written by Brit Marling and Mike Cahill
Rhoda: You know that story of the Russian cosmonaut? So, the cosmonaut, he's the first man ever to go into space. Right? The Russians beat the Americans. So he goes up in this big spaceship, but the only habitable part of it's very small. So the cosmonaut's in there, and he's got this portal window, and he's looking out of it, and he sees the curvature of the Earth for the first time. I mean, the first man to ever look at the planet he's from. And he's lost in that moment. And all of a sudden this strange ticking... (she starts tapping on the wooden table with a butter knife, over and over again, rhythmically) begins coming out of the dashboard. Rips out the control panel, right? Takes out his tools. Trying to find the sound, trying to stop the sound. But he can't find it. He can't stop it. It keeps going. Few hours into this, begins to feel like torture. A few days go by with this sound, and he knows that this ... small ... sound...will break him. He'll lose his mind. What's he gonna do? He's up in space, alone, in a space closet. He's got 25 days left to go... with this sound. So the cosmonaut decides... the only way to save his sanity... is to fall in love with this sound. So he closes his eyes... and he goes into his imagination, and then he opens them. [she stops the tapping] He doesn't hear ticking any more. He hears music. And he spends the remainder of his time...sailing through space in total bliss... and peace.
[ please return to the main movie monologue page ]