Life in a Fishbowl

Synopsis: Three tales of three people who have a lasting effect on one another. A young writer whose career is skyrocketing finds himself in a stormy marriage. He divorces his wife after the death of their daughter, shuts himself from the outside world and drinks himself to death over a twenty-year period.
Genre: Drama
129 min

Life in a Fishbowl

I hear something!

- Yes!

- Yes, he's waking up!

- Yes, come on!

- What happened?

- Hey man, everything's ready up there.

- Yeah, he's waiting up there.

- Hi.

- Hi.

- How'd it go?

- Just fine.


- Here you go.

- Isn't that way too much?

No, it's for last time,

and the time before that.


Hey, I'll talk to you later

this week or something?


Thanks for tonight.

- Take care.

- Yep, bye.

- Hello little night owl, are you still awake?

- Yep.

- How was it with Lena?

- Fun.

- Can't you sleep?

- No.

- Do you want me to read for you?

- Yes, "The Blue Planet".

"The Blue Planet"...

Do you remember

what we were up to?

Weren't we...? We were reading the

chapter about, there, the trees.

Ah yes... we're up to

the part with Grim Bear.

- Hello, I'd like to deposit this.

- Right, what's the account number?

- It's 17-18.

- Eik?

Yes, here you are.

Yes, your payment service

is down 47,000.

And your loan is overdue too.

Yeah... right. I'm a bit short

just at the moment.

But I'm getting lots of extra

work this month.

So I was wondering if there was

any chance of raising my credit limit?

Just to cover this?

Until the rest comes in.

Right, I'll check.

Ok, that'll be fine. But this is the last time,

because you've hit the limit now.

- But I'll, just put this in.

- Of course, yes.

- Why have you come in?

- Isn't it snack time?

Snack time?

That's not until half past.

Hey, Masl. Sorry.

I just read the time wrong.

I'll come and get you again in a while.

Go outside again for now. Sorry.

- What?

- Seriously, there was this fucking wino perv,

...with blood here all over the place,

trying to talk to her.

- Really? Where?

- Just here outside, I sent him on his way.


- Where were you heading?

- Thinking of going to your place.

- Yeah sure. Party's over now.

- What, can't a guy sit in the front?

No, not now.

- Argh...

- Watch your head. Up you go!

- Right, that's it. Sit down now.

- Good evening.

- Let's just go up to the station.

- Yes yes, I've forgotten the...

- No wait! What what what?

- In the car, there's a postcard.

- Yeah?

- It's there on the dashboard.

- You want me to take it for you?

- Yes, you could do that.

Ok, wait here.

- Well then, shouldn't I blow?

- Blow?

- Yeah.

- No, there's no need for that, Mri.

Then should I suck the damn thing?

- Is that it, Mri?

- I think the poet's dead.

- "Life in a fishbowl"?

- Yes.

- This is my new favourite book.

- Really?

Yes, I mean it, this is just

the best you've done by far.

- Since "Let me fall".

- You don't say.

I was on the verge

of giving up on you...

But I think this is the book.

There's just one thing...

Wouldn't it be better to name

the main character after you?

Everyone will realise anyway

this is your story.

The way I see it...

The person who lived it isn't the

same as the one who wrote it.

So I'd really rather...

Ok, we'll keep it exactly

the way you want.

In fact, I don't think we

need to edit this at all.

I hope you don't mind,

I let a few in the office read it.

- And they were all...blown away.

- Ah...ok, really?

And what do you want me to do?

Drop my pants or something?

No, not again!

There's still a strange smell here.

No, I have nothing to add.

Just, congratulations.

Well, thank you very much.

Say, what's the time?

Half past 12.

Won't you join me

at the bar then?


...except the next thing he knows,

is that the guy,

jumps onto the next train,

and then the doors just shut,

and he waves like this, wryly,

while the train just

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