Joko Anwar's Nightmares and Daydreams (2024) s01e05 Episode Script

The Other Side

[mellow music playing]
[mellow music playing on radio]
That doesn't look like the original, Dad.
Is that Mom?
[Bandi] Yes. Isn't she pretty?
Better in real life.
Well, of course she is.
- No drawing can beat her natural beauty.
- [chuckles] What?
- I'm trying to put this thermos away.
- [Bandi] Come here.
Marhan, do you know
what I said to your mom
when I first laid eyes on her?
- Do I have to know, Dad?
- I said to her,
"I'm very pleased to meet you.
I must be God's favorite human
- because he has led me to find you today."
- [chuckles]
And what did Mom say?
I said to him, "Out of my way!
The movie's about to start."
Where did you two meet?
[Dewi] At the movie theater.
Your dad was the ticket guy.
He would tear people's tickets
before they went in.
Ah! This was my boss.
The theater's manager, Mr. Domi.
[Marhan] Why don't you work there anymore?
[Bandi] It closed down, got replaced
by those new shopping mall theaters.
This guy is Rama Pamungkas.
These were really famous movie stars.
Did you meet lots of movie stars too, Mom?
- Why would I want to?
- 'Cause they're handsome.
Your dad is way more handsome!
- [chuckles]
- I love you so much, Dewi.
- I love you too, Bandi.
- [loud bang]
[Dewi gasps]
Can I help you guys?
Are you Bandi?
- Yeah?
- Someone's been saying
you've been squatting here.
The manager of the building
lets me do my work here.
I make movie theater posters.
But you're not supposed to be living here.
- [thug grunts]
- Hey!
- Bandi!
- [Bandi] Hey!
- Knock it off! I didn't do anything!
- [thug grunts]
- [Dewi] Bandi!
- [Bandi groaning]
- [Dewi] Stop! He didn't do anything!
- [Bandi groans]
- No! Stop it!
- [Bandi] Dewi, don't! Stay back!
[yelps, groans]
[thug] Shut up! Shut up!
[Bandi] Sir, please!
- [grunts]
- Amir, why are you letting them do this?
Even Satan's not as heartless as you!
We just want you to come home, Dewi.
Our family wants you to come home.
What are you doing with a guy
who can't even give you a proper life?
I don't need him to do that.
I can earn my own living.
[Dewi] I'm happy because I'm here
with my husband and son!
Please, come home.
Our father said in his will
that you would lose your inheritance
if you choose to stay with him.
[Dewi] I don't need any inheritance.
But we need it, Dewi!
And your name is in the will.
If you don't sign this,
we won't be able to sell any of it.
[tense music playing]
- Here.
- Dewi, please
Get out! And never come back here.
- [groaning]
- [Amir] Fine. All right guys, let him go.
Let's go.
[Marhan breathing heavily]
[Dewi sobbing]
[sobbing continues]
[theme music playing]
- [Marhan] Is it true, Mom?
- [Dewi] Hmm?
That whole story
about the first time you met Dad?
And you had asked
where you could find your soulmate?
[Dewi] Yes.
And I can't explain why,
but I suddenly got the urge
to go to the movies that night.
Then what?
When I first met your father
at the entrance way,
I knew right away
that he was the only one for me.
But how could you be so sure?
[Dewi] I'm not even sure myself.
But your father said
that he had the very same desire
to meet his soulmate that day.
Just like me.
I think I'll ask
to meet my soulmate too someday.
[Dewi] You can do that
after you've graduated from college.
Now go to sleep.
- [Bandi] I promise.
- Hmm?
Tomorrow, I'll look for another job.
One that'll pay a lot more,
then we'll able to rent a real house.
- [Dewi] Sweetie.
- Hmm?
We're lucky we have this place to live in.
It's got four sturdy walls.
Other people have it worse than we do.
But you don't deserve
this miserable life, Dewi.
[Dewi] If I thought that,
I would have gone back home.
I wouldn't be here painting on fabric.
- I'd rather paint you though.
- [Bandi] Hey.
What made you want to stay with me, Dewi?
Well, it's because
no matter what happens,
I know
that you will never leave me.
You're right, I would never leave you.
I'd rather die.
[Bandi] My only hope is that
at the end of this darn recession,
our old movie theater opens again.
So I can go back and work there
at our favorite place on Earth.
It doesn't even feel like work
when I'm there.
[Dewi sucks teeth, groans]
[Dewi groaning]
[Bandi] What's wrong, Dewi?
Is it your period?
- I'll get the pain medicine.
- [Dewi] There's none left.
- I'll buy you some at the drugstore then.
- [Dewi] It's fine.
- I'm sure the pain will go away by itself.
- [Bandi] It'll take a couple of minutes.
- I'll take the bus.
- Don't worry about it.
We've got no money.
There must be some put aside
for the medicine, right?
- [Bandi] No?
- Hold on.
Not that one.
But this is a souvenir
from our first date.
We can spend it on emergencies.
I'll be right back.
[Dewi groaning]
[upbeat background music playing]
[conductor] Bus fare, ma'am.
You can't keep doing this, ma'am.
[old woman] Sorry, that's all I have.
Why do you always do this?
I have no more money.
You've gotta pay the whole fare.
It's not fair to the other passengers.
Come on, give her a break.
In other countries,
senior citizens only pay half.
What other countries?
You travel a lot, man?
Well, great, you pay for her then.
Put your money where your mouth is.
[conductor] Next.
Stop the bus. Stop the bus.
[uneasy music playing]
[laughter in distance]
[light background music playing]
[indistinct chatter]
[indistinct chatter]
Bandi. Bandi.
What took you so long?
Did you just wake up or something?
- [chuckles]
- [Domi] Bandi. Bandi.
You should've gotten here a lot earlier.
You should always wear
a nice suit jacket, Bandi.
[exhales sharply]
You look handsome when you dress up.
Now go and get to work.
All these guests are going
into the movie theater soon.
Who's going to tear their tickets
if you're not there?
Come on.
[Rama Pamungkas] Hey, Bandi.
[eerie music playing]
[Bandi] Enjoy the film.
Enjoy the film.
Thank you.
Enjoy the film.
Enjoy the film.
[Domi] How is it going, Bandi?
How are you?
Mr. Domi, if you only knew,
this movie theater looks so
neglected from the outside.
No movie theater should be left to decay
and die like that.
So, what do you think?
Still look neglected? Hmm?
Should I be firing the janitors?
You're still unattached.
You got a nice job
and the pay's good.
Your salary's great, right?
There's a lot of great folks here.
Everyone here loves and respects you.
You've got it all.
Enjoy the moment.
I'll go check inside.
Soon, the guests are gonna stream out
then they'll hang out
in the lobby and have drinks.
You should join us.
[breathes shakily]
Hey, Mom!
Hey, wait, when did you change your hair?
Are you feeling better?
[Bandi] They were out of your usual meds.
I bought another brand,
they said it works just as well.
[breathing heavily]
- [in angry voice] Where have you been?
- I stopped for a sec at the movie theater.
- Where the hell have you been?
- Dewi, wait! What
- Where the hell have you been?
- What's wrong, Dewi?
[Dewi] What did we do that was so wrong?
What on earth did we do
that made you leave us for two years?
[Dewi crying]
[uneasy music playing]
[crying continues]
[body thuds]
[Dewi] That night,
Marhan and I
went looking for you everywhere.
The drugstore staff said
you left
right after you bought the medicine.
[Bandi groaning]
We went all over the city looking for you
but didn't find you.
The next day,
we went looking for you again.
Then the next day, and so on.
Some people said
you ran off with someone else.
Some said you must've fallen in the river
and your body was swept away.
We stopped looking for you after a year
after Marhan finally stopped crying.
[Bandi] I swear to God.
I stopped really briefly
at our movie theater.
That movie theater's been closed
for a long time.
[Bandi] But Dewi
[breathes deeply]
When I went in,
there was a gala premiere of a new movie.
I swear to you!
I thought I must be dreaming.
I was only there for a few hours.
Is this maybe a dream too?
[Dewi] Come here, son.
I am your wife and this is your son.
You left us for two years.
Tell us the truth now. Where did you go?
I swear I don't know what happened.
I don't know.
Maybe I've gone crazy.
Or is this all a bad dream?
But if it isn't a dream,
and you don't believe me
and you don't love me anymore
I can't go on without you guys.
you won't look me in the eye, will you?
You won't even come near me.
[Bandi sobs]
I just wanna die.
Dewi, I just wanna die.
[dramatic music playing]
[Bandi] You like that truck, buddy?
I believe you.
I believe you.
[upbeat music sting]
[upbeat background music playing]
- [Dewi] Honey.
- Hmm?
I've been saving some money
for the past year.
I've been doing people's laundry.
I've saved a lot.
I've almost got enough to rent a house.
Great, for the time being,
I'll help you with the laundry
while I'll look for another job.
You won't leave us again, will you?
Not a chance.
[Dewi] I just remembered.
When I was a little girl,
I had a friend who went missing
for three whole days.
Kidnapped by a ghost.
Maybe that's what happened to you, Dad.
[Dewi and Bandi chuckle]
From now on, I promise you, no ghosts
or anything else
is going to take me away from you.
I'm going to buy some cigarettes.
You said ghosts or anything
won't take you away from us.
But cigarettes can?
It's right around the corner,
not far from here.
Just buy them on our way back home.
Ah, I want one now.
I won't be gone long.
I'll be right back. Okay?
- Bike won't start?
- Yeah.
Can you give me a hand with it?
- Sure, let's go.
- Thank you, sir.
- Yeah, all right.
- Okay, go!
[engine sputtering]
[men yells]
- [man 1] You fucking thieves!
- [man 2] Stop those guys!
- [Bandi] What's going on? Hey, hey! Hey!
- [man 2] Don't you move, you thief!
- No, no, no, I'm innocent!
- [man 3] Get them!
[man 1] I'm gonna tear you apart!
You little shit!
[thief] No, no, no, don't, please!
[Bandi] I'm not a thief!
- [men grunt]
- No, wait, please! Please get off of me!
I just wanna buy some smokes!
- My wife and kid are waiting for me!
- I'm not a thief, come on, I just
[tense music playing]
[terrified breathing]
- [Bandi breathing heavily]
- [suspenseful music playing]
[man 2] Hey, where do you think
you're going? Get back here, you!
You're not gonna get away with this!
[man 1] There he is! After him!
[man 2] You're not getting away, asshole!
[panicked whimpering]
[man 3] Get back here, you dirty thief!
- [blade clangs]
- Fuck you, asshole!
[panicked panting]
[light background music playing]
Mr. Domi, Mr. Rama!
- [Domi] Bandi, Bandi! Hey.
- Help me! They were These guys
We've been waiting here for you, Bandi.
- What the
- We just knew it.
We knew you couldn't stay away from here.
Please, sirs, I need help.
Some guys think I stole a motorbike
and they're after me. I need to hide.
Bandi, Bandi, listen to me.
In here, you don't need
to hide from anyone.
- No one can bother you
- [Bandi] No, no.
- or hurt you in here.
- Listen, sir, they're going to come
- inside looking for me.
- Bandi, Bandi, breathe.
Take deep breaths.
There's no way
they're going to be able to get in here
because they're not invited.
What is this place, really, huh?
And what are you?
You ghosts?
Bandi, Bandi
[Rama Pamungkas] Oh, Bandi,
let me ask you something.
Is the life you're living right now
the same as
what you imagined it to be
when you were a little kid? Hmm?
Bandi, just think about it.
Did you always want to be a squatter
living in an empty building?
Humiliated by your friends
and neighbors? Hmm?
I used to think that
I would be a rich man.
[Domi] You see?
Have a big house, success.
And I'd be respected by everyone.
That's what we're talking about, Bandi.
Don't you just want
to trade your current life
for the life you've always dreamt of?
But I really love
my wife and child so much.
- [Domi chuckles]
- I never thought
I would ever feel this way.
[Domi] Okay, just imagine, Bandi.
What if they had never met you at all?
Your dear wife
would have a much better life.
And that son of yours would have
a father who could make him proud.
My wife and son will be devastated
if they don't see me again.
It'll only last a little while, Bandi.
After that, they'll get over it
and they'll start a new life.
[Domi] Think about it, Bandi.
We've gotta go now.
You're free to stay here
until you've calmed yourself down.
But just remember
if you make a choice to go out
through that door over there
there's sadness
and chaos.
But your other option
is to go out through the front door.
Just think about
the life you've always wanted.
And you'll get that. Instantly.
Just like that.
Hope we see you soon, Bandi.
[uneasy music playing]
[door closes]
[man 1] Come out, you coward!
You stole something from us,
you're gonna pay!
- [man 2] Fucking thief!
- [man 1] Get out here, thief!
[man 3] You can't hide in there forever!
[uneasy music continues]
[gasps, grunts]
Dewi Dewi, Marhan
[breathing heavily]
[Bandi] Dewi, Marhan
Dewi, Marhan
Dewi! Marhan!
[Bandi] Dewi?
Who are you guys? Huh?
- [worker 1] Can we help you, sir?
- Where's my wife and son?
What are you talking about?
I live here with my wife and little boy.
[worker 2] Look,
this building's been empty for a while.
Now it's being turned into office space.
But I'm still living here.
- My family and I live here
- If I'm not mistaken,
I think there were
a couple of people living here.
- [worker 2] A woman and her son.
- Okay, where are they?
Maybe my friend here can help you.
- [worker 3] With what?
- [Bandi] Sir.
[worker 2] Do you know anything
about the woman who used to live here?
Ah, you mean Mrs. Dewi?
Yes! Where is she now?
[worker 3]
Yeah, they moved into a rented house
in the neighborhood out back.
[doorbell chimes]
[door lock clicks]
- Yes?
- [Bandi] Does Dewi live here?
Yes, she does. Uh who are you?
I'm her husband.
Wait here a second.
[Bandi blows air]
[blows air, breathes nervously]
[door opens]
[Bandi] Dewi.
Let's go home.
What is wrong with you?
I don't know.
I don't know what's wrong with me, honey.
- Dewi
- [breathing shakily]
[breathing shakily]
[exhales shakily]
Is that Marhan?
Why did you even bother coming back here?
All you ever do is hurt us.
I never meant
to hurt you at all, honestly,
I just Wait!
Wait! Wait! Dewi! Dewi!
[Bandi sobbing]
Dewi, please, open the door!
Dewi! Please! Please!
Dewi and Marhan were miserable
when you walked out on them
the second time.
Dewi cried for months and months.
All of her hope was gone.
[Bandi sobbing]
[Arif] She always asked me the same thing.
What did she ever do to you
that was so wrong?
Marhan was the same way.
I love Dewi and Marhan with all my heart.
I promised that I would take care of them
for the rest of their lives.
You don't need to worry about a thing.
I will never hurt them.
I'll never walk out on them.
[Bandi sobbing]
I'll do everything in my power
to make sure they have a happy life.
You've got to do me a favor though.
Just leave them alone now.
[Bandi crying]
[Bandi sobs, sniffles]
[Bandi] Marhan?
[Bandi] How long was I gone for this time?
[Marhan] Three years.
I'm in junior high now.
You can tell me the truth.
Did you marry someone else?
I never would.
Because if you did,
it'd be easier to understand.
I didn't marry someone else.
- So where did you go?
- [Bandi] Same place as before.
I went to the old movie theater
where I used to work.
[Marhan] Dad, the movie theater
isn't there anymore, it's been torn down.
And why are you
always so dirty and smelly?
As if you haven't changed
your clothes in years.
That's because
I've been telling the truth.
I feel like I've only been gone
for a few hours.
It'd be much easier to understand
if you married another woman.
I would never do that, son.
I would never leave you and your mom.
I'll go and find a job tomorrow
so that I can make some money
and then I'll rent a nice house
for all of us.
I'll ask your mom to come live with me.
Is your stepfather nice to you?
He's very nice, Dad.
When you left us again,
Mom cried for a long time.
It happened again last night.
She cried all night.
All I want for her
is to never be sad again.
[mysterious music playing]
Goodbye, my love.
[light background music playing]
Welcome home. I knew you'd be back, Bandi.
Now let's get to work.
They can't get in there
unless you tear their tickets.
[indistinct chatter]
Enjoy the show.
Have fun, enjoy the show.
[Bandi chuckles]
- Are you together?
- [both] Yes.
- Enjoy the show.
- Thanks.
Thank you.
[Marhan] I'd like to major in Physics
when I go to college.
I wanna go to ITB.
[Arif] You can study whatever you want,
wherever you want, Marhan.
As long as it's something
you really want to do,
not just some trend.
Is it okay if I live
in a boarding house, Mom?
Hey, Mom.
- Yeah?
- If I go to college in Bandung,
- can I live in a boarding house?
- [Arif] Are you okay, Dewi?
Are you sick?
I'm fine.
Uh I'll just go
to the bathroom real quick.
[TV reporter] This year, in early 2004,
the number of homeless people
in Jakarta was estimated
to have increased by 20 percent
compared to the previous years.
30 percent of these homeless people
are people with mental disorders.
There has also been a significant increase
in the number of people
with mental disorders
- compared to the last year.
- [uneasy music playing]
The government is planning to step in
and take control
of the homeless population
What is it, Mom?
Your dad!
This is Dhilla Adinda,
reporting for CAS TV.
It could be someone else.
Someone who looks similar.
I know that it was Bandi.
Marhan said he wasn't sure it was him.
No. I know it was Bandi.
How'd it go, Marhan?
- Did you find a phone booth?
- I did.
And did you call the TV station?
The security guard said
they're closed on Saturday.
Where'd they tape that segment?
He didn't know.
He told me to call tomorrow.
Are you seriously going to look for him?
Dewi, he left you.
He walked out on you twice.
Three times even.
Maybe he was in some kind of trouble.
But if you find him, then what?
Dewi, even if it was really Bandi,
there's nothing you can do for him.
Although it may explain
why he didn't realize what happened
every time he left you.
I should have known.
Every time he comes back
he looks disheveled.
He's always dirty and smells.
[Arif] Oh, come on, Dewi.
This is the government's job.
Let the government deal with him.
If you actually went to see him,
then how would you help him?
You want him to live with us?
He's not right in the head.
You made me a promise
that you'd forget him.
He's the father of my son.
But I am Marhan's father now.
And I'm your husband.
Oh, Bandi.
Enjoy the show.
Enjoy the show.
My Bandi
[Dewi] Bandi.
[Bandi] Dewi.
[door opens, closes]
Please tell me, my love.
I need to know where you are.
My Bandi.
[breathes heavily]
Yes, Bandi.
[suspenseful music playing]
I've missed you.
[door opens]
Bandi, Bandi, hey!
What do you think you're doing, Bandi?
What do you mean?
You'll bring them
nothing but trouble, Bandi.
[Domi] You'll make things worse
for your wife and son.
They're so happy with their lives now.
But I'm still here, Mr. Domi.
I didn't go back there.
Then don't think about your family again.
[inaudible chatter]
The only thing
that's kept me going up 'til now
are the memories I have of her.
[in firm voice]
Cut it out!
[tense music playing]
Don't do it, Bandi. Don't.
You'll ruin all of this.
Who are you people?
We are all your friends, Bandi.
We'll be the ones to take care of you.
[motorbike engine revving]
You can have
any one of these ladies you want, Bandi.
She'll be your wife,
your slave, whatever you want.
Your choice.
[awkward chuckle]
I'm sorry.
[engine stops]
[ominous music playing]
[indistinct whispering]
[Dewi] Bandi?
[breathing heavily]
Bandi! Please! Wake up!
- Bandi!
- [yells]
[Dewi] Come on, please, Bandi.
- Please wake up, Bandi.
- [ringing]
[Dewi groaning]
[tense music playing]
[breathing heavily]
[Dewi groaning]
[breathing heavily]
[grunting continues]
[Dewi breathing heavily]
- [grunts]
- [shrieks]
[suspenseful music playing]
Bandi! Please wake up, Bandi!
For God's sake, wake up!
[Domi] Bandi.
Bandi, please wake up
If you go out
and return to your family,
you'll feel disappointed
in yourself again.
Disappointed with your life too.
And disappointed with the world.
You'll become nothing
but a huge burden to your family, Bandi.
And then what? Hmm?
What's the point in doing that, Bandi?
[stifled sob]
No, Bandi! Don't go, Bandi!
Stay with me!
Oh, my Bandi!
[Dewi crying]
[somber music playing]
[somber music continues]
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