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English dialogue list of “A man who ate his cherries” REZA Oh my God! What happened? Shut down the machine! MAN My hand! REZA Get a hankie. man 1 He lost his finger. Go get ice from the kitchen. man 2 Where's the finger? Get the finger and put it on ice. REZA Call an ambulance! AHMAD Let me see your fingers. There's two more missing. Ice! driver The ambulance takes forever. Let's take him in my car. REZA Take him. Be strong. 2 - int. - factory restaurant - day MAN 1 What happened with this guy? Something is not right. This machine is really slow. Your hand could never get stuck in it. MAN 2 He must have put his hand in the machine on purpose. man 3 I don't think so. The guy is new. He can't work the machine. man 4 I heard two of his fingers were not found. What's up with that? man 5 I don't know what to say. I heard the ambulance was late. Is it true? MAN 4 Well, if that's true, even the finger they found is not going to get fixed. man 6 I heard he has money problems. Maybe that's why he did it, to get money. man 7 You think money is worth cutting your fingers off? God knows where he's hiding his fingers. man 8 He did it on purpose. man 9 I don't think so. He'd be crazy to stick his hand in the machine. Why would he do that? MAN 8 I don't think a machine this slow can grab someone's hand. MAN 9 Maybe he wasn't paying attention. Then, after it happened, he figured why not get the $7000 for all his suffering. man 10 I don't know. Maybe he just wasn't paying attention. Maybe he's got a lot on his mind. man 11 Anyway, I hope he gets well. He's really young. - INT. - FACTORY - DAY AHMAD Rena, tell this guy to step on it so we can watch the game. REZA Just let him drive. AHMAD Why don't you come over to my place? We can watch the game together. REZA I'm really tired. Plus, my wife will start nagging again if I go home late. I'm just going to go home and crash in front of the TV. AHMAD Come on. The other guys are coming over. It'll be fun. - EXT. - ALLEY - DAY WOMAN When will we have water again? It's already been four hours. MAN We're doing out best to get it fixed. WOMAN Well, hurry up. Sarah, come here. 13 - INT. - HOME - NIGHT REPORTER Mehrdad Ghobanloo, who is now entering, has won in Piroozi Team. 15 - INT. - FACTORY RESTAURANT - DAY AHMAD So, what do you want to do? REZA I don't know. AHMAD Don't take this the wrong way, but you should have seen it coming. AHMAD Your wife wants a kid and you can't have one. REZA No. That was three, four years ago. I don't know why she left now. AHMAD Yeah you do. You gave her a hard time. AHMAD Convince her to let go of her dowry and bring her back. 16 - INT. - ZARI'S SISTER'S HOUSE - DAY ZARI'S SISTER I'm taking everything out. ZARI'S SISTER If you see something you want, let me know. Mom called. ZARi And? ZARI'S SISTER She said they're leaving tonight. They'll be in Tehran in the morning. ZARI'S SISTER I love this picture of you. - INT. - courthouse - day WOMAN Mateen, Sweetheart, stay with this man for a few minutes. I'll be right back. Sir, can you watch my son for a few minutes. boy No, I don't want to! Let me go! REZA I know it's none of my business, but why did YOU come to court? MAN Why does anyone go to court? You want to divorce your wife; you go to court. What kind of question is that? REZA You look so happy. You don't have to pay her dowry? MAN I do; a lot. REZA So, you're going to pay? MAN Absolutely not. Not even a penny. Nobody gives dowry. What? Your wife? Are you afraid of her? Move your head; let me see her. Let her go. Better yet, throw her out of your house. (beat) Why are you doing this to yourself? You're like my brother. What dowry? I went home and she was gone. She left without telling me. Three days. I went to the police and told them my wife is missing. They gave me an official report, stamped and everything. Then, I went home and took care of the kids. After three days, she came home. I gave her her bags and told her to go to her dad's house. Where does she think she wants to go? She's waited so long for someone to marry her, now she leaves? Anyway, I got a letter to go to court and her family threatened me, but as you can see, I'm here, happy and smiling, to finalize the divorce. Why are you so upset? Relax. REZA So what did you do? MAN I told her to give up on the dowry because if she doesn't, I will make a formal accusation against her and she will go to jail. A woman can't just leave her husband's house without his permission. It's the law. REZA Wow! What kind of man are you? MAN A smart one! Look at this kid, coming and going for an hour. In the end, they'll all want to be mothers and have children. They fuck with your brain. REZA You ARE smart! MAN Three or four years ago, I was on a motorcycle with one of my friend when an SUV hit us and ran. We were thrown in the air. Thank God we didn't fall into the river. We landed on some garbage. Thanks to whoever their trash there. Otherwise we were dead , We were there for four hours and nobody took us to the hospital until some cops found us. smoking is prohibited here. Be careful. REZA One of my relatives lost his life like that. Nobody helped him and he bled out. MAN I swear if it wasn't for my kids, I wouldn't stay here even an hour. I would go to my hometown. - ext. - street - day REZA Zari, wait. I want to talk to you. Don't go. MAN Four Kent cigarettes, please. Vendor It's 100 Tomans per cigarette. MAN I got it for 50 Tomans yesterday. VENDOR Where from? MAN From you. VENDOR Get out of here. Take your money. MAN I'm telling you I got it from you. VENDOR Don't bullshit me. MAN Shut up, asshole. Don't talk to me like that. The man takes his money and leaves. The vendor is very angry. VENDOR You're the asshole! Trash! After the man is gone, the vendor turns to Reza angrily. VENDOR What do YOU want? REZA Four Kent cigarettes, please. I can light them. Damn! This doesn't work. Yes, of course . - int. - factory restaurant - day REZA No. I didn't accept it. I have to pay about 200,000 Tomans a month. AHMAD For 250 months! What were you thinking? Why did you promise her so much money? Reza eats and doesn't answer. AHMAD Where are you going to get 200,000 Tomans a month? How can you survive? You have to convince her to let go of the dowry. - int. - rozaneh publications - day WOMAN Zari, do you want me to heat up your food? ZARI Thanks, but I didn't bring any food today. I'm going to go out, get some fresh air, and get something to eat. At this moment, the phone rings. Zari answers. The woman leaves. ZARI Ordibehesh Publications, how can I help you? (beat) Yes. Please hold. Then she connects the line. ZARI Mr. Sadeghi is on the line. ZARI I'm going to lunch. I'll be back. MAN Hurry back. We have lots of work. No for that book they didn't give me the certificate. - ext. - street - day ZARI One chicken sandwich. Is it ready? it's almost ready. MAN Yes. To go? Here you are. Have a good day. 26 - ext. - park - day REZA Hi. Zari turns around surprised and sees her husband. ZARI What are you doing here? REZA I came to talk. You didn't let me talk to you at the courthouse. ZARI We can't talk now. I have to get back to work. REZA I could have gone to the police and filed a report against you for leaving the house without my permission, but I didn't. (hesitates) Because I didn't know. Now, I'm paying for it. You are destroying my life by making me pay all that money. And you know it! ZARI I'm doing exactly what you did to my life. REZA You have always been immature. It doesn't matter anymore. If you want a divorce, let go of the dowry and you'll get faster results. ZARI You know that I can finalize the divorce very quickly because of your history. I want my money first. I want to stay in Tehran. REZA Stay in Tehran? ZARI Yes. I'm buying a house. REZA Buying a house? With what money? Zari gets up to leave. ZARI I'm getting a loan. But I need that money, too. If you pay half of it in cash, I'll let go of the other half. 27 - int. - Factory office - day secretary Mr. Ahmadian, don't wait here. His meeting will take long. REZA I'll wait a little longer. SECRETARY Yes. (beat) Yes. I'll be right there. director What do you want? Who let you in here? Can't you see I it's a meeting? REZA I'm sorry but I've been trying to meet with you for two days. They keep telling me you're busy. DIRECTOR That's correct. What do you need? I am terribly sorry and I do apologies, you Guys! REZA I'm here for a loan. DIRECTOR Miss, please bring me my jacket. I'm going out to dinner. (beat) The money you're asking for is all my employees' pay for a whole month. You really think we're doing that great? Do you think we make gold instead of Rubber? REZA Sir, I've been working here for seven years and I've never asked for a loan. SECRETARY Sir, your jacket. DIRECTOR As you said, you've been working here for seven years. Have we ever missed your payments for two months? REZA No, Sir. But if I don't come up with this money, I'll go to jail. DIRECTOR It's 25 million Tomans. Why don't you ask two or three different friends and relatives? REZA I did, but no one could afford to lend me that much. DIRECTOR Do you own a house? REZA No, I'm renting. How much money do you have ? DIRECTOR Go find someone who owns property and can get a loan for home improvement. Then, pay the mortgage. That's the only way to get this kind of money. I can't do anything for you in this situation. If I had money, I would pay my employees on time. That's more important. Please. Also, next time, don't come in my office unannounced. REZA Yes, Sir. - int. - factory hallway - day REZA Hello. How are you? When did you come back? MAN Two or three days ago. REZA How are you? MAN I'm better. As you see my fingers are gone. REZA You can't work with this hand, can you? MAN Well, they gave me a desk job. They payed me a few million Tomans, too. REZA Are you upset? MAN Well, yes. But my situation got a lot better. All right , I have to go . - int. - factory - day REZA Nasser, my man. Nasser Hey. Reza. REZA Nasser, are you still paying mortgage on your house? NASSER Yes. Why? REZA Nothing. Some thing's come up and I need money. NASSER I hope it's not too bad. You know I am not good that this kind of stuff . REZA It's alright. Do you know anyone who can help me out? NASSER Not really. You know Rassool who works in press? His brother-in-law works at a bank. He might be able to help you. REZA You think so? Reza goes to Rassool. REZA Rassool, do you think this brother-in-law of yours who works in a bank can get me a loan? rassool I don't think so, but I'll ask him. REZA If he can get me a long term loan, I will really appreciate it. RASSOOL I'll tell him, but I really don't know. Do you have a deed? REZA That's the problem. I don't. Reza goes to another man in the factory. REZA Hello, Mr. Hosseini. I heard you own a house. MAN No. Who told you that? REZA I just heard from here and there. MAN With this salary and this economy, who can afford to buy a house? Anyway, why do you ask? REZA No reason. I was asking for someone... for rent. - int. - eghtesad novin bank - day REZA Hello. We're here about a loan. employee Please, have a seat. REZA Actually, for now, I just want to know the conditions. I brought the deed to see if I qualify or not. EMPLOYEE How much do you want? REZA 25 million. EMPLOYEE We don't ever give 25 million Tomans. Home improvement is 20 million with a 20 percent interest for five years. You'll need a deed with two guarantors. REZA I have the deed. Please check and see if this is acceptable. How much is the monthly payment? EMPLOYEE The payment, if you qualify, will be 530,000 Tomans per month. REZA 530,000 Tomans? EMPLOYEE 530,000 Tomans. REZA That's too much. How much can you lend for 200,000 Tomans per month? EMPLOYEE That would be under 10 million. Even that will be 215,000 Tomans. REZA Let's go. your welcome . 35 - int. - home - night MAN This pipe is completely drained. You'll be fine. If there is a problem, call us. Someone will come and fix it. REZA Thanks. Would you like some tea? MAN Thanks. REZA You're welcome. How much do I owe you? MAN 15,000 Tomans. REZA How much? If I had known, I would have bought a new one. MAN You were standing right here. You saw how much time it took me to fix it. REZA I really think you are charging too much. MAN I'm really not. Call the company and talk to them. REZA I'm dealing with you, not the company. MAN You saw how the thing was clogged. Besides, I was expecting a tip. REZA Right. Count this. MAN Thanks. This is not enough. REZA It is. MAN No, seriously. The company will take it off my salary. REZA I'll pay more next time. MAN I'll ask less next time. REZA It's embarrassing... but I don't have anymore money. We have to work it out somehow. MAN Don't worry about it. Call me if there is a problem. I'll come and fix it myself. int. - restaurant - day girl How did you get the money? BOY Would you believe it if I told you I stole it? GIRL What did you steal? BOY Not so loud! Last night, I went home. A lot of relatives were visiting. I went through their coats and jackets. I got 10,000 from one, 5,000 from another, 2,000 from another... GIRL (laughing) You're crazy! NO. 88 BOY We'll throw a party your friends will love. - ext. - alley - day REZA I'm talking to you. Wait. ZARI I have nothing to say to you. REZA Wait, I'm telling you... ZARI Why are you doing this? People know me here. REZA What the hell are you doing to me? ZARI It is what it is. REZA You know I don't have that kind of money. ZARI I'll make you pay every penny of it. REZA This is how you treat me? (to his friend) This is useless. Let's get out of here. Int – Zari's house – day T Why bothering yourself ? I wonder how dare this incompetent man , How can't satisfy his wife, is coming here every time and shout aloud ! piece of shit ! - int. - factory restaurant - day REZA That took long! AHMAD It's a crappy situation. They've fired so many people. All the work gets dumped on us. REZA You miss it. It was such a great game! AHMAD Was everyone there? REZA Pretty much. When you're done eating, come over to the paint room. I want to talk to you. - int. - paint room - day Reza is alone sitting on a chair. He lights a cigarette. Ahmad enters and walks to him. AHMAD You're smoking in here again. REZA Come here. I want to tell you something. AHMAD What? REZA I'm getting the money. AHMAD Really? Cool! Where from? REZA First, you've got to promise something. AHMAD If I can. REZA Don't say anything until I'm done. What are you doing tomorrow? AHMAD Tomorrow, when? REZA After work. AHMAD Nothing special. Probably hanging out with friends. REZA So you can come? - ext. - under parkway bridge - day REZA What are you talking about? I'm telling you, I'll handle everything. You won't be held responsible for anything. You want me to write it on paper? I just need one small favor from you. That's all. AHMAD You'll get yourself killed. REZA Not so loud! I'm not a mosquito to get killed like that. I'm telling you I can handle it. First you agreed. Now that we're actually going through with it, you're backing out. I'll be right back . where are you going ? 52 - ext. - parkway bridge - night REZA So, remember: when I jump, you start yelling and you stop the car. Don't let the car get away. AHMAD Don't worry about that. REZA You see? They're not going fast, right? AHMAD What do you want me to say? REZA I'm going for it. Reza leaves but comes back. REZA Give me your cell. AHMAD It's not charged. Here. Reza takes the phone and dials. REZA Hello. Help us. Send an ambulance to Parkway Bridge. There's been an accident. Hurry. He's going to die! Hello? Hello? REZA This piece of shit ran out of battery. See if you can turn it on and call emergency. hurry up AHMAD What do we need an ambulance for? I'll throw you in the same car and take you to the hospital. REZA Ahmad? AHMAD What? REZA What if I die? AHMAD No. Don't worry. They'll see you and they'll slow down. If you want to do this, go before someone sees us. Just watch what kind of car it is you're throwing yourself at.Go before the police sees us . 53 - int. - hospital - day AHMAD You're awake? (beat) Are you ok? Reza nods. AHMAD Do you want something to eat? AHMAD I have good news. Reza smiles softly. AHMAD The owner of the Mercedes called today.
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