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The funny thing is that I've become so disturbed by younger
What? Younger people?
Yes, they upset me so much that I've sort of closed my doors here
and locked myself in. Because I'm afraid they're going to come
here, and they're going to knock on the door, and then they're
going to break in.
Well, I think maybe you should open the door and let them in.
Open the door?
Yes - so that they can just gently and quietly come inside, and it
can be something good for you. . .
Open the door?
-- from Wallace Shawn's adaptation of Henrik
Ibsen's "The Master Builder"
We hear an instrumental lullaby version of The Rolling
Stones’s song “Under My Thumb.”
CLOSE on the peaceful face of a sleeping baby, gently
INT. FLETCHER/MARINA APT. - LIVING ROOM, BROOKLYN. DAY 1*
CLOSE on Cornelia Srebnick, 41. She’s humming softly. We
MOVE out slowly to see she’s rocking the infant on a big
comfortable couch fionlled with baby blankets, stuffed *
animals and children’s books.
We MOVE over to see Josh Srebnick, 44, on the floor watching
her -- his expression a kind of awe. She looks at him,
hesitating, taken by the intensity of his look. A moment of
connection and warmth passes through her.
He smiles softly back.
(to the baby)
There were three little pigs and theymade a house out of twigs and thewolf came and...
Do you remember how it goes?
He blows it down?
The baby starts to fuss.
Yeah. But, what happens in themiddle?
I keep wanting to do this littlepiggie went to market but that’s withthe toes.
The baby starts to cry.
The wolf keeps blowing the house in.
The pigs keep making differenthouses.
(rocks the baby)
Oh...shh, shh, shh.
The baby is wailing. Cornelia rocks her faster. She looks
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What the fuck do we do?
Josh doesn’t know. Bang, a door opens and a woman comes inwith a boppy strapped around her waist. This is Marina,
Okay, who’s ready to eat?
Are we taking in or --Who’s ready to eat?
She sits down on the couch next to Cornelia, lifts thesobbing infant from out of Cornelia’s arms and places it onthe boppy. The baby’s onesie has an image from The Clash’sfirst album across the chest. Marina opens her bra and givesthe baby her breast. The baby nurses, stretches and stopscrying.
Ha! I love how she stretches...it’s
just like we do... It’s so funny.
It never occurred to me that
stretching is innate.
She stretches, imitating the baby. Cornelia smiles politely.
A curly haired man with glasses, early 40’s, enters. Fletcher.
You want to see it?
Fletcher sits near Josh.
It got infected with staph but it’snot the bad staph.
He pushes up his sleeve to reveal a square black and whitetattoo on his bicep.
What is it?
You can come closer it’s not the bad
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I still don’t want the baby touchingit.
He shoves his shoulder in Josh’s face.
It’s Willow’s sonogram.
I did it for Marina. I was so
fucking proud of her.
Why it’s for me, I still don’tunderstand.
Where do you even go for a tattoo?
I asked a guy at work and he told mewhere his kids went. Place in
Williamsburg. Where else?
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