Bleeding Heart

Synopsis: A yoga instructor looks to protect her sex-worker sister from her deadbeat boyfriend.
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Four days ago,

On the outside,

my life seemed perfect.

Perfect boyfriend, perfect job,

Perfect peace.

But something

was always missing.

That's why I needed to find you.

To find me.


Which means non-Violence,

Is the foundation

of our practice.

We have the ability,

Every day,

To choose peace.

Within every posture,

Every breath,

And every moment of our lives.

That is a nice car.

What is that?

'65? '66?


They don't make 'em

like that anymore.

I know it's expensive,

but I really think

It's worth advertising

in the yoga journal.

- Okay.

- We could mention that we're donating to that orphanage.


Do you have any pictures

of you with the kids there?

- Yeah, I think I do.

- That's great.

And I'm still waiting on

your bio.

I know, I'm working on it.

Just keep it simple...

You're an inspiring woman.

- I guess.

- You inspire me.

Hey, honey, did you take

Your old car out today?

- Yeah, why?

- Well, you said you were gonna take your bike.

I just... Just ran

a couple of errands.

Yeah, well I wish you would

have told me,

I would have come back early.

You know, I, um...

I heard from Kathy today.

The... You know

the private investigator?


And, she has an address

for Susan,

And it's 30 minutes away.

- Wow.

- Yeah.

I think I really

want to meet her.

I think that's great.

I think that's gonna be

really good for you.

Yeah, I think I'm gonna

take a few hours tomorrow,

- And just drive down there...

- Tomorrow?


Well, we just...

We've got so much to do.

This is gonna be very

emotional for you.

Yeah. Yeah,

you're probably right.

I should just do it

some other time.



Are you Susan Adams?


I'm may miller.

So, what do you want?

This is gonna sound strange,

But I think you're my sister,

From my biological mother,

Her name was Jennifer Adams.

Are you...

- Who is it?

- Nobody, baby.

Yeah, there's a bar

around the corner,

I'll meet you there

in five minutes.

Want a drink?

Yeah, I'll get it.

Um, what would you like?

I'll have a vodka cranberry.

It doesn't need to be

fancy vodka,

House is fine.


Um, i...

I brought you these.

They are these a... Amazing raw cookies,

With, uh...

Macadamia, chia seeds.


You might want to take

a look at that.

I'll get our drinks.

You are Susan, right?

Yeah, but call me Shiva,

even mom did.


- Um, so...

- So, what...

Sorry, uh, you...

- You, uh... Go first.

- No, you go.

This is f***in' crazy.


I guess she never

told you about me.

No, never.


- Sorry.

- Thanks.


You look just like her.

It's something about your, um...

Well, I wouldn't know

'Cause I've...

I've never seen her.


How old were you when she died?

God, that must have been hard.

- Yeah.

- Did you live with your dad after that?

Foster homes.

Didn't you have

any other family?

Yeah, my mom's parents,

but they didn't want me.

What year were you born?


F***, she was like 17

when she had you.

Do you think it's...

Do you think it's possible

That we have the same dad?

I doubt it.

I mean,

I never met my dad, so...

But, I don't know,

like ten years apart?

- It doesn't seem likely.

- Hmm.

- So, what do you do?

- What do you mean?

You know, for a living.

Oh, uh...

I try to make people happy.

I guess I kind of do that too.

- How?

- I teach yoga.


What about you?

Uh, massage.


Here, give me your hand.

Oh, look at that.

- What?

- Your lifeline.

It like totally stops

and then it starts again.

It's like you have two lives.

Okay, you hurt yourself

Doing yoga.

Isn't it supposed

to be, like, healing and sh*t?

Well, yeah, I mean, that's...

That's absolutely the intention,

But you know,

you can't control the outcome.


You... You need

an injury to grow.

You need it to,

You know, evolve.

That's f***ed up.

Well, this is me.


Holy sh*t, this is your ride?

Yeah, you like it?

Holy sh*t, yeah.

My boyfriend wants me to sell it

For a smart car, or something.

Oh my god, f*** that.

Over my dead body

you can sell this

For a f***ing smart car.

Oh my god, I would kill

for a car like this.

Well, you want to buy it?

Oh, yeah...

Just let me get the bag of cash

That's waiting

in my living room.

Oh, now, I'll give

you the family discount.

Um, here, uh,

Take it,

I got... I got others.


Um, I gotta go.

Okay, so, um, can...

Can we see each other again?

Yeah, yeah, um...


I'll call "yoga with may."

Yeah, we will, uh,

we'll do some yoga.

Yeah, so my knee

can get f***ed up, too.

- Bye.

- Bye.

- Hey.

- Hey. Where you been?

Oh, you picked up the postcards.

Yeah, they look great.

Yeah, I've been trying

to call you all morning.

- So, where were you?

- Hmm?

Oh, um...

I was just out.

Who is it?

- I met her.

- Who?

I met Susan.

So, how was it?

It was great.

It was really great.

I mean, she's

so different from me.

She's so different.

But there was just this,

I don't know, this...

This deep connection

that I didn't expect.

That's beautiful.

I'd love to meet her.

Well, her boyfriend

wants to meet me, too,

And they are going out tonight,

And they invited us to come.

Well, not tonight.

We have plans, remember?

All the bullshit I do for you?

Like what?

Like all I've f***ing done.

- Hi.

- Hey.

So, uh...

So this is may, right?

Oh this is my...

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Diane Bell

Diane Robin (Di) Bell (born 11 June 1943) is an Australian feminist anthropologist, author and activist. She has a particular focus on the Aboriginal people of Australia, Indigenous land rights, human rights, Indigenous religions, violence against women, and on environmental issues. She is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and Writer and Editor in Residence at Flinders University, South Australia. Bell was born in and grew up in Melbourne. In 2005, after 17 years in the United States, she returned to Australia and worked on a number of projects in South Australia. Bell lives and writes in Canberra.Her books include Daughters of the Dreaming (1983/93); Generations: Grandmothers, mothers, and daughters (1987); Law: The old and the new (1980); Religion in Aboriginal Australia (co-edited 1984); and Radically Speaking: Feminism reclaimed (co-edited 1996). Ngarrindjeri Wurruwarrin: A world that is, was, and will be (1998) won a NSW Premier's Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year Award, the Queensland Premier's History Award and the Australian Literary Society Gold Medallion. Evil: A novel (2005) was made into a play and performed in DC and Adelaide. She also wrote Kungun Ngarrindjeri Miminar Yunnan: Listen to Ngarrindjeri Women Speaking (2008). more…

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