Synopsis: In the winter of her senior year, Maya talks to Jared at a frat party, accepts his invitation to dinner at a nice restaurant, then goes to his apartment, just to talk. He assaults her. Her personality changes, she's withdrawn; she graduates and takes a job at a clothing store, staying apart from co-workers. At night, she's someone else: a beauty at the club scene, dancing, seductive, sniffing cocaine, becoming the friend of a heavy hitter. She thinks about her racial identity. That fall, she's a grad student, and Jared is in an exam she proctors. She invites him to her apartment; he's certain she's stuck on him.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Talia Lugacy
Production: City Lights Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min

He ain't got nothing on me.

Who's he making accusations?

With that stringy haired ho,

she ain't going nowhere.

Saw that b*tch the other day,

and I was like,

why are you always up in his face?

And she was like, "don't go there".

Anyway, he better

keep his thing out of

that smelly trash before saying

I got me some fun going on.

You know what I'm saying?


You see, she agrees.

Come on. She knows.

She remembers.

...and even the eggs of

intestinal parasites may be preserved.

What at times disturbs the purity of

the archeological deposits

is the discovery of fossils

belonging to the burrowing rodent.

They die naturally in their burrows long

after humans have occupied the site.

That's it for today.

Don't forget your assignments,

for next week.

It's hard to say.

It's still really early.

Right. Right.

That's what I figured.

You know what?

Mom, I gotta go.

I gotta lot of work to do.

Oh, okay.

Cathy asked me

who you were seeing these days

and I just didn't know what to say.

Tell her I'm not seeing anyone.

So... there's... no one?

Why, like...

what do you want me to say?

Fine, tell her Gustav,

I'm all into Gustav.

Who's this?

I changed my mind.

Where did you meet him?

The bookstore.

Well, what's he like?

Hmm, well, he's kind of a square.

I am so relieved

that you're meeting boys again.

Mom, I gotta go.

You know, he's waiting for me.

He's right with you now?

He's right in front of me.

Well, I'd like to meet him.

I think you should.

Hey, oh, I'm so excited you're here!

We'll be back, okay?

My God. I'm really glad you came.

Allison said you wouldn't.

I think you intimidate her.

She's something.

You think?

This year feels so different.

Like it should be better,

you know, but it's not better.

I'm drifting.

Rooming with you was

kinda like having an anchor

I didn't even know I needed.

I'm serious.

Why are you so amazing?

You're the amazing one, that voice.

Yeah, I sing...

Old man time...

why you gotta be unkind?

Old man time...

I feel so alone.

That was beautiful.

Thank you.

You must take lessons.

No, but I'm gonna.

You're an angel.

You know that, don't you?

I was just telling my friends that.

You were?

I told them you were special.

Real special.

Where you going?

Out the door.

What's your name?


I'm Jared.

You are a beautiful girl, Maya.

Well, Jared, there are

a lot of beautiful women here

and I'm sure one of them

might find your crossing-guard

a bit endearing

- but I'm on my way out.

- Wait. Wait. Wait.

Let me ask you something.

I mean, how does one

approach such rare beauty

and not come off

the clumsy fool because...?

So that line has worked for you?

Has a high success rate?

This was its maiden voyage.

And I'm about to retire it.

Why are you all such phonies?

Tired and obvious lies.

You say that and it just shows

how little you think of me.

Try the truth next time.

You know those cold days, so cold,

you just can't feel your face cold,

and you start to figure how many

more steps before I'm inside.

If I slow down I may just not make it.

I first saw you on one of those days.

I just caught you smiling right there

in the middle of the arctic blast

and I nearly stopped dead in my tracks.

Your eyes, were just wide and intense,

you were reading some letter,

and then you let out this laugh

that was so natural, it was glowing.

And I wanted to smile too

but my face just wouldn't budge.

Then you walked right past me

and I was relieved somehow

because I wanted you to look up

but I was afraid you'd stop smiling...

And then I just had to let you pass me.

And I turned around but then you were

just a black coat

and a red hat walking away from me.

I've seen you a few times since then...

followed you a couple times but nothing.


This was my chance.

I couldn't let you go.

That was flattering, Jared...

in a restraining order kind of way.

Come on, just give me a chance, okay?

Let me get you a drink.

Okay then,

let me get myself a drink, okay?

We'll go out back, and just talk

and get to know each other.

- Alright.

- I mean it, just talk.

Great. Great. Just talk. Scout's honor.

I'm guessing Cub Scout.

He took Ben out back

and started whaling on him.


You know, he was just bustin on him,

giving him the sh*t.

That's how brothers are.

No hard feelings.

All because Ben didn't wake Jesse up.

Jesse's funny that way.

Sounds funny-farm funny.

You and your brother,

you two never fought?

Not over something so stupid.

Come on. Brothers and sisters

only fight over the stupid stuff.

Think about it. Who knows you better?

They're like master button-pushers.

All right, I admit I may

recall an incident involving

a hair clip of mine being

turned into a slingshot

where in which I might have

overreacted a little bit, and,

throwing my brother

in the closet for about three hours.

Ah-Hah, I see. Okay.

Any more twisted little tales

I should know about?

Not at this time, your honor.

So I was right about fighting

over stupid stuff.

And you admit being wrong

for once.


So, in conclusion,

the court finds Maya guilty,

guilty of being a tired, obvious liar...

and sentences her

to one amazing kiss from the prosecutor.

I'm suspending that sentence.

It's late.

And the verdict will have to be

returned at a future date.

Good night, Jared.

Future date. I hope spring's eternal.

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