Chaos Theory

Synopsis: Emmanuele awakes on his birthday to find his girlfriend missing. A cryptic phone call lures him into a dream-like search through the underbelly of the city as well as his mind.
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Short
12 min

Give it to me straight.

Virginal bride, or...

...slut in white? Ha, ha.

- Ha, ha.

He is so lucky.

You okay in there?

I feel sick.


You're getting nervous.

You remember last year when Jesse

and I broke up for a couple of weeks...

...and, uh, I thought she spent

those two weeks in bed...

...sad and depressed?

- Yeah.

- This morning she tells me...

...out of the blue that she spent

one of those weeks in bed with Jake Lee.

- What did you do?

- Nothing.

Good. That's good. So, what's wrong?

She slept with Jake Lee.

She slept with him for like a week.

How am I supposed to live with that?

What if all this is a mistake?

Come on,

you would've known that by now.

- Am I overreacting?

- Yes, you are.

Come on, man,

it's not like she actually cheated.

I mean, you know, you had broken up.


What would you do?

I'd be happy, man. Ha, ha.

I mean, it's Jesse.

Everyone you know wants Jesse.

- What do you mean by that?

- I didn't... I didn't...

Ahem. I didn't mean it like that.

I just, uh...

Look, you wanted this, right?

So, pull yourself together,

go out there and get married.


Mr. Allen.

You caught me reminiscing.

A lot of memories here.

Buy you a drink?

Oh, I'd love to, Frank, but I'm kind of...

I'm in a bit of a rush.

I insist.

After all, it is the traditional function

of the father of the bride.

What is?

Keeping the groom away from back exits.

No, I was just gonna go outside,

get some air.

Your best tequila, on the rocks.

Come over here a second.

- It's tequila, right?

- Uh, none for me, thanks.

That's great. He'll have a double.

You know, I realize that you don't

know me very well, Ed.

You and Jesse down at school,

my wife and I here, but trust me... can talk to me.

Nothing really to talk about, sir.


No, no. No doubts.

Uh, no doubt in my mind.

I'm totally doubt-free.

I'm, uh... I'm doubtless.


I'll tell you what. Ahem.

Why don't we make a little list, shall we?

Let's start with doubt number one.

Uh, none.

No, I promise. None.

Uh, number one is "none."

Oh, come on, we can do better than that.

What about that thing with Jake Lee?

- She told you that?

- Two weeks, last year.

Two weeks? She told me a week.

One, two, most of Lent,

that's hardly the point.

That's not why you're eyeing the exit.

Jake Lee's an excuse.

Tell me something, Ed.

Do you love her?

Yeah, of course I do.

Then maybe, just maybe,

you're wondering...

...why it isn't pure and constant.

Why all of these ups and downs.

Conviction, then doubt?

How can something that feels

so right one moment...

...make you so queasy the next?


Life is a mess.

All you have to do is choose to love her

the best way that you know how.

You know,

I've really gotta get out of here. Um...

Thank you for the advice and the drink...

You know, I've had a marriage

of ups and downs.


Dazzling extremes. Perhaps you've

never heard the full account?

Frankly, Frank, another time.

- Maybe Christmas?

- Not really a Christmas story.

Tell you what.

One says "walk."

And the other says "talk."

Pick one. You choose.

Pick the one that says "walk"

and you'll be free of me.

Pick the one that says "talk"

and, well...

You're kidding, right?



I get the feeling sometimes, Mr. Allen,

that you don't like me very much.

I like Jake Lee.

But my daughter loves you.

Which means you have

a great capacity to hurt her.

And you've never done a damn thing

to prove to me that you won't.

Like I said, my marriage...

...has been one of extremes.

Certainty and doubt. Deceit and truth.

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