The Art Institute of Chicago. Closing time. Impressionist portraits hang on the wall. Among them is Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait. Van Gogh’s painting The Drinkers is also among the paintings. A girl explores the museum in the late afternoon light. ELLEN is 20-years-old. The guard STEVE is in his late 50s and patrols the Art Museum. VAN GOGH appears as he does in his portrait (approx. 30-years-old).
STEVE The museum closes in ten minutes folks. Ma’am, need help finding anything?
ELLEN Pardon me?
STEVE Do you need help finding a gallery?
ELLEN I’m just going to the Impressionists.
STEVE They’re right down there ma’am, you can’t miss ’em.
ELLEN Yes, thank you. I know the way.
STEVE Oh, okay. Yep, right there in that gallery at the end of the hall.
ELLEN Thank you… what’s your name?
ELLEN Thank you Steve.
STEVE You’re welcome…
STEVE You’re welcome Ellen. Just have a quick look. We close in ten minutes and everyone needs to be out of the building then.
STEVE Make sure you gather all belongings and family members.
ELLEN Just me to worry about, thank you though.
STEVE Well, enjoy yourself.
ELLEN Okay, thank you again.
[ELLEN walks to the gallery at the end of hall, gazes at paintings]
ELLEN Oh, wow.
[ELLEN looks around at all the paintings hanging on the walls, stepping up to each]
ELLEN Mmmmm. Dang, Monet.
[ELLEN turns to face Van Gogh self-portrait]