SOLARIS script
SOLARIS (1972)
Synopsis: Based on the classic science fiction novel by Stanislaw Lem, "Solaris" centers on a psychologist (George Clooney) sent to investigate unexplained behavior of key scientists on a space station orbiting the planet Solaris. Once aboard he, too, falls victim to this unique world's mysteries -- as well as to an erotic obsession with someone he thought he had left behind.

First, over BLACK, we hear the sound of a light rain.

Then:

A MAN'S VOICE

I'm not a poet. I've never moved

anyone with my words.

(beat)

Maybe that's why they chose me.

EXT. WOODS - DAY

A mural of leafless trees beneath an overcast sky. Rain

continues to fall.

Maybe now we begin to notice a strange quality to the light

(or is it the sky?). Something vaguely unsettling.

CUT TO:

INT. BEDROOM - MORNING

Still, the sound of rain is heard.

A MAN:

40s, lies on his side in bed, staring at us.

He has not been sleeping. In fact, judging from his distant

expression, he has not slept in ages.

CUT TO:

EXT. ROAD - DAY

Less like a road and more like a path that you maneuver a

vehicle through.

The Man, dressed in rain gear, walks down the middle. He is

accompanied by a medium-sized LABRADOR, and seems in no

particular hurry.

The sound of tires appear and grow in intensity. The Man,

without saying an actual word, instructs the dog to heal.

The dog obeys as the Man moves off the road. The vehicle

hurtles past him -- its engine quiet, its windows darkened --

spraying muddy debris in its wake.

Seconds later, the car brakes abruptly and skids to a stop.

THE MAN:

Stops walking and stares at the car, which seems ominously

still.

The car then reverses direction and begins to move toward the

Man, who remains motionless.

When the car is alongside him, a darkened window turns

transparent and we see a WELL-DRESSED BUREAUCRAT in the rear

seat. His demeanor is pleasant and professional.

WELL-DRESSED BUREAUCRAT

Dr. Kelvin?

The Man he is addressing, who we now understand is CHRIS

KELVIN, stares back at him.

CUT TO:

INT. CABIN - DAY

The contrast between the cabin's rustic aesthetic and the

aggressively high-tech equipment contained therein isn't as

jarring as you might imagine.

Kelvin is seated in front of a desk, scrolling through a text

readout on a flat, transparent holographic screen. Behind

him is the Well-Dressed Bureaucrat from the car, and two

others:
A WOMAN in her 50s and a MAN in his 30s. They are

also well-groomed. Each of their suits are embroidered with

a small but distinctive LOGO of some sort that composes the

acronym DBA.

Kelvin scrolls through several menus, hits a few keys, and a

digitized VIDEO IMAGE appears on his screen: A MAN, unshaven,

looking into the camera.

The man, GIBARIAN, looks very tired and somewhat apologetic.

The lower part of the screen has a time of day and date

display that reads: 0221 HRS 11/14/31.

GIBARIAN:

We take off into the cosmos, ready

for anything:
solitude, hardship,

exhaustion, death. We're proud of

ourselves, in a way. But our

enthusiasm is a sham. We don't

want to conquer the cosmos -- we

want to extend the boundaries of

Earth to the cosmos. We are only

seeking Man. We don't want Other

Worlds. We want mirrors.

(beat)

Maybe we don't need to know what it

is, or why. Maybe just knowing

that it is should be enough.

Gibarian stares at the camera for a long moment before

switching it off and ending the transmission.

Kelvin sits back.

The visitors exchange glances.

CUT TO:

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Fridrikh Gorenshtein

Fridrikh Gorenshtein was a Soviet/Russian author and screenwriter. His works primarily deal with Stalinism, anti-Semitism, and the philosophical-religious view of a peaceful coexistence between Jews and Christians. more…

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