New Synopsis (Laurie Dix)
Johnny lies dead in the alleyway. His voice-over ponders how he came to be in this position.
Johnny and Madeline are having dinner, Madeline seems distant. John is concerned and removes himself.
In the bathroom, John has a moment of what could be considered clarity, before returning to his Noir fantasy. He returns to Madeline, and they leave the restaurant with Johnny suspicious that someone wants rid of him; he suspects Madeline.
Madeline drags Johnny down an alleyway, where he confesses his infidelity. Madeline is not surprised and instead confronts him about it.
Johnny’s fictional reality is shattered and we see the truth, John and Madeline are normal people in modern society, having an argument. John has tried to hide his faults by escaping to a world inside his own head. As John and Madeline argue, we see the ‘reality’ and the ‘noir’ switch abruptly as John struggles to cope with the situation.
In the real world, Madeline breaks up with John.
In the Noir reality, Madeline shoots Johnny and then explains how it was all a ploy for her to steal money, thus absolving him of his guilt.
John wakes up in the street to find a man peering down on him. John brushes himself off and walks into the sunset.