Synopsis: The phone rings, startling Tomas, who is seated in front of the computer. He feels for the telephone receiver. Tomas is blind. His girlfriend, Francine, tells him that it's all over and she's leaving him. The phone drops back onto the hook. Tomas' mind races back in a dizzying flurry of images to the moment they both met, to the couple's most intimate moments together and to the tiny careless mistakes that eventually lead to the end of their relationship. TRUE is part of a compilation project entitled PARIS, JE T'AIME, in which a number of internationally renowned directors each tell a story in one of Paris' 20 arrondissements.
Genre: Romance, Short
Director(s): Tom Tykwer
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
10 min


When something ends that shouldn't end,

you make sure it goes on.

In your head.

You simply begin again

at the beginning.

Francine, I remember exactly.

It was May 15.

Spring was late.

It was about to rain.

And you were screaming.

Sometimes, in moments like that one,

you hear yourself talking,

and you ask yourself:

Where did these sentences come from?

And when you fall in love, you do things

you didn't even know you had in you.

That gesture, for instance: I picked it up

From some cheap novel, ten years ago.

And I'd never thought of it again.

Until that day.

And you were accepted, of course.

You moved from Boston to Paris

into a little apartment

on the rue du Faubourg St. Denis.

I introduced you to our neighbourhood,

my bars, my school.

I introduced you to my friends, my parents.

I listened to your texts,

your singing, your hopes,

your desires, your music.

You listened to mine, my Italian,

my German, a bit of Russian.

You learned French

and found a job in a caf.

I brought you to the academy

and started to prepare for my exams.

Every week you wore a new perfume,

though there was always a hint of vanilla.

I gave you a walkman,

you gave me a pillow

and at some point you kissed me.

Time went by, time flew,

and everything seemed so easy, so simple.

Free. So new and so unique.

We went to the movies, we went dancing,

we went shopping, we laughed,

you cried, we swam,

we smoked, we shaved.

Now and then you screamed without

any reason or with a reason.

Yes, sometimes

you did have a reason.

I brought you to the academy.

I studied for my exams.

I listened to your singing,

to your hopes,

to your desires, to your music.

You listened to mine,

to my ltalian, my German,

my bits of Russian, you learned French.

We were close,

so close, ever so close.

I studied for my exams;

the new perfume,

We went to the movies,

we swam,

we listened to music, we laughed,

I studied for my exams,

you screamed, sometimes with a reason,

and sometimes without.

Time went by.

Time flew.

I brought you to the academy, I studied

for my exams, we listened to music.

You listened to my ltalian,

my German, my Russian, my French.

I studied for my exams.

You screamed, sometimes with a reason.

Time went by. For no reason,

you screamed, for no reason.

I brought you to the academy.

I studied for my exams, my exams...

Italian, German, Russian, French.

Time went by. You screamed.

You screamed. You screamed.

l went to the movies.

Forgive me, Francine.

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Tom Tykwer

Tom Tykwer (German: [ˈtɪkvɐ]; born 23 May 1965) is a German film director, producer, screenwriter, and composer. He is best known internationally for directing the thriller films Run Lola Run (1998), Heaven (2002), Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006), and The International (2009). He collaborated with The Wachowskis as co-director for the science fiction film Cloud Atlas (2012) and the Netflix series Sense8 (2015–2018). more…

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