It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books

Synopsis: A nameless young character goes into travels to the country, meeting some acquaintances and strangers as well, having banal conversations, dedicating his existence into daily mundane activities. Richard Linklater presents an unconventional narrative, barely composed of dialogue and consisting in observing life and actions.
Genre: Drama
85 min



I'm back in Missoula.

Just got back from Seattle... yesterday.

Just got back from summer school.

Glad to get that over with.

And I just got your tape too.

That was-- was good, 'cause I was

wondering what had happened to you.

Sounds like, uh... like you aren't

in the best of spirits these days.

Like, you're just - I don't know...

kind of up and down

about, just, things.

You sound like

you're kind of bumming about -

bumming out about the prospect

of another semester of school...

which I guess you guys

will be starting pretty soon.

School doesn't start here

for another few weeks.

My folks want me to get a job

till then, but, uh, f*ck that.

I don't think that's gonna happen.

The only thing I feel like doing is, uh...

I don't know.

I was thinking maybe if you wanted

to blow off school or somethin'...

you could come up here for a while

and, uh, hang out.

It's pretty nice up here.

It's good hiking weather.

Could maybe--

There's a big concrete dam

up on the side of the mountain.

Maybe we could hike up there

or somethin'.

I'll probably have to spend some time

with Linda, but, uh...

I don't know.

I got a roommate who's, uh--

He's into-- He's up for doing anything,

just about anything.

He's into hanging out.


Linda has a friend too.

Maybe we can, uh...

Maybe we can all do somethin'... together.

I don't know.

Maybe you should just go to school.

How long you think that'll be?

- About five minutes.

- Okay.


[Footsteps Approaching]

[Girl Speaking, Indistinct]

[Boy Speaking, Indistinct]

- [Gun Hammer Clicks]

- [Tires Screeching]

- [Bells Chiming]

- [Gunshot]

[Chiming Continues]

[Bell Dinging]

[Brakes Screeching]

[Man On P.A.] Smoking is permitted

only in the rear 24 seats of coach cars.

Smoking is not permitted at all in the diner

or in the center section...

of the upper lounge and the lower--

I mean, the table area

of the lower lounge.

Pipes, cigars and clove cigarettes are

permitted only in private accommodations.

[Man Continues, Indistinct]

We also ask that you not move

from car to car.

Shoes are required at all times

while moving about the train.

We also ask the parents of small children

not to leave them unattended.

[Continues, Indistinct]

We also ask that you please do not open the

lower vents, doors or windows at any time.

For your convenience, each coach

has a trash receptacle at either end...

and one in the center of each car.

Toilets are located on the lower level

of all coaches and sleepers.

[Man On P.A.] May I have

your attention, please? Amtrak 3414...

[Continues, Indistinct]

[Radio Chatter]


And I'll pull the other end off.

[Man #2]

How about 30, Tom?

[Chatter Continues]


- [Man] That was, uh, to Willaston.

- [Man #2] Yeah.


[Chatter Continues]

[Man] I'll give this information.

One of the doctors was describing to me--

- So how are things going in Austin?

- Well, you know, same old shit.

Parents pissed 'cause you're not

going to school?

Yeah, they're pissed, but, um,

I haven't really told 'em yet.

- Yeah.

- Guess I'll send 'em a postcard...

or somethin' like that.

Doubt they're too worried

about it, though.

Anything particular you want

to do in Missoula?

No, not really.

Whatever's goin' on.

What is goin' on?

Uh, I don't know.

I guess we could, uh...

We could rent some movies.

It's kind of nice out.

We could, uh, you know...

We could do somethin' outside.

Hmm. Any shot of us gettin' up to Glacier

like you mentioned?

Uh, actually...

yeah, if we could, uh,

scam my girlfriend's car off of her.

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Richard Linklater

Richard Stuart Linklater (born July 30, 1960) is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, and actor. Linklater is mostly known for his humanist films which mainly revolve around personal relationships, suburban culture, and the effects of the passage of time. Some notable films of his include the coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused (1993), the romantic drama film trilogy Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013); the music-themed comedy School of Rock (2003), and the rotoscope animated Waking Life (2001) and A Scanner Darkly (2006). In 2002 he began filming Boyhood (2014), a passion project which took over twelve years to finish. The film was premiered in 2014 to critical acclaim. Linklater won the Golden Globe, Critics' Choice Movie Awards and BAFTAs for Best Director and Best Picture. He also received his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director, along with nominations for Original Screenplay and Picture. more…

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