The Venice Murders (2023) Movie Script

[italian opera music playing]

Help! Help me! Please!
Look this way, please, please!
[tense music building]
Please, please,
just let me go home.
Please, I won't say anything!
I won't say a word.
Please. Please, I won't.
Please, I won't.
Please. Please, I won't.
I don't wanna die!

[upbeat pop music playing]
Celia: Mom,
have you seen my passport?
I swear...
All those years of georgia tech,
But gave it all up
to become a bohemian.
[scoffs] tell me the name
of this place again.
The ravioli seminary?
Mazzoni academy of art history,
Pretty sure you knew that.
Can you just stop acting like
I'm making some rash decision?
I read that a visiting
young girl went missing
In venice just last month.
Gone without a trace.
Well... I'm going to Italy
to study, not to sight-see.
I'll be fine.
I just don't want you to end up
like your aunt rosa.
Are you ever gonna tell me
what happened between you two?
Not now. You're gonna be late.
[gentle instrumental playing]
I just want you to be safe,
that's all.
I'll be fine.
[clicks tongue] hey!
Is this my passport?
Now, how did that get there?
[whimsical music playing]
Excuse me,
I couldn't help but notice
Your mazzoni academy syllabus.
Uh, yeah. That's right.
Oh, please forgive
my poor manners.
My name is matteo grimaldi.
I work for the academy
As part of their
cultural liaisons program.
That explains why
your english is so good.
Well, yes,
and my mother was american.
Is this your first time
in the city?
Yeah, it's actually,
my first time in Italy.
Though my great-grandma is from
just south of palermo, so...
Ah! Then please let me be
the first person
To welcome you home.
Please come, I know
a better way to get around
Than some crowded
old water taxi.
Okay. [laughs]
Matteo: Venice is the birthplace
of many famous artists.
It's got the music of vivaldi,
The paintings of veronese,
But none of these compare
to our two brightest suns:
Marco polo
And giacomo girolamo casanova.
One, the greatest explorer
this world has ever known,
And the other,
its greatest lover.
For me, a good life
merges both of these.
- Huh.
- Mmm.
[both chuckling]
In my experience,
there are only two reasons
Why people come to venice.
For love and for art.
Tell me, celia,
which one is it for you?
Um, well, it is definitely
one of those things.
And for the other, I decided
to take a break after my last.
Ah, yes, you better focus--
no, no, no.
You better focus on
your studies, yeah?
Yeah, seeing as it's costing me
a small fortune to be here,
I need to make it worth it.
[ominous instrumental playing]
Okay, celia.
Your home away from home.
Thank you so much, matteo.
Oh, do I owe you anything?
Oh, no. No, no, no. Di niente.
The academy pays me very well.
I would, however,
enjoy it very much
If you would let me be
your guide around the city.
I need to see how things go
with my course load...
And then I will let you know.
Of course. I'll await your call.
[laughs] well, it was--
it was a pleasure to meet you
Miss russo.
I'll-- I'll see you around.
- Okay.
- Okay.
- Bye.
- Ciao.
[calm harp melody playing]
[knocking on door]
- Hey!
- Hey.
- Um, I'm celia.
- I'm evie jacobs.
I'm right across the hall.
You're american too, right?
Yeah, los angeles
born and raised.
Oh, cool. Listen,
I just opened this bottle
Of obscenely overpriced
prosecco in my room.
Do you wanna join me?
You're-- you're so sweet,
But I-- I think
I should probably
Prep for class tomorrow.
Yeah, me too, but it's Sunday.
And look,
this is really special wine.
There's only 100 bottles
made each harvest.
It'd be really nice to
share it with a new friend.
When you put it like that,
how could I possibly refuse?
[chuckles] okay.
Well, long story short,
I just needed a career change.
You know, I thought if
I studied, then maybe
I'd find something I was
actually interested in.
So what were you doing before?
- Really?
- What?
Oh! Okay.
Um, I was-- get ready--
Vp of finance for
a multinational investment firm.
- Oh, my god.
- Mmm, I'm so over it.
Oh, my god.
That sounds so boring.
Um, yeah,
I picked you more as, like,
Working in a gallery
or a museum.
Yeah. Funny.
Um, I was actually
heading in that direction
At one point, and then my mom--
Thanks, mom--
Decided-- well, convinced me,
That I should choose
a more lucrative path.
Oh, I can so relate.
My parents think that,
you know, I'm doing all of this
To mold myself into
a better marriage prospect.
If they only knew. [laughing]
[evie sighs]
There's something
that calls from this city.
Don't you feel?
Yeah. [chuckles] I do.
[calm harp melody playing]
[laughing] wait, what was that?
What was that look?
Mmm, nothing, I just, uh...
I think I met someone pretty
magical today when I arrived.
Oh, I-- I see
You've met matteo.
What? Oh, no!
- Oh, no, no--
- not you too!
Oh, he's fine, he scolded me
on my suitcase choice,
And then escorted me here
from the train station.
- He's a nice guy.
- Good.
Because I was beginning to think
He was too good to be true.
I don't know, I've just--
I've heard
some awful travel stories.
Matteo? No.
He's a harmless flirt.
If you like him, just go for it.
You're in venice! Have fun.
And you know
what they say in venice?
You can't fight the tides,
but you can learn how to swim.
Professor bruni: Welcome back.
Welcome back, everybody.
I'm very glad
to have you here today,
Because we're going to
start a brand new
And I think passionate
and interesting chapter
Into art history.
As we explore
the venice art scene
Of the late 1500s,
We find the only known painting,
A self-portrait,
by marietta robusti.
She was the daughter
of tintoretto himself,
And, many theorize,
the true secret talent
Behind her father's
- Greatest master works.
- [phone buzzing]
You know,
colors are a wonderful thing,
But also, shapes and shadows
Inside paintings.
[whimsical melody playing]
[bell ringing]
I'm so sick
of being in this room.
Let's go explore the city.
It's only Thursday,
and I'm exhausted.
I thought, I don't know,
maybe four more hours of reading
And then I am
going straight to bed.
Come on! We're young.
Let's live a little.
[laughs] evie!
I'm not here to live,
I'm here to learn, remember?
That's why I'm here.
- Yes, come on.
- Yes!
- [both laughing]
- celia: Do it over again!
So, where are we going?
I might have forgotten
to mention a little surprise.

[both chuckling]
[laughing, chattering]
Celia: So, matteo,
where are you taking us?
You promised us a fun night.
Trust me,
you will not find this place
In any guidebook, okay?
Wait, wait.
This is the san marco
district, right?
My aunt lives
around here somewhere.
Uh, hang on.
310 porto alta. That's right.
- Porto alta?
- Mm-hmm.
Well, it's just down there.
Evie: You have family in venice?
Mm-hmm. She and my mom had
a falling out when I was a kid,
So I haven't seen her since.
Let's say hello.
No! Evie, no!
Evie, please stop.
we are practically strangers,
And I haven't seen her
since I was a kid.
This is the perfect time
to introduce yourself.
- Please, don't do this.
- [knocking]
- Hello?
- [knocking]
You've got a niece out here,
come say hi!
I guess she's not here.
Can we go now?
- Okay.
- Okay.
Too bad.
Maybe next time, huh?
So, where is this restaurant?
I am starving.
It's not far, trust me.
Plus, it's good
that you're starving,
Because this place
has amazing food.
You're gonna
absolutely love it, okay?
Evie: Good, I'm excited.
[suspicious music building]
It feels like we've been
walking in circles.
Okay, ladies.
Please, please come.
Trust me,
the wait was worth it, okay?
This is the best bistro
in the whole city, okay?
The owner is the descendant
Of a long line
of venetian master chefs.
This is the best bistro
in venice?
Are you sure it's even open?
I-- I just-- I don't
see a sign or anything.
Listen, it's all part
of its charm, okay?

Hey, matteo.
You sure about this place?
I'm sorry, it's just,
there's no one else here.
[laughs] no, di niente.
It's just that
we've arrived early.
Ah, dante.
Evie, celia, this is dante,
Our chef
for tonight's adventure.
- Hi.
- Ciao, bellissime.
Welcome to my bistro.
Please, start a tab
if you don't mind.
Tonight's on me.
- Whoa, whoa. Are you sure?
- Perfectly.
And I want
a glorious italian feast.
You shall have one.
I've just started
preparing the first course.
Evie, please.
- Thank you.
- Matteo: You are welcome.
And, um...
[clears throat] ...Celia.
Thank you.
[all laughing]
Excuse me.
[soft instrumental
playing over speakers]
Celia: Hey, what was the name
of that last course?
Yes, it's, um, sarde in saor.
- It's a local delicacy.
- Mmm.
You know,
I can only think of one thing
That would make
this evening even better.
[door clicks open]
[clears throat]
[celia clears throat]
Thank you.
Please let me pitch in.
Evie: Oh, no,
totally unnecessary.
Right, well,
this has been a delight,
But I'm off to bed.
- No, stay.
- No, no, no, it's really late.
I mean, in fact,
it's actually really early,
And I'm starting to feel
just a tiny, tiny bit
Like a third wheel.
You two have fun.
- I'll walk with you.
- No, no, no, I'll be fine.
I promise. Ciao.
[door opens, closes]
You know, I-- I can't
let her walk back alone.
Let me join you, okay?
Just, uh--
just one moment, please.
Thank you for tonight.

I can't remember
which way she would have gone.
Um, well,
she can't have gone far.
Let's try down here, okay?
Uh... Yes, this way.
[eerie music building]
Celia: Evie?
What-- I don't get it.
How could we have missed her?
She definitely would've
come this way, yeah?
Yes, this is
the most direct route.
I'm gonna call her.
- [voicemail beeps]
- voicemail: Hey, it's evie,
I can't get
to the phone right now.
If you wanna
leave me a message--
she's not answering her phone.
Look, celia, venice is amongst
One of the most
safest cities in europe.
Okay, I promise you,
she's gonna be fine.
Listen, I know a place
That's really close by.
Maybe we can go
and grab a coffee?
I'm too worried about evie.
Can you just take me
back to school?
[forced chuckle] of course.
Thank you.
Okay, it's up this way.
This way.
[crow cawing]
[ominous instrumental playing]
[phone buzzing]
- [phone beeps]
- hey, mom.
Izzy: Celia, when was the last
time you cleaned this place?
Oh, my god,
why are you in my apartment?
I came to grab a yoga mat.
Then I saw the state
of your hall closet.
things just sort of escalated.
Why haven't I heard
from you since Tuesday?
Celia: You know,
I've been so busy.
I've taken on
way too much this semester.
I'd expect
nothing less from you.
Celia: By the way, I, uh...
I paid a visit to aunt rosa.
You did?
I was close by,
And it seemed impolite not to.
Don't worry. No one answered.
I'm sorry, but...
My sister only knows
how to disappoint.
Mom, are you crying?
It's all this lint
I'm churning up.
[sentimental music playing]
Oh, mom, I gotta go.
I gotta get to class, okay?
Can I call you soon?
Yes, fine.
Okay. All right, bye.
[phone beeps]
[phone beeps]
I'm sorry about
last night, okay?
I didn't mean to
make you walk back alone.
I did try to catch up.
- Evie?
- [knocking]
[doorknob rattling]
[phone beeps]
Voicemail: Hey, it's evie,
I can't get
to the phone right now.
If you wanna leave me a message,
I will call you back, bye.
Hey, evie, it's me.
Uh, just checking
to see if you're okay.
Um, where'd you end up
last night?
Call me, okay? Bye.
[phone beeps]
[bell ringing]
Class dismissed.
Celia, I noticed
evie wasn't in class.
Is everything okay?
Yeah. Everything's fine.
[suspenseful music playing]
Celia: [whispering] come on.
Where are you, evie?
[phone beeps]
[celia sighs]
Evie. Hey.
Listen, I'm really
freaking out here, okay?
Maybe, you're on some--
some wild adventure,
That's cool, I just--
I really need you
to call me, okay?
Um, I'm gonna give you...
An hour,
And then I have to
call the police.
[phone beeps]
[ominous music intensifying]
Oh, you scared me.
Um, are--
what are you doing here?
I live here. I live just
a few blocks that way.
What brings you
back to san marco?
You didn't get my messages?
Um... [laughs]
...I'm sorry,
I put my phone on silent.
Oh, did something
happen to evie?
She never made it back
last night.
Okay, listen.
Please tell me
what can I do to help.
Can you take me
back to the bistro?
I don't know, maybe
she doubled back on herself,
And the owner
might have even seen something.
Yes, of course.
Celia, of course.
Please, it's right this way.
- Celia: Okay, thank you.
- Matteo: Okay.
[celia exhales shakily]
Matteo: Just this way.
Celia: The owner
of this bistro, dante,
Do you know him well?
Matteo: Uh, yes, yes,
We've shared
a few stories together,
A few cups, you know.
Only I don't think
he's gonna be up at this time.
He's, uh-- [laughs]
Chefs tend to keep
a nocturnal schedule.
Rising at sunset,
and working until dawn.
You make him sound
like a vampire.
[laughs] well, only
he doesn't drink any blood,
He only drinks grappa.
Is something wrong?
Yeah, are you sure
we're going the right way?
I'm sorry, it's just--
I haven't seen
any tourists in a while.
I haven't seen
anyone in a while,
And, um, I could've sworn
That bridge was just
a few minutes away last night,
And we've been walking for--
We had a lot to drink
last night, okay?
So, if you're a bit confused,
It's because distances
can be deceptive.
Look, have you ever considered
That evie might have
met someone last night?
After all,
venice is the city of love.
Actually, I'm pretty sure
that paris is the city of love.
Um, yes, yes,
of course, you're--
No, you're right, though, yeah.
I clearly needed
my morning coffee.
You know,
I wasn't that drunk last night.
I don't remember
this spot at all.
I'm not getting a signal.
You are acting so strange today.
Look, I understand
that you're worried
About your friend, but...
The bistro is just
a few more blocks that way.
I-- it just feels like
we've been walking in circles.
[chuckles] celia, please.
Tell me what's wrong.
I thought me and you had a--
I thought me and you
had a connection last night.
- [phone buzzing]
- oh, sorry.
Yes, this is celia.
Professor bruni, what is it?
Oh, the police? Why would they--
No, of course. Yeah, yeah.
I'll be right there.
- Okay.
- [phone beeps]
I'm so sorry, I've gotta--
[eerie music building]
[whispering] oh, my god. Okay.
Evie? Hello?
[professor bruni
speaking italian]
What is going on?
Celia, this is inspector santo
with the venice police.
I need to ask you a few
questions, if you don't mind.
What is it? Is there news?
When was the last time
you communicated
- With evie jacobs?
- Celia: Last night.
Well, early this morning.
We were at a bistro.
She left just ahead of me.
And it was just the two of you
at this bistro?
No, we were with matteo.
He's the school's
cultural liaison.
I'm sorry, who?
Uh, matteo grimaldi.
He met me at the water taxi
station when I arrived.
The academy employs no cultural
liaison that I'm aware of.
The water taxi station
is a popular spot
For what we call
the, uh, artisti della truffa.
Con artists.
So, the bistro he take you to,
You can remember the name?
No, it didn't have a name.
That was part of the charm.
But you could point me
the location on the map?
I don't think so.
But it was
in the san marco district.
There was an old stone bridge
not far away.
[chuckles] old bridge.
This city has
more than 400 bridges.
More than 150 canals
and waterways.
I need you to be
more precise, okay?
It was tiny.
There was no one else there.
It was run by a guy named dante.
Santo: Dante? Last name?
I didn't ask.
And you think that
they were working together?
It's possible.
I want you to call him.
[suspenseful music playing]
[voicemail speaking in italian]
It's just going to voicemail
in italian.
Santo: Give me.
[voicemail speaking in italian]
The number is no longer in use.
What about evie?
How'd you find out about her?
Did someone else contact you?
We received a call from
the mother and father of evie.
Well, the consulate did.
Why would evie's parents
contact the consulate?
She failed to
check in with them.
And due to
the family's situation now,
Their instinct is to
suspect maybe a kidnapping.
A kidnapping?
You were not aware
that evie is the, um...
[speaking italian]
...Heiress to a large fortune?
I mean,
she had expensive taste, but...
That is all for now. Thank you.
But I will be in touch.
[speaking italian]

[celia sighs]
[calm music playing]
[suspenseful music playing]
Matteo: Buongiorno. Excuse me.
Are you by any chance looking
for the marcello conservatory?
Oh, yes, I am.
[matteo speaking italian]
Please, allow me
to give you a hand.
Come on.
Have you traveled
from far today?
- Si! Um, grazie.
- Matteo: I was thinking...
[conversation continues
Basically what I told them
was-- I said,
I wanna be my own boss,
I wanna do things my way,"
and he agreed.
Celia, isn't it?
What brings you so far
from your studies?
Um, well,
I'm looking for my friend.
F-- for evie.
And you think she might be here?
I don't know.
I don't know where she is.
How terrible.
Perhaps I can help.
I know this city intimately.
N-- no, that's okay. Uh...
Um, I actually have to-- to go,
Uh, but-- but thank you.
[intense music playing]

[gate rattling]

Send, come on.
[celia gasps]


[music slows]
[bells tolling]
[breathing shakily]
Aunt rosa!
Aunt rosa!
Aunt rosa.
Ce-- celia?
God, what are you doing here?
I need your help.
- [grunts, whimpers]
- god!
Celia: Thank you
for taking me in.
I-- I probably--
I probably should've
taken you to the hospital.
Should I get you an ice pack?
Mm-mm. No, it's fine.
Thank you.
You know, I, uh...
I was here once before.
I knocked on your door.
Oh, I-- I probably thought
it was some lost tourist.
I tend not to open my door
to strangers these days.
I mean, it has been a long time.
You're all grown up.
This room's incredible,
aunt rosa.
It's, uh...
Well, most everything
were gifts, to be honest.
They don't so much
represent my taste
As they do the taste
of a number of former admirers.
That's-- that's beautiful.
Who's it by?
That's one of mine, actually.
It was the, um...
The last one I ever painted.
Tell me, celia...
What brings you to my door
in such a state?
[ominous music playing]
Okay, you listen, evie,
you, um... [clears throat]
- ...You need to eat, okay?
- Go to hell.
[scoffs] I can let
that slight go, but my--
My brother's not so forgiving,
Dante's your brother?
Evie, listen, okay?
As long as you, um,
If you cooperate, you'll-- um,
You'll leave this place,
and you'll go back to your--
Back to your old life.
I promise.
I've seen your faces.
I can identify you.
How can you let me go?
Well, doesn't matter,
Because we're gonna--
we're gonna leave the city.
All we need is enough money
So that we can have
a fresh start, okay?
Where we won't be recognized.
Dante: Matteo!
I told you
to stay away from her!
Get out! [speaking italian]
Why didn't you call the police?
[celia scoffs]
I lost my phone.
Well, I suppose
the best thing we can do
Is contact the authorities,
then, um,
Get you back safely on your way.
Well, I-- I already
spoke to an, uh,
- An inspector santo.
- Rosa: Ah.
He, uh...
To be honest, he didn't seem
to like me all that much.
Here in venice,
reputation is everything.
Stories of missing students are
bad for the travel brochures.
[sighs] yeah, I get that.
Hey, do you, uh...
Do you mind if
I just rested here a while?
I, uh...
I didn't get too much sleep
last night.
Well, a-- are you sure
that's a good idea?
I mean, maybe we should...
Call your mother first.
- Dante: What did you tell her?
- Nothing, okay?
She was upset,
I tried to comfort her.
You are too soft for this.
You always were.
Only interested
in your little flings.
Another country casanova.
[matteo scoffs]
We can't stay here any longer.
The police are hunting us.
It's only a matter of time
Before they discover
where we are.
Someone leads them to us.
What are you talking about?
Did-- did something happen?
Your friend celia.
You let her follow you today...
And I had to intervene.
- How?
- Don't look so heart-struck.
She got away.
- Listen, renzo--
- don't use that name again.
Your job was to
find the rich one,
The lonely, the pliable.
Instead all you found
for us is trouble.
Come on, renzo, please--
Don't call me renzo!
[metallic creaking]
It's-- it's just a name, okay?
It doesn't--
she doesn't know anything!
It's my name.
She can tie it to my face.
And the police want to
find someone to blame,
And they're looking to blame me.
- It's enough.
- Please, don't hurt her!
Go and pack
what you can't leave behind
And prepare whatever goodbyes
you need to say
While I do
what needs to be done.
Renzo, please, no, please!
- [thudding]
- renzo, please don't hurt her!
[tense music playing]
[opera music playing
in the distance]
I didn't see you there.
Sorry, I don't mean to intrude.
Hey, is this you and mom?
you look just like twins.
There was a time
They had trouble
telling us apart.
She never told you, your mom,
Why we stopped talking
all those years ago?
Not really.
She just said, uh...
That you lost touch
when you came out here
To be a-- a famous painter.
Oh. [chuckles]
Painter, sculptor,
Dancer, designer,
I've lived through
so many different dreams.
She said you suffered
from wanderlust.
What else did she say about me?
Well, she said that you love art
And, um, wine and the opera...
And that you can be relied upon
in a pinch.
Ah. [chuckles]
she said all that?
I miss her.
Your mom...
I've missed a lot of things.
[knocking on door]
[tense music playing]
You expecting someone?
What was that look?
It's good to see you again.

I'll leave you two to talk.
Your aunt tells me
you were attacked,
That you need protection.
- Is that what she said?
- Santo: Mmm.
So, this dante...
Did he look
anything like this man?
It's hard to tell.
I-- I mean...
I don't know, who's he?
This is the main suspect
in the case
Of another female student
who went missing last month.
It could be him, I just, um...
I can't say for sure.
Santo: It's okay.
Is there any news? About evie?
Please, she's--
she's my best friend here,
I just wanna know.
This will be difficult to watch.
[suspenseful music playing]
Evie: They want 300,000 cash
to let me go.
They said they'll kill me
if they don't get it
By tomorrow night.
Please, mom,
Just do what they say, please.
I'm so scared. [sobs]
I'm so scared, please.
Oh, my god.
- So...
- [phone beeps]
...As you can see,
time is of the essence.
You have my number.
Please, you must to call me
if you remember anything else.
I will.
I will see myself out.

Rosa: I thought
I was doing the right thing.
Well, looks like santo stationed
An undercover officer
outside, so...
He's not there to protect you.
He's there to surveil you.
You think that they're hoping
dante comes here looking for me?
Rosa: Well,
you got his attention.
[celia sighs]
Oh, I can't just sit here.
Now wait a minute, um,
You said this all started
at some unnamed bistro?
Celia: Right.
Do you remember the food
That was served?
Was it-- was it memorable?
[celia chuckles] it was great.
It was unlike
anything I've ever had.
I think I have an idea
of how we can find this place.
I thought that you wanted me
out of your hair,
And now you're trying
to help me.
- I don't get it.
- Look, I might not be perfect.
I might not even be adequate,
But what I am is persistent.
Now, we're not gonna
wait around here.
Come on,
let's go find your friend.
[market din]
- So where exactly are we going?
- To visit an old acquaintance.
- We're being followed.
- Rosa: Not for long.
Oh, ciao, rosa!
- [francesca laughs]
- rosa: Oh, francesca.
[rosa speaking italian]
[whispering indistinctly]
Celia: Francesca did good.
We must have lost him by now.
[chuckling] okay.
[chuckling] what is this place?
This is the palazzo
Of carmine adamo franchetti.
One time the most renowned
food critic in the city.
Known to have the most sensitive
palate north of rome.
Also we dated.
[doorbell ringing]
Carmine: [speaking italian]
Hello, carmine.
It's me, rosabella.
- Carmine: Rosa?
- [buzzer buzzes]
- [door bangs shut]
- rosa: Ah.
- Rosa.
- [rosa chuckles]
[carmine sighs]
- You haven't aged a day.
- Rosa: Mmm.
And you, carmine,
have aged like a fine bordeaux.
[both chuckle]
Please allow me
to introduce my niece, celia.
Celia, this is
carmine adamo franchetti.
- Hi.
- Welcome to my home.
So, will you both be joining me
for aperitivo?
Well, actually,
carmine, we were, um,
We were hoping
you might be able to help us...
Track down a kidnapped girl.
[suspenseful music playing]
So, I had no idea
you had family here.
Or family at all.
Oh, I'm sure
I must have mentioned it.
No, it must have slipped
your mind.
Remind me...
What is it that kept us apart?
I believe
her name was gabriella.
[carmine clears throat] mmm.
So, this kidnapped girl...
We're trying to locate a bistro
- That I was at two nights ago.
- Carmine: Bistro?
There are hundreds in the city.
Too many to count.
And you could once identify
Every one of them blindfolded,
Simply by the aroma
wafting out the door.
Carmine: True.
This bistro...
The chef, what did he serve?
The main course
was a sardine dish
With pine nuts.
Uh, soaked in goat's milk.
- Ah, sarde in saor.
- Celia: Right.
It is a delicacy here.
The sardines, pickled, fresh?
The-- the chef said that
They were caught that morning.
Near the shoreline, then.
The sauce?
Uh, there was a...
It was a-- a strong
aftertaste of--
Of burnt lime...
And cinnamon.
[speaking italian]
- Is this gonna work?
- Trust me.
Did it smell anything like this?
[chuckles] yeah! Yeah.
That's-- that's-- that's it.
Makrut lime powder.
Quite potent spice.
Found only in southeast of asia.
Few chefs there try
taming it into service.
I need to do more research.
Please help yourself
to more wine.
This may take some time.
[rosa humming]
It's getting late, aunt rosa.
How much longer
is this gonna take?
Rosa: Oh, celia.
In this life, it's--
It's important to take the time
to enjoy the calmer moments,
Because those moments
can be so few and far between.
Besides, carmine and I,
We still have
so much catching up to do.
Remember, we're not here
to reminisce, okay?
- We're on a mission.
- Rosa: Oh.
[celia grunts]
Carmine: Hey.
I have it here.
March the 4th,
some-- some 12 years past,
I-- I-- I ate
this memorable course
Of marinated sardines
in san marco
In a family bistro
called giardello's.
So, "the chef prepared them
In his signature style,
With the shocking addition
of makrut lime powder.
the dining was dismal.
One and a half star."
And you're sure that
this could be the same bistro
-All because of a spice?
-Carmine: Si.
Chefs here pass their secrets
onto their children.
A-- a family recipe
is as unique as a fingerprint.
Giardello. [hums]
Here it is. Okay.
They closed
no-- not longer after.
There were rumors of scandal,
unpaid debt.
It says the owner drowned
Not long after, yes, one night.
And he left two sons,
Luca and renzo.
Or dante and matteo.
Rosa: Carmine,
where was this bistro?
Off to "calle della crea."
by the water.
I have to let
inspector santo know.
Can I use your phone a minute?
- Carmine: Of course.
- Thank you.
[rosa chuckling]
Carmine: You must be happy
to be reunited after so long.
Rosa: Happy?
I have had a pit in my stomach
Since the moment
she knocked on my door.
It hurts to admit this,
carmine, but...
I'll breathe easier
when she's gone.
You worry too much, darling.
Everything will be all right.
[rosa sighs] hmm.
I've missed you, you know?
I've missed our walks...
Our conversations.
[door shuts closed]
- Celia?
- Rosa.
Rosa: Oh, no.
[eerie music playing]
[heavy breathing]
- [door clicks open]
- [gasps]
[intense music playing]
[celia panting]
[calm music playing]
[floor creaks]
Is anyone there?
[tense music playing]
- [door clicks closed]
- [celia exhales deeply]
[celia pants]
How did you find me?
Where is she?
Where's evie?
Tell me she's alive.
What happened to your head?
Your brother came after me.
I've let this go too far.
Celia: This restaurant.
It was your family's?
Yes, it belonged to my father.
He was a-- a very proud man
And then when the customers
stopped coming, he, um...
Well, he started drinking...
And he kept on drinking
and drinking,
Until eventually,
it drowned him.
Leaving all his debt to you
And your brother, renzo.
He is the one with the talent.
Me, I inherited
none of my father's craft...
Only his pathetic charm.
[somber music playing]
That day at the station...
Why did you choose me?
People that can afford
to go to these schools...
They tend to come from money.
But then you realized
evie was the bigger prize?
[birds chirping]
[phone ringing]
Rosa: Izzy.
I've been trying to reach celia.
I haven't heard from her
since yesterday,
I've been worried sick.
And I know she paid you a visit.
She's-- she's gone.
Izzy: Where did she go?
Why isn't she answering
my calls?
[heavy breathing]
She's in trouble, isn't she?
Rosa, listen to me.
What happened between us,
it's far behind us.
Whatever's happening now,
You are the only one there
who can help.
What-- what-- what...
What if I'm not enough?
I said so many things
I regret back then, but...
What I regret most is
How it turned
the two of you into strangers.
The two dearest people
in my world.
I need to know you're both okay.
Well, I will make sure of it.
I promise.
What good's it going to do
if you just spend
The rest of your lives
on the run?
No, no renzo, he says
that we can change our names
And, I don't know,
start again somewhere else.
He is the main suspect
In the disappearance
of another student last month.
I... [laughs nervously]
Okay, he, um,
He told me
it was an-- an accident.
Okay, look.
My brother has no intention
of letting evie go.
He is going to make her...
No, no, no.
What-- you-- you can't--
There's still time, okay?
You-- you have to tell me
where she is!
Okay, look, if I, um--
Look, if I--
if I take you to her--
Look, you have to
promise me no police.
You have to promise me
that you'll let me try
And talk to dante to--
to try and get through to him
One-- one last time.
Just take me to her now.
- You brought others.
- Celia: No.
- No, I came on my own.
- You...
You brought the police!
You lied to me! You betrayed me!
Listen to me,
I'm telling you the truth.
I came here
to find evie on my own.
Yeah, well it's too late
for that now.
It's too late for everything.
[breathing shakily]
Matteo, wait. Matteo!
[rosa grunts]
Aunt rosa, what are you doing?
- Oh, I just had to come.
- Here, here.
Celia, I wanted to help,
But I-- I fell--
- Oh, god.
- Hey, I got you.
[pants] my hands.
Yeah, we'll clean you up,
come inside.
Is evie here? Did you find her?
[sighs] no, she's still gone.
- She's not here.
- I'm sorry.
[door clicks open]
[door clicks closed]
Rosa: I don't think I'm cut out
For this cloak and dagger stuff.
You should have gone
after him and left me.
No. You're hurt.
I can't leave you.
I'm so sorry, celia.
I'm nothing but a curse to you.
After all these years,
you finally see me as I am.
I was 24.
I was in my last year
of art college...
Trying to finish
my final painting
On a deadline...
But everything
was going wrong that night,
Even the power was out,
because of a-- a nasty storm.
And that was the night
Your mom
finally asked me to babysit.
- I don't remember.
- You were quite young.
When you were sleeping I, um...
I went to check on you and...
To kiss you good night...
But... [sobs]
But what?
I left my candle
on the bed table...
When I kissed your cheek.
A breeze blew in
from the storm...
The drapes, they...
They caught fire.
[rosa sniffs]
To this day,
I don't know what came first.
Remembering I left
the candle by your bed...
Or hearing the alarm.
[rosa sobbing]
Aunt rosa.
You could've died.
You-- [cries]
You could've died.
But I didn't die.
I'm here, I'm fine.
And mom never forgave you?
Oh, she did eventually.
But I couldn't forgive myself.
I couldn't face anything.
I ran away.
Had just said
that you left to find yourself.
You think I left my...
My home, my family...
Traveled halfway around
the world to find myself?
No. [scoffs]
No, I came here to hide.
And then,
Out of the blue...
You show up at my door.
I thought maybe this time
I could make it right.
[celia chuckles]
You have.
You have.
I guess I always knew
That one day
I would end up at your door.
Oh, celia.
Thank you.
Wait a minute.
- Celia: Hmm?
- Just wait.
Celia: What?
I recognize
this-- this warehouse.
You think that's where
they're keeping evie?
I'm not sure,
but it's not far from here.
Then if you're up for it...
Let's go find out.
Matteo: Renzo?
[dog barking in distance]
[suspicious music building]
Hey. Wait. What are you doing?
Uh, I'm letting you go.
Letting me go?
Is-- is the ransom paid?
No, no, no, no.
It's too late
for that now, okay?
Too late?
So, why--
why are you freeing me?
[evie groans]
Look, because if I--
look, if I don't...
My brother,
he's going to kill you.
All right.
- [groans]
- matteo: Whoa, whoa, whoa.
- What's wrong?
- Oh, um...
He, uh...
He said--
he said it was ketamine.
I'm sorry.
Listen, let me, um--
let me help you, okay?
- Yeah.
- Okay, you okay?
- Yeah. [groans]
- matteo: It's just this way.
Renzo, what do you have?
What are you doing,
little brother?
Don't you see
that this is all over?
Why hold onto her, huh?
Because she knows too much.
You have said too much.
We can't risk
her leading the police to us.
But if she disappears...
She becomes the one they hunt,
not us.
No, no, no, no.
No, no, no. [crying]
- Is this the place?
- Rosa: Yeah.
Oh, I've got to get closer.
- Rosa: Ow.
- What?
I-- I hurt my back when I fell.
I'll be okay.
- You sure?
- Rosa: Yeah.
[muffled arguing]
I can hear dante.
He's fighting with matteo.
My friend.
I can't see anything.
I'm going to have to go in.
Oh, I don't want to
hold you back.
- Hey, can you--
- call santo?
Of course. Yeah.
No, you go
and-- and if she's not there,
We'll track you
on carmine's phone, okay?
Mm-hmm. Good idea.
I love you.
I love you, too.
I won't let you do it.
I have a boat for us.
It's already nearby.
We can escape right now.
- [clattering]
- [evie panting]
- Get out of my way.
- Matteo: No, please.
- Renzo, no!
- Dante: Let me go, let me go.
No, renzo, please!
[both grunting]
[evie crying]
[somber music playing]
Brother. [panting]
No, no.
- No, no.
- [matteo panting]
No. No.
I'm sorry.
[evie crying]
[daunting music playing]
- [evie screaming]
- [dante shushing]
Calm down.
- [matteo grunting]
- evie!
Evie! Oh, my god.
Matteo, what happened?
Celia! [sobbing]
We're-- we're going to--
We're going to take you
to a hospital.
- You're going to be okay--
- no, no, no, celia--
- I don't know what to do.
- Matteo: Listen to me please.
Listen, listen, listen.
Okay, my brother, he has a...
He has, uh, a boat, okay?
It's at-- it's at the pier,
he's-- he's taking evie there.
- You have to help her.
- Okay.
Don't strain yourself,
you're going to be okay.
[matteo panting]
I'm sorry. I'm...
I'm sorry for everything.
Matteo. [crying]
Hurry up, we're nearly there.
Come on.
- Okay, okay.
- No. No, no.
- [dante grunting]
- no. No. No. [cries]
- Dante: Come.
- No.
Shut up.
Shut up, get in. Come on.
- No. No, no.
- Come on.
All right, come on.
- No, no, no.
- No. No. Go, go.
- Shut up. Go.
- [evie crying]
[dante grunting]
No. Shut up.
[tense music playing]
The police are right behind me.
Dante: I don't care.
Let evie go.
It doesn't have to be
for nothing,
You can let her go.
Take the boat to cairo,
I don't care.
Don't come any closer.
[both grunting]
[tense music building]
[both grunting]
[muttering indistinctly]
I will let you sink to where
the sunrise never reaches.
I will feed you to the--
- [thudding]
- [dante grunts]
[celia panting]
Evie? Evie!
Celia! Celia! [crying]
- You okay?
- Yeah.
It's done? Is he gone?
He's gone, he's gone.
Oh, god. Celia!
Okay. The cops are coming, okay?
Just stay there
and we'll get help, okay?
Okay. [crying]
Oh, my god, you're okay.
[chuckles in relief]
- Celia: Yeah.
- You're okay.
We have a lot
to talk about, huh?
But we do it later. Andiamo.
[both laughing]
Hey, can you help me with evie?
God, yeah, of course.

It was good of carmine
to let us use his place, huh?
Where's he gone to?
Well, he's gone to collect
A special meal
from the best chef in venice.
Oh, good, I'm starving.
you're always starving.
Evie: [laughs] hey.
Okay, come on.
It's time for that video.
Hey, mom.
I just wanted to tell you
That you are looking
at the mazzoni academy's
Newest part time lecturer.
I miss you,
I wish you were here.
I'm so proud
And I am so glad
You decided to stay for a while,
you know, put down roots.
Well, I learned
from the best, so.
I think you can stop
filming now, please.
Oh, I know,
I know, I know, I know,
It's just I promised your mom
I'd keep her updated.
I know, it's just, you know,
Things like this
are better seen in person.
[hopeful instrumental
music playing]
You're here?
Izzy: I decided it was high time
I came back to Italy...
To see my sister.
[both chuckling]
I can't believe--
I've missed you so much.
I've missed you, too,
more than you can know.
I hope you have room
for a houseguest
Because I'm staying for a while.
Oh, my god, of course.
[all laughing]
We should celebrate.
I don't know
why you're looking at me.
- No?
- Oh, all right.
Okay, ladies.
I picked up a little bubbly
for the occasion.
[all chuckling]
Someone smart once said to me...
"in venice,
you can't fight the tides,
But you can learn how to swim."
Izzy: All right.
To venice, then.
A venezia.
To venice.
[glass clinking]
- Cheers.
- Cheers.