Always Shine

Synopsis: Best friends Anna and Beth take a weekend trip to Big Sur, hopeful to re-establish a bond broken by years of competition and jealousy. Tensions mount, however, leading to an unexpected yet inevitable confrontation, changing both of their lives...forever.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Sophia Takal
Production: Little Teeth Pictures
  5 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min

- Please don't kill me.

I'll do anything that you want.

Do you want to kiss me?

Is that what you want?

You want me to take

my clothes off?


You want to touch me?

You can touch me.

Is that what you like?

You want to see more?

- What's the matter?

- I'm sorry, I just...

- Adele told you there

was gonna be nudity, right?

- Yeah, we want to

make real sure that signal

doesn't get crossed.

- Yeah, no, I'm sorry.

- oh, she's wondering

if we needed her to--

- oh, you

mean like right now?

- Yeah, no.

That's not necessary.

- Okay.

- Yeah, we can see

how beautiful you are.

- No, look, it's...

We appreciate your

determination, but

she did tell you

that the nudity is fairly

extensive though, Adele, right?

- Um, she just said

that there was nudity.

- Nah, it's extensive.

- You're okay with that?

Is that?

- What we're

saying is we need someone

who's not gonna--

- yeah, we

cannot show up on set,

and have the girl just change

her mind at the last minute,

you know?

- Yeah, no.

Adele explained it to me.

- Okay, but

sometimes, even then,

the agent and manager

explain it, and then,

you gotta tell us now,

because this film,

the way we're gonna shoot's

gonna be very verite.

A lot of long takes.

It would, it has to be you.

It can't be a double.

- Don't worry, sweetheart.

We'll make sure

you look beautiful.

- Uh, yeah, no, that's fine.

That's fine.


should I?

- Yes, please.

- Can we go back?

- Sure.

Where are we going

back to, honey?

- Oh, um.

How about, "I'll do

anything you want?"

Is that okay?

- Yeah,

whatever, sweetheart.

It's all about you.

- You want to kiss me?

Is that what you want?

- You think I'm

gonna fall for that?

I don't know what

you want from me.

I'll take my clothes off.

You want to touch me?

You can touch me.

Yeah, you like that?

You want to see more?

You can see more.

Is that what you want?

You want me to take

my clothes off?

You want to touch me?

You can touch me.

Is that what you want?

It's just a couple of days.

- It's three nights.

Four days.

Movie you auditioned for today,

where does it shoot?

- Um, in Colombia.

- The country?

- No, the city, in Missouri.

- Is it a slasher film?

They're, what, meth addicts?

Zombie meth addicts on icicles?

Please tell me you're

not running around naked,

screaming and crying.

You're hiding your body from me?


You know, there's a

hundred art films.

If you want mine, i

can download right now,

where you had your

f***ing clothes off.

You know that, right?

What about it?

Are you getting

naked again, or what?

- I don't know.

I didn't read the whole script.

You want me to cancel my trip?

- No.

I'm sorry.

I'm a jerk.

- I just feel like a bad friend.

- Hey, stop talking like that.

You're a good friend.

The two of you will go

away, have a nice time.

It'll be good for you.


I like Anna.

- No you don't.

- I do.

- You think she's a bully.

- She's a little intense.

Just, the whole career

obsession thing.

I just don't know if it's

such a great influence

for you to be

around, that's all.

But I like Anna.

- You're a terrible liar.

Maybe that's why I trust you.

- You trust me?

- Mm-hmm.

- Big mistake. Big mistake.


- Hmm?

- Sorry for the way i

talked to you before.

It wasn't nice.

Wish it didn't bother

me so much, but it does.

I'm sorry.

- I mean, do you think that

i like to take my clothes off

in a room full of hot

lights and total strangers?

- If you don't,

why do you do it?

- What's this?

The guy who gave me the

estimate said my spark plugs

were misfiring or something?

Well, also, there was a problem

with your oxygen sensor,

but, don't worry, we took

care of that for you.

- Oh, you did.

Okay, what are you

doing right now?

- Ma'am?

- Are you lying to me?

Because the guy who

gave me the estimate

didn't say anything

about any oxygen sensor.

He said my spark

plugs were misfiring.

- Well, ma'am.

I apologize if that's

the case, but--

- what?

What do you mean, if?

I assure you that's the case.

- Well, I apologize

for the confusion, but--

- there is no confusion.

The guy who gave me the

estimate didn't say anything

about any, what,

f***ing oxygen sensor.

- Well, ma'am,

the fact of the matter

is that oxygen sensor has

malfunctioned fairly frequently.

- Oh, I bet they do.

- I take pride in

running an honest business,

so I apologize if some

mistake was made here--

- okay, now you keep saying if.

A mistake was made.

A mistake was definitely made.

- Ma'am, there's no

need to raise your voice here.

- No?

I show up here expecting

to pay for one repair,

and there's an extra charge

for 300 f***ing dollars

slipped in that I know

absolutely nothing about?

- Okay, there is no need

for that kind of language,


- Okay, well $300 is a lot

of f***ing money to me,

so you'll excuse me if i

don't appreciate the fact

that you're trying to

f***ing steal it from me.

- I'm doing no such thing.

Oxygen sensors

fail all the time.

If you've got a broken one

and you don't repair it,

your car's gas mileage is

gonna drop, and over time,

it's gonna cost you a lot more.

- No, no, no.

That's not the point.

The point is it wasn't

in the estimate.

Even if you're telling the

truth, I didn't approve

of the repair.

That's all that matters.

- Well, ma'am, normally

i would give the customer

the benefit of the

doubt, but the fact is,

I really don't

like your attitude.

- Oh, I'm sorry.

You don't like my attitude?

- That's right.

I mean, if you were a

touch more ladylike.

- Are you f***ing kidding me?

This is your f***ing

problem, not mine.

- I wasn't there.

I don't know who said what.

- Oh, you're just

absolving yourself

of any responsibility now?

You know what, I'm not

gonna stand here and argue

with a f***ing criminal.

I'll pay for the spark plugs,

but I'm disputing the rest

of the charges.

- Houses, apartments, condos.


- Paul?


- Hi.

- Hi, how's it going?

- Good, how are you?

- You're not behind the counter.

Not used to that.

- It's my day off.

- Yeah, uh-huh.

- Where you going?

- Uh, camping.

- Yeah?

- Mm-hmm

- cool.

- Where about?

- Big sur.

- Big sur.

- Yeah.

- That's where this one's going.

Anna's aunt's got

a house up there.

Little old girls getaway.

- Like now?

- Yeah, just, for the weekend.

- Weird.

It's funny, 'cause I was

just thinking about you

the other day, you know.

I'm doing this short,

and I was thinking

of using Anna.

Yeah, I would just call

her, but there's no money,

so I didn't wanna

like offend her.

Do you think she'd

be offended if?

Do you think she'd

do it for free?

- No, no, she'd probably,

she'd probably do it.

Yeah, she usually does whatever.

- Okay.

- Okay.

- Yeah.

- Cool.

- Maybe I'll see you up there?

- Yeah.

- Cool.

- You okay?

- Yeah, fine. I'm fine.

- She's here!

All right.

Got everything?

- Yeah.

- I'll get that.

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Lawrence Michael Levine

Lawrence Michael Levine is an American actor, writer, and filmmaker, best known for writing and directing the films Gabi on the Roof in July and Wild Canaries. more…

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