Diva Script - Dialogue Transcript

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Diva Script

A motorcycle? 

No , a small motorcycle . . . a moped .

A moped .


No , postman .

Darling !

You were very moving , the princess insists on seeing you .

What a pleasure it is to see you !

What a show!

We hadn't seen her since San Francisco . lt was beautiful .

She is sublime .

There's Nadia .

What the hell is she doing?

No wait, something's wrong !

See you !

Okay, bye !

Oh , excuse me !

You didn't see a thing , little shit.

Police .

Scram !

Don't move !

Watch out!

Quick, let's go !


Miss, your carton please ! Your carton .

What about my carton?

Come on . . .

ls it okay? Can l get dressed now?

l'm sorry.


ls it the Opera?

No , it's my butt.

Don't worry, l don't work there .

Do you like jazz?

Obviously! Or l'd be stealing some mambo .

Too bad l only like disco music. . . the classics don't do it for me .

l'm not a classic, l'm a lyric. That's an overture .

Hurry up, because l'm about to close .

Don't worry. Do you mind if we talk?

Yes l do , why?

- Was that you in the pictures? - No , it was a crocodile !

What's your trick?

Here , look. . .

Not too dumb.

Of course , it's only a cottage industry.

And for the collections, you arrange an air lift?

- l have something else . - What is it?

Well , you !

So , you steal a lot?

- lt's not for me , it's to give away. - To whom?

You're really not the curious type , are you?

lt's to give to a guy, who's in his cool period .

Who is he?

A mongrel , a rasta . . .

Hey, don't walk so fast!

A guy who dreams of stopping the waves!

Deep inside , you're a lyric!

Anyhow, one of them invited me for dinner tonight.

She split this morning . . .

l n the middle of the street, but we got her! We had no choice !

Anyway, she'll be quiet now.

Yes. lt's under way, yes, no tracks.

l don't like cars.

Tell me Mortier, did you identify this girl?

Yes. Nadia Kalonsky. . .

. . . a former prostitute who disappeared a few months ago .

The funny thing is, we had something on her.

Do you have a file?

The investigation on the international drug trade and prostitution ring .

Ah , yes. Your famous Antillean network.

- Chief l nspector, l know you doubt. . . - l don't doubt anything , Mortier.

You've never produced a single valid witness!

They're always dead .

Paula , why were you at the railroad station . . .

. . . at the time of the murder? Were you taking the train?

lt wasn't a coincidence . He called me , we had an appointment.

He wanted me to meet her.

- Who is this guy? - He's one of my informers.

He's a bum .

You'd better agree .

He's on parole . . .

. . . and the judge found him a job at a carnival lottery in Barbes.

lt's really great for his social rehabilitation !

This Nadia Thinginsky. . .

. . . according to your statement. . .

. . .was supposedly killed because she was about to talk?

She hinted that she knew who the leader of the Antillean network was.

So , she knew the Antillais?

No , that's the point. The Antillais wouldn't be the real boss.

- She had some revelations to make . - What revelations?

She couldn't tell me much . She was hiding when she called .

Why? Was she being watched?

All l know is that she woke me up last night. She seemed hounded .

She asked me to pick her up at the station to protect her.

To protect her, you !

We used to be together, a long time ago .

So , why did you contact us, the police?

- What? - Why did you call the police?!

Because it's too big for me . Nadia is something from the past.

lt's the past. l know nothing . l called you right away.

Why did you prevent me from intervening?

l didn't prevent anything ! l wanted to see . . . l didn't know.

Well , we saw. . . but we don't know anything .

What was the gentleman accused of?

l ndecent exposure on the street. To a minor.

Check it out. . . As usual .

You have nice witnesses.

Pathetic. . .

Not so ! You're pathetic! l know your cop tricks.

You've heard the cassette , but you want me to talk as well .

l know nothing .

l got you the cassette , l'll say nothing else !

The cassette?

You found a cassette?

Krantz, you never told me about this.

l had nothing to tell you .

l told you l was going to make you meet Nadia .

There's Nadia .

No wait, something's wrong .

She told me she recorded everything . . .

. . . and that there was enough to sink the guy.

Don't move !

From the cafe where we sat, we couldn't see . We were too far.

The cassette is in the postman's satchel .

We must find it.

And three .

That's it?

They said they would increase my pension . . .

. . . because they're widening the street.

Those are stories, grandma .

Widening arteries have never caused an increase in pension .

Good-bye .

So , am l a coloratura or a lyric?

- Tell me , what am l? - Rather dramatic.


You had said lyric!

No , dramatic is just as well .

lt's even better.

The decor is rather gloomy.

You think so?

Here , we're into disaster. . . luxurious disaster.

And this one? What is it?

The lady has taste .

lt's a Rolls Royce . . .

. . . Corniche !

lt happened in Monaco , at the casino , against a palm tree .

Yes. . . We are not much indeed !

You wouldn't think a Rolls Royce could have an accident.

He had one like that when he picked me up hitch-hiking .

l didn't hesitate , l climbed right in .

Well , if my lady would like to follow me now.

Not bad , your loft!

- You like it? - Yes!

The previous owner was great.

- Do you want something to drink? - Sure .


lt may not be cold , but it makes bubbles.

l can't drink from the can , do you have a straw?

A straw?

- You know, a bent straw? - Bent straw?

Bent, very chic!

lt looks like Raquel !

Actually, l'm not surprised . . .

. . .the former landlord had a car crash , with these paintings!

Son of a gun ! Not bad , Saint Jules.

Here , that's all l have . Bent.

That's what you call bent?

Well , yes, bent. That's the most bent thing l have .

- What's wrong? - lt stinks of gasoline .

lt's a radiator hose .

Then , of course , it's normal .

ls this your magra?

Nagra . . . N . . . !

How does it work?

What are you doing? No , don't touch .

This is sacred !

No , you can't touch this.

You're really picky. l'm not going to eat your Nagra !

Well , this is Swiss and it's very precise .

Tanagra . You sure look Swiss.

lt's her?

ls it her, Cynthia Hawkins?

She's so beautiful !

Do you think so?

Yes, very beautiful .

Are you in love , Jules?

Of course not. l'm not in love .

- Yes, you're in love . - No , l'm not.

Here , wait, you'll see .

Listen to her. Put this on .


What are you doing with my watch?

But. . . my Skelton !

Don't cry, baby. l have a much better one for you .

Just great for a little toad like you .

lt's a Rolex!

Yeah , my first steal .

Do you have any idea what this is worth?


Thank you , Jules.

lt's The Wally by Catalani .

lt takes place in the mountains. A woman . . . she wants to die .

She is broken-hearted and she sings.

She says, ''l want to go away, far away. . .

. . .where the clouds are golden , where the snow is white . . .

. . .you may never see me again , ever again .''

lt's tragic.

And at the end , she throws herself down an avalanche corridor.

Such pathos! Super!

Listen , it's about to begin .

The orphans, the unemployed , the refugees, the unhappy in love . . .

Luck is a fickle mistress. Beware !

Not on the ace of spades, it's bad luck.

Grab her mane . . . a gift for the winner. . .

. . . my regards to the loser.

Try your luck while the wheel is turning !

Yes, madam , it turns. . .

You see !

A win for the young lady.

You see , l told you . Come on , let's go .

lt's Beethoven . We already have him on the mantle .

Come on , l said !

l don't like Beethoven .

How cool ! She has such a voice !

Can you lend it to me?

- Yes, but you must give it back. - l swear.

Do you know what time it is?

You do this to me again and l drop you off on the road .

With your Vietcong !

Look, don't yell at me ! l had a terrible trip.

Wait. Don't move .

The Wally, Act one . . .

Cynthia Hawkins.

How did you get it? She never recorded anything .

Who stole the diva 's dress?

Good evening .

lt's a nice job to be a postman .

Well , it all depends.

You get to bring the love letters.

Yes, and also the tickets.

l don't care , l don't have a car.

Everyone in my family works for the post office .

My brother in law, Mark, a tall guy. You know him?

Maybe . You know, there's a lot of us.

Do you like this light?

lf you knew how much it cost! And l got it wholesale .

lt creates a nice ambiance .

Well , that's not all there is.

l don't know you , but you're cute . You'll have to come see me again .

lt's hot.

Aren't you a little nuts?

Yes, l am .

Nothing was stolen? Your equipment?

l don't think so .

You should have seen the slaughter! l couldn't stay there .

Jules, are you thick or what?


l'm telling you , it's the cops. lt's obvious.

lf not, why did the two guys this afternoon . . .

. . . come and take the addresses of all the postmen with mopeds?

These guys are nuts.

But why?

Anyway, l don't get it. l'm bushed .

Congrats to the postmen , they're really solid .

What do you expect, it's not the Aeropostale .

They broke all his things. He's cracking up.

- lt's banging in my ribs. - What is?

His helmet! l'm not used to sleeping with a guy in a helmet.

lt could save him , in case of an earthquake .

Go ahead and laugh , the guy on TV said it the other day.

What's that mattress brand that lets you sleep without bugging the other?

Look, l promise , they came about five minutes ago .

They are fascists, believe me .

And they looked really vicious.

All right, call me back, okay?

What do they want?

These two guys, what do they want?

You , old buddy. They came back.

Two inspectors.

You must have done something wrong again .

Ayatollah , come here and eat.

Come on .

You don't want to? Fine .

Can you lend me some dough?

Yeah .

And can you lend me your Malagutti?

l can't keep my moped . Did you hear me?

Okay for the dough , but not the Malagutti , shit!

- l'm still breaking it in . - Breaking it in?

You don't know what it means to break it in?

- Fine , break it in . - Yes, l will .

lt's just a little cube , filled with horsepower.

lt's quite a machine . lt requires a special touch , so easy!

lt's not a postman's slug . lt's a racer!

Listen to the music, you drive it by ear!

Speaking of which , why don't you turn it down?

Don't worry! l'll sway to the music.

Be careful .

Good-bye , Mermoz. And thanks for the money.

- What are you doing? - l forgot my gloves.

Okay, so long !

Oh ! The gas. . .

A little tall , but not bad . . . she's pretty.

Look at this! lt could use some cleaning . lt looks neglected .

Excuse me , but the cleaning has already been taken care of.

An awl in Nadia's back, an awl in Krantz's back.

He's looking for the same thing we are .

- But he's a day ahead . - Maybe he's a day awl .

Very funny. Except that we don't know who he'll kill next.

Anyway, this place is uncommon .

Who are you?

- Flowers, Madam . - Put them down . . .

. . . over there .

- Did Nicole give you something? - No . . .

- . . . l have something to give to you . - To give to me?

l recognize you .

The moped .

You're the postman?

l apologize .

Do you take me for the Beatles?

l'm no disco singer.

l had it pressed for you !

Do you know what we do with people like you?

Do you have any idea?

l'm going to call the hotel detective and have you thrown out.

That's all you deserve !

Please ! Please !

l could have pressed charges. You are lucky.

But. . . you . . .

Do you steal the dresses of all singers?

So , l'm the lucky one !

l have a fan?

l heard you in Bordeaux. And last year. . .

. . . l went to Munich specially for the concert.

You made the trip for me?

Yes, on the moped .

On the moped .

l'm late for my press conference . Will you excuse me , please?

From Paris to Munich on a moped?

- You're pulling my leg . - No .

You even sang some Wagner. The Wesendonc Lieder.

You wore a blue dress with pearls.

A little girl threw a bouquet of red roses.

There were 1 8 curtain calls, and you refused to sing .

You refused .

Nobody stole my dress that night. Don't you like blue . . .

. . . Mr. Postman , stealer of dresses?

lt sounds like a melody from Satie .

What's your name , Mr. Postman?


Jules is old for a young man . l thought the French were modern .

My father was old-fashioned .

l'm kidding .

Jules fits you so poorly that it fits you well .

Madam , it's no secret that you've always refused to record .

The quality of recordings today is close to perfection .

- What don't you like about them? - l sing because l love to sing .

Alone , l can't.

l need the public.

The concert is an exceptional moment. . .

. . .for the artist, for the listener.

lt's a unique moment.

So , you're against the commerce of art.

No , commerce should adapt to art. . .

. . . and not art adapt to commerce .

What does Mr. Weinstadt, your impresario , think of it?

Ask him yourself.

What do you think of secret recordings?

lt's a theft, a rape . l despise them .

People say that you are a diva . Do you feel that you are one . . .

. . . and if so , do you have whims?

You know, that little postman has a date with her later.

But she has a party, and there's no guarantee that she'll come .

- She's a diva . - A diva !

Then again , she may come .

l'll change records. Help me .

l'll play the other side .

lt has to be at the right temperature .

The bagette .

The knife . . .

. . . not too thin . . .

. . . but not too thick.

The inside . . .

. . .fresh . . .

. . . not too much .

lt's an artform .

We , the French , are envied throughout the world for this.


You spread .

Some people get high on aircraft glue , or soap. . . complicated things. . .

This is my satori .

Zen in the art of toast!

Look! You can look.

There's no more knife , bread , butter. . . only a repeated gesture . . .

. . . a movement. . .

. . . space . . .

. . . emptiness.

Thank you .

- You do know that it's expensive . - Caviar?

No , not the caviar. The caviar is a gift from Elba .

No , your recording ! One , there aren't any in the stores. . .

. . . and two , the concert the other night was the best.


l do this because l dig it. For the pleasure .

The pleasure .

The pleasure . . . But there is no innocent pleasure . . .

Well , that's what l say.

You should see the tapes at Jules' . Tell him how many you have .

Tell him !

How many l had.

How many you had?

Somebody destroyed everything .


Last night after you left, l went out for a ride . . .

. . .when l came back, everything was destroyed .

That's crazy!

Was anything stolen?

No , the equipment wasn't touched .

All the tapes were pulled out.

l think it was the cops.

You're paranoid . The cops!

- How do you know it's the cops? - l don't know.

When l was in Saint-Lazare yesterday. . .

. . .the cops arrested a girl right in front of me .

One almost hit me . But something looked bizarre , it didn't fit.


The cops. . .

l saw the guy's card .

This isn't the post office . . . You saw the card .

Something happened in Saint-Lazare yesterday.

But they didn't arrest the girl .

She was bumped off.

l don't like parking lots.

We're closing shop. Did you clean up?

Everything is blocked . . .

. . .the relays are closed , nothing leaves.

The last girls were sent tonight. We warned those who are working .

But we're stuck with a kilo of heroine .

- Dump it down your sink. - lt's going to cost a bundle .

You're risking your head !

We leave nothing and nobody behind .

We have the postman's file . . .

. . .the photos, the neighborhood investigation , the vehicle plates.

My brigade marches forward . l'm holding the reins, but. . .

. . .they march alone .

So we have to move fast. . . and be very tidy.

We searched his studio . There's no need to go there now.

Two inspectors are watching it. l don't believe he'll come back.

But there's only one thing .

Someone is looking for him . . .

. . . and this l can't control .

We have to find him . He's too dangerous.

Nadia's been eliminated . lt's only a cassette .

Shut your face !

Your face , Antillais, is what the postman saw!

l want this cassette at all cost. As soon as possible . . .

. . . before my cops, before anyone else .

Don't forget that if l go down , you go down with me .

Fast. . .

. . . and tidy.

Tell me , my poor man . . .

. . . don't you think l'm starting to look like an old woman?

No . . . like a Spanish woman . . .

. . . an old Spanish woman .

You know, l have to go .

Diva .

Your tape , are you taking it back or not?

l prefer that you keep it if you don't mind .

As you wish . So , you want to leave?

Here , Alien .

Don't get pulled over by the cops!

N'Doula . . . Jules.

Hi .

She's the queen of Africa .

She's the queen of the night.

l went to the great jewelers. l bought everything .

Almost! Look. . .

How about that.

Go ahead , no , no , it's for you , go ahead .

Thank you , Jules.

- Thank you . Good-bye , N'Doula . - So long you two !

lt's a magic bird .

We would like to talk to you about Cynthia Hawkins' recording .

l'm listening .

We believe there exists a recording . . .

. . . of an excellent quality, of Ms. Hawkins' last concert.

You think so?

This recording , how should l say it. . . is of interest to us. . .

. . .to own exclusively, of course .

Don't you think it's a little early to talk business?

We'll call you back.

The patience of the buffalo is great. . .

. . . but so is his strength !

Abyssus abyssum invocat!

What is abyssus abyssum?

lt means the abyss calls the abyss.

Yes, l assure you , it would be wonderful .

She is beautiful , proud , sensuous.

She's a woman !

Jules, the jam .

Do you think that l could have all of these qualities?

Well , yes. At least, it's the part.

Don't apologize . You were talking about the Tosca , not me .

lf you did not exist, Jules. . .

. . . one should not invent you .

Why not?

Because you know music too well .

l mean , the opera .

But l like music.

l know. We both like it.

And now, speaking of music, l must work.

You want me to leave?

lt's funny, but l think l'll enjoy your presence while l'm working .

Could l take a bath?

Excuse me?

While you're singing .

Go ahead . Go ahead .

Nobody has ever heard me rehearse .

l won't tell anyone .

Hello? Yes, he's here .

Jules, it's for you .

Nobody knows l'm here .

Who is this?

We stopped by your place last night.

- l suggest you ask Mrs. Hawkins. . . - l don't understand .

- . . .what she thinks of record pirates. - lt's a mistake .

We want the tape and we will get it.

Jules, do you like it hot?

Are you all right?

Bad news?

No . . . scalding .

Mr. Weinstadt, please .

ls something wrong , Jules?

l'm fine .

No news, but two inspectors. . .

. . . are watching his place 'round the clock.

This Nadia . . . she's a whore .

A whore who wants freedom . . . who wants to take off.

She invents a story so that we cover her. . .

. . . but she gets caught.

So they want to set an example . . .

. . . and they stab her.

As for your Antillais, he's a common pimp who leaned too hard .

What about Krantz? An awl for him too , same weapon .

Same reason ! Set as an example for the rest.

l don't believe in this international prostitution ring .

The crime empire ! Always the folklore , with this Antillais. . .

. . . covering for a mysterious and high-placed individual .

ls it amusing , Mortier?

The kid is on the run .

- lt's normal for his age . - His place was searched .

A theft, that's all it was. Did you see the equipment we found?

Someone took

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