Wyclef Jean makes an announcement into the microphone at his stand in the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, California. The thirtysomething man and woman roll their luggage from his stand at Cutter Airways.
He takes off his sunglasses and stands on the steps on the escalator. A 5-year-old boy, in his mother’s arms, looks at him while they go up. Jean continues to look at the 5-year-old boy as he walks on the skywalk. She hands off her son as she walks through security. Jean walks past himself. A twentysomething woman rushes through the doors and runs up the escalator.
Jean talks to a fiftysomething man and woman sitting in their seats. Their seats roll backwards as Jean continues to walk. He plays guitar as he sits in a chair. Bob Dylan listens as he sits next to him. Dylan disappears and Jean stands up. The twentysomething woman runs and stands in the gate as Jean boards the plane. A small orchestra plays in the lobby. She watches the plane take off at the window.
Wyclef Jean sits in the lounge and reads the newspaper. He sees an senior citizen couple sitting across from him. The fiftysomething man helps the fiftysomething woman up. They walk together to the restaurant. He may never have that type of relationship. Maybe he’ll have someone when he retires. But that was decades away. His current girlfriend was having trouble with his absence.
Tours were long and grueling. Although he tried to keep in contact with people back home, he usually didn’t hear from them. They could never get a hold of them. When he was home, he would stick around for a couple minutes and go back to work. His girlfriend gently told him to start working the same hours as her. He said he couldn’t. It was quiet at night.
He boards the plane. It was a three hour flight. He’ll land in time to have dinner with some of friends from the workshop. His notebook was full of ideas. But he didn’t know what to do with them. They didn’t feel complete yet. His friends will be able help him. The pilot announces the flight will be arriving on time. Jean turns off his laptop and puts back in his duffel bag.
Director: Francis Lawrence Year: 1998