Carnivàle: After the Ball Is Over (2003)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Period Film, Psychological Drama, Religious Drama, Prime-Time Drama [TV]  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Ben Hawkins (Nick Stahl) and Brother Justin Crowe (Clancy Brown) share a strange dream of a man in a tuxedo (John Savage) and a WWI German officer. Apollonia (Diane Salinger) silently pressures Sofie (Clea Duvall) to convince Ben to return to their tent, perhaps for another Tarot reading. As the troupe prepares to move on, Ben goes to clean out the "baggage trailer," as ordered by Jonesy (Tim DeKay). Amid the clutter he finds a trunk that contains the same tux the man in his dream was wearing, and a yellowed photograph of a young woman. He pockets the photo and leaves, only to have Samson (Michael J. Anderson) tell him that Jonesy was playing a prank on him. There is no "baggage trailer," and sure enough, when Ben looks again, it's vanished. Jonesy is increasingly jealous of the attention that Sofie is paying to Ben, but he can't express his feelings to her. For his part, Ben finds himself drawn to Ruthie (Adrienne Barbeau), the strongman's mother. In her determination to contact Ben, the previously catatonic Apollonia manages to rise from her bed and find him, telling him, "You're the one," before collapsing. Later, Ben learns from Ruthie that the man from his dream was Scudder, who was once billed as "The Gentleman Geek," and that the woman in the photo was Scudder's girl. But Ben recognizes another surprising connection. Meanwhile, Crowe, inspired by Reverend Balthus' (Ralph Waite) words about Babe Ruth, uses his dark power to convince a community leader with a terrible secret to give up his dance hall business, Chin's, and donate the building for Crowe's use as a church for the migrant community.

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