Ma Belle, My Beauty (2021) - full transcript

A surprise reunion in the South of France reignites passions and jealousies between two women who were formerly polyamorous lovers.

I'm sorry, one more

The two extra beats.

I hate this song, sorry.


The song?

Come on, listen.

♪ Tell me you love me ♪

♪ Two extra beats
And then we go ♪

- You okay?
- Mm-hmm.

Let's do it again.


Actually give me,
give me one second.

- Yeah sure, sure.
- My head is killing me.



There's a leak, Madame.

Oh, dear. You know... a leak?

It's leaking?

Yes! That's it.

The pool
is leaking?

So, you see,
they made a mistake with the pipes.

The small one should be on the other side.

The big one in the front.
That's actually why

it doesn't work.
This valve should be on the other side.

So just tell your husband, Mr. Frédéric,

I'm going to need
to dig up this whole area.

I might be a little more expensive.

But at least it will work!


- Okay.
- Okay.

- Okay.
- Okay.

You okay?

What if she doesn't
want to see me?

She loves surprises.

She hates surprises.

You'll be fine.
I'll be back tonight.

Wait, you're not coming in?

I have a gig in town I have to do.

Hey, did I mention
I'm happy you're here?

Get outta here.

Make yourself at home, okay?

Play well.

Hello, Madam.

Oh, shit.

I usually have coffee,
but you're here, so.

You look great, Bert.

It's the sun.

I do not miss that
New Orleans humidity.


Nice house.

Mm. Yeah, right.

High maintenance though.

The plumber was just here
for like four hours.

What's with the tiny windows?

They used to keep silkworms up
there in the attic.

I don't know much else.

So you moved back to
New Orleans, huh?


About a year ago.


You still dating Cody, Yoni,
what was her name?


I knew that woman was crazy.

I know.

And you guys got married.

We did.


Might have to clear some stuff
out of there, so...

Is this okay?


How long are you staying?

Probably just the weekend.

I know you guys have your tour.

Uh, so I was thinking of
heading to Spain.

There's clean sheets
in there if you like.

It's market day today in town,
if you want to go.

Later, with me.




It's-it's... It's spicy?


...over. Can you smell them?

Oh, this is... this is it.

What are these called?


They're yummy.

So it sounds like you guys are
kind of famous around here, yeah?

What did Fred tell you?



He's been working
on this big tour all year...


...with a bunch
of "international musicians".

He got some funding from
Switzerland or something.

Yeah, that sounds pretty big.


I don't want to go.

Your husband's concert last week
was really extraordinary.

It really moved me.

It reminded me of Django!
So many memories.

- Ah.
- Oui.

I won't tell you about them,
because if I did...

- Bonjour.
- Bonjour.

This is my friend.

My name is Lane.

- Lovely to meet you.
- Lovely to meet you.

- Do you come from New Orleans too?
- Yes, Madame.

What a dream.

Louis Armstrong.
"What A Wonderful World"!

I'm obsessed!

I just love it.

Well, I have to go find Philippe.
Hope to see you again soon, ladies.

Au revoir.

Damn, Bert,
your French is horrible.

So when was the last time
you performed?

About six months.

Actually it was
eight months ago.

The soundtrack to my dreams
is Fred playing arpeggios.

He's on all the time.

Well, he's kind of always
been like that, Bert.

Yeah, but in New Orleans
it was cute.

He was catching up.

And here it's like,
we have these gigs

and it's "Fred Carnot's band
and his wife on vocals".

I'm sorry, I cannot get over
that wife thing.

Do they really say that?

Yeah, sometimes.

...and it's, oh my God, it
smells so good.

Hey, here are my girls.


You okay, ma belle?


Good surprise,

We'll talk about that later.

This one first, then this one,
then that one.

You sure not the
Duché d'Uzès first?

Who's coming?

Well, it was going to be
just Pierre

because, well, Pierre has been
asking to meet Lane for years,

but then I ran in to Madame
Dubois at the gig

and I had to invite her
and Robert.


Babe, I know but look, Lane is
here, so it's gonna be fun, right?

Why didn't you call me?
We would have stayed out.

Well, I assumed you'd want to be
here to show Lane off.

We got shallots.

Oh, great.

And ginger?


Shit, I forgot the ginger.

Okay, it's okay, babe.

It doesn't matter,
it doesn't matter.

It's going to be ginger beef
without ginger.

End of the story.

Think I'm gonna shower.

It doesn't matter, babe.

Did you have a good day
with Lane?

What is she doing here?

You invited her, didn't you?

I'm not getting back with her.

You know that, right?

That is just not gonna happen.


Yeah? Shit.



And on top of all that
she told me she is pregnant!

That's not true.


Yes, it is.

Well actually...
I heard a little something

about your relations
with the mayor's daughter.

- No, that's all nonsense.
- The mayor's daughter?

I saw you once.

Oh, really?



Oh, hey, I'm sorry.

No, it's okay.

They're talking about very
boring things.

How are you?

I'm fine.

Are you happy to see Lane?


But I don't remember her from
the wedding.


She couldn't make it.

Wait, wait, wait. One second.

Thank you.

Oh, wait, Lane.

Here you go.

Your friend here
speaks French very well.

Yes, she's very gifted.

Bertie! Bertie! Enchante!


Nothing, I'm going to bed.



Night, Bert.

Did you bring
those pills?

Oh, yeah.

Is she still not sleeping?

I don't know.

She doesn't tell me anymore.

Since when is she into pills?

You know, you kinda brought her
out of her element here.

She wanted to get out of
New Orleans.

That was the whole point.

Come, go on tour, make money,
get famous.

People go crazy for her here.

And now all I can hear is,
"This music is bad.

Tell them I can't come."

For six months it's
been like this.

It made me look
really, really unprofessional.


I know, okay, sorry, okay.

It's just...
it's been difficult.

Why didn't she call me
when her mom died?

Why didn't you call me?

She forbid me to.

I should have been there.

I know.

I needed you.

I would have been there for her,
not for you.

Well, if you had kept in touch,
you would have known.

Honestly, Lane,
I don't know what happened.

Bertie was wrecked.

But, hey...

the way you two do your things
is none of my business.

You're right.

It's not.

Gerard, I already told you
not Saturday mornings, please!

How many miles did you do?

I lost count.

Is the water supposed
to be this low?

The pool is leaking.

The grapes are kind of weird.

They're wine grapes.


They're not supposed
to be sweet.

Lane, Lane, don't you dare!

Didn't you read
this one already?

Jane Eyre?

I read that one like 12 times.

You really do love a prince
charming fairytale, don't you?

That makes sense.

What are you doing here, Lane?

Came to check out
this fancy new life of yours.

To make sure you're okay.

So you disappear, never call,

and after two years later you
just show up

to see if I'm okay?

Bert, I tried to get in touch
when I found out about your mom.

Yeah, well, I was busy
with the wedding and all.

So what?

You guys got married so you
could come live in France?

Actually, I just wanted us
to get married.

Seemed like the right time,
like it made sense.

I didn't think I needed to talk
to you about it.

You'd been gone for so long.

Yeah, well.

You were gonna get married whether
I was around or not, right?

It looks like
rehearsal's over.

I'm gonna go make lunch.

He called you, didn't he?

When did he call?

A couple of weeks ago.

Can't believe he did that.

Come on, Bert, you have a
husband who cares about you.

Be happy.

Okay, so I'll call him tomorrow and he
will come and fix it himself, right?

Yes, Dad, I am trying.

Why don't we just wait for you
to come back and deal with it.

Yes, Mom, I'm fine.
I'm not getting angry.

Yes, Mom, everything is good.

Yes, she's fine.

Madame Dubois says hello.

Yes, Mom, I'm taking care of it.

All right, hugs, see you, Dad.
See you later.

Can I see pictures
of the wedding?

I mean you did, you did take
pictures of the wedding, right?

Yeah, of course.

Yeah, of course, yeah.

My friend Mahmoud was the

Not being on Instagram means I
miss out on a lot of stuff.

Got some on my phone,


Let me just check.

Here you go.

Here you go.

That was on the way
to city hall.

It was actually really rainy

so we didn't get to have a ton
of outside pictures

but these ones are great.

Hmm. Joanne was there?

Yes. She was Bertie's
maid of honor.


Oh, and you had a second line.


- Really cool, that's great.
- That was really fun.


Cool, yeah, that's great.

That's all I got in here, but I
can show you the rest later.

Yeah, I'd love to.

So what do you guys want
to do today?

We can go for a ride,
for a hike.

We can go to my friend's winery.

This is his wine actually.

I think I gotta go back to bed.

Oh. Jet leg killing you?

Yeah, I'm just not feeling it
all of a sudden.


Well, I need to practice anyway.

Actually, tonight
there's a party.

It's Valerie's birthday.

Oh, really?


Lane, you're going to love it.

Like a lot of great people,
really nice, calm and intimate.

We usually end up playing.

Maybe a good chance for you to get
back into a couple of songs, babe.


Babe, it's going to get harder
if you don't push through.

And plus this is the best
environment to practice in.

People are going to get drunk
and have fun.

Don't push yourself
if it's not gonna feel good.

So there's this massage therapy
training program in Barcelona

and I think I'm going to do it.

So, Fred, I could really use
your help writing

to the instructor,
kind of talk about my plans.

Massage therapy?


You know, it's just like
something I really wanna do.

I can do it anywhere.

And I'm sick of trying
to work for other people.

It seems kind of random.

Couldn't you find something like
that to do around here?

And when does it start?

I was thinking next week,

but, you know,
it's actually kind of flexible.

It's just like with this woman
in her house, so.


Did I wake you?


Did Fred tell you to
bring those?


My God, he's so worried.

Should he not be?

Pills is not what I need,
nor what I want.

Did Fred go out?

He's at a rehearsal.


Lane, Lane.

She was lucky,
she had done movies before.

Well, let's not exaggerate.

Yes, it's true!

No, no, no.

Yes, well, it was us.
Our concerts were the best.


- You can say it.
- All right, all right.

Without a problem, you can say it.

Are you all having a good time?

Just goofing around.

As usual.

Marianne, if you don't mind could you
start with the bathroom upstairs?

No problem at all. I'll get started.

- See you later.
- Merci.

Hey. How are you?

- I'm good. And you?
- I'm good.

And your Grandma?

She is not good at all. It is what it is.

So haven't you left for your tour yet?


Since when have you been working here?

It's been a while. They're kind.

How's Bertie?

She's better.

Our ex came to see us.

Always the same story with you.

Aren't you tired
of being surrounded by all these women?

You need to concentrate, Mr. Carnot.

Isn't all that a distraction?

No, on the contrary.

So, you don't need a new singer
for your tour anymore, right?

Since she's better.

I'm ready to go.

Oh, hey, good choice.

Shall we?

Let's go.

Are you sure?
That was when...

Man, I cannot
understand anything

some of these people are saying.

I thought my French was good,

but I don't know what is going
on here.

Yeah, they're super southern.

It's crazy.

Look, about earlier...

My bad.

I mean, you're married now,

That'd be like adultery.

You know that's illegal
in some countries?

Well, I guess the same countries
where being gay is illegal.

So we'd be screwed either way.

Yeah, well, France,
isn't one of those countries.

Fair point.

And so we're clear,

it has nothing to do
with me being married.

I got it.

Who's that?

Oh, that's Noa, she's
from Israel.


She was in the army
for, like, a few years.

Like how many?

How many? I don't know.

But longer than she had to be.

How was your anti-occupation
work going by the way?

Are you still boycotting
that brand of hummus?

Are you not still boycotting
that brand of hummus?

The French aren't into hummus.

But there's this fish dip thing
that they eat a lot.

Oh, I forgot...
I forgot what it's called.

It's so good though.

Oh, God.

- What's wrong, Bert?
- You're doing that thing.

What thing?

With your eyes, stop it.

I don't know what you're
talking about.

Are you going to pick
a fight with her?

Please don't get all
political on me.

No, she's cute.

I might learn a thing or two.

- Hey.
- Hey.

- Hey, Noa.
- Bertie.

- How are ya?
- How are you?

Hey, and you are, the bartender?

- I can be.
- Yeah?

What are you drinking?

I take whisky.

All right.

So you're back from Israel?

Yeah, yeah,
my brother married a French guy,

and then Valerie just said I
could come,

stay here for the rest
of the summer.

Just work on some paintings.

- Okay.
- I promised myself I won't get

too drunk tonight
like last year though.

Oh, yeah, I forgot about that.

Last summer at Valerie's party
I got,

I got a little too crazy
and Bertie here saved my life.

She's good at that.

- Yeah.
- Here.


I'm Noa.


You guys seen Valerie's
new car yet?

No. She got another one?


I know.

You wanna drive?

Can't drive stick.


You all drive stick
in Israel?

Some of us do.

Learning something already.

There's only two seats.

Guess I'll see you both later.

Sure this is fine?

Yeah, get in.

How drunk are you?

♪ Look away ♪

♪ Your eyes see through me ♪

♪ With your gaze ♪

♪ I'll never be free ♪

♪ Thoughts of you as I awaken ♪

♪ Dawn till dusk,
I'm over taken ♪

♪ One caress,
nothing else matters ♪

♪ Should we touch,
my world falls apart ♪

♪ You cast this spell
I'm under ♪

♪ Never free ♪

And that's just a fact

♪ Just with the
thought of you ♪

♪ My heart takes wings ♪

I am lost without you

♪ Your touch,
your eyes tell me ♪

♪ We are one in my heart ♪

♪ In my soul ♪

♪ My everything... ♪

♪ Must I live ♪

♪ My life without you ♪

♪ Never give ♪

♪ One thought about you ♪

♪ I can't go on and on ♪

♪ It must ♪

♪ Be wrong ♪




Are you a dog or cat?

I'm told I'm a snake.

You're a dog, definitely.

Yeah, I always come
when I'm called.

That's a good quality.

Don't lose that.

Nah, I wanna lose it.

I hate how available I am.

And we dogs are very vulnerable
to snakes.

I imagine Bertie is not someone
who comes when called.

No, ma'am, Bertie says where
and Bertie says when.

So when you were all together...


- Were you and Fred?
- No.

We were friends forever,
but you know.

I can't imagine having
two partners.

It just...
It sounds like a lot of work.

Bertie was good at it.

And you?

Were you always fine
sharing her with Fred?

It could be challenging.

I guess it's just like,
how could you not

love someone
who loves the person you love?

You know?

I guess.

I mean, I tell my girlfriend she
can do whatever she wants with guys

but that's because men
are obsolete.


In Tel Aviv, we call men a dildo
a with a pulse.

But then these two got married
last year.

Yeah, that was not part of the plan.

Thank you.

I'm doing what I can, alright?

But I already told you
I'm not going to do it like that.

I'm not asking you to force her.

But you told me at the beginning
that there would be no problem.

And I already cancelled all my stuff.

Well, you shouldn't have.
I didn't tell you to cancel anything.

Are you serious?

This is really not cool.

If you bring your wife into a band,
it's your responsibility to manage her.

Never get married.

Sorry, one... one second.

No, no,
I don't.

Who would allow you to do that?

Oh, okay.

Okay, all right.

Can I talk to you
for a sec?


What's up?

I think I'm going to bring Noa
back to the house tonight.

What about the... soldier thing?

I don't know, she's cool.

We're not gonna talk about it.

Bertie, you sounded
so wonderful.

Thank you, Pierre.

No, really.

I really missed your voice.

We've been sounding really bad.

Oh, come on now.

We missed you at rehearsal

I had some things to take care
of, so.

I hope you'll consider singing
with us again for the tour.



- Hey, babe, let's go home.
- Mm.

Let's go.


See you later.

Oh, you're staying?

Just for a little bit.

- Well, maybe I'll stay a bit too.
- No, no, no.

We're going home, let's go.


You're different when
Lane's here.

You like to impress her.

It's nice.

Do you wish I did that
more for you?

You used to do that for me.

But never for me like
you do for her.

I hate you for bringing her here
without asking me.

Come on, Bertie.

You're happy to see her again.

Look at you tonight.

Don't tell me
what I'm feeling, Fred.

And what, you want her to move
in and stay here?

Why not?

Don't we have more fun when
she's around?

Come on, Fred.

What would she even do here?

Be a massage
therapist apparently.



Is this Noa?


Let me see those
sleeping pills, babe.

I can't believe
you told her to bring me those.

Yeah, well, if you don't mind...

I'm gonna take one.

Are you serious?

Oh, yeah.

- Can I?
- Yes.



- Good morning.
- Good morning.


Yes, please.

This house is amazing.

Thank you,
it's my parents'.

Have some breakfast.

You guys had fun at the party
last night?

Oh, yeah.

Valerie's parties are the
highlight of every summer.


For me too.

And you sounded amazing
last night.

Thank you.

When are you going back
to Israel?

In a few days.

I'm super bummed though,
there's that local festival with the bulls

and the swimming pool
happening next weekend.

Really wanted to go.

You like those?

Yeah, it's super funny.

I can't stand those things.


All those crazy animals.

Could kill all those kids.

Isn't that the point?

Good morning.

- Good morning.
- Morning.


You guys sleep okay?

Yeah. Very well.

Like a rock.

Yeah, me too.

Think I'm finally
getting over that jet lag.

I love that you don't have
air conditioning.

I keep begging Valerie
to turn hers off all summer.

Oh, yeah? You like to sweat?

I like sweating
when I sleep.

Hmm. Me too.

I guess we were sweating
a lot last night.

You're a Saints fan?

I'm a science fan?

Saints, do you, are you a fan?

- It's your shirt.
- Oh, yeah, big one.

So me and Fred,
we were just talking

about going to the river today.


You wanna come?

I'd love to, I don't wanna
intrude though.

No please, come.

Our car has four seats.

Yeah, yeah. We should go.

- All right.
- Yeah, we should.

- Babe, can you hand me some of that?
- I got it.


So how old is Noa anyway?
Like 25?



Nothing. You just
usually like them older.

She spoke Hebrew to me
while we were having sex.


It messed me up,
I was super into it.


I know.

Yeah, soccer is very popular.

- You wanna get my back?
- Mm-hmm.

Are you really serious about
this massage therapy thing?

I think so.

You sure it's not an excuse for you
to keep touching people all the time?


All right, well,
let's see what you got.


Did you see that...

I'm not gonna lie.

I miss having sex with women.


So what, there's no queers
around here?

No, and if there are, I don't
know where they're hiding.


- Hi.
- Hi.

How's the water?

Fucking freezing.

How's the massage going?

Yeah, she's all right.
Needs a little work.

Fuck you.

What, I'm just kidding.

You were great.

Can I try?

You know I'm not gonna say no.


They teach you this in army?

Oh, yeah.

I got so good I could ask
whatever I wanted from anyone.

Oh, I bet you could.

What kind of things
you trade for?

Uh, depended I guess.

Sometimes a favor,
sometimes just cleaning my gun.


You ever trade it for sex?

No, never needed to
trade for sex.

Did you even get horny
during all that army time?

Like all that violence,
isn't that a turn off?

Bertie, come on.

What, I'm interested.

No, you're not.

Yes, I am.

You should get yourself
a massage therapist.

You're really tight.


It's okay.



Come dance with me.

- Lane.
- Hmm.

What are you doing?

What do you mean
what am I doing?

I thought you came here to
figure things out with Bertie.

I did.

Right, so you're just doing it
the Lane way?

Do you think I should be getting
down on my knees

and begging her to take me back?

Don't you think you
owe her that?

No, I don't.

And if you really think that's
the way to get Bertie's attention,

then I really wonder
if you even know her at all.

Look, stop fucking around.

Do you think this is fun for me?

Well, that's you,
just thinking about having fun.

When are you going
to take things seriously?

You want me to come move to France
and play happy family with you guys?

Do you still love her?

Do you?

You know that her career is the
most important thing to her.

More important
than either of us has ever been.

And she hasn't sung
like she sung last night.

Since you left.

And I know I'll never have that
effect on her.

This really is all
about your tour.

Isn't it?



Excusez moi! Excusez moi.

What'd you get?

Some fish,
I'm going to cook tonight.


No, similar.

They don't have catfish here
but similar.

All right.

Doesn't Fred hate
the catfish though?

He has a gig tonight.

Can I invite Noa?

No, nope, no, just, yup,

Oof. Okay.

Do you want me to stay?

Because I could go. If you
don't, I could go tomorrow.

Lane, you disappeared.

With no explanation.

How could you do that?

And now you're back,
again with no explanation.

Sitting here trying to get me
to tell you what to do.

Do you want me to just
love up on you?

Like I used to?

Just because you came back?

I don't know
what Fred has been telling you,

but my happiness
is not tied to you

and it's not tied to him.

If you want to stay, fine.

Great, we'll see how it goes.

But if you want
to go fuck around in Madrid,

you can do that too.
And that'd be fine with me too.

I don't care. I...

I don't have the space to care.

You don't have
to hold everything on your own.

There's two of us here
who care about you,

who love you, who are willing to
catch you if you would just let us.

What the hell happened
in your life

that made you wind up here
trying to get back into mine?

Because that's what you do,

You get up, set shit on fire

and find another creek
to fish in.

I know I have my fair share
of troubles.

But I don't drag people
through my shit like you do.

Drag me, Bert.

Fucking drag me, I want you to.

I'm here to walk through your
shit with you.

And the way you do that
is by bringing a girl over

that you just met
and fucking her in my house?

The day after you get here.

Well, there was a time
that would entice you.

I guess not anymore, hmm?

Well, you know me, Bert.
Setting shit on fire as always.

Thank you for the fish,
it was delicious.

Can I?


Close the door.

Got you.

This twist.





- Hey.
- Hey.

The guys are almost here.

Okay, I'm just making
some rehearsal snacks.

Oh, thank you, thanks.

You're welcome, you're welcome.

You good?


Where's Lane?

I don't know, I think she went
for a run or something.


I'm gonna join you guys.


You want to stop?

Rest for a minute?

I hate what she does to me,

I can't even remember
what road I turned on to.

It's kinda cute.

Yeah, right.

Why do you let yourself
get this way?

You don't have to be here.

I don't know.



Beginning the intro...
and then you can come...

come in more...


So yeah, all this is the same.

Where the hell have you been?

What happened?

Got lost.

Ended up at some castle.

- The ruins?
- Mm.

Lane, that's far as fuck.

One second.

I'm tired.

Yeah, no kidding.


I want you to want me.

I do want you, Lane.

I want all of it.

All of you.

I don't think you do.

I have to go on this tour.

I'm going on
this tour.

I know.

But maybe after.

You're just gonna leave me
again, aren't you?

'Cause I'm not giving you want
you want.

♪ Look away ♪

♪ Your eyes see through me ♪

♪ With your gaze
I'll never be free ♪

♪ Thoughts of you as I awaken ♪

♪ Dawn till dusk,
I'm overtaken ♪

♪ One caress,
nothing else matters ♪

♪ Should we touch,
my world falls apart ♪

♪ You cast the spell
I'm under ♪

♪ Never free ♪

And that's just a fact

♪ Just with one
thought of you ♪

♪ My heart takes wings ♪

I am lost without you

♪ Your touch ♪

♪ Your eyes tell me ♪

♪ We are one ♪

♪ In my heart ♪

♪ In my soul ♪

♪ My everything ♪

♪ Just with one
thought of you ♪

♪ My heart takes a leap ♪

I am lost without you

♪ Your touch ♪

♪ Your eyes tell me ♪

♪ We are one ♪

♪ In my heart ♪

♪ In my soul ♪

♪ My everything ♪