British embassy staffer Jill Bryant (Sigourney Weaver) tells her new lover Guy Hamilton (Mel Gibson) that a Chinese ship is en route with arms for the Indonesian Communists.
In his New York high-rise, Max (voiced by Philip Seymour Hoffman) is cutting and saving his toenails, aiming for order and stability.
At her father’s grave, Mary (voiced by Toni Collette) looks at the little heart Max sent her, where it is written, ‘Love Yourself First’.
Andy (Russell Crowe) meets Celia (Geneviève Picot) at Martin’s house. She has not known of his existence in Martin’s life until just before this scene.
Celia (Geneviève Picot) drives Martin (Hugo Weaving) home after a disastrous night out together. She has declared her love and made sexual overtures, but he has recoiled in horror.
Martin (Hugo Weaving) and new friend Andy (Russell Crowe) look at the pictures Martin took the previous night, when they took an injured cat to the vet.
Billy Kwan (Linda Hunt) and Guy Hamilton (Mel Gibson) film a communist youth demonstration in the streets of Jakarta.
Australian correspondent Guy Hamilton (Mel Gibson) thinks he’s alone in his office in Jakarta, but freelance cameraman Billy Kwan (Linda Hunt) has his own key.