The Tale

Synopsis: An investigation into one woman's memory as she is forced to re-examine her first sexual relationship and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive.
114 min


( music playing )


The story you are

about to see is true.

As far as I know.

( people chattering )

( emergency brake ratchets )



I'm sorry the people

just turn and look at you

as if you are from the zoo.

Don't worry.

I am from the zoo.

Somehow I don't feel

it's going to be safe for you.

Look, don't get out of the car

until I tell you to, okay?

- You're getting out?

- Yeah.

- Woman in car:

It's okay, I'll be fine.

- ( speaking Indian dialect )

( popping )

( crowd chanting

in Indian dialect )

( chanting continues )

It's so joyful.

Just had

the first victory.

And there are lots

of other people too,

and you'll see them there.

( car horns honking )


Jennifer, sweetheart,

it's me again.

Would you call me back,


You're not gonna believe

what I found.

This story that you wrote

in English class.

I'm worried about you.

Jennifer, I really need

to talk to you.

I don't know where you are.

I mean, you could be anywhere.

I'm going to send this to you.

I'm going to send it

express mail,

and I want you to read it.

Call me, please.


Hey, babe.

I guess you're already

on the plane.

Have a good trip back.

I'll see you when you get home.

Love you.

I think that's why

my partner's special,

because he's probably

the only man

I've really

and consistently loved

for 10 years.


Do you want to have children?

Yeah. Oh, I get

the motherly urge.

I want children.

( rewinding video )

Then I think, no,

on Monday,

I have a meeting,

on Tuesday, I have

a demonstration,

on Thursday,

my bank meeting,

on Friday...

( panting )


Babe. I come bearing gifts.

You got me something?


( soft panting and moaning )

( panting faster )

( birds chirping )

Where are you?


I'm just...

Sorry, I was just

thinking about my mom.

She's been calling,

and, um...

she, uh, read this story

I wrote when I was a kid

about my first boyfriend.


I hadn't told her about it,

because he was older.

So she's beside herself,

trying to reach me.


You know, I never shot

in Atlanta before.

You got everything?


I'm kinda excited.

It's gonna go great.


( sighs )

So that came for you.

Oh, yeah?

- It's from your mom.

- Yeah.

I'm gonna miss you.

- Love you.

- Love you.

- I'll be back Tuesday.

- Okay.


Mom! Mother!

( family chatter )


You're getting it all over me.

I just need you

to eat a little.

Can you get the milk for the--

I need milk for Lucy's.

( overlapping chatter )

Sit down! Now!

Excuse me. Come here.

Go and sit!

Go! Sit!


And does it abut

on protected land?


Well, I'm going to need

to have it assessed.

I can have my guy out there

by the end of the week.

Yes, of course.

Young Jennifer:

I'd like to begin this story

by telling you something

so beautiful.

( cell phone vibrates )

( cell phone vibrating )

Yeah, hey.


I've been so worried about you.

- Did you read it yet?

- No. Where'd you find it?

It was in a box

in the storage room.

What does it matter

where I found it?

What matters is

what it says.

What happened?

What-- what are you

talking about?

You lied to me

all these years.

Mom, this is why

I didn't tell you,

because I knew

you'd react this way.

Oh, what is that

supposed to mean?

That I'm too stupid

to understand?

No, I never said that.

I found Bill

on the Internet.


There he is,

for all the world to see.

Famous as ever.

Hold on, I'm gonna go

in the office.

Just a minute.

Mom, what are you

talking about?

Did you ever try

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