Big Nothing

Synopsis: Charlie is an ex-professor turned reluctant call center employee who gets fired on the first day. Distraught at being unable to provide for his daughter Emily and wife Penelope, he accepts when Gus, an aspiring scam artist who presents Charlie with a seemingly snag-free plan to make some cash. The plan is to blackmail Reverend Smalls, a man of the cloth, who's frequently turned up in the company database of visitors to illegal porn sites. Gus plans to extort Reverend Smalls, with the intention of publicly exposing his secret shame should he refuse, thus potentially destroying the man's career. Normally cautious, Charlie is keen on participating in this scam, confident that the money he'll make from the scam will finally help turn things around for him and his family. Joined by one-time teenage pageant queen Josie McBroom, Gus's ex, the plan goes ahead, but it all goes wrong as Reverend Smalls dies thanks to this trio, with this only being the start of their troubles.
Production: First Look Home Entertainment
86 min

'My name is Charlie Wood...

'I think I made a big mistake.'


I can't, sweetheart.

Any higher, you're gonna hit the moon.

And get a bump?

That's right, smart girl,

and get a bump!

Oh, hey! Emily, look who it is.

- Hi, Isabella.

- Hi, Emilita.

- There we go... Hi, how are you?

- Hey, great.

Ok, I've got her lunch,

an extra Thermos of apple juice,

her Elmo doll, Mr Frizzles,

I got it, Mr Wood.

- Thanks. I'll see you at 5:00.

- OK.

All right, sweetheart. Come here.

High five...

First the Wyoming Widow,

now the Oregon Undertaker.

They just pulled a dead girl

out of the reservoir.

God! Suicide?

If she chopped off her own arms and

legs before strangling herself, maybe.

- Pen, I'm eating.

- They figure it's the Oregon Undertaker.

That's the fourth girl in six months.

Each one mutilated

and disembowelled...

- Pen! Pen!

- Oh, sorry baby.

Listen, Charlie. You don't

have to do this, you know.

Course I do. We can't go on

living on one income.

How many times have you

given Emily SpaghettiOs?

She likes SpaghettiOs.

Hey, baby. Trust me.

Once they buy your book...

Not a single publisher has called, Pen.

Not a single one.

'The term

"black hole" is of very recent origin.

'It was coined in 1969

by the American scientist John...'

We handle

nearly 200,000 calls a day -

the hotlines to some of the biggest

corporations in the country.

- Sentel Online. Melanie speaking...

... Melanie speaking. How can I help?

Again, my name is Melanie.

Have a great day.

Do you only hire women

named Melanie?

It's a trick of the trade. Callers like

to think they get the same service rep.

This here is the Melanie

and John section,

and you are over here

with the Jennifers and Stephens.

This is you.

What do you mean this is me?

I was told I had a supervisor position.

You gotta spend six months

in the trenches

before you can interview

for a supervisor.

But I have a PhD.

- Surely...

- Look. You want the job or not?

- Yeah.

- Great!

Gus here will help get you started.

- OK, Stephen.

- It's Charlie.

Sure it is!

In the File menu do you see

where it says Open?

Okey-dokey. Can you open

the Open menu?

Okey-dokey. Again, my name is

Stephen. Thank you for calling Sentel.

'I actually liked Gus

at first sight.'

- Welcome to hell, d*ckhead!

- 'Maybe not at first.'

- I'm sorry?

- Hell!

People hooked up to machines

like slaves.

And the smell...

It's pure underarm.

OK, so what do we do here?

Sentel Online, Stephen speaking.

How may I help you?

Okey-dokey, ma'am. Have you

checked to see if your PC is on?

No, I'm not a retard.

That's simply the protocol...


Okey-dokey. I'm gonna check that

with my supervisor real quick

and I'm gonna put you on hold.

You feel feisty, you whiney

little turkey-necked b*tch?

Why don't you hop up on my dick

and see if that fires your monitor?

Hello, ma'am. Thanks for waiting.

I'm gonna transfer you over to our

technical service department.

Okey-dokey? Please hold...

In the kingdom of the blind,

the one-eyed dwarf is king!

That's my wife, Stephanie.

Ex-wife! Keep forgetting!

And that there is my little daughter,


- That's a pretty name.

- Yeah, it's Greek. It means 'Beloved'.

Thais has this problem

with her eye pressure

and the doctor said if she doesn't get

a cornea transplant in a year

then she's gonna go blind.

Every year, 65,000 diabetics

develop Proliferative Retinopathy,

one of the leading precursors

to blindness.

She's not diabetic.

Ahem! So, are you gonna be able

to afford the surgery before she...

Yeah, I hope so. If everything,

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Jean-Baptiste Andrea

Jean-Baptiste Andrea is a French film director, screenwriter and novelist. He grew up in Cannes, where he started making short films. He later moved to Paris and graduated in political science and economics. In Paris, he met Fabrice Canepa, and the two of them began writing films together. Together, they wrote and directed Dead End.His debut novel, Ma Reine (My Queen), was published in 2017 and won several awards, including Best French Debut Novel and the Students Femina. more…

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