INT. DRESSING ROOM. EVENING
Sam moves down a dark corridor. Voices murmur. He pokes his
head around a corner. A rack of choir robes and cassocks
blocks his path. He slides two of them apart and looks
Five eleven-year-old girls in black leotards sitting on a
bench in front of a mirror framed with light bulbs. They talk
quietly and fix their make-up. They all wear wings on their
arms and beaks on their heads. Suzy sits among them in black
feathers. Sam stares at her. He steps into the light
silently. Suzy sees him in the reflection. The other girls
turn around quickly, covering themselves.
Sam removes his cap and takes another step forward. His eyes
dart briefly among the other girls. He says to Suzy:
What kind of bird are you?
Suzy hesitates. She looks to the girl next to her, who says
in a bossy voice:
I’m a sparrow, she’s a dove, and –
Sam does not look away from Suzy as he interrupts, pointing:
No, I said, “What kind of bird are you?”
The other girls all look to Suzy. Pause.
I’m a raven.
Suzy lifts her beak slightly higher on her forehead. The
other girls look annoyed but transfixed. The bossy girl
Boy’s aren’t allowed in here.
Sam does not look away from Suzy as he answers quietly:
I’ll be leaving soon.
Sam points down at Suzy’s lap. One of her hands is wrapped in
What happened to your hand?
I got hit in the mirror.
Really. How’d that happen?
I lost my temper at myself.
Sam is deeply intrigued by this. The other girls look
puzzled. Suzy presses her hair back off her face. She watches
What’s your name?
Sam. What’s yours?
Sam nods with his eyes still glued to Suzy’s. Suzy bites her
fingernails. The bossy girl rolls her eyes.
It’s not polite to stare.
Sam holds up his hand for the bossy girl to stop talking.
Mrs. Lynn steps into the doorway.
Mrs. Lynn does a double-take. She snaps at Sam:
Who are you? Where’d you come from? Go
back to your seat.
Sam hesitates. He spits the mint into a trash can, ducks out
through the clothing rack, and is gone. A skinny girl dressed
as an owl watches Suzy while the other girls hurry to their
feet. She says quietly:
He likes you.
— Moonrise Kingdom (2012), written by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
[No actual clip available, but this featurette begins with part of the scene. Also an interview with Wes Anderson about the screenplay.]
This week’s Daily Dialogue theme is boy meets girl suggested by TaraPhelps. Today’s suggestion by Mark Walker.
Trivia: When Suzy is reading “Disappearance of the Sixth Grade” at the Mile 3.25 Tidal Inlet campground and continues onto “Part Two” after Sam says to read on, it is just about the exact midway point of the film: the spoken words occur at 46:59, with 46:56 left in the movie. This moment also marks the transition of the film’s plot, of course, so Suzy’s “reading” also informs the audience of the shift in the movie’s tone and direction.
Dialogue On Dialogue: Commentary from Mark: “I think it is a fantastic scene as it tells us how they first met and introduces the start of their love story in that innocent and irreverent way that children have of looking at everything in the simplest of fashion. From the query about the bandage, to the final comment “He likes you” we know we are seeing “flirting”, but masterfully written and delivered through the eyes of the innocent.”