Movie : At First Sight
VIRGIL : You like rain – I love the rain.
AMY (moving to him) : What were you just doing there?
Virgil slowly moves his head about, sensing the room.
VIRGIL : Listening – the rain – it brings out the contours of everything, gives life to a room I can’t see. You hear it?…on the roof dripping down the walls on every side. On the right, on the drainpipe, it’s drumming with a deeper, steadier sound – – like a timpani – echoing across the room – tells me the room is large – open. You feel it – in your chest? On the left, the rain says… (he listens) …a fire escape, with it’s own rhythm – ping – ping. Then listen – there… (he points) –what’s that – over there…?
AMY : Looks like it’s…
VIRGIL : No, listen for it – not what it looks like – what it becomes. Come here.
Amy moves closer – Virgil puts his hands out on her shoulders – turns her to the sound.
VIRGIL : Now just listen to it – shut out everything but that sound – do you hear it?
Amy strains to listen – closes her eyes – her head instinctively turning – no in unison with Virgil’s
AMY :Yes – there – it’s soft – like a shimmer
VIRGIL : The wind blowing the rain against a window. AMY (smile) Like a cymbal. It’s like our own percussive symphony, isn’t it?
Amy opens her eyes – looks about the room – listening.
VIRGIL : The world is invisible to me – with my touch it comes alive. But only one thing at a time. But when it’s raining, I feel everything at once. Sometimes, I wish it could rain inside rain all around us.
AMY (musing) : “Einfuhlung.”
VIRGIL : What?
AMY : Einfuehlung – it’s an architectural term. It means to share an empathy. Been a long time since I felt that.
And as they stand listening to the rain, playing its music – Amy watches him – fascinated by him – then shivers slightly.
VIRGIL : You’re cold, we should go.
AMY : No, I’m fine, really. It was just something passing through me – can’t explain it – a good thing.
Amy smiles at him – then quietly realizes he can’t see it. She moves close, her hand reaching out and taking his.
AMY : What you just showed me … how I feel – makes me smile.
She takes his hand – hesitates – then puts it on the side of her face.
VIRGIL : I see it now. Thank-you.