In black-and-white, Benjamin Orr sits at a table in a closed restaurant.
In color, A young woman (Paulina Porizkova) marks her apartment wall, creating squiggly lines above her. Orr slinks back in his seat.
Ric smokes his cigarette while the young woman crosses her arms over her chest. His shadow reflects on the wall as he thinks. Orr views the mannequins by the bar. The plastic bartender glides on the floor, his hands already cupped.
The young woman sits in her bed, twirling her hair. A porcelain clown turns his face towards her and she gets up. She and Ric fight. In bed, she cries and then sways, smiling and returns to weeping.
The Cars sit on the stage, as mannequins, ready to perform. The young woman watches from the window and walks away.
Benjamin Orr thinks of what happened to the all the people who were once human. They became plastic and immovable, bitter from the heartbreak and rejection they experienced. They are permanently stuck at the moment of their greatest achievement before it all fell apart.
Moody and unpredictable, the young woman lives in her own world. She draws on her wall and stares into the nothingness on her bed. Ric is clueless on how to respond to sharp insults and defends himself when she picks a fight. He ends up leaving.
Ric is unable to write music and could care less about singing. His bandmates try to get to him write and attend rehearsal but he avoids it. Benjamin sees his dreams vanishing. The band gives into the resignation that they will only play restaurants for the rest of their lives. She watches him from the window, now plastic, regretting her words.
Director: Timothy Hutton Year: 1984