR. EVENING.
Calm background music is playing and several visitors
are sitting at the bar and at the tables.
Matilda (aged 36).
Did you invite me here because
of my relationship with Michael?
Yes, it's not a secret to the
whole city already what I am doing
here and what I'm asking about.
I've heard a lot of things.
I can tell you how I allured
Michael to the cliff out of
love and jealousy and pushed
him into the sea.
Everybody in this city knows that
I have been dating Michael. They
considered us to be lovers. But
this is only partly true. Because
we were in love for some time and
only later we became just lovers.
So tell me about it.
What was I doing in the evening on
July the 6th?
I was lying in my bed. My friend
Fabrizio was already gone, even
before the hour you're interested.
Sex was as usual; you're interested
in the details, aren't you ?
I really am.
So, I don't really have what to
tell you. Because I really didn't
do anything that damn night. You
see, I've killed him a while ago;
when our love faded away. I
stabbed him with a dagger.
You did not lie to me. Because
everybody lies somewhere. What
happened to Michael?
I don't know. But I feel that he's
alive. Perhaps because I still
love him. Well, you know women.
Matilda’s hidden smile.
I don’t know.
INT. CAR FACTORY. CAR CRASH TESTING HANGAR. MIDDAY.
View of mechanical car testing press from above. Red
Ferrari is mounted in the press and prepared for car crash
test. Press is crashing red Ferrari from the side.
Immediately after that another press is crashing yellow
Ferrari. Images are shown in slow motion.
EXT. MONTE CARLO. VIEW FROM ABOVE. NIGHT.
EXT. CASINO SQUARE. EARLY MORNING.
At the end of the street he is putting crashed red Ferrari
car model into a small portable trash bag.
EXT. PORT OF MONACO. EARLY MORNING.
Street cleaner No.2 is sweeping the street with the brush.
At the end of the street he is putting crashed yellow
Ferrari car model into a small portable trash bag.
EXT. SQUARE IN FRONT OF TRAIN STATION. MORNING.
the square. Young woman (aged 25) is crossing the square
towards the train station. Alex follows her with attentive
look. Alex looks at the watch in his hand. Large image of his
watch. Large view of 11.58 is shown. Special Agent shows up in
the square. He stops at the side of the square. He looks at the
watch on his hand. Large view of 11.59 is shown.
EXT. SQUARE IN FRONT OF TRAIN STATION. MORNING.
meters from each other. They are looking at each other in
still and static fashion. The image holds 30 seconds. Large
view of 12 o’clock is shown. Special Agent starts walking
and getting closer to Alex.
Ideal place for short conversation.
Probably you already know my
connections with Michael.
Imagine that I know nothing.
Do I need to mention the fact
about my debt to him?
It's not a secret. There were other
people involved in this business.
Yes of course... What kind of
secret is that. Just a private
thing... It was private.
But all other things that we are
talking here are certainly
private. I'm not looking for your
blame here. You have nothing to do
with Michael's disappearance.
So why did you want to question me?
Things turned out this way that
I have to meet, talk and ask
What did everybody do in the
evening on July the 6th?
would like to avoid while
talking to you. We are both
Both are silent.
(CONT’D) I even understand why
you needed money from Michael.
It's simple to notice. Because I
did not have enough on my own.
It's simple as that.
But you're a wealthy man, as people
say. I heard about your hobbies,
luxury life style and I understand
that making the fact of the loan
public does no good to you.
Your insights are correct, for now.
Special Agent cracks a smile. Alex cracks s smile too.
After a pause:
You're lucky that you
are temporarily here.
And you're lucky that you
didn't kill anybody.
Although I wanted and not once.
Myself. And all the money went for
the luxury goods, trips, embryonic
stem cells and beauty procedures.
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