Pierre Alferi (b. 1963)
(Cornered, 8min, music by Rodolphe Burger, 2000).
â Wonât you get in ?
â Iâm expecting someone.
â Are you early, or is he late ?
â I think she wonât come now.
â Why ?
â I watched the opening. The escalator spitting people on the sidewalk.
â They look like suitcases.
â I wondered which one was mine. And then I understood.
â What ?
â That she wouldnât come out.
â What makes you say that ?
â She doesnât know Iâm here.
â Who is she ? Your fiancÃ©e ?
â Who then ?
â I donât know.
â Could it be anyone ?
â Real or imaginary ? Iâm curious.
â Real, of course. I donât play guesswords.
â Would you have recognized her ?
â Out of a thousand.
â Could it beâ¦ me ?
â I donât understand conditional verbs.
â I could convince you.
â You wonât even try, as I know you.
â Indeed I wonât, it would make it all wrong. So, we donât kiss ?
â Nope. Not this time.
â What if there is no next time ?
â Itâs not a proper place.
â There might be a reason for that.
â They want to try us.
â Youâre making fun of me.
â Theyâre making fun of us.
â You know that you wonât leave the set before the kiss !
â I dare you !
How many sweet thoughts, how much longing
Lead them into this painful passage. Dante.