The Congress

Synopsis: An aging, out-of-work actress accepts one last job, though the consequences of her decision affect her in ways she didn't consider.
Director(s): Ari Folman
Production: Drafthouse Films
  10 wins & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
122 min

Robin .

Look at me, Robin.

Do you believe when I say I love you?

How long has this been going on?

24 years? 25?

I've always been there for you.

Always, in any situation.

To all your... choices, all your fears...

all that...

... enslavement here, anxieties, I was there.

All the irrational walkouts,

always when... shooting was

just about to start.

"Do me a favor, Al, get me out of this,

get me out of that".

"Get me out clean",

"without burning any bridges".

"Aaron needs me at home."

But Aaron is just an excuse.

Lousy choices.

That's your whole story, Robin.

Lousy choices.

Lousy movies,

lousy men, friends you couldn't trust.

Even the one thing you can't choose,

your mother

You made a lousy choice there, too.

You had it all, Robin.

Movie queen at 24.

All them big studios came crawling.

Maybe I was too soft on you... everyone says.

I don't know.

Maybe I really was.

But you were just a kid.

You were scared.

You made that choices,

you made them all on your own.

And you slammed all the open doors,

crushed all the dreams.

And now...


And now what, Al?

Talk to me, what are they offering?

I've no idea that they offer,

I wish I knew.

They called this morning

and yelled at me for 20 minutes,

about how they're sick of us.

Said it was a "final offer",

that this proposal won't be on a table again.

A quotation:
"That won't be on the table again."

And what do you think it is?

How on Earth would I know?

One thing I do know: they won't be back.

They never spoke to me that way, Robin.


Sorry of that, Mom.

I think you need to go now.

What happened ?

Airport security called. No pressure,

same as usual.


If [...] kite goes over property fence,

you know what' gonna happen.

- I know.

I know, I'm sorry,

it's not going to happen again.

So what was that [air]?

United 435 from Rochester?

Actually, no.

- What was it then?

- Um...

United... but not Rochester.

Let's see...

Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Fort Lauderdale?

I know, Minneapolis.

- That's not what matters.

- What matters then?

That the wind was blowing from the west,

There my lady feel like a Queen

over the runways...

...and that it looked like a match made in Heaven.

I thought that any minute

they were gonna unite.

Those colors!

That red,

that white

and the black clouds.

So really powerful.

OK, but guess what?

- It's not gonna happen anymore,

you know that, right?

- Why not, why do you care ?

- Because he's not gonna go there,

that's why it's not gonna happen.

All right ? Because the next time

the line goes over the fence,

we gonna have to pack

everything in the house

we gonna have to move to

a lousy neighborhood in the city,

where will be no sky for me to see, or kites.

I'd rather live in some lousy neighborhood

in the city than this sh*t.

Oh, that's not new.

You know, I saved you today.

You saved me? From what?

From Al's proposal.

What was he offering so sweetly?

Tell her, Mom.

- What did he offer?

- I DON'T know, I don't know.

Sci-Fi? Graphic novel?

Holocaust? I don't see WHY you won't

do a Holocaust flick?

Every B-grade actress that does Holocaust [...] something in.

You could play both sides.

What do you mean, both sides?

Well, look at you.

Nazi and victim.

You're one-side purpose

for a Holocaust flick.

-You know what?


You could even play a collaborator

if they needed one.

How many actresses have THA [...] talent these days?

Yeah, I remember. I remember when you

first came to the studio.

I was a... young number-crutcher,

down the hall.

Everybody said:
"Here she comes!"

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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