I Am: Celine Dion (2024) | Transcript

This is a journey inside Celine Dion's life as she reveals her battle with Stiff Person Syndrome.
I Am: Celine Dion (2024)

I Am: Celine Dion (2024)
: Documentary, Music
Director: Irene Taylor
Stars: Céline Dion, René-Charles Angélil, Nelson Angélil, Eddy Angélil, René Angélil
Plot: A raw and honest behind-the-scenes look at the iconic superstar’s struggle with a life-altering illness. Serving as a love letter to her fans, this inspirational documentary highlights the music that has guided her life while also showcasing the resilience of the human spirit.

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[♪ Maria Callas: “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle”]

[song continues with lyrics in French]

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

My dream is, uh… um, to be international star.

And to be able, um, uh… to sing all my life.

♪ ♪


♪ ♪

♪ ♪

Hello, everyone. How you doing?

[song continues]



[man] Okay, let’s run it.

[loudly] ♪ Oh ♪

♪ Yeah ♪

Is the soundman okay? [laughs]

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

[song fades]

[indistinct chatter, laughter]

[Celine] Coming through.


Coming through. [laughing]

[cinematographer] Hi. There is my cameraman.

[Celine] Thank you. Hi.

[Celine] Thank you, sir.

[Nelson singing indistinctly]

[cinematographer] All right, you got to tell her where she sits.

[Eddy] There, I think. I think. Or there.

[Celine] Where do you want me to sit, Mr. Director?

[cinematographer] I think that’s where we decided.

Uhp, let’s go the other way.

[Nelson] Oh, that’s even brighter.

[cinematographer] Yep, one more. Cool.

And now we’re gonna go up a little bit on this.

[Celine laughing]

[cinematographer] All right.

[Celine] Wow.

[Nelson] This is weird.

[cinematographer] Cool.

[Eddy] Okay, what’s your favorite color?

[sighs heavily]

I thought you were going to ask me a very easy question, and that’s not an easy question for me to answer.

[Eddy] Mine’s red.

[Celine] I like that. It’s love. I like that.

What is yours?

[Nelson] Red. [chuckles]

[Celine] For real?

[Nelson] Yeah.

[Celine] You don’t have to say red, too, because you’re twins.

[Nelson] No, for real.

What happened? Are you in love?

♪ Don’t keep any secrets from me, boys ♪

[Nelson laughs] Okay.

What is your second question?

[Nelson] If you had to go anywhere, where would you go?

Like, a country or a state.

[Celine inhales deeply] Mm.

I know you know that.

That I’ve traveled the world… many times.

And do you believe me if I tell you that even though I traveled the world that I-I didn’t really see anything?

Strange, isn’t it?

Sometimes you call that… it’s the price to pay.

[Nelson chuckles]

That means cut, like that-that’s enough?

And it’s enough, interview’s over?

[crowd cheering]

[♪ Celine Dion: “River Deep, Mountain High”]

♪ When I was a little girl ♪

♪ I had a rag doll ♪

[singers vocalizing]

♪ Only doll I’ve ever owned ♪

♪ Now I love you just the way I loved that rag doll ♪

♪ But only now my love has grown ♪

♪ And it gets stronger ♪

♪ In every way ♪

♪ And it gets deeper ♪

♪ Let me say ♪

♪ And it gets higher ♪

♪ Day by day ♪

♪ And do I love you ♪

♪ My, oh, my ♪

♪ Yeah, river deep, mountain high ♪

♪ Yeah, yeah, yeah ♪

[song fades]

[line ringing]

[woman on phone] Guest services. How can I assist you?

[paramedic] Hi, ma’am. How you doing?

[Celine groaning weakly]

I need to call the fire department, please, and rescue unit.

[woman on phone] Okay, uh, I’ll call them right away for you.

[paramedic] Okay, I’m right in the room 1001.

[woman on phone] Okay. I’ll take care of it for you.

[paramedic] Excuse me, 10001.

[Terrill] Celine, if you have pain, move your fingers.

[Terrill] Push into my hand if you have pain.

[Celine continues groaning]

[indistinct chatter]

[device beeping]

[paramedic] Ready? One, two, three.

There we go.

All right.

You feel better on your side?

[Celine moans weakly]

No? Yeah?

[Terrill] So, she’s had issues in the past.

[chatter continues]

[wistful music playing]

[newswoman] Shock waves still reverberating through the entertainment world this morning after singer Celine Dion revealing she has been diagnosed with stiff-person syndrome.

It’s a condition that attacks the nervous system.

It is extremely rare.

[newswoman 2] You never want to be a rarity in medicine or science.

[overlapping news reports continue in different languages]

[newswoman 3] Stiff-person syndrome, also called SPS, affects one or two in a million people, twice as many women as men.

[newsman] Stiff-person syndrome is what doctors say is muscles rebelling against the body, causing severe spasms.

[newswoman 4] Triggered by a heightened sensitivity to noise, touch or emotional stress.

[♪ Celine Dion: “A New Day Has Come” over radio]

[newsman 2] The disease could be particularly challenging…

[montage of sound and music]

[♪ Celine Dion: “Because You Loved Me” over radio]

[overlapping news reports continue in different languages]

[♪ Celine Dion: “Pour que tu m’aimes encore” over radio]

[news reports and music fade]

♪ ♪

[birds chirping]

[crying softly]

[Celine] Eddy?

[Eddy] Yeah?

[Celine speaking French] My love, is it your turn to go to school?

[Celine] I adore you.

[Eddy] Me too.

Thank you. You’ve brushed your teeth, but have you got the retainer?

Your godmother will go with you.

[Eddy] Okay. I love you.

Me too.

[Celine] Bye, my love.

[Eddy] Bye.

[Celine] Hello, Jessica.

[Jessica] Hello.

[Celine] I’m so sorry, honey. Thank you so much for waiting.

I’m just gonna take my medicine

for lunch.

[Jessica] Okay.

Can I add two Tylenol to that?

[Celine] Of course.

[Jessica chuckling] Okay.

The ones that are super rough and tough?

Super rough and tough.

[Celine laughs]

[Jessica] The big boys.

[Celine] Thank you.

[both laughing]

Thank you so much, hon. Of course.

[pill organizer squeaks]

I’m gonna have to find water somewhere.


These are… these are very, very cozy.

These are cozy.

Here we go.

Here we go. [sighs heavily]

You know,

it’s a question of, um, 17 years.

It’s, um…

I have been, um…

17 years ago, I started to, uh,

experience some, um, voice spasming.

This is the way it started.

[Celine] Thank you.

[Jessica] You’re welcome.

[Celine] I woke up one morning, and I had my breakfast, and, uh…

after having my breakfast,

my voice started to go up.

[imitates high voice]

And, uh…

it freaked me out a little bit. [sniffs]

Because normally when you’re tired as a singer

because you did a show the night before,

your voice would go…

I mean, roughly half a key down or one, one note down.

Um, it would go down a little bit.

So you warm up your voice and you can stretch it,

like Play-Doh and all that.

[vocalizing high notes]

And then you have more bass, which is really good because

there’s no lows, there’s no highs.

[vocalizing high notes]

If every string of my notes are strings, for example,

like elastic, like… [hums note]


the next time that I would try would go…

[hums higher note]

And the third time… [hums higher notes]

and cracking.

I cannot bring it down.

It’s like a muscle thing.

And the second time is here, and the third time is here, and then it goes.

Same thing with the high.

One high, second high, third high.

So I couldn’t do the sound check too long,

the warm-up too long.

But if you don’t warm up too long… long enough, you can hurt yourself.

So I was… I was scared.

I didn’t know what to do.

And today,

the diagnosis… SPS.

Which is stiff-person syndrome.

[gentle music playing]

It’s in the muscle. It’s in the tendons.

It’s in the nerves.

You can’t see anything.

Because it’s not… seeable.

How much… how many people in that pouch?

[Jessica] Uh, 1,000 to 15,000

different plasma donors

in order to pull that much immunoglobulin, that many antibodies.

[voice breaking] Last year, I got to a point that I couldn’t walk anymore.

[sniffles] I had to…

I was losing my balance a lot.

It was hard to walk.

A lot of pain.

And I can’t use my voice yet.


I miss it a lot.

But also…

the people.

I miss them… you know?

[crowd cheering]

[speaking French] The fans give me lots of energy. Lots and lots.

And being on stage is the gift of show business.


it’s like a drug fix.

When you have the soul of an artist…

artist one day, artist always. You can’t live without it.

[cheering continues]

♪ ♪

[Celine] Look at me.

Bear. [kisses]

[Jessica chuckles]

You good? Oh, great. I’m great.

I love you.

She’s a blinker.

[Jessica laughs]

She said, “I love you, too.”

♪ ♪

It’s not hard to do a show, you know?

It’s hard to cancel a show.

If somebody sees me have a good time for a moment with my family…

and I was supposed to be onstage and they had a ticket that night…

they have the right to come to me and say,


I can’t just do whatever I want.

I can’t go out.

I’m stuck.


[crowd cheering]

♪ The whispers in the morning ♪

[♪ Celine Dion: “The Power of Love”]

♪ Of lovers sleeping tight ♪

♪ Are rolling by like thunder now ♪

♪ As I look in your eyes ♪

♪ I hold on to your body ♪

♪ And feel each move you make ♪

♪ Your voice is warm and tender ♪

♪ A love that I could ♪

♪ Not forsake ♪

♪ ‘Cause I’m your lady ♪

[crowd cheering]

♪ And you are my man ♪

♪ Whenever you reach for me ♪

♪ I’ll do all that I can ♪

♪ We’re heading for something ♪

♪ Somewhere I’ve never been ♪

♪ Sometimes I am frightened ♪

♪ But I’m ready to learn ♪

♪ Of the power of love ♪

[crowd cheering]

♪ The sound of your heart beating…

Before I got really hit with SPS,

my voice…

was the conductor of my life.

It… it was…

I-I was following it.

“You lead the way. I follow you.”

And I was okay with that because I was having a great time.

When your voice brings you joy…

you’re the best of yourself.

“You can be the leader.”

My ego is not that big.

If you want to take that role, take it.

[laughs] I don’t care.

“I’m having a good time here.”

♪ Can ♪

♪ We’re heading for something ♪

♪ Somewhere I’ve never been ♪

♪ Sometimes I am frightened ♪

♪ But I’m ready to learn ♪

♪ Of the power of love ♪


[song ends]

[crowd cheering]

When I try to breathe,

my lungs are fine.

It’s what’s in front of my lungs that’s so rigid,

because of stiff-person syndrome, that it’s like…

[voice cracks] ♪ It’s like I know you ♪

That’s what happens.

[voice cracking] ♪ It’s like I know what I wanna do ♪

♪ I know you can show me, yeah ♪

[voice breaking] And that’s what happens, and it’s very difficult for me

to hear that

and to show this to you.

I don’t want people to hear that.


♪ We’ll stay ♪

[♪ Celine Dion: “My Heart Will Go On”]

♪ Forever this way ♪

♪ You are safe in my heart and ♪

♪ My heart will go on and on…

[song fades]


[voice breaking] I think I was very good.

[laughs softly]

I think I had some stuff that was amazing.

[crowd cheering faintly]


But there’s been moments where…

I had to go to the studio, and I knew they wanted Celine Dion.


Who’s Celine Dion?

Celine Dion is the one who sang…

♪ All by myself anymore ♪

the highest note ever and whatever, and…

she’s the best.


Thank you, sir.



I feel like Liberace.

Here we go.

On your left.

[laughs] And on your right.

It’s a warehouse. [laughs]

It can be overwhelming.

[exclaims playfully, laughs]

But when I go there, I see my life,

and I love every piece of it.

It’s my unique tutu…



Come closer.

That’s a very old Dior, if I remember.

I’m just gonna open this one.

[woman] Yeah.

Yeah, it’s Dior. [laughs]

The girl knows her stuff.

When a girl loves her shoes,

she always make them fit.

I have worn shoes, my friend, my toes were like this

because they didn’t have my size.

Every time I went to a store and I loved those shoes,

they said, “What size are you, ma’am?”

I said, “No, you don’t understand. What size do you have?”

I’ll make them work. I’ll make them fit.

I will walk the shoe.

I walk the shoe. The shoe don’t walk me.

I’ve worked shoes with my feet like this,

and sometimes like this, to hold on to them.

From six to ten, give it to me.

[fingers snap]

I love them. Here we go.

[photographers clamoring]

[cameras clicking]

[clamoring continues]

[man] To your left! Left! Eyes left!

[Celine] I wore my dress to an event.

And then what?

A piece like this or a piece like that or…

or a dress like this…

it’s difficult to

wear again because

it had such a big impact.

[photographers clamoring]

[cameras clicking]

[man] To your left!

[clamoring continues]

[man 2] Look to your left!

[man] To your left!

Eyes left! Eyes left!

In the old, old, old, old days,

women had one hat, one pair of gloves,

two dresses, one black pair of shoes,


it was classic,

effortless and so chic.

[♪ “Chattanooga Choo Choo” in French]

For me to put these pants, and I have to put a shirt,

and we wanted the shirt to have a collar and white, like, sleeves.


They made it like it was very, very fitted.

I’ll take the whole thing.

So obviously there’s a collar over here.

Sleeveless, so it takes less space into the sleeves of the jacket itself,

so I don’t have to go… [panting, stammering]

“I’m too sw-sweaty. It doesn’t fit.” [exhales sharply]

It’s not as hot.

So I have the… I have a collar.

So I have my jacket, but where’s the… the sleeve?

So all the sleeves are here.

And with me showing you that…

you see the snaps over here.

One, two snaps. Two, two.

Just for the white to come out because it looks elegant and clean and sharp,

but over here, I don’t have all that excess and I can’t move,

and when I go like this, it comes out, and then we don’t…

But a lot of people had to…

think of that and put time and effort and making sense with all of that.

It’s a snap on. It’s a snap out.

It’s a big zipper instead of an invisible.

And it’s a flap and it’s a Velcro, but none of that shows.

None of that shows.

And that’s the magic of show business, but if I may say…

I think it was… I think we did create our own magic.

[♪ Celine Dion: “Le ballet”]

[scatting to music]

[guitar mimics Celine’s scatting]

[crowd cheering]

[continues scatting]

[playing guitar solo]

My band, my backup singers,

I want them to feel good and look good.

Do you like yourself?

When you like yourself, you walk better.

You perform better.

You hold your instrument with pride.

[music continues]

[speaking French] Playing the guitar…

let me introduce you to André Coutu.

[crowd cheering]

[crowd clapping to music]


[scatting continues]

[playing lively bass riffs]

We grew together.

And we built,

and we walked, and we fixed, and we dreamed,

and we… we traveled together,

and we grew together, and we bonded together,

because at the end, all we wanted

is to be the best of each and every one of us.

Because we loved music, we had respect for each other,

we became a family,

and I became…

who I am because of all these people.


[high note vocalizations]

[crowd cheering]

If you want to go fast, you go alone.

[song fades]

And if you want to go far, go together.

[crowd cheering]

Oh, gosh.




When I was… This is upside-down, but this is a drawing from RC.

He was drawing in my, uh, dressing room,

and I was holding on, and I’m still holding on to those beautiful souvenirs.

[speaking French quietly]

I’ll take this to my room.


[sighs] Ay-yi-yi-yi-yi.

[Celine speaking French] I can’t wear flip-flops, it’s freezing outside.

[woman] It’s cold, yes.

[man] You have a lot of options.

I don’t. I don’t have any flat shoes.

I need to buy some.

Maybe these.

[man] Which ones? Show them to me.

[Celine] I have nothing to wear.

[woman] What have you got there?

[Celine] Find me a pair.

[woman] I think you have flats in the car.

[Celine] No slippers, there might be paparazzis.

[woman] You need a closed toe shoe.

I’m packing like I’m going on a weekend outing.

I’m packing real fancy stuff.

[uplifting music playing]

[baby crying]

[indistinct chatter]

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

[speaking French] You like it, right?

Here you go.

I’ve always been a dreamer, but this is an encounter with real life.

I’ve been giving everything to show business for the past 20 years.

I gave my life, I haven’t really lived it.

[scatting happy music]

I love you my darling, I love you.

[René grunts]

Wait, wait, wait!

[Nelson speaking French] She knows nothing about baseball.

[woman] She knows nothing about baseball?

[Celine] Watch the babies behind!

[Nelson] Check it out, she’ll miss the ball.

Told you so!

♪ ♪

[accordion playing upbeat music]

[music continues]

[Celine] When my kids were still very young…


[camera clicks, whirs]

I was holding on to those moments so much.

[atmospheric music playing]

Their first toys.

The first bib of RC.

That antique

for the kids.

♪ ♪

The toys and the souvenirs.

Every piece I remember and I know.

♪ ♪

And, um…

I cherish.

They were important. They’re still important.

♪ ♪

And they will live on.

[music fades]

I must have liked one of these because there’s four.


[speaking French] It’s becoming painful to walk.

[crowd cheering]

[singers] ♪ Impressions ♪

[Fallon] I’ll hit it for you.

[Celine] And now you’re pressing for me?


[Celine] Thank you.

[Fallon and crowd gasping]

[Celine] What?

[Fallon] Sia.

[Celine] Aw, thanks so much.


[Fallon] Do you do Sia?

[strained squeal]

Yeah. “Hush, Little Baby.”

[♪ “Hush, Little Baby”]

It’s like: ♪ I’m gonna buy you a diamond ring ♪


Okay. I-I don’t know why I need to stand up to sing.

Yeah, you can do it. Do you want a wig? We don’t have a wig.

I wish I had a wig.

Well, do you have a abat-jour?

I need a…

I have a-a stuffed animal.

[imitating Sia] ♪ Hush, little baby ♪

♪ Don’t say a word ♪

♪ Mama’s gonna buy you a mockingbird ♪

♪ And if that mockingbird won’t sing ♪

[to tune of “Chandelier”] ♪ Hush ♪

♪ I’m gonna buy you ♪

[crowd cheering]

♪ A diamond ring, a diamond ring ♪

♪ Oh ♪

[Fallon laughing]

♪ Like tomorrow doesn’t exist ♪

♪ Like it doesn’t exist ♪


Oh, my gosh, Sia.

[Celine shouts]


[crowd cheering]

[Fallon laughs] Sia, over here.

Sia. Sia, over here.

[chuckles] Sia. Sia, over here.

[Celine] Oh, hi. Sorry. Hi.

[Fallon] Hi. Fantastic!

[Celine] Thank you. Thank you again. Thank you.

[Fallon] Oh, that’s the move right there.

[Celine] Thank you.

[birds chirping]

[wistful music playing]

♪ ♪

[microwave beeping]

There you go, honey. Bon appétit.

Good girl.


[Nelson] Barrington is our butler,

who got COVID a couple days ago.


um, we’re just gonna send him a video

to tell him, like, don’t worry and stuff.

[Nelson] All the hair and…

[Eddy] It’s super hard to draw on this, so it’s kind of bad.

[Celine] No-no kidding, because it’s, like, uh…

[Eddy] Yeah, it’s super hard.

[Nelson] What are you drawing?

A heart?

Oh, a heart with a smiley face.

[Celine] Oh.

[Celine] Just one foot each. That’s so cool.

[laughing] I love that.

Okay, make sure we see the flip-flop. Okay.

So… Stop peeling.

[Nelson] I’m sorry. Sorry. I’m sorry.

[Celine] I’m gonna make you vacuum.

Don’t be sorry. Don’t do it.

[Nelson] Okay, I don’t mind. It’s just a little.

Do you remember the song?

“Don’t worry about a thing ’cause…”

[Nelson] Yeah.

“every little thing is gonna be all right.”

[Nelson] Yeah.

[Celine] Okay?

[Nelson] Mm-hmm.

[Celine] Go press and come back to the same position.

You ready?

[Nelson] Mm-hmm.

[Celine] Here we go.

[all] ♪ Don’t worry ♪

♪ About a thing ♪

♪ ‘Cause every little thing is gonna be all right ♪

[speaks foreign language] Mr. Barrington.

We love you so, so much.

[Nelson] Love you.

We don’t want you to worry about a thing, okay?

Thanks. And we feel sorry that you have to rest, but go through…

Uh, I mean, we don’t feel sorry that you have to rest

because we’re happy that you rest.

But take your time. It goes faster.

We love you and miss you.

[Nelson] I love you.

Bye, guys. Whoo!

[Nelson and Eddy] Bye.

Kiss-kiss. Boom. Kiss-kiss.

Shaka-laka boom-boom-boom. Shaka… Come on, Eddy. Yeah.

[♪ Celine Dion: “Treat Her Like a Lady”]

♪ Somebody mind him, somebody mind him, love to hit and run, yes ♪

♪ Somebody mind him, love to hit and run ♪

♪ Somebody mind him, somebody mind him, love to hit and run, yes ♪

♪ Somebody mind him, love to hit and run ♪

♪ Go, go, goes around, comes around, go ♪

♪ Go, goes around, comes around, go ♪

♪ Go, goes around, comes around, go, go ♪

♪ Tell it to her straight, she can take the truth ♪

♪ Don’t lead her on and on and leave her confused ♪

♪ Anyone would rather be alone than be used ♪

♪ Don’t sit and think you’ll hurt her feelings ♪

♪ She only wants to know just what the deal is ♪

♪ Next time, beware of ♪

♪ Whose heart you’re breaking ♪

♪ You gotta get what’s coming to you ♪

♪ For all the bad, bad things you do to your lady ♪

♪ Treat her like a lady ♪

♪ You’ll make a good girl crazy ♪

♪ If you don’t treat her like a lady ♪

♪ Go, go, goes around, comes around, go, go ♪

♪ Treat her like a lady…

[song fades]

[vacuum whirring]

[Celine speaking French] All good, boys?

[Nelson] Barrington answered.

[Celine] He did?

[Nelson] He said, “Oh, thank you so much.

Missing you guys. Love you all.”

[Celine singing “Tellement j’ai d’amour pour toi” in French]

[singing continues]

[others singing along]

[interviewer] You, Celine,

are from a huge family.

No, I just have 13 brothers and sisters.


[speaking French] Let’s keep our eyes open. Let’s smile.

[chatter continues in French]

[Celine] Denise, Clément, Claudette, Liette,

Michel, Louise, Jacques, Daniel, Linda, Ghislaine, Paul, Pauline.

Did I say Manon? Manon and Celine.

Fourteen, whew.

We grew up in a little town called Charlemagne,

and that’s in the province of Quebec.

Cold, snowy, a great ambiance.

Lots of music. Lots of gifts.

Lots of love. Lots of happiness.

[lively chatter, laughter]

[all singing in French and clapping rhythmically]

My mom was a very strong person.

She was a musician.

My mom met my dad through music.

[lively polka music playing with singing in French]

[lively polka music playing]

[rhythmic clapping and clicking]

[man whooping, speaking French]

[excited chatter, laughter]

[lively music continues]

My parents left their dreams aside for us.

My dad worked.

My mom made it happen.

But sometimes there was nothing left in the fridge.

She never told us, “We have nothing to eat tonight.”

She started to make


And… there was carrots.

She didn’t say anything.

She puts her own beets and little, uh…

homemade ketchup on the table and all the condiments

and everything that she could put on the table.

And a few beautiful hot pies.

And she said she prayed before.

She prayed that she was not going to hear,

“Mom, wh… what is that?”

The first bite that someone

took, they said,

“Mmm. Mom, what is that? It’s so good.”

It was carrot pies.

♪ You’re the strongest of souls ♪

Mom is the superhero.

♪ You’re my light in the dark ♪

♪ You’re the place I call home ♪

We only felt love, affection, attention, music.

I have that in me.

This is my greatest foundation.

[wistful music playing]

I don’t remember singing for myself so much.

I remember being five, singing on the kitchen table,

and singing for my audience, which were my family.

That’s… [chuckles] that was amazing.

There was, like, the lamp.

I could reach almost the light and the sk… the stars.

On top of the kitchen dining table,

and I was pretending that I was onstage and I was putting a show on

with my little slip on… whatever I had and…

I don’t even know what I was wearing.

♪ ♪

Then my brother got married, and…

I was five years old, and I sang a few songs.

[chuckling] And my mom told me that…

if there was a wrong note by the guitar player, I would, I would turn.

I didn’t know how to kind of, like, just go with it.

And my mom said, “When something… someone do something wrong,

just don’t-don’t go… don’t do that.

Make like nothing happened.”

♪ Keep going, we keep going ♪ ♪ [chuckles]

♪ ♪

Times like this will live forever.

For me, for my family.

The person that I am today, I didn’t invent myself.

I didn’t create myself.

I am.

It’s the performance that counts.

It’s not the song.

A performance is way bigger than the song.

That was the beginning of me, really, I think.

Was that the beginning or was it just that, for me,

the blessing of, “You can do that. Wow.”

[♪ Celine Dion: “Ashes”]

♪ Can beauty come out of ♪

♪ Ashes? ♪

♪ Can beauty come out of ♪

♪ Ashes? ♪

[song ends]

[Deadpool] Celine!

That was amazing!

That was the most beautiful performance I’ve ever seen in my life.

Thank you so much. Thank you. No. No, thank you.

We need to do it again.



Well, it’s too good.

Yeah, this is… this is Deadpool 2, not Titanic.

All right, you’re at, like, an 11.

We need to get you down to a five, five and a half tops.

Just phone it in.

Listen, this thing only goes to 11.

So beat it, Spider-Man.

[water running]

[Celine] Hey.

The pink bottle goes in the blue jar or the white box.


[chuckles] Hi.

[squeaking] Oh, you’re such a good girl.

Num, num, num,

num, num, num, num, num, num, num, num.

See, good, huh?

[playful voice] I’m telling you.

You are my kids sometimes, and when… there go.

One more time. That’s just a…

It’s very, very important to feel better.

There you go, baby.

There we go, and Mommy’s gonna take care of the meds when I come back. Got to go.

I have to go see my son. Two minutes.

I didn’t see him.

[tapping keyboard]

Okay, I just want to see you before I leave, okay?

I have to leave today to do, um…

You know the movie that I did?

I have to do the French version of the English movie that I did.

So it’s gonna be my first time.

And I have oatmeal. Oh, my God.

I like that shirt on you.

[Eddy] Playing clothes.

You look cool. Thanks.

Okay, got to go.

[Celine] Hey, chief, what’s up?

[driver] Hey, boss, how are you? Good to see you.

[Celine] Good to see you, likewise.

[driver] Thank you.

[Celine speaking French quietly]

Please don’t slouch!

For God’s sake. Pull yourself together.

You’re with Celine Dion!

[Mira] Hello?

[Celine] Mira Ray?

[Mira] Mm-hmm?

[Celine] Hi. This is Celine Dion.

Sure. And I’m Mariah Carey.


♪ Don’t give up on this call ♪

♪ Love comes to those who believe it ♪

♪ And this is really me ♪

Oh, yes, it is.

♪ Don’t give up on this call ♪

♪ Love comes to those who believe it ♪

[speaking French] And yes!

And yes.


♪ Don’t give up on this call ♪

♪ Love comes to those who believe it ♪

[singing in French] And this is really me, I swear it’s true!

[dialogue coach] It has to be faster. “I swear it’s true!”

It’s punchier.

I swear it’s true!

♪ Don’t give up on this call ♪

♪ Love comes to those who believe it ♪

[singing in French] And this is really me, oh yes it is!

[dialogue coach] Great! It was great!

Well, let’s move on if it’s great.

You tell me if you’re happy with it.

If you’re happy with how it sounds.


[dialogue coach] Alors, uh, we’ll go to, um, the-the next part.

[reporter] Ms. Dion, it’s been

over a decade since you’ve toured in the States.

I’m curious, why now?

For five years, it’s been tough.

Raising my children after the loss of their father,

the love of my life, my husband René.

[speaking French] Okay, let’s try it. Let’s try it.

The past five years have been tough.

Raising my kids after the death of their father.

The love of my life. My husband René.

Hasta mañana.

[♪ Celine Dion: “All By Myself”]

♪ When I was young ♪

♪ Never needed anyone ♪

♪ Making love was just for fun ♪

♪ Those days are gone ♪

♪ All by myself ♪

♪ Don’t wanna be ♪

♪ All by myself ♪

♪ Anymore ♪

[crowd cheering]


[voice breaking] ♪ All by myself ♪

[music and cheering continue]

[music and cheering fade]


[♪ Maria Callas: “Ebben? Ne andrò lontana”]

[song continues with lyrics in Italian]

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

My husband offered

this to me.


It was owned by Maria Callas.

She’s definitely one of the most amazing opera singers

in the world.

I hope she gives me…

some strength.

[sighs] I think she will.

I think she will.

[song continues with sustained high note]

[holds high note] ♪ I got the music ♪

♪ In me…

I need my instrument.

And my instrument…

was not working.

So we started to elevate the medicine.

♪ And if I lost you, would I cry ♪

[♪ Celine Dion: “River Deep, Mountain High”]

♪ Would I cry ♪

♪ Oh, how I love you, baby…

There’s a longevity

in the drug, you know?

And when your adrenaline kicks in,

when you hear the crowd, “Celine! Celine! Celine!”

Twenty minutes later, it-it was gone.

[crowd cheering]

From my dressing room, getting backstage, saying good luck to everybody.

The crowd insane.

My adrenaline, my heartbeat, my pressure.

I’m like, “The dream is about to come true again for me tonight.”

I love it so much.

But then I feel a spasm, and my voice goes up.

The medicine was burned out. It was gone.

[cheering continues]

[announcer over speakers] Celine Dion!

[crowd cheering wildly]

[wistful music playing]

I was to 80 milligrams to 90 milligrams of Valium a day.

That’s just one medicine.

I don’t want to sound dramatic, but I could’ve died.

[wistful music playing]

[speaking French] Here it is. Look!

[Celine laughing excitedly]

[woman] Beautiful!

It’s impressive!

[Celine] It’s way too big!

[Celine laughing]

I was taking those medicines because I needed to walk.

I needed to be able to swallow.

I needed medicine to function.

One more pill. Two more pills.

Five more pills.

Too many pills.

Show must go on.

When I had to cancel shows, you know…

we have to tell the crowd why, the people why.


I can’t lie anymore.


From a sinus infection to an ear infection to a…


Sometimes I would point my microphone towards the audience,

and I would make them sing it.

There’s moments where I cheated,

and I tapped on the microphone like it was the microphone’s fault.

I did what my mom said.

I didn’t flinch.

And there’s also

moments where we had to stop the show.

Quick change.

[fingers snap]

And I never came back.


The lie is too heavy now.

[piano playing “Piano Sonata No. 14”]

[piano music continues]

[music stops]


[film crew chattering indistinctly]

[man] I want to shoot a little wider and more cleaned up.

Uh, you’re still out.

[man 2] I just want to do one look over

and check all the angles.

[man] There you go.

[man 2] I’m ready when she’s ready.

[breathes deeply]

[chatter continues indistinctly]

I’m ready.

[man 2] Okay.

And anytime you want.

Hello, everyone.

I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to reach out to you.

I miss you all so much.

And I can’t wait to be onstage, talking to you in person.

As you know, I’ve always been an open book.

And I wasn’t ready to say anything before.

But I’m ready now.


I’ve been diagnosed with a very rare neurological disorder

called stiff-person syndrome…

which affects something like one in a million people.

I’m working hard with my

sports medicine therapist every day

to build back my strength

and my ability to perform again.

But I have to admit…

it’s been a struggle.


All I know…

is singing.

It’s what I’ve done all my life.

And it’s what I love to do the most.

[wistful music playing]

I miss it so much.

Being on the stage, performing for you.

I always give 100% when I do my shows,

but my condition is not allowing me to give you that right now.

For me to reach you again,

I have no choice but to concentrate on my health at this moment.

And I have hope that I’m on the road to recovery.

[voice breaking] Take care of yourselves.

Be well.

I love you guys so much.

And I really hope I can see you again real soon.

Thank you.

[breath trembles]



Do we…

Do we have what we need?

[man] Yeah, we’re good.

[Terrill] Did you have any extra soreness or anything

from what I worked on?


In this area?


All right, so that’s the good part.


Good. Today we’re gonna work on the feet.

Okay, do you want me to cream them?

No, I’m gonna cream them.

[groans, mutters]


I didn’t…

Don’t worry. You didn’t do your pedicure.

I know.

You’re okay.

[Celine chuckling]

[laughing] You’re okay.

I did not have time.

It’s okay.

[Celine laughing]

What are you doing?

Oh, no, no, no, no, no, don’t do that!


[Terrill] No, ’cause I’m just gonna work on it.

Have you been using that cream?

Not lately.

I see that. You really…

Oh, shush. Give me a break.


[Celine] ♪ Give me a break ♪

[both] ♪ Give me a break ♪

[fingers snapping rhythmically]

[Celine scatting]

♪ Break me off a piece of that ♪

[Celine sighs] Thank you.

Ouch. Easy when you grab that heel.

[Terrill] Sorry.

[Celine laughs]

I want to be good. [chuckles]

You are good.

[Celine] No, I’m not good.

[Terrill] Think about where you were two and a half months ago.

Think about where you were in November.

I don’t want to think about that.


I want

that motion.


There you go. Better.


Better or good? It’s better.


What can I do to make it, like…?


Move this foot slightly in, right here.

Good. Touch around your hips.

[Celine] Working hard, for me, is not, um…

not a part of a problem.

[group singing “Zora sourit” in French]

[fingers snapping rhythmically]

♪ Yeah, yeah, yeah ♪

[singing in French]

[singing “Zora sourit” in French to uplifting music]

[continues singing]

For a moment in my life where I was, like, um,

in control of what I loved to do,

I could record three songs per night.

[song continues over speakers]

[singing in French]

They would say to me, like,

“Your-your voice starting to change.”

And I’m like, “Okay, so since it’s starting to change,

I want to use… I want to sing this song now because this song needs…

I need to hear the struggle or the disappointment.”

[vocalizing to gentle music]

[singing “Je crois toi” in French]

[song continues]

[sighs] Even though I really want to work hard and do it and…

I have to listen to not my body but the people that I trust for my body.

You have to believe in the people that you work with,

and so far, so good, you know?

[Terrill] Have you seen the Friends episode with Phoebe?

She does a…

[Celine sings squeaky high-pitched notes]

No, she wants to… she sings at the café.

And so when she’s singing at the café, she’s got a… she’s terrible.

[Celine vocalizing]

And so she gets sick,

and she loves her voice, and so she always wants to be sick.

[Celine laughing]

Just ’cause she likes the raspy-ness of her voice.

Can I, can I tell you something?

[stammers] I love her.

I don’t know her, but it’s so cool.

Okay. [chuckles]

You know why? Because I always envy…


People who smoke…

Okay. [laughing]

and they drink, and they party, and they don’t sleep.

They’re super cool.


I mean, cool people.


And then they just like…

[scatting with raspy voice]

[Terrill] And they rock.

And they go and…

♪ I want you all mine, so fine ♪

And people are like… [whooping]


[chuckles] And I’m like… me and my…

[vocalizing gently]

[both laughing]

I want to be…

I-I want to be like them. And I was like… You want to rock.

They go to the bar and have a good time. And they just do whatever, right?

And they have a drink, and me, I-I have water.

[Terrill chuckles]

And I sleep 12 hours.

♪ When I was young ♪

[♪ John Farnham: “Help!”]

♪ So much younger than today ♪

[crowd cheering]

♪ I never needed anybody’s ♪

♪ Help in any way ♪

♪ But now these days are gone ♪

[Celine] Look at the sweat there.

[Celine vocalizes]

♪ I’m not so self-assured ♪

♪ Now I find I’ve changed my mind ♪

[Dave] Watch the percussion.

♪ I’ve opened up the doors ♪

♪ Help me ♪

[crowd] ♪ If you can, I’m feeling down ♪

[Farnham] ♪ Yeah, I’m feeling down ♪

[Celine] ♪ Yeah, I’m feeling down ♪

[Farnham] ♪ And I do appreciate you ♪

[Celine laughs] ♪ Appre… ♪

[Farnham] ♪ Being round ♪

The hoarseness in here?

[Denis] Mm-hmm.

So natural, and he… that-that…

♪ Help me get my feet ♪

♪ Back on the ground ♪

[Celine] ♪ I got so much love ♪ [laughs]

♪ Won’t you please, please help me? ♪

[music building]

[crowd cheering]

[imitating drums]

You see that, like… I want that. I want that.

I want the drummer guy. I want that.

♪ In oh so many ways ♪

♪ My independence ♪

♪ Seems to vanish in the haze…

The keyboard and…

It-It’s so… and sleeveless shirt.

I mean, at one point, you know,

sometimes I wish I could just be

a rock and roll…

playing guitar guy.

[song fades]

Here we go. Okay, sir.

[Dave] So, Celine, the first thing is…

I didn’t know there was, like, questions.

Okay. So the first set of IDs we’re doing is for the John Farnham documentary.

Yes. Yeah.


So, we don’t have to ask the question,

but if it helps you, we’ll ask the question.

And you’re answering as if you’re being interviewed by, you know…


The host of that show.


Yeah, ’cause they’re obviously in Australia.

Because for me, when I read this…


“How did you first hear about John?”

and then my answer here on… here it says, “I first discovered…”

Well, first of all,

I wish I would’ve discovered John Farnham.

I did not.


[laughs] I did not discover John Farnham.

But you know what? I heard John Farnham,

and I was flipping because the power broke our radio.

And… but it’s…

[Dave] If you want,

we can change it. We can say,

“I first heard John about 25…” Yeah.

You want to ch… want to change it?

I mean, instead of “25 years ago,” if we can say “two years ago,”

that’d be s-something that’d make me feel better.

[Dave and Denis laugh]

Who’s gonna give the cue?

[Dave] Yeah, you want to give a-a count, John, or…?

[man] Celine, anytime you’d like.

Thank you so much. In three.

I first heard John about 25 years ago,

when I heard the song “You’re the Voice.”

It was so powerful.

His voice was incredible,

so emotional.

[breathes deeply]

[object rattles]

[objects rattling]


[Dave] Are we on to the birthday message for Paul’s mother?

Is that the next one you have there?

A hundred years old?

[Dave chuckles] Yeah.

[Denis] It’s incredible, right?

[Dave] Yeah.

I want to be a hundred years old.

[Denis] Well, take your time.

It goes faster?

Take one for Dorothy.

Hello, Dorothy.

It’s Celine here.

And I’m delighted to join Paul and all of your family

in wishing you a very happy 100th birthday.

[exhales sharply]

Such an incredible milestone.

Wishing you health and happiness, Dorothy.

Take good care.

I don’t know you, but I love you.


[Dave] That’s a great… that’s a great message.

I know it doesn’t read on camera, but…

[Dave] No, it’s…

it makes me smile.

And I’m ready. Here we go.

Yeah. Great.

Do you like the little bit of a “mm-mm”?

Yeah, I do.

Okay, if not, I got other “mm.”

No, no, that’s…

But it’s kind of…



[quiet chatter]

[♪ Celine Dion: “You’re the Voice”]

♪ You’re the voice, try and understand it ♪

♪ Make a noise and make it clear ♪

[crowd] ♪ Oh, oh, whoa ♪

♪ Oh, oh, oh, whoa…

Well, finally, around 2018,

we were putting our set list together

for the Asian/Australian tour,

and I wanted to include “You’re the Voice” so bad.

Where can I sing that song? When can I sing that song?

Ha, ha.

You want me to be in Australia, you’re gonna…

you-you’re gonna hear me sing that song.

But never I thought that I was going to sing it with him.

♪ Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh ♪

[music slows]

♪ You’re the voice, try and understand it ♪

Ladies and gentlemen, the one and only, your John Farnham!

[crowd cheering]

[Dave] “Your John Farnham.”

[song ends]

♪ When you call on me ♪

[♪ Celine Dion: “I’m Alive”]

♪ When you call on me ♪


♪ When you reach for me ♪


♪ When you reach for me ♪

♪ I get wings to fly…

When you come in a studio and you record,

it sounds great.

♪ Bless the day…

But when you go onstage, it will be greater.

[crowd cheering] There’s no mistake onstage

because there’s humanity,



And you forget your words,

and you panic for a second,

and out of the blue, they start to sing it.

[crowd cheering]

I think I have a great idea.

I want, I want all of you right here tonight,

I want you to sing this last phrase of that song with me.


[scattered shouting]



[piano playing “Because You Loved Me”]

[crowd singing along] ♪ I’m everything I am ♪

We’re so good.

[crowd cheering]

All my love.


[martial arts grunting]

[Nelson] You’re dead, you’re dead.

[dramatic groaning]

[woman] Nelson, see how Mom has her hand behind?

[Nelson] No.

[woman] That’s… well, that’s the way you do it.


[woman] Whoa, that’s-that’s all.

Ooh, my legs are already burning.

[Celine] Go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go!

[trilling shout]

Yes, sir! [whoops]

Eddy! Eddy!

Here you go, Eddy. You got a…

W-Watch Mr. Barrington, Eddy.

Mr. Barrington, watch Eddy.

[Celine speaking French] What do we say, Nelson?

Eddy, what do you want to drink?

[♪ Celine Dion: “My Heart Will Go On”]


♪ You’re here ♪

♪ There’s nothing I fear ♪

♪ And I know that ♪

♪ My heart will ♪

[audience laughter]

♪ Go on ♪

♪ We’ll stay ♪

♪ Forever this way ♪

[audience cheering]

♪ You are safe in my heart ♪

♪ And my heart will ♪

♪ Go on and on ♪

[James Corden] Ladies and gentlemen, Celine Dion!

[audience and crowd cheering]


[scattered whooping]


[audience and crowd cheering]

[Celine] I haven’t sang for two years.

I’m not quite sure if I’m gonna be capable of singing.

But I can’t live in doubt.


[warm-up vocalizations]

Emotionally, it’s very difficult.

[exhales heavily]

I will, in the next few minutes, find strength.

And if it cracks and it doesn’t work, there’s nothing I can do.

And if it works, I will be…

uh, the happiest I will be.

Everybody’s gonna be happy, but…


If I may say, I don’t… I will sound selfish, but it’s all about me.

I will be extremely happy.

Because it will be a step.

It will be that I’m making a step.

♪ Ri… Rising tide ♪

♪ Rising tide ♪


[♪ Celine Dion: “Love Again” with backup singer]

[Celine] ♪ Rising tides ♪

[voice cracking] ♪ Tears you cry every night ♪

♪ Seem never-ending ♪

♪ But that’s just life ♪

♪ The last goodbye, high and dry ♪

♪ It leaves you empty ♪

Okay, one more time, please.

[music stops]

[speaking French] Can you bring up the backup singer, please?

[Denis] And I brought your voice up a bit, too.

Sorry, it’ll take a while to adjust, and then…

[Denis] No problem.


[music resumes]

♪ Rising tides ♪

♪ Tears you cry every night ♪

♪ Seem never-ending ♪

♪ But that’s just life ♪

♪ The last goodbye, high and dry ♪

♪ It leaves you empty ♪

♪ You might think your world is ending, but it won’t ♪

♪ You might think you need to give up, but you won’t ♪

♪ ‘Cause you don’t have to move a mountain ♪

♪ Just keep moving ♪

[speaking French] Okay, mute the backup singer.

[music stops]

I’m gonna have to switch to head voice

because I don’t think it’s gonna work.

[Dave] You’re doing great, Celine.

[Denis] Yes.

We haven’t heard this for a couple of years.

It feels like music to us.

They paid a lot of money around the world to come and see our shows.

I feel like…

let’s say…

there’s an apple tree…

I’m an apple tree.


And people are in line, and I give them apples,

the best, and I shine them.

[rubs hands together]

And they all leave with a basket of apples.

[wistful music playing]


my branches are starting to fall sometimes,

get crooked.

And those branches are starting to produce a little less apples,

but there’s still as many people in line.

♪ ♪

[voice muted]

[breathes deeply]

I don’t want them to wait in line if I don’t have apples for them.

Can I do it again, please?

[music resumes]

[raspy] ♪ Ri… ♪


[music stops]

[music resumes]

♪ Rising tides ♪

[voice cracking] ♪ Tears you cry ♪

One more time.

[music stops]

I want to sing with joy.

I want to sing without thinking. I want to sing without…

um, a speed bump in my way, you know.

[Celine] Thank you.

[Dave] We’re gonna follow you.

♪ Follow you ♪

[indistinct chatter]

[Celine] Maybe I can

sing another kind of repertoire.

But then it’s gonna be their choice to…

still like me or not, you know.

[group singing “Valse adieu” in French]

[song continues]

[song fades]

[Celine] So, is that yesterday?

[Denis] So, that’s gonna be yesterday.

[speaking French] Sit down and we’ll take notes on things you don’t like.

♪ Rising ti… rising tide ♪

[♪ Celine Dion: “Love Again”]

Is it loud enough?


[Celine over speakers] ♪ Rising tides ♪

♪ Tears you cry every night ♪

♪ Seem never-ending ♪

♪ But that’s just life ♪

♪ The last goodbye, high and dry ♪

♪ It leaves you empty ♪

I don’t like it.

♪ You might think your world is ending, but it won’t ♪

♪ You might think you need to give up, but you don’t ♪

[Celine in room] ♪ But you don’t ♪

[Celine over speakers] ♪ ‘Cause you don’t have to move a mountain ♪

♪ Just keep moving ♪

♪ Every move is ♪

♪ A new emotion ♪

♪ And you don’t have to find the answer ♪

♪ Just keep trying ♪

♪ The sun will rise again ♪


♪ The storms…

[music stops]

[speaking French] Can I give it another go?

[Denis] Of course! But I need to change the recording session.

I’m plugging myself.

[cord clicks]

♪ I’m plugging myself ♪


[music resumes]

♪ Rising tides ♪

[voice cracking] ♪ Tears you cry every night ♪

♪ Seem never-ending ♪

[music stops]

Let’s try again. Same way.

[music resumes]

♪ Rising ♪

♪ Rising ♪

[music stops]

I’m trying to make it louder, and I can’t.

You know, like, I’m trying to make it louder.

[louder] ♪ Rising tide… ♪

You know, I’m trying to…

And I can’t, so…

[music resumes]

♪ ‘Cause you don’t have to move a mountain ♪

♪ Just keep moving ♪

♪ Every move is ♪

♪ A new emotion ♪

♪ And you don’t have to find the answer ♪

♪ Just keep trying ♪

♪ The sun will rise again ♪

♪ The storms subside again ♪

♪ This is not the end ♪

♪ And you will love ♪

♪ You will love ♪

♪ You will ♪

♪ Love ♪

♪ Again ♪

[music ends]

[inhales deeply]

[Dave] Oh, beautiful.

[exhales heavily]

[Denis] It is.

Merci, Celine.

[Celine over speakers] ♪ And you don’t have to find the answer ♪

♪ Just keep trying ♪

♪ The sun will rise again ♪

[Celine sings along with recording]

♪ The storms subside again ♪

♪ No, this is not the end ♪

♪ And you will love ♪

♪ Again ♪

[Celine over speakers] ♪ Summer rain ♪

♪ Day by day, sadness fades ♪

♪ The wound is healing…

[song fades]


[Celine] Sorry. Forgive me. I…

[Terrill] Not at all.

[Terrill] Are we gonna go in there?

Let’s get you to lie down on your back.

[Celine] Oops.



I just…



[Terrill] You’re not supposed to.

Just relax.

But you didn’t have any spasms yesterday.

Relax your foot.

How are your ankles? Just…

This is your first spasm for today?

Or did you have any others, too?

No, first. Yeah. Same now?

Part of the disease

is that, as soon as you go into a contraction,

sometimes it doesn’t… the signal to release it, doesn’t understand it,

so it ends up just staying into a contracted position.

So just try to relax.

So right now,

this gives us an indication that her body…

her brain right now is overstimulated and there’s something going on.

And she keeps spasming.

That could lead to a crisis.

[wistful music playing]


[Celine groaning quietly]

What I’m gonna do is we’re gonna give you

some of that Valium. Yeah.

[Celine groaning]

So she’s going into seizure.

[groaning, ragged breathing]

Celine, we’re gonna get you off to your side, okay?


So I’m gonna move you down. And remove this.

Okay, so lift your head for me, if you can.


Lift your head. Okay, I’m gonna lift you.


Ready? One, two, three.

[whimpering continues]

Brian, I need you right now.

She’s in a crisis.

[quiet, indistinct chatter]

What do we need?

Just give me the meds, please.

[bag unzips]

Can I get you…

Good. Just leave that there. Grab that… the towel.

[Brian] Yep.

So we can support her head.

Good. Let’s put it right here.

Right here if possible. Right here.


Right here.

[pained murmuring]

There you go. Good.

I’m gonna lift her body. Yeah.

If you don’t mind grabbing this bottom arm.

Which one? Underneath?

Just up under. Ready?

All right, lift her. Yeah. Ready? One, two, three.

She might be in spasm, yeah.

[Brian] I got to get her hand up. I don’t want to hurt her wrist.

Got her?


[Brian] There we go. There we go, boss.


[Brian] There we go, boss.

Celine, you’re okay. You’re okay, Celine.

Her heart’s coming down. It’s 83 now.

Good. Good.

[Brian] Hey, boss.


Put your fingers in her hand. Just in her hand.

Squeeze Bri… Brian’s hand if you can.

That a girl. Good job, boss.


So she’s still with us.

[Brian] Give me another squeeze, boss?

Thank you.


[Terrill] Good?

[Brian] We’re still with you, boss. You’re good.

[pained murmuring]

Her foot started spasming before,

and I was like, “Hmm, this is taking a lot longer.”

Then she did it again.

Happened again.

[Brian] He’s just putting that blood pressure cuff on you, boss.

[air pumping]

We’re right here with you, boss.

We’re here with you.

[groans quietly]

[Terrill] We’re gonna go a couple more minutes. Okay?

If nothing changes, we’re gonna give you the nasal spray.

[murmurs quietly] Okay?

Celine, try to calm down.

[Celine whimpering quietly]

It’s okay, Celine. Everything is okay.

Celine, you’ve got all your team here.

We’re all… we’re all with you.

Everything’s gonna be okay. Everything’s gonna be okay.


[Brian] It’s okay, boss. It’s okay.

[Terrill] Thank you.


[indistinct chatter]


Do you have pain?

Squeeze my hand if you have pain. Squeeze my hand if you have pain.

Okay. Okay.

Still there.

Now she’s breathing abnormally.

[Brian] Based on that, 91/118.

Okay. Nasal spray’s going in at 7:28.


Coming out.

It’s expressed.

[Brian] 95/118.


We’re with you, boss. We got you, boss.

[sobbing loudly]

Celine, everything’s okay.

It’s okay.

We got you, boss, okay?

[sobbing continues]

[somber music playing]

[Terrill] Good. Celine, we’re with you.

Everything’s okay.

Let’s try slowly breathing, and just concentrate on your breathing right now.


Good. Hands are starting to loosen up.

Okay, so, Celine, we’re gonna go another nasal, okay?

Okay? So you’re with us?


One, two, three.

Just a little coming out.

That was the second one. 7:40.

Celine? Squeeze my hand.

Squeeze my fingers for me.

Good. Excellent.


So we got ten minutes.

And it’s ten minutes if she doesn’t.

What did she say?

[indistinct response]

Yeah, we’ve given the second one.

Yep. We just gave it

just now at 7:40.

It’s sounding like she’s coming out.

And if she goes back into the spasm, then we’ll do a 911.

[Celine gasps, groans]

Good, Celine.

Welcome back. Everything’s good.

Hey, it’s okay. It’s okay.

Don’t worry. Don’t worry. You’re good.

Don’t worry.


Do you want us to take the cameras out right now?

Or you okay?


[weakly] I’m okay.

You’re okay? Okay, good.

♪ ♪

Every time something like this happens, um, it-it makes you feel so embarrassed

and so, like…

I don’t know how to express it.

Like, it’s just…


[Terrill] Yeah.

You know, like, to not have control of yourself, you know?


♪ ♪

[Terrill] Your nervous system now

has gone through a battering ram of everything.

And your whole body just went through a whole lot,

so we’re just gonna let you rest.

Do you think it’s because

I-I… I had a good time over there?

Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm.


Your brain was just overstimulated. Yeah.

So there’s… so these crises come on…

Well, what am I gonna do?

Well, that’s… it’s just about us getting… finding the way…


[Dave] Build up to that, being able to do that and…

So we’ll come back tomorrow?

[Terrill chuckles] No.

Because-because what’s gonna happen?

It’s like, if… if I can’t get stimulated by what I love,

and then I’m gonna go onstage and, like, uh, you gonna put the pulse oximeter on me

and you gonna turn me on my back?

[Terrill] It’s scary, I know.

It’s hard.

Your journey’s not… This is not the end of your journey.

We all know that.

But this is always that step on that journey.

All right?


You want another song?

Our ending song?


Our ending song?

Yeah, I got it.

Okay, our ending song.

The last song of the night.

Just because…

you are.

[♪ Wyn Starks: “Who Am I” over phone]

[Celine sighs] Ah!

[singing along] ♪ I’ve been closing the door ♪

♪ All my life, held it in, but not anymore ♪

♪ Got two feet on the floor ♪

♪ This is it, I’m stronger than ever before ♪

♪ Pardon my imposition ♪

♪ But this is my conviction ♪

♪ I need to get this off my mind ♪

♪ I gotta be me, gotta be I ♪

♪ Gotta be who I know I am inside ♪

♪ Can finally breathe, taking it in ♪

♪ Look at me flying ♪

♪ It’s always been there, it just took me a minute to find it ♪

♪ If I were to be anybody else, I’d just be hiding ♪

♪ Who I am ♪

♪ Who I am ♪


♪ Gotta be me, gotta be I ♪

♪ Gotta be who I know I am inside ♪

♪ Can finally breathe, taking it in ♪

♪ Look at me flying ♪

♪ It’s always been there, it just took me a minute to find it ♪

♪ If I were to be anybody else, I’d just be hiding ♪

♪ Who I am ♪

♪ Who I am ♪

♪ It’s always been there, it just took me a minute to find it ♪

♪ Who I am ♪

♪ Yeah ♪

What a song. What a song.

[song fades]

[speaking French] Damn.

[wistful music playing]

I still see myself dance and sing.

And I always find plan B and C, you know?

That’s me.

If I can’t run… [sniffles]

I’ll walk. If I can’t walk, I’ll crawl.

[sobbing softly]

But I won’t stop.

I won’t stop.

♪ ♪

[Celine scatting]

♪ But that’s just life, that’s the last goodbye ♪

♪ High and dry, it leaves you empty ♪

♪ Empty ♪

♪ You might think your world is ending, but it won’t ♪

♪ You might think you need to give up, but you don’t ♪

♪ ‘Cause you don’t have to move a mountain ♪

[snapping rhythmically]

♪ Just keep moving, moving, moving, moving ♪

♪ Just keep moving, just keep moving ♪

[piano playing “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle”]

[singing in French]

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

[song ends]

[man] Bravo!

[crowd cheering]

[lighthearted music playing]

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

[music ends]


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