The Unattainable Story

Synopsis: Jacqueline is working to finalize her book, which is to be adapted into a play. The film follows her - from New York to Prague - searching for inspiration in the quotidian moments of life. Simultaneously, we see her lost in a labyrinth of love pursuits, from her frustrating marriage with earthy, aloof Peter to her affair with a wild, witty old friend, David. During their affair, David finds Jacqueline's manuscript and surreptitiously reads it as it's being written. From her writings, he learns how much she loved Peter and witnesses her growing feelings for Skene, who shares her passion for creativity and is directing her play. Peter is her true love, David is her sensual stimulation, and Skene is her intellectual soul mate; all three men feed Jacqueline's writings and fill her life with the erotic fire of the unattainable. Based on a book of aphorisms by Gay Walley, The Erotic Fire of the Unattainable is an unflinching, slyly humorous narrative journey through an artist's mind, taking
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Emilia Ferreira
Production: huma Productions
80 min


[serene instrumental music



Just put all of us

into your work.

That's all that counts,

isn't it?

[man] Alma, calm down.

I have no choice.

You know this.

[Skene] Opening night.

Alma, don't go.

You just told me to.

I need to work, but...

not with you turning on me

because of it.


Sorry if I sound tense.

The experience of

directing my play

really got under my skin.

What does a director do?

They teach characters

how to walk,

and tell them where to go

on the stage.

They become obsessed

with the author.

Jacqueline, the writer.

Tonight, critics and audiences

will give it their own meaning.

Other people who always think

they know us better

than we know ourselves.

It is all I have.

To make sense

of any of this.

[Skene] But just now

something emerged to me.

I did miss something,

didn't I?

[soothing instrumental music]

[Skene] Four months earlier,

I don't remember who first

gave me her book to read.

But I read it.

I didn't understand

most of it. Who did?

But I couldn't resist

meeting the woman

who on one hand is

writing about one thing,

and then it turns out

she's writing about

another thing entirely.


Are you Jacqueline?

Oh, hi.

-You must be Skene?

-I am.

That is, uh...

quite a pile.

Yes, I'm sorry...

about the mess.

Let's just say

I'm prolific.

So it would seem.

[Jacqueline chuckles]

Well, I've read the outline.


It's curious.

I've never heard of anybody

writing an early 20th century

historical play

based on their own

21st century experiences.

You know, as I said,

it's not all my experiences.

In some cases,

I was just filling

in the blanks.

Exploring. What if?

It's surprising

how real it can get.

I like how things

mirror each other.

I'm so happy you're here.

I, I really...

I could use a dedicated


I've written books,

but I'm new to plays.

Well, I...

I feel like...

in order to do it justice,

I'd need to know

a little bit more

about the concept.

So maybe you can

walk me through?


Here's your tea.

Thank you.

-Hey, you have to go.

-I'm going.

You go out and

you conquer Goliath.

Do your job as a man.

Don't remind me.

Mm. I know.

I really appreciate it.

Bye, sweetheart.

Have a good day.





I still love him.

But he wants to be in

that little sea town,

and I want to be successful

in the city.


Just go with your heart.

[Jacqueline] My heart...

plays tricks on me.

How about yours?

[David] My heart?


You know, women are always

wanting to visit me in here,


I only wanna see you.

I don't wanna waste any time.


Do you miss sex?

[David laughs]

Everybody asks that.

What, are people crazy?

Do you think about it

all the time?

I think more

about food.

Lobster tails.


I have pictures of food

on my wall, not women.

You are Italian.

You have no choice.


You don't miss sex.

You can have sex

with yourself.

I miss tenderness.


[Peter] Hey.

Was it horrible?


Why is it you get

to play?

I'm actually working.

You know that.

Don't hurt yourself.

You're supposed to be

the caretaker,

the warrior, all that,

and I'm...

I'm thatching the hut.

I don't see much of that

going on around here.

[melancholy music playing]

[Jacqueline] What a weird

location you picked

for our assignation.

Ten years and no candlelight.

[David] Oh, baby, I do

appreciate your coming

to visit me all this time.

I'll make it up to you.

You'll see.

How's the husband?

[sighs deeply]


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