TREATMENT

< CRYSTALINA >

A film by Beatrix Guedes

Sci-Fi Drama, 102 min
English

SYNOPSIS
An Astrophysics Professor meets the mysterious woman he had a haunting romantic encounter with 30 years later at a SETI Conference in Iceland, and discovers who they would have become in different timelines had they married each other. A story of parallel universes colliding. 

TAGLINE

What happened with the decision you didn't take?

NUTSHELL

Contact ( Jodie Foster ) X Inception 

 

CONCEPT

"Crystalina” features the romance between two scientists : an astrophysics professor in search for extraterrestrial intelligence , and a neuroscientist who explores the realms of brain altered perceptions through electromagnetic pulses and hypnosis. Both are on the quest to prove a dimension which connects it all , as their studies in completely different fields find the answers in the same place : The Crystal Cave.

“Crystalina” is a story about the quest for a connection between the macro and the micro, from the waves in our brain to the signals in space.

 

CONTEXT

TURN ON . TUNE IN. DROP OUT.
The summer of 1969 saw astronauts land on the moon for the first time and hippie hordes descend on Woodstock for the legendary music festival. The conjunction of these two era-defining events is not entirely coincidental. The counterculture and rise of psychedelic gurus like Dr. Timothy Leary, Terence McKenna, Allan Watts and their quest for a higher consciousness and connection to the universe influenced a whole generation, especially the students at the Santa Cruz University in California, where their ideas were broadly spread.

The Space age and the expansion of the human frontiers and the new age of men on earth exploring the expansion of their minds - these are the 70’s in California, and everyone is looking up to the stars - the astronomers, the astrologers, the dreamers, the lovers. Lucy is in the sky and so are our heroes - JOHN and AVA. Under the Santa Cruz starry sky and the blessings of Dr Timothy Leary , this is the ground zero for their journey exploring the mysteries of the universe and the brain and their quest for a dimension that connects it all. There are many paths to take - and the decision they are going to make tonight will define who they will become.

TREATMENT

< CRYSTALINA>

 

I. TURN ON


​University of California - Santa Cruz, 70's


It’s dark in the woods. JOHN BAUDONE, 24, comes out from behind a tree. He looks a mess, as usual. He tries to put himself together, as much as he can. He cleans the dirt off his green velvet jacket, puts  his disheveled hair in a ponytail, and tries to walk in a  straight line back to the residence hall.

“Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix kicks in.

 

John enters the dark empty foyer. A sign hangs loose from the ceiling: “CONGRATULATIONS ASTROPHYSICS GRADUATES”. It’s the end of the party.  At the main room, a few revelers still hanging round, wasted. John wanders in the smoky  lounge feeling as much of a misfit as ever. He walks in a small red room where there are a few people  laying on pillows on the floor.  The iconic DR TIMOTHY LEARY himself is at the center of the room,  giving LSD drops to a girl.

 

INSERT: Original Timothy Leary’s footage restored and color-graded, perfectly matching the scene, where he says his famous words: “ Turn on , tune in and drop out”

 

John spots his roommate TYRELL making out with two girls who surely took him for Ringo Starr.  John feels it’s time to leave but just can’t be bothered. He lays down on a  pillow, lights up a cigarette and observes the whole scene like a psychedelic dream amidst rings of smoke.

 

A mysterious hippie-ish girl with very long curly hair approaches him and asks for a light.  This girl is AVA.  John lights her cigarette and she exits to the garden - he instinctively follows her siren song.

 

She lays her shawl on the grass, John assumes he’s invited.  They sit on the grass, both tripping, looking at the stars. John describes the constellations, they talk about space and time between passionate kisses and hugs. They’re really high and don’t even know each other’s names, but they’re in love - until the day dawns.

 

Santa Cruz Train Station - DAWN

 John and Ava walk in silence to the train station. They stand on the train platform, in  silence, in a last embrace. John's train arrives first. He boards the train and watches Ava  through the window while her train arrives on the other. Ava gets onto her train, and  the would-be lovers part in opposite directions.

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND, 30 YEARS LATER


Harpa Convention Center/ Reykjavik

Professor John Baudone arrives in a hurry at the SETI Conference. He enters the auditorium where the world-famous neuroscientist Dr. Leibovitz is on stage, closing her lecture with a mind-boggling concept:

 

"Everyone gets to crossroads in their lives. You can go one way or the other way. Every decision you take creates a new possibility of reality. But what happens with the decision you didn't take? What happens to the other possibility ? It also becomes a reality. And continues existing in another timeline. And another you is living that reality. It's constantly splitting out to different realities, probabilities and possibilities. There are thousands of you's living different simultaneous lives. What if you come across another you ?"


At this moment, there’s a quick power outage, the lights on stage flash and turn on again. Dr Leibovitz says : “In a blink of an eye ! And here we are again ”  then thanks the audience and leaves the stage.

 

John’s lecture is up next. When he gets to the stage, just about to begin, there’s another power outage that lasts a few moments. A member of staff comes to the stage, apologizes and explains to the audience that there has been unusually frequent power cuts in Reykjavik that week due to very intense solar flares affecting their power grids.

 

When power is restored, John begins his lecture, talking about electromagnetic fields and the extraterrestrial signals which he has been studying for over 2 years.  Dr. Leibovitz is watching John’s lecture from the back of the room, but John only notices her presence when her cell phone rings and she quickly leaves the auditorium.

 

Blue Lagoon - Iceland

 

It's night and Dr. Leibovitz is swimming in the Blue Lagoon. Vapors from the warm waters form

 a veil around her. Deep sadness shows on her face. Beautiful northern lights surge in the sky, illuminating the pond.

 

John is in his hotel room, with floor-to-ceiling windows facing the Blue Lagoon. He’s reading Dr. Leibovitz’ book, when there’s another blackout. He notices the Aurora Borealis and goes to the balcony to admire the lights.


Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles – Dr. Leibovitz House 
 
It's late at night. Dr. Leibovitz is standing by the front door talking to a very formal man.

He gives her his condolences for the loss of her husband. She reacts coldly, saying

that he wanted to die. The man hands her a package and she quickly dismisses him.

She shuts the door, and walks to the huge windows, where she stands for some moments

staring at the stars. 

 

She opens the package, it’s a book - “RAY LEIBOVITZ – Masters of Modern Architecture” She finds a pack of opioids on her husband’s desk. She takes some of his drawings, books and papers, and burns them outside in a fire pit. The ashes float around her and dissolve over the city lights.

Downtown Los Angeles - Dr.Leibovitz's Office 

Leo, Dr. Leibovitz' patient, is lying on the divan , wearing a TEMS* headset. He is in a state of hypnotic trance, telling Dr. Leibovitz the story of an advanced civilization on another planet which produces energy with quartz crystals.  He says that inside large quartz mines there can be found the "prismatic water"- a drop of this water can transform the molecules of dirty water back into its purest state. She monitors his EEG while he speaks.

 

Dr. Leibovitz had at first diagnosed Leo as schizophrenic, but as she starts analyzing his narratives, she realizes the information he is sharing starts to get more and more complex, and the concepts actually make sense scientifically.

 

Her skepticism as a scientist is defied as she starts believing that the TEMS-induced hypnotic trance is altering her patient's perception to a higher dimension of communication - maybe he is really capable of perceiving this other reality on another planet.  Dr. Leibovitz wants to prove that a new dimension in the brain can be accessed through the TEMS electromagnetic pulses as they alter the brainwave frequencies.

 

UCLA, Los Angeles - Dr. Alfred Kozov 's Office 

Dr. Leibovitz wants to get her experiments with Leo validated by the neuroscience community,

but she is constantly challenged by Dr. Alfred Kozov, the Chairman of Neuroscience at UCLA, who doesn’t accept her hypnotherapy technique using TEMS as a valid field of study.  Only Dr. Kozov’s validation would convince the board to take her seriously and publish her paper.

 

There is a power game between Dr. Kozov and Dr. Leibovitz, involving seduction, rejection, and a broken love affair. Dr. Leibovitz wants to prove her theory no matter what it takes. She decides to test the TEMS device on herself.

 

II. TUNE IN

Atacama Desert, Chile

John Baudone lives with his wife and daughter in a glass house in the middle of the Atacama

Desert, where he took charge of an observatory close to the ALMA telescopes and the NASA base. 

He spends most of his time in the observatory, sometimes not returning home for days, mostly hiding away from Ava, his eccentric wife, who struggles with depression, euphoria and alcoholism. Their daughter Bellatrix is blind and sensitive to electromagnetic radiation - she can't be anywhere near wifi,cordless phones, radios.  John developed a "communicator" to reach her which uses frequencies that don't affect her or interfere with the radio telescopes.

 

John has been observing intermittent extraterrestrial signals for years, but he cannot identify precisely the location where the signals are coming from because his telescope is not powerful enough. He can't get any confirmation from other telescopes.  

 

Together with TYRELL, fellow astrophysics student in Santa Cruz and ex-colleague at NASA, he developed a program to send signals to space 12 years ago,  to the Proxima Centauri star - and he suspects these incoming signals could be an answer.

 

Now Tyrell runs the NASA base at the ALMA telescope array and keeps trying to convince John to give up on his obsession to send signals to space, as it goes against the International Space Protocols - and John may lose his grant if found out.  John feels discredited and alone on his quest, as his observatory will soon be deactivated if he can’t show any results - but still he knows the evidence is strong enough to keep pursuing the signals, which appear to be from a "Type II" civilization*. Tyrell doesn't want to risk his high-profile job at NASA, and tries not to get too involved in John's quixotic search.

 

After the SETI Congress in Iceland, John becomes obsessed with Dr. Leibovitz’s work, and begins to draw parallels between her patient Leo's sessions described in her book, and his own studies in the electromagnetic field.  Leo says to be communicating with a "Type II" civilization, harnessing energy from crystals and capable of supraliminal communication -  like the hypothetical civilization John presumes is generating the signals captured by his telescope.

 

John decides to send a letter to Dr. Leibovitz. about a cave located close to his observatory, where he believes there is a strange electromagnetic field, possibly due to being a crystal mine. The "guardian" of the cave is the hermit METATRON, who claims to have extraterrestrial contacts - his surreal stories present enormous coincidences with Dr.Leibovitz's patient Leo’s descriptions, especially about the use of crystals.

 

Dr Leibovitz receives the letter, and gets extremely intrigued by these coincidences, feeling there might be a connection between their quests, so she decides to investigate in loco. What she could never imagine is that this would change who she is, forever.

 

Atacama, Chile

Dr. Leibovitz arrives by train at San Pedro de Atacama station and heads to John's house. Dr. Leibovitz rings the bell and John opens. Ava, his wife, is sitting at a table, playing tarot cards and smoking like a chimney.
 
Dr. Leibovitz approaches to greet Ava, and when they shake hands, she’s struck by their disturbing similarity : They look exactly the same, only different hair style, and Ava looks older and not as fit. Ava doesn't quite realize her obvious resemblance to Dr Leibovitz, because she is, as always, stoned. Dr. Leibovitz reveals that her first name is also Ava, a strange coincidence, as it is not a very common name. Ava Leibovitz meets Ava Baudone.

Dr. Leibovitz immediately realizes the shock of parallel realities:  Ava Baudone and Dr. Leibovitz are the same person, in different timelines -- Ava is the woman who Dr. Leibovitz would have been if she had chosen to stay with John 30 years ago  -- Ava is her other self, the one who stayed.  She looks at John and has flashes of that starry night 30 years ago at the graduation party in Santa Cruz.


John notices the odd similarity between the two women and gets puzzled in silence. The whole atmosphere gets weirder when Bellatrix, John and Ava’s blind daughter, walks into the living room stumbling on Dr. Leibovitz’s suitcases. Dr. Leibovitz, appalled, makes an effort to engage in ordinary conversation, but it all comes out bizarre as everyone is disturbed, trying to act normal.

Dr . Leibovitz feels sick – John takes her to the guest room to rest. There she finds a bookshelf full of picture frames and memorabilia of young Ava and John, and Bellatrix as a kid. She can't tell reality from hallucination. She goes to bed, closes her eyes and imagines herself surrounded by the Aurora Borealis, falling into deep sleep.
 
She has a dream when young Ava, just back in London, discovers herself pregnant with John's baby after that trippy night in Santa Cruz, and decides to have an abortion.
 
Although Dr. Leibovitz is in the Atacama desert to research the crystal cave, she starts getting involved in trying to understand Ava, her other self, and her relationship to Bellatrix.

 

Dr. Leibovitz gets increasingly fascinated by Ava and feels a mix of attraction and fear. She is struggling to understand and process this encounter. Ava promises to take Dr. Leibovitz to her “Secret Garden” , where she would understand everything.

 

Ava knows that she and Dr. Leibovitz are the same person, but never mentions it. She seems to know the secrets the icy cold Dr. Leibovitz carries. She envies her and at the same time loves her madly.

She has a goal : to become Dr. Leibovitz - or to destroy her.  


John, Dr. Leibovitz and Bellatrix go to the Crystal Cave. Metatron, the guardian of the cave, tells the same story as Leo, Dr. Leibovitz's patient, about the use of crystals and properties of the water found in the cave. He collects water from a spring inside the cave and fills small bottles with handwritten numbered labels "Crystalina magic water".
 
The deeper they go in the cave, the better Bellatrix feels, as it's free from electromagnetic radiation. They reach to a gigantic pillar, where there is a water spring. There is where Metatron's "magic water" comes from. Despite her blindness, Bellatrix moves easier than anyone else inside the cave, as she has been there many times before with her father. Touching its walls, she finds inscriptions that lead to a second chamber, where they find an even larger crystal pillar with a clock-like mechanism of superposed crystal pieces encrusted with what looks like a lock. Dr. Leibovitz finds this mechanism very similar to drawings Leo had made while in hypnotic trance.

Leo arrives by surprise in the Atacama Desert, looking for Dr. Leibovitz. He meets Bellatrix and is fascinated by her. He notices the crystal pendant she wears around her neck and tells her all about the properties of that crystal shape. Bellatrix tells him it is a quartz she’s found in the Crystal Cave.

John and Dr. Leibovitz take Leo to the Crystal Cave. Metatron is a bit reluctant to let them in. Dr. Leibovitz notices at the entrance of the cave a pile of papers and pieces of crystals organized by shape and size - Metatron separates, classifies and makes drawings o
f what seems to be crystal shapes, thousands of them. They enter the Crystal Cave. Dr.Leibovitz and John realize both Metatron and Leo have the unconscious knowledge of how to manipulate those crystals to neutralize or magnify energy from electromagnetic fields. The deeper they go inside the cave, the weaker the electromagnetic field, and the closer they should be to the Prismatic Water. When they reach the second chamber, Metatron says it's the end of the cave, but Leo knows that it's just the beginning, and starts trying to find a different path. The passage to the womb of the cave is protected by a mechanism of superimposed crystals, and Metatron doesn't let Leo get any closer to it. He is there to protect the water. Metatron sends everyone away from "his" cave.

Tyrell makes a surprise visit to John in the observatory to find out more about the signals. They end up taking some LSD for old time's sake. John starts to trip and ends up telling Tyrell about the excursion into the Crystal Cave, the Prismatic Water theory, and Leo and Metatron's extraterrestrial experiences. Tyrell finds the whole story absurd, they are tripping after all, but still wonders if the "magic water" has been tested at all.

Leo is suffering from terrible headaches, caused by continuous use of the TEMS device. Still, he wants Dr Leibovitz to guide him through another hypnosis session, as he needs to find out how to open the passage to the womb of the cave, where he suspects he'll find the Prismatic Water. Dr. Leibovitz knows that the TEMS is harming Leo's mental health, but does it one more time.  

 

Leo, in trance, starts to recite random numbers. Dr. Leibovitz takes notes, assuming they might be codes to open the mechanism.

Dr. Leibovitz and John find out that those numbers are, in fact, coordinates, revealing a network of 7 caves around the planet - all of them with crystal formations and potentially Prismatic Water and, to their surprise, Leo also gave sky coordinates, corresponding to Proxima Centauri - the star that could possibly be emitting the signals received by John, which they now believe could also be the matrix of the Prismatic Water.

Metatron shows up at the observatory in the middle of the night to warn John that there are strange men visiting the cave after "his" water. And that they would come after John too, to steal his telescope data. John thinks Metatron might be delusional, but he might as well hide the telescope laser head and the hard disks, just in case.

Meanwhile, Metatron's "magic water" is being tested in a laboratory, taken secretly by Tyrell, and it is revealing intriguing properties.
 
It's a hot night, and Leo finds Bellatrix sitting by herself on the deck - he needs to get to the cave desperately. Bellatrix tells him there is no transportation to get to the cave at night - Leo steals Ava's bicycle, and takes Bellatrix with him. It is the first time Bellatrix rides a bicycle, feeling the wind on her face - a beautiful scene by the moonlight in the desert landscape.
 
Metatron is outside the cave and doesn't notice Leo and Bellatrix sneaking in. Leo believes that Bellatrix's sensibility to electromagnetic radiation will help him find the Prismatic Water. They get to the second chamber, and Leo tries to open the passage to the main chamber by rearranging the crystals in the mechanism, according to his own drawings. He uses Bellatrix's crystal pendant as the last missing piece - the mechanism unlocks - the enormous crystal pillar moves and a new passage opens to a tunnel.

 

The pillar suddenly closes behind them, and they get trapped in the tunnel, in total darkness. Leo doesn't care about the darkness, he just wants to find the water - he puts Bellatrix in front of him to guide him. Bellatrix starts getting scared by Leo, who's become aggressive - she wants to go back but he won't let her. He needs her to find the Prismatic Water. And he says no one is allowed to see the water, but him.

Ava can't find Bellatrix at home and calls John, he doesn't know where she is either - He has the intuition that Leo has taken her to the cave.  John leaves the observatory to try to find Bellatrix and when he gets to the cave, he sees military jeeps, and service men bring out gallons of water and large crystal pieces. Two men bring outside a body bag - John approaches to see the dead body is Metatron's.

John tries to get into the cave but the servicemen won't let him. He misleads them and heads to the second chamber, where he finds Bellatrix's crystal pendant by the lock mechanism. He calls Bellatrix and she responds from the other side of the pillar. Leo threatens John, if he comes in, he'll hurt Bellatrix. Leo's psychopathic nature is blooming in full crisis.

 

The service men find John, he pretends he was lost – they take him out of the cave.

John waits until it's dark to go back to the cave, together with Dr. Leibovitz. They foil the servicemen and head to the hidden second chamber, and get to the pillar. They are trying to input the code from Leo's drawings with no success, as there's a piece missing. Dr. Leibovitz reaches to the piles of papers written by Metatron.  She finds a drawing which may be complimentary to Leo's drawing - the missing piece. John can't call Bellatrix otherwise the servicemen will find him, or Leo might hurt her, but he turns his communicator on - he knows that if Bellatrix is inside the cave, she will sense he is there.

Bellatrix feels his father is there. She calls out to him. Leo repeats that if John comes in, he will hurt Bellatrix. Dr. Leibovitz tries to convince Leo, while she attempts to open the lock. She tells Leo that they have light. They have large torches to see the lagoon. She asks him to help open the passage so that she can help him see the Prismatic Water. She uses all sorts of emotional arguments to convince him, telling him that now, finally , everyone will believe him, that he was not crazy, that the E.T. communication was real all the way and his case could be proved -  the Prismatic Water is real , and he needs to see it. She has the light he needs. Leo feels deeply touched and emotional, crying like a baby - Bellatrix manages to release herself and shouts to them to use her crystal pendant to open the lock. Dr. Leibovitz manages to crack the “mechanism” with Bellatrix’s pendant - The passage opens and they enter the tunnel. Bellatrix walks quickly towards them. ‘

 

They light the tunnel and see the portal. Leo is standing on the edge of a crystal cliff. They can’t reach him. They finally cross the portal, illuminating the womb of the cave.

They are all in awe with the magnificence of the cave. They stay admiring the wonderful crystal formations, and John points to the water source, a prystine crystaline blue water lagoon.

Dr. Leibovitz’s experiment with Leo is finally proved. She was right – he indeed was reaching a different frequency of communication in his brain.

Bellatrix feels a lot of electromagnetic radiation, the service men entered the cave with radios and cellphones. John knows the service men can't see the lagoon, the Prismatic Water has to be protected. They call Leo, but he doesn't want to come out.

Leo throws himself in the water and is immediately consumed - he becomes one with it.
 
Dr. Leibovitz wants to help him, but she can't reach the lagoon. In seconds, there is no trace of Leo, he merges into what seems to be an intelligent liquid light - as if the Prismatic Water was alive and provided with consciousness. John and Dr. Leibovitz realize that the extraterrestrial intelligence lives in the Prismatic Water - or - IS the Prismatic Water.
 
They are running out of oxygen, they cross the tunnel back to the pillar and move the mechanism to close off the entrance. The Prismatic Water chamber is safe. Service men find the group and force them out. They pretend they were lost.
 
They all leave the cave, John and Dr. Leibovitz carrying Bellatrix who feels very weak. Dr. Leibovitz and Bellatrix hug fiercely, in an intense emotional moment - Bellatrix cries and Dr. Leibovitz calms her down like her own child.  John watches the scene with tears in his eyes.



III. DROP OUT

John's Observatory/ATACAMA DESERT - Night

 

John and Dr. Leibovitz arrive in a hurry in his observatory and it's a mess - someone has broken in, the place was searched, there are damaged monitors and computers. John finds the laser head and the data safe in its hiding place.  John is triying to put his telescope to work again.

 

Dr Leibovitz finds a card on the floor. It's Tyrell's NASA badge.

 

They are both feeling overwhelmed with what they’ve seen in the cave. John is desperate to confirm the coordinates as now he suspects the technological limitations of his telescope might have prevented him to realize that the signal might have been constant - and not intermittent as he believed - for ages.  He needs to get as many telescopes around the globe s possible to confirm and capture those signals and combine their data to finally decode them.

 

John manages to put the lens back on his telescope, but it doesn't work properly. He aims it at Proxima Centauri - It starts capturing the signals again, but his system, as he already knows, is too weak to decode them. He feels defeated and ready to finally give up.

 

Dr. Leibovitz doesn't let him give up. She reminds him of the importance of his quest. She gives him Tyrell's NASA badge.

 

John knows how to crack the NASA base system - he's helped build it - He manages to enter the system scanning Tyrell's barcode , and using the same stupid password Tyrell has used since college. John unlocks the NASA telescope array's system. He configures the dishes.

 

All 66 ALMA telescope dishes turn to Proxima Centauri. Epic scene.

 

The monitors at the NASA base show the dishes receiving the signals from Proxima Centauri.  Doug , John's "spy" at ALMA,  calls him confirming  5 telescopes around  the globe have confirmed the signals.

 

John opens the observatory roof and goes up the stairs, screaming with happiness. He calls Dr. Leibovitz to join him at the roof , screaming “We are not alone!”

 

They lie on the observatory roof, watching the stars. She asks him to call her Ava. They hug, and finally they kiss. John says : “I love you Ava”.

 

Guest House

 

Dr. Leibovitz enters the guest house and is surprised by Ava waiting for her, sitting on the armchair, in the dark. Ava explains what a special gift Bellatrix is in her life - and that as miserable her own life seems to be, she will never regret having had Bellatrix. Bellatrix is the light that guides her. Ava thanks Dr. Leibovitz for saving her daughter's life.

 

Ava steps out of the dark to reveal she has cut her hair short like Dr.Leibovitz's, and is wearing her clothes. Dr Leibovitz gets extremely disturbed - she's facing her other self. Ava, like a ghost, approaches and whispers in Dr. Leibovitz's ear : "Are you ready for my secret garden?

 

Ava asks Dr Leibovitz to experiment the TMS device on her. She wants to go deep inside her mind. Dr Leibovitz refuses, to what Ava responds : "Are you afraid of me - or afraid of yourself?". Dr.Leibovitz feels scared: "Who are you ?"

Ava says: " I am the decision you didn't take"
 
The Secret Garden

Ava walks hand in hand with Dr Leibovitz, from darkness to light, in a gorgeous dream-like garden. They face each other as if looking in the mirror, recognizing themselves as the same person. Ava touches Dr. Leibovitz's face, Dr. Leibovitz passes her fingers over Ava’s wrinkles, so different from her, and they look into each other's eyes. Ava embraces Dr. Leibovitz and as they get closer and closer, enveloped in an atmosphere of love and wholeness. Dr Leibovitz surrenders to pure love, they’re very close to kissing when  -- Ava stabs Dr. Leibovitz with a knife in her lower back and says: “Now you know who you are.”

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Reykjavic, Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Black Sky. Aurora surges, ghostly spreading its green veils. TILT DOWN to reveal the Blue Lagoon, involved by a dense steam. The surface of the water is in movement. Dr. Leibovitz resurfaces from inside the water, her back to us - continuous to the lagoon scene in the beginning.  She slowly moves further inside the lagoon and disappears in the steam.

 

FADE TO BLACK

Atacama Desert - Guest House

Dr.Leibovitz wakes up scared. She says: "I am the decision I didn’t take." She packs her things. She is going home. She leaves before sunrise.

Atacama Desert

BEGIN (V.O) VOICE of Dr. Leibovitz's lecture at the SETI Congress - where the film begins - OVER the following cut scenes :

. John is in bed with Ava, he can't sleep. 
​(V.O) : "Everyone gets to crossroads in their lives..."
 
. Dr.Leibovitz is at the train station. She walks the platform by herself and enters the train. The scene is reminiscent of the train station scene 30 years ago, but this time she's by herself.
(V.O) :  "... You can go one way or the other way . Every decision you take creates a new possibility of reality …"

. John passes by the guest house, but Dr. Leibovitz is gone.
​(V.O) "... But what happens with the decision you didn't take? ..."
 
. John rushes to the station, but when he arrives, her train has left.
 (V.O) "... It also becomes a reality, and continues existing in another timeline...”
 
. John stands alone at the platform for a couple minutes. He feels so sad and such a coward.
He leaves the station and gets into his car and drives into the desert.
(V.O) “… It's constantly splitting out to different realities ...."

. Dr. Leibovitz looking through the train window, leaving the desert behind.
 (V.O)  "... probabilities and possibilities ..."

. John, looking outside his car window , devastated, driving into the desert approaching his observatory.
 (V.O) “…And another you is living that reality..."

. Dr Leibovitz looking outside the train window. She has a very serene look. 
TILT DOWN to her hand. Her hand touches someone else’s hand, sitting next to her. OPEN to reveal it's JOHN.
​(V.O) There are thousands of you's living different simultaneous lives"

. He smiles at her, she smiles back. TILT DOWN to their holding hands, then through the train window, to the fields.
(V.O) "What if you come across another you? "

We follow the train into a tunnel.

 

FADE TO BLACK

 

Harpa Convention Center/ Reykjavik

 

We FADE IN  from a power outage. Stage lights flashes and turns on again.  We’re back in

the auditorium at the SETI conference in Iceland -- where the film started -- Dr Leibovitz on the

stage , in the last moments of her lecture, in continuity to her voice over:

 

" In a blink of an eye ... food for thought. Thank you. good night.”

 

The audience applauds. Dr.Leibovitz looks at John sitting at the back of the room, John

looks at her.  She leaves the stage.

 

 

FADE OUT


- THE END - 

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