Nancy, Please

Synopsis: NANCY, PLEASE tells the story of Paul Brawley, a gifted PhD candidate at Yale University. Paul has just moved into an apartment with his pragmatic girlfriend, Jen, and is struggling to complete his dissertation before embarking on a career in academia. There's just one snag: as Paul is unpacking his belongings, he discovers that something has been left behind. A seemingly inconsequential object, but one Paul feels is of great importance to his dissertation and, therefore, to his future: a battered, personally annotated hardcover copy of 'Little Dorrit' by Charles Dickens. He will have to retrieve it from his former roommate - the obstinate Nancy. As he becomes increasingly consumed with the retrieval of 'Little Dorrit', Paul's relationship and career unravel.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Andrew Semans
Production: Factory25
  1 nomination.
 
IMDB:
5.5
Metacritic:
76
Rotten Tomatoes:
88%
NOT RATED
Year:
2012
83 min
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WOMAN ON RADIO:
... chronic pain,

to alleviate their sufferings, and

we already mentioned one breathing,

and people have to

reach a book to get

all the other very helpful steps.

What would you like...

anyone dealing with pain

to learn and take away...

after they read your book.

(MAN LAUGHING)

That's a great question!

I think that the lesson

that I learned over,

you know, almost 15 years of

practice and working with

thousands and thousands

of people... is...

we are our own best healers.

And, the best tool, you know,

the strongest medicine,

or the best procedure,

the greatest technology that we

have is really within ourselves.

And once we... we realize how to

utilize what's inside of us...

to make us better and to heal,

you know, what's been damaged

or broken. Once we...

we embrace that

and we take charge of the

power of our lives...

as opposed to giving all

the control away to

the doctors, and the ma...

(RADIO CUTS OUT,

HIGH PITCHED NOISE)

(RUMBLING, RATTLING)

(DOG BARKING IN DISTANCE)

- Take... can you get that end?

- Yeah.

(CLATTERING, BANGING,

INDISTINCT CHATTER)

Okay.

- You got it?

- A little light.

We're making really good time.

(FLOOR CREAKING)

You're amazing at this.

(CHUCKLES) Really fantastic.

- I've never moved...

- What have you...

I don't...(LAUGHS)

(BANGING)

- The pink... desk.

- What desk?

(CLATTERING)

Ew, this is stained.

Let's switch it.

How did that get there?

I don't know! How did it get there?

(STUFF RUSTLES IN BAG)

Hey, Jen. Have you seen

my Little Dorrit anywhere?

JEN:
Your what?

Little Dorrit... ha...

Have you seen my copy

of Little Dorrit?

Yes. No. Which one?

Uh, it was on my desk.

It's not in my bag.

It's probably in one of the boxes.

Yeah...

Yeah, I guess.

JEN:
Do you know where we

packed the can opener?

Um... no...

I'm not sure.

Are we cooking?

JEN:
Are you kidding? India Palace!

Cool.

(PHONE RINGS)

MAN:
Leave Charlie a message.

(BEEP)

Hey, Charlie. Jen

and I are going...

to Palace. If you're around

and feel like coming,

um, you could meet us

there or you can... uh...

Disregard. Cancel that.

I'll talk to you later.

- What?

- Couple time.

We just moved in. It's couple time.

You can have your play date

with Charlie tomorrow.

(SITAR PLAYING NATIVE MUSIC)

I am officially exhausted.

I feel like I'm pregnant

with a litter of Samosas.

You know they invented zero?

- Hmm?

- India. Indians.

They invented zero.

Roman numerals don't have

a separate sign for zero.

The Europeans got it

from the Indians.

It's essential to all modern

math. You can't even

do algebra without it.

But when the first...

crew from the British

East India company

heard about it, they thought

that it disproved the existence

of God. And they went

on this crazy rampage,

of rape and murder, and so...

The Captain,

of that expedition...

(BOTH CHUCKLE)

No, I'm just trying to remember.

Um, right... He...

He was the one who decided

that no one was to

ever know about it.

And so it was like, 80 years,

before it ever made it's

way back up to Europe.

80 years.

CHORTLES:
Why you laughing?

No, it's an incredible story.

I didn't know it before.

(LAUGHS) I just...

That's incredible.

You are so smart.

Yeah.

How much of that one

was actually true?

- All of it.

- Mm.

Essentially. Well... More or less.

You are such a liar.

I can't believe I'm shacking

up with a dishonest man.

You know who I'm really gonna miss?

- Nancy.

- Nancy! Sadly.

It's really tearing me up inside.

Poor Paul.

Do you think that in order

to ease the transition

you could, blast Prokofiev

at 3 a.m. and...

leave your toenail clippings

all over the coffee table

for days and days?

Oh Paul, I'll even

leave my used tampons

floating in the toilet.

It'll be like she's

in the next room.

You'd do that?

I like you, Jen.

I like you too, Paul.

(SHOWER SPRINKLING, OPERA MUSIC)

For the people that

this was written for,

there was no question, like that.

Fate was, by definition,

that which could not be avoided.

And if it is... a really

shitty fate, like Oedipus',

Well, that just...

That sucks for him.

(STUDENTS LAUGH)

So, what do you guys think?

I mean, is it... fair to...

punish someone for something that

is pre-ordained for them to do?

Ah, Sophia!

What's your policy

on "incompletes?"

Wow, that is just

really encouraging.

(CLASS LAUGHS)

Um...

It's nice to hear everyone's

keeping their options open.

(CLASS LAUGHS)

Okay, my policy on

incompletes is that

I'm kind of a dick about 'em.

I'll give you one, if you have

an airtight excuse, but...

your story has to be

pretty impressive.

Okay?

Alright.

That's it, we're out of time.

See you guys on Friday.

(CHAIRS AND FEET SCUFFLE)

Paul...

I am sure I cannot

express to you how tired

I am of having this conversation.

Did you or did you not march

in here four weeks ago

and announced that you

had turned a corner?

I did.

And?

And it's fine... I'm just...

Um, it's slow going.

Evidently, you have not

taken the substance

of our conversations to heart.

Let me see if you know the words.

What do I say next?

Come on.

You come on.

What comes next?

First you disarm me by telling

me how much you admire the

work I did as an under-graduate.

Correct.

Then?

And then...

You remind me sternly that I...

I've been through

with my coursework

for nearly two years,

and that if I don't

- turn in some chapters soon...

- By Christmas.

By... by Christmas!

That... um. You will have

to seriously consider...

I will almost certainly.

That you... alright, that you

will almost certainly...

recommend that I, um,

be asked to withdraw

from the program.

Very good.

Apparently you were paying

closer attention than ya let on.

(DEEP BREATHING)

JEN:
Paul?

What are you doing babe?

Sorry, I didn't mean to wake you.

What's the matter?

I can't sleep.

Come back to bed.

Come on.

JEN:
What's the matter?

(PAUL GRUNTS)

PAUL:
You have work tomorrow.

Tomorrow morning.

JEN:
Don't worry about it.

JEN:

Just tell me what's the matter.

PAUL:
Just... (SIGHS)

JEN:
Do you want me to tell

you about the Dark Crystal?

Or Ladyhawk?

PAUL:
Ladyhawk.

JEN:
Okay.

Close your eyes...

In medieval France,

there once lived a

young man and a mouse.

The mouse was a thief.

He was about to be executed.

(CLATTERING)

(CHAIR SCRAPES ON WOOD FLOOR)

(WINDOWS START UP SOUND)

(MUSIC CHANGES)

Nancy! Hi, it's Paul.

Listen, sorry to bother you,

but um, I'm calling cause

I think... I prob...

pretty sure I left a

book in the apartment

of my hardcover copy

of Little Dorrit.

Charles Dickens? Um...

I probably left it

in the living room,

on the table, but it...

it might be...

on the floor in my old room.

Anyway, um, I really need it,

so if you could let me know

when would be convenient

to come by and get it

that'd be great! Um...

Give me a call. Thanks a lot.

Nancy, hey, it's Paul again.

I'm sorry to bombard you

with messages, but I...

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