Yabloko na ladoni

Year:
1981
78 min
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ARTUR ARISTAKIS YAN

PRESENTS:

PALMS:

Rome. Year 28

after the Crucifixion of Jesus

Emperor Nero outlaws Christians

Kishinev. Year 1990

after the birth of Christ

He said he was not going

to move from this place

until the coming

of the Kingdom of God.

"But to make it happen

I should fulfil the following -

"I should make the inside

like the outside

"and the left arm

like the right arm,

"and the left cheek

like the right cheek.

"And when I make a hand

instead of the hand,

"and eyes instead of the eye,

"and a face instead of the face...

"And when I make legs

instead of the leg,

"and a back instead of the back,

"and a head instead of the head...

"And when I make a man

and a woman into one,

"so that a man is not a man

"and a woman is not a woman,

"then the Kingdom of God will come."

My little son, it's me,

your father talking to you.

You haven't yet been born.

You've been living in darkness

for a month now.

My little son, you see,

your mother is not my wife.

And it's not in my power

to promise you'll stay alive.

But I still want you

to know everything.

Only a short time ago

everything was so good.

Whatever I set about

would work out splendidly!

People were falling in love with me.

And I was using their kindness.

Money seemed to stick to me.

And my mother and father

waited for me in vain

so many a night.

Everything seemed perfect to me.

And today it has all changed.

My cards show total darkness.

My little son,

I'm closing my eyes

to see you.

Chapter I

BED AND CLOTHING

Your mother is not my wife.

And it's possible that very soon

you'll be scraped out of her womb.

Piece by piece.

Never mind. Can you hear me?

Nothing will ever change the fact

that today you exist.

And I, your father,

can talk to you.

Because there are things

nobody else will tell you about.

I'll take you to the city.

You shouldn't be sad.

Everything is divine in nature,

and I do regret

it took me so long to grasp it.

Soon, this will be razed

to the ground.

This district will be destroyed.

And these people

will be forcefully taken

to shelters, prisons

and lunatic asylums.

When it's not raining,

this woman is lying on the ground.

She's been lying here

for as long as 40 years.

40 years ago, on this spot,

she was waiting for her groom.

He never came.

Then she made a bed

for two and lay down.

She said,

"I've been fighting on my own

"for 40 years

against the whole system.

"I'm lying down

and collecting chances.

"I deliberately

don't undertake anything.

"It's better if I collect my chances

"until the chances reach

their critical mass

"which will lead to an explosion,

"to the second coming of Jesus."

Those who didn't

have a place on Earth

would come to live here.

And those who were destined to die,

but survived and had children.

My little son,

can you hear me?

Can you hear me?

It is very important for me

to know that you exist.

If only you knew

how much I want

to take you to people.

I will show you how humans dress,

and how their bodies work.

We'll move along,

step by step,

as we have no idea when we are going

to see each other again.

Indeed,

you and I need the same thing.

We need salvation.

And if your life is spared,

then you will have to live

in the system.

Years will pass, and you will

start thinking of how to leave it.

The first way to reach salvation

is to go mad.

Simply, to go mad.

I'm offering you this way to

salvation, sincerely, as your father.

To go mad.

Not out of hopelessness, no.

It's a chance. But you can

only use it in a physical sense.

Or you can do as this woman,

make a bed on the ground,

and lie down

and make love to Jesus Christ.

Literally ten steps away

from the woman lying on the ground

an old man is working.

He walks around town,

and people throw old clothes at him.

He also has a girl with him.

He found her in the street

when she was pregnant

and didn't have a place to live.

They put the old clothes

into a press,

and sell them

to the state for a pittance.

This is not the only type of clothes

they have.

There are also those left

from the dead.

After a funeral, people give him

the clothes of the dead.

They store these clothes,

but never sell them.

They arrange these clothes

from the dead

like a wall around their house.

Some of the clothes are hospital

pyjamas with numbers on them.

They are from people who

died in a psychiatric institution,

from Ioneliness and injections.

Their pyjamas were to be burned,

but he took them

and brought them to his place.

He said,

"I learn from these clothes."

And in return, he whispers

something to them about his own love.

He's even become able to tell

when someone is about to die,

and their clothes are brought here,

to become part of this wall.

Once he gave a dress from a dead girl

to his apprentice as a present.

It was the first time

a man had given her a present.

That's why she doesn't feel

any jealousy towards the dead.

More so, the girl believes him,

her teacher,

that these clothes belong

to those who are already in Heaven.

Not long ago, he admitted to her

that both his legs

were soon to be amputated.

First the left one,

then the right one.

The girl with the flute said

that when she was still healthy,

she didn't want to study.

She cried.

She cried because she was a girl

and could not become a priest.

She said, "If I were a priest,

I would have grown my hair.

"It would be long and wavy and

as beautiful as the priests' hair."

My little son, in childhood

I also wanted to become a priest,

to be allowed to have long hair,

as long as a girl's hair.

Chapter II

LIFE ON THE SWAMP

I don't want us to leave this place.

If you decide to go around

the woman on the floor,

you will see a door,

a door in the ground.

A young man lives there.

He escaped from a mad house,

and came to live here,

with these people.

In the hospital they called him

a Pithecanthropus,

a prehistoric man.

Until one day

he gnawed through his veins.

And when blood was flowing

from his body

and he was already asleep,

a naked boy appeared to him and said,

"Get up, calm down,

go and live with these people.

"You will get up with them

every morning and see how they live.

"You should watch.

Let it be of no concern to you

"that you can't speak or work.

"You don't need to do either.

"You will start to speak later

"when people have exhausted

all combinations of words,

"and eaten up their own language.

"That will be the time

for you to speak.

"And while you are on this earth,

just watch.

"Watch and don't be afraid.

"Don't be afraid

that you can't change anything

"as you don't know your silence

and what it is like.

"And you can't see the body

of your silence.

"You are looking at a girl.

You like her.

"But even her body is not comparable

"with the body of your silence.

"Your silence has a body

"and everyone needs it.

"You will start to speak later

"when people have lost

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