Either because the apartment was too big.
Or too small.
Or because the neighbors were too loud.
Or because the silence of the night was deafening.
Daniel didn't know why he moved so much anymore.
And change became routine.
There were boxes filled with junk all over the living room.
There were even boxes that he didn't bother to unpack anymore because he knew that sooner or later he'd move again.
Paintings and picture frames leaning on the floor against the wall. He never bothered hanging them.
The cat walks around exploring his new found territory while Daniel puts all the stuff from the boxes on the shelves.
On the kitchen table there were two slices of pizza left.
The bottle of wine was almost empty.
Daniel is leaning against the sink with a glass of wine in one hand and a cigarette in the other.
Daniel goes into the living room and sit at the piano.
Empty music sheet.
A zip of wine.
A puff on a cigarette.
Inspiration, where art thou?
A muffled sound enters the living room.
Someone is playing piano.
Notes, chords, played over and over.
Daniel opens his eyes. Where is that music coming from?
From across the wall.
He gets up.
Puts his ears against the wall.
Same notes and chords played over and over again.
Who's playing? Whomever it is, they're blocked and can't seem to find the notes and chords that come next.
In anger, they slam the keys and stop playing.
The next morning, Daniel is sitting at a coffee shop having breakfast.
Eyes closed. A pencil in his hand setting the tempo. Humming the song he heard the night before coming from the apartment next door.
He's obsessed, trying to find out what notes should come next.
He plays the table like it was a piano.
Daniel opens his eyes. Back to reality.
Two kids sitting across the table are watching the "show".
The kids mom, embarrassed, calls them back to their table.
Daniel climbs the stairs of his building and enters his apartment.
Takes off his jacket and throws it on the couch.
He sits at the piano and starts playing what he wrote that day.
He stops playing.
A few seconds later the person from the apartment next door starts playing what Daniel played adding something of their own.
Suddenly a door slams in their apartment.
A man yells. A woman yells back at him. A big fight starts. Stuff is thrown against the walls.
Daniel gets up and goes to the apartment next door but hesitates and goes back to his apartment.
He sits back at the piano and plays while the fight goes on next door.
The next morning Daniel gets out of the apartment and starts walking down the stair when the neighbors next door open the door.
The man walks out of the apartment. The woman stays at the door.
He smiles. She doesn't.
He kisses her and starts walking down the stairs passing by Daniel without saying a word.
Daniel looks at the woman but she is so embarrassed that she avoids eye contact and closes the door.
At a music shop Daniel goes through a pile of old vinyl records when someone walks in.
Daniel looks but at first doesn't recognize the person.
He looks again and realizes that it was the girl from next door. The one who plays the piano.
Sarah didn't see Daniel. She goes to the back of the shop where a kid is waiting for her at the piano.
Sara takes off her coat, sits next to the kid and starts the piano lesson.
Daniel goes up to the clerk to pay for the records he picked. He stays for a while just looking at Sarah teaching the kid to play.
Daniel turns around and walks out of the shop.
Sarah looks up and sees Daniel leaving the shop.
She knew all the time that he was there. Maybe she was to ashamed about what happened with her boyfriend to say hi.
Heavy rain hits the windows.
More wood into the fireplace.
The cat sleeps on the couch.
Bottle of wine half empty.
Music notes spread across the sheet.
The record Daniel bought is playing.
Sarah and her boyfriend are fighting again next door.
They yell so loud you would think they're in the same room with Daniel.
Daniel turns up the volume of the record so he won't hear the big fight.
The next morning Daniel is sleeping on the couch when someone knocks at his door and slides some papers under the door.
Daniel grabs the papers and realizes they are music sheets.
He opens the door and tries to talk to Sarah but she was already leaving the building.
Daniel rushes to the window and sees Sarah crossing the street.
Daniel gets all excited with the sheets, looking like a kid opening his presents on Christmas morning.
He works on the song all day long, adding some of his stuff to what Sarah wrote.
The song they wrote is coming to life.
Daniel waits for Sarah to come back home so he can play the finished song they wrote but Sarah didn't come home for dinner
He waits four hours. Nothing.
He falls asleep on the couch.
A few hours later the cat jumped to Daniels lap waking him up.
Daniel goes to the kitchen to get a glass of water.
He hears some voices on the stairs.
Sarah and her boyfriend are coming up the stairs drunk, laughing, kissing.
Daniel turns out the lights and goes to bed.
The next morning Daniel is packing his stuff back into the boxes. He's moving again.
Sarah starts playing the piano.
She stops and waits for Daniel to play back.
But he doesn't.
She tries again.
But he doesn't play back.
She tries again.
Daniel puts on his coat, grabs all the music sheets and gets out of the apartment slamming the door. Sarah stops playing.
Daniel walks down the stairs.
Sarah opens her door and stays there. Silent.
Daniel stops for a second but gets out of the building, gets into his car and leaves.
Sarah gets out of the building but Daniel was gone.
Sarah notices that there are some papers jamming her mailbox.
She opens the box and sees the music sheets Daniel left there.
She goes back inside.
That same night Daniel is coming home when he notices a police car parked in front of his building and a small crowd at the building door trying to find out what happened.
Daniel fears something happened to Sarah and rushes into the building making way through the crowd.
Runs up the stairs when 2 cops are coming down with Sarah's boyfriend handcuffed.
Daniel slows down trying to delay the bad news.
The neighbors slowly go back to their apartments.
Daniel stops at Sarah's doorstep.
The door is half open but he's afraid to go inside.
Suddenly he hears the piano playing their song.
Daniel walks in.
The apartment is a mess. Everything is upside down. A sign of a huge fight.
Sarah feels Daniel in the living room.
She stops playing. She moves over to the left of the bench so Daniel can sit next to her.
He sits down.
She starts playing.
He starts playing with her.
She puts her head on his shoulder.