Clara's Heart

Synopsis: David is a teenager whose parents are in a deteriorating marriage after their infant daughter dies. Clara is a chambermaid at a Jamaican resort who's hired to be a housekeeper. She and David develop a close bond, opening his eyes and heart to new experiences, and eventually leading to a disturbing secret in Clara's past.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Robert Mulligan
Production: Warner Home Video
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.3
Rotten Tomatoes:
38%
PG-13
Year:
1988
108 min
51 Views

CLACK, CLACK, STEP

ABOUT, THE MAID IS HERE.

MAID IS HERE.

COME BACK LATER.

THERE'S NOTHING

FOR YOU TO DO.

BUT YOU GOT YOUR

"DO NOT DISTURB" SIGN

ON THE DOOR:

FROM MORNING TILL NIGHT.

AT LEAST LET ME:

DRAW THE CURTAINS.

PLEASE DON'T.

JUST LEAVE THEM.

YOU DON'T LIKE

OUR ISLAND?

HAVEN'T SEEN IT.

EXCUSE ME.

ARE YOU STILL HERE?

YES, MISS.

I HAVE A RAZOR:

ON THE TABLE BY THE BED.

COULD YOU BRING I TO ME?

YES, MISS.

[HUMMING]

WE FINALLY:

MEET FACE TO FACE

WITH YOU:

IN THE BATHTUB:

WHERE YOU APPEAR

TO HAVE BEEN DEAD.

I DON'T SEE

WHAT DIFFERENCE IT MAKE

IF YOU MISSED:

A SPOT OR NOT.

YOU DON' LEAVE THE ROOM.

I TELL YOU TRUE,

MISSUS.

YOU GOT TO BUST UP

THE GLOOMY.

THANK YOU.

I ASKED YOU NOT TO OPEN

THE CURTAINS.

SOMETIME I THINK

I KNOW WHAT'S BES FOR OTHER PEOPLE.

IT'S A FLAW I'VE

LEARNED TO LIVE WITH.

I'M HUNGRY.

ARE YOU?

YES. I HAVEN'T EATEN

A THING ALL DAY.

HOW ABOUT I ORDER YOU UP

SOMETHIN' TO EAT?

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

ALL RIGHT.

YES. THIS IS CLARA MAYFIELD

IN BUNGALOW B.

COULD YOU SEND ME UP

A TRADITIONAL PLATTER

WITH A SIDE:

OF CHO CHO?

I GOT A LADY HERE

GREW UP IN JAMAICA

LONGIN' FOR THE TASTE.

CHA, MAN.

THANK YOU.

COME IN NOW.

FOOD IS READY.

IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT,

WE'LL THROW IT AWAY.

YOU'RE ON VACATION.

YOU'RE ALLOWED

A LITTLE CAPRICE.

THAT LOOKS LIKE:

SCRAMBLED EGGS.

NO. YOU MUST TASTE IT FIRS BEFORE YOU SAY THAT.

THAT'S WONDERFUL.

GOOD CIGAR.

YOU CAN GET IT FRESH

IN PORT ANTONIO.

MAYBE I'LL HIRE A DRIVER

AND SEE THE TOWN.

DON'T HIRE A DRIVER.

JUST TAKE THE BUS.

IT RUNS BY THE HOTEL

EVERY DAY.

YOU NEED YOUR FEE AND A FEW CENTS.

I HAVE TO GO.

THANK YOU, CLARA.

YOU'VE BEEN VERY KIND.

IT'S NOT DIFFICUL TO BE KIND.

NOW TAKE YOURSELF OU AND BUST UP THE GLOOMY.

EXCUSE ME.

YEAH?

DO YOU KNOW:

CLARA MAYFIELD?

SHE LOOKING:

FOR CLARA MAYFIELD.

SHUT YOUR MOUTH.

WHERE DID YOU:

GET HER NAME?

I MET HER:

AT MY HOTEL.

MAMA,

THIS LADY DON' KNOW THE SONG.

IN JAMAICA, REMEMBER

WHEN THE ANGELS FALL

I AS BABYLON,

BUT MISS CLARA--

DON'T BE RUDE.

WHAT'S HAPPENED

TO MISS CLARA:

ISN'T THIS

LADY'S BUSINESS.

IF YOU MUST ASK:

FOR HER,

IT'S BEST TO ASK

ELSEWHERE.

I WISH I'D KNOWN YOU'D

BE IN TOWN YESTERDAY.

I WOULD HAVE MET YOU.

NO, REALLY?

HOW MUCH TROUBLE

COULD IT BE?

WHAT DID YOU DO:

YESTERDAY?

I WENT TO CHURCH.

THEN I CAME HOME,

WROTE LETTERS:

TO MY FRIENDS:

IN BALTIMORE.

WE LIVE JUST OUTSIDE

BALTIMORE.

NO, REALLY?

MY BEST FRIEND OWNS

A BEAUTY SALON THERE,

AND OTHER FRIENDS

WORK FOR HER.

SHALL WE HAVE:

OUR TEA?

YOU DON'T MIND

IF THEY SEE YOU?

THEY COULD:

DISCHARGE ME.

I'VE LIVED

THROUGH WORSE.

YOU'RE MARRIED,

AREN'T YOU, CLARA?

YES.

DOES YOUR HUSBAND

WORK IN TOWN?

I'M SORRY. I'M BEING

TOO INQUISITIVE.

NO, NO. HE WORKS

OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY

JUST NOW.

SO YOU'RE ALONE

RIGHT NOW?

BY CIRCUMSTANCE.

I NEVER ALLOW MYSELF

TO GET TOO REGRETFUL.

NOBODY WANTS TO BE

AROUND SOMEONE:

WHO SPREADS:

BLACK CLOUDS AND DOOM.

YOU UNDERSTAND:

WHAT I MEAN.

YES, BUT YOU SEE,

MY BABY DIED:

IN HER CRIB RECENTLY.

DIDN'T KNOW

THE FACT,

BUT I KNEW:

THE SUBSTANCE.

I HAVEN'T BEEN

TERRIBLY RESILIENT.

THAT'LL COME IN TIME.

THANK YOU.

IT'S A FUNNY THING

ABOUT BEING ALONE.

YOU START TO TALK

TO YOURSELF.

THEN YOU STOP:

LISTENING,

AND THEN YOU FORGE THAT YOU'RE THERE.

I FIND THAT I GE INTO SUCH DULLNESS,

BUT YOU LET SOMEBODY

CALL ME ON THE PHONE

AND TELL ME:

THEIR TROUBLES--

I CAN SAY:

SUCH MARVELOUS THINGS.

THINGS I DON'T KNOW

WHERE THEY COME FROM

FALL FROM MY LIPS

LIKE PIECES OF FRUIT,

AND I MUST PAUSE

TO WONDER:

WHO IS I INSIDE OF ME

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Mark Medoff

Mark Medoff is an American playwright, screenwriter, film and theatre director, actor, and professor. His play Children of a Lesser God received both the Tony Award and the Olivier Award. more…

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