SNAKE opens as
the face of Snake, a beautiful woman in her late 20's, fills the screen as
she dances in her usual slow sensual way. She rarely changes the speed of
her dancing in spite of the tempo of the music but somehow she is always
in sync. At first it seems she could be anywhere but slowly The Pines, a
dimly lit strip bar is revealed. She is wearing a long dark satin
nightgown with a lacy robe over it and very high spike heels. Several
customers sit around the stage. Snake loves dancing and turning men on.
Dollar bills are placed in the elastic band around her ankle. She doesn't
wear the customary garter around her thigh because she doesn't permit the
touching that some other girls permit. On the opposite end of the room is
the bar with a few customers at the bar. A man is standing at the end of
the bar by himself drinking a Pabst long neck and playing a blackjack
machine. That man is Jim, Snakes lover and a college professor. . He's in
his late forties and handsome in an odd way. She looks over to the corner
of the bar and moves her hand toward her heart with her first two fingers
extended, touches her left breast, then moves the fingers to her lips and
blows a kiss toward the corner of the bar. Jim smiles at Snake and
duplicates the signal Snake just made. She is his heart.
Their story unfolds through a series of flashbacks and flash-forwards
along with some non-linear cinematic story structure.
Snake on her first day at community college frantically barges into Dr.
Jimís office. She canít find her classroom. In that moment, they are
immediately struck with that something special spark of interest. As they
get to know each other through Snakeís continued visits to his office a
relationship begins to develop. They see a different world to explore in
each other. During this exploration, they fall in blindly love. Snake
loves learning about a world outside of strip bars and drugs. The
underbelly of her world fascinates Jim. The bar life, the honesty of the
people in the bars, and the drugs she introduces him to all begin to suck
him in. This is very dangerous for both of them. Things start to collapse
when Snake gets snared into a drug deal gone bad and a dealer/lover who
wouldnít let her get away. Their love changes their lives and finally
leads to unexpected disaster.
Copyright 2007 Perry T. Schwartz
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