"Please leave a message" is a search for the space that defines our freedom.
It's an obsession, a phobia and a human emotional story.
The protagonist, Akiko, is a young Japanese girl visiting Rome apparently as a normal tourist:
her pilgrimage follows all of the characteristic traits.
But in fact she's in the Italian city to build up a memory of a new personal world.
Akiko decides to collect objects that create a synthetic catalogue of what has deep meaning to her.
These selected items are capable of evoking parts of her life in a non nostalgic way.
After isolating herself from the rest of the society, she decides to be locked forever into this new
The only external contact Akiko has, is with her voice mail in Tokyo, which she uses as a
repository black- box of her consciousness.
By the end of this interior journey she is freed, but completely lonely.
The price of awareness is both a total self-imposed isolation and a sole imprisonment.