Flying Lessons (2010) Script

♪ I tremble ♪ I tremble, I tremble

♪ I tremble ♪ I tremble, tremble

♪ they're gonna eat me alive ♪

♪ if I stumble ♪ stumble, stumble

♪ stumble, stumble, stumble

♪ they're gonna eat me alive ♪

♪ can you hear my heart

♪ beating like a hammer

♪ beating like a hammer

♪ help, I'm alive

♪ my heart keeps beating like a hammer ♪

♪ hard to be soft

♪ tough to be tender

♪ come take my pulse

♪ the pace is on a runaway train ♪

♪ help, I'm alive

♪ my heart keeps beating like a hammer ♪

♪ beating like a hammer


Motherfucker!


( sighs )

Man: My name is Harry William pleasant.

I'm a police officer.

Uh, it's an everyday kind of thing now, my life...

Everyday kind of job And, uh, protection.

So that's what I give them, that's who I am, Protector of the peace.

( coughs )

( cell phone beeps )

( dialing )

( cell phone ringing )

( ringing, beeps )

( starts car ) ( ringtone )

( beeps )

Young woman: Hi, mom. I'm...Coming home.

Bye.


( exhales )

So, where do you live?

Lompoc.

Lompoc.

I'm sorry. Tell me your name again.

Oh. "the girl you fucked on the bus."

( laughs ) that will be my name, right?

The one you tell your friends?

The girl you fucked on the bus.

( laughs)

I'm Sophie. Benji.

Nice to meet you. Nice to meet you.

Hmm.

All right, Benji. That's me.

You goin' to lompoc?

'cause I would love a shower.

Absolutely. Yeah, let's go.

Harry.


Harry.

"sheriff," young lady, "sheriff."

Coffee black, slice of pie, Apple if you have it.

Right away, sheriff.

( door closes )

( keypad beeping )

( beeping )


Oh! My God, Sophie!

Hi. Hi. Hey!

My baby girl.

Oh, my baby girl. Come here.

Oh!

You only have one suitcase? Yeah.

Okay.

So, um...

Sorry I'm...

I'm--I mean, I'm sorry about the late notice. No, no, no. Come on in.

I hope your hungry, because I made reservations at the club.

Is-- I hope that's okay.

That's fine.

Oh, honey. You just--

You look great. Really?

Thank you. So do you.

Well, thanks. Um...

I lost ten pounds since I saw you last.

Well, a year and a half. Not exactly a miracle diet.

Um-- um--

I'm just-- oh, yeah, yeah, yeah.

If you want to go ahead and get settled in, um, your room is all made up.


What happened to that eye?

Hmm.

Senior pictures.

Remember those senior class pictures?

Donnie gibbs, that son of a bitch, Gives me a cheap elbow.

First day of basketball practice, big shiner.

My right eye, all black and blue.

And my mother tells me, "harry pleasant...

"take a good look at this picture.

"your whole life, every time we look at you

"we're going to see this black eye.

Your whole life."

( chuckles )

Yeah.

You remember him?

Donnie? Donnie gibbs.

No.

No, I don't, Harry.

To having you home.

To...

Honor. All right.

May you get on 'er and stay on 'er.

If you can't come in 'er, come on 'er.

That's a new one.

( awkward chuckle )

Hmm.

So, how's Jason?

Jay. Jay. Jay.

Administrative assistant. Musician.

Musician. I knew that, and, um, that--

Musician. Musician.

That sounds so fun. What--what does he play?

We broke up, actually.

When did this happen?

Man, this is cold.

Wait, wait, wait. Wait, wait. Wait.

Sweetie...Where are you living, then?

Um, I'm--I'm looking at a couple of places.

Well, that's great. Yeah. Yeah.

Are you working, or...

You know what? Can we just...Skip this part?

You know what, I'm your mother.

These are the questions I'm supposed to ask you, so...

Mother away.

You need money, don't you?

Yeah. Yeah, yeah.

How much--how much do you need this time?

I guess, like, I need, like, $5,000, That would be, like, first month, last month, Security deposit kind of thing.

What?

Nothing. I just--

I'm sorry, I just... Thought maybe you came home to see me.

Listen...Honey.

Have you thought about maybe just..

Moving home for a while?

Um, I'm not moving home.

Why? Why not? Why not? I'm not moving home.

Because I'm in the middle of things right now. What things?

Things. My life, mom. I'm in the middle of my life.

Shh!

You know...Sophie, Hard as it is for you to imagine, There are bigger problems to solve right now...

Than your life.

Yep.

Well, I'm, um, not hungry.

Please, please. Please don't. Please don't leave. Pl--

( silverware clatters )

♪ and I have never met

♪ anyone quite like you

♪ makes me feel like I could do those sort of things ♪

♪ I never thought I'd be able to ♪

♪ and I have never met anyone quite like you ♪

♪ and if you don't... Sophie?

( Sophie laughs )

Surprise, surprise.

Yeah, it is.

Yeah.

What are you doing here?

I was just driving.

You're parked.

I pulled over.

The engine is not on.

Huh.

Did you, uh, forget about me?

Yeah.

Liar.

What are you doing here, Sophie?

Got lost.

Liar.

Come on...

Monkey.

Why so serious?

I'm gonna get back.

( mouthing words )


Oh!

( laughs, groans )

( shouts )

( fence clanking )

( breathing heavily )

( grunting )

( shouts, groans )

( knocks on door )

( pats hood, laughs )

This thing still doesn't run?

No.

You should just get rid of it.

I don't know.

Probably gonna fix it up first.

You've been saying that since High School.

You look different.

Skinny.

( chuckles )

I heard, you know.

About you and Milla.

Think I wouldn't find out?

You can deny it. I'll believe you.

( clears throat )

How's your mom?

She, uh...

Said she wanted me to move home.

But...

I told her I couldn't.

And I'm....Taking off tomorrow.

Things to do.

Mom writes you a check, and...

She's off. Things to do.

Yeah, well, she cut me off, actually. So...

Well, uh...

How's, uh... ( counting bills )...

How's three dollars?

Three dollars. Well...

Billy, I don't--

I can't take your lunch money, Billy.

Are you happy here?

Kissing you used to make me happy.

Soph. Stop.

Hmm. Stop. Stop.

Stop. Stop.

( laughs )

Soph...It's okay.

( sniffling ) no.

Nothing's okay.

( mother groaning )

Mom?!

I'm in here, Sophie.

Mom!

Mom! I'm okay.

I'm all right, honey.

Oh...

God, honey.

You don't remember me.

No, I do.

Everything okay?

My mom fell.

How bad?

She'll heal.

Friend of mine's getting a little cut stitched up over his eye.

Took quite a bit of convincing to get him here.

Normally that ain't nothing except for the fact that he--

He's...

Except for what?

Except for the fact that he doesn't remember how it happened.

He gets confused.

He wanders off.

I been staying with him nights, But it's gotten to a point where if I don't find somebody to look after him during the day I might have to put him in a home.

( sighs ) how much does it pay?

Nurse: Mrs. Conway.

Mother: God.... Where's that cream?

Where's the cream?

Ahh!

Oh, shit.

It's nothing.

I'm fine. I'm not-- I'm not asking you to stay.

No-- thank you, honey.

I'll get used to those crutches, So if you want to go, just-- just go.

It's only two months. Thank you, honey.

Ohh. And I know what I said in the car, but listen, Listen, I'm not asking you to stay, okay?

You got your whole life back in Los Angeles.

I'm not about to ask you to put everything on hold for me. I mean, that's ridiculous.

I mean, I wouldn't do that, because I'm not that kind of person. I'm just--

Mom. What?

I was thinking I would stay... And get a job.

Honey. Sweetie, you could--

I told you I'm not going back to dartmouth, So can you please just drop it?

I know. Shh. I won't. Sorry.

If I stay...

Just promise me we don't have to talk about it.

I promise.


( knocks )

Sophie? Hey.

Why don't you come inside?

( phone line ringing ) woman: Conway Jennings office.

Hi, yeah, this is Caroline Conway calling.

I was just wondering if Steven was there.

Yes, hold one moment, please.

Thank you.

( intercom buzzes ) Hmm?

Steven? Caroline Conway, line one.

Uh, just a second.

( sighs )

( groans softly )

All right, put her through.

( phone rings )

This is Steven.

Hi. Caroline.

Hi. What a nice surprise.

Well, actually, I was just kind of hoping you could stop by the house.

What, today?

I was thinking like around, uh, around two o'clock.

Uh, two, two...

Um...

Yeah. That-- that should work out fine.

Oh, great.

I'll see you then.

All right, bye-bye.

( sighs )

( car starts )

Aaah!

Aahh aaah aaah aah!

Aaah aah aaah aah!

Aaah!

( breathing heavily )

You're alive.

You're alive.

These people, I don't know who they are. Those...

They say he'll get worse. What's wrong with him?

( chuckles )

According to Harry? Nothing.

According to the doctors he has Alzheimer's disease.

I make his breakfast, so it'd be lunch, Maybe dinner, depending on what time I get back. Mm-hmm.

Don't worry about his bath. I'll take care of that, unless you--

Oh. (laughs)

No, that's... That's cool.

It's--really, it's just... Keeping an eye on things.

Okay.

Harry: Oughta be able to figure 'em out...

Harry.

....Too damn many of them.

Harry?

This is Sophie.

Okay. I guess I'll let you two get to know each other.

Good luck.

( door opens, closes )

Harry?

Can I use your restroom?

Upstairs at the end of the hall.


♪ ( music box plays )

( music continues )

Bathroom's the next one down!

( music box off ) sorry.

( music box resumes )

Cheers.

( chuckles )

Apart from the gimp, how ya doin'?

'07 was so much better.

I heard about the appeal.

Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah.

Benefits denied.

Yep, it's been a year and a half, And everybody in this gossipy fuckin' town Is still saying that Andy killed himself.

I don't think they... They all think that, ya know?

Well, the insurance company thinks that.

Well, that's what they do, these insurance companies.

I mean, they just... They drag these things out.

You know, Steven, I was driving by the office the other day, Mm-hmm. And I couldn't help but notice My name was still on the sign.

I was promised a monthly payment, By you, by the bank, There was a whole schedule worked out. Remember?

We're just way past time, okay?

Andy's interest in the firm falls to me, right?

I'd like to help you, really I would, but...

So...

What are you saying?

You just have to be patient.

( humorless laughter ) just a little while longer.

Sure.

Another year?

What is it?

Huh?

Um, I'm in a little bit of trouble here, Steven.

What kind of trouble?

Uh, just, um, behind on the mortgage a little bit, And the creditors are-- are circling.

I mean, I guess I could, uh...

Could sell the house, uh, or, I don't know...What, um--

Fucking foreclosure.

How far behind are you?

Three months.

Let me talk to some people, and, uh.. Who? Who?

Who can you talk to?

I know some people down at the bank.

I'll go chat with them and we'll see if we can figure this out, okay?

Don't worry.

All right?

What are you doing?

I've missed you.

Oh, God, you're a terrible liar.

Oh, no, no, no. I'm serious.

I've tried... I've tried...

But it's true.


( crickets chirping )

Hey.

Hey.

So...I'm staying.

Okay.

I just wanted to tell you that.

Okay.


Harry: They're gone!

Whoa! Harry...

You're not wearing any pants, okay?

They're gone! The box of pictures are gone!

Okay. How about you put on some clothes?

All--all right?

Harry, are you decent yet?

( cabinet doors closing )

Harry?

Hey, hey, hey! What are you doing? Hey, Harry. Harry.

Are these it?

I had 'em! You mean the pictures?

Are these-- are these it? I had a-- what?

Where did you--

Where did you-- where'd you find this?

It was in the oven.

The oven!

The oven?!

Yeah. Oh!

Friends for fifty-plus--

For--for thirty-plus years with that old man.

I never would have guessed the oven.

I--

Who would have thought the oven?

Ahh.

My, uh...

My, uh...Records And my mail...

Sometimes even my socks, in the freezer.

( chuckles ) and he says I'm the one who needs help.

It's all these...

All the letters, they said, uh...

All these things...

All these things.

They said, uh...

Ma-make a scrapbook, Uh...

Ohh.

Huh.

This is Lucy.

She's my daughter.

How could you forget your daughter?

Hey.

Thank you.

Cheers. Cheers.

Harry, you want some help?

You want to help?

Hand me that, uh...

Uh...The sticky thing, uh...

Uh...

The--

Ahh.

That's bernice.

She died last year at mission villa.

I'm sorry.

She wanted me to go there too.

It's all she ever talked about, So we pretty much stopped talkin'.

Well, I've had all the crime fighting I could handle for one day.

So you get out of here. It's a beautiful day out there.

( chuckles ) oh, wait.

Oh. Thanks.

Bye, Harry!

See ya.

I don't know about selling this place.

Really?

Yeah. I mean...

Sure, it's an option, but, uh...

The more I think about it, Selling's not a good idea, not in this market.

Yeah?

Yeah, you're probably right.

( sighs ) anyway, who's gonna buy it?

I mean, who-- who are we kidding?

Right? This house?

It's a beautiful home.

Do you remember when you were a kid There was always this one house, right?

I mean, it was haunted or there was a witch living inside of it Or it was where a man...

( sighs ) where a man killed himself.

Remember? Yeah.

I've been living in that house for eighteen months.

I mean--

You have no idea. Sometimes I have to Actually hide behind the curtains Because there's this whole stream of little kids and their bicycles Lining up on my driveway, and they're pointing and trying to get a look And they're saying, "ooh! That's where the man killed himself, mommy, That's where the man killed himself."

Tell you what. Hmm?

Let me pay your mortgage.

What?!

( laughs ) no. I'm serious.

No, no, no, no. Steven-- really. Look--

I'll just bring you up to date just until we can figure this out, okay?

You asked me for my help; let me help.

Hmm.

Sophie, hi!

Steven: Hello, Sophie. You're home early.

"oh, thanks, mom, I'm--I'm good."

Bye, sweetie!


Bye-bye!

Girls, you did a good job--

Oh! You okay?

Oh, my goodness. Okay, bye.

Hey. Hey.

Come here. Oh.

God, your mom told me you were teaching.

Yeah. First year point.

Wow.

God!

So, how are you? How's--how's L.A.?

It's good. L.A.'s...Good.

It's amazing, actually.

Are you dancing?

Yeah. Yeah. Well, I mean, auditioning.

How long are you home?

Um...I don't even know.

My mom just fell and broke her leg.

I'm sorry.

About what?

It just happened.

Listen...

I'm not mad. I'm...

I'm not anything.

Yes, you are.

Oh, my God.

Look, I was-- I was gonna call you back.

It's just with teaching and...Annie...

How is Annie?

She's almost four.

You want to go do something?

I can't.

I have to pick Annie up from the sitter.

Sure.

But we should.

Yeah. Yeah.

We should.

It's good to see you.

You too.

This town still dead?

I like it here.

You've never left.

I've left.

We were gonna graduate High School and move to New York.

Me, you and Milla.

It was gonna be beautiful. We were convinced.

Well, you were convinced.

I wanted to sing, Dance, you know...

( laughs ) anything except dartmouth.

Well, New York was your dream.

And your dream was what?

Maybe my dream was you.

Thanks.

So...

I got a job.

Fuck you. Don't laugh.

( laughing )

You're not supposed to laugh. I'm serious. I--I got a job.

I'm working for this old guy named Harry pleasant.

Which I think is a very cool name.

What?

Nothin'.

Have you talked to your dad?

No. Got out and he didn't come home.

Sorry.

I'm not. Yeah, he's a fuckin' loser.

( exhales )

Well, how's your mama?

My mom's got me.

Do you remember that time we got busted?

In the pool? Mm-hmm.

You asked me if it was true what people said about my dad.

And I remember...

I remember I wanted to say no.

I mean, I remember I wanted to say something, And before I could, you said, "fine, As long as we don't have to talk about my parents either."

I really liked that about you, Sophie.


Uh, Sophie?

What?

That was really rude of you today.

I don't like him. What do you want me to say?

(slurring) yeah, Sophie, that much is clear.

That "mush" is clear? Really?

(mocking) that mush is clear?

Have another glass of fucking wine.

He's an asshole, okay? He's disgusting.

He's...He's ugly.

No. Not ugly.

Fine, he's Steve fucking McQueen.

The point is, he's helping you with the mortgage.

Gee, I wonder why.

( scoffs ) ( door slams )

( game show droning on tv )

Harry?

Harry?

Harry--

More coffee?

No, just the check, please.

Sorry. Billy.

( door opens )

Hi there. Excuse me, I have to pee.

Ohh.

Oh, God.

( sniffling )

God, I was--I--

I thought he was taking a nap. I know.

I was so worried. Is he okay?

He's fine. He's home.

I--I just--you know, you just turn around for a second, It's like-- Sophie.

This isn't gonna work, is it?

What, you're, uh...

You're just firing me?

What, you didn't think I would notice?

I can't leave him here with you like this.

And I can't have him out there.

He's not out there, okay?

He wouldn't be just out there. I--

I can keep him safe.

Fine. You know what? Whatever. Fuck it.

Fuck it.

♪ darling, please don't go

♪ eyes in heaven below

♪ and when the winds go

♪ finally a storm

♪...

( knocking )

Do you have a minute?

I messed up.

I know that.

And...

I really need this job.

I need to--

I promise I'll keep him safe.

Sophie, you can't. You're-- Harry: She found my pictures.

She did.

In the oven.

She found 'em, like she said.

So there it is.

Sophie: Okay, home stretch here.

Oh. Um...Gotcha.

( chuckles ) sorry.

Don't you have, like, a-- like, a regular...Razor?

Well, that's--

That's Navy issue, about as regular as they come.

Oh....Right.

Hold on.


First lieutenant, second wing.

That's you?

F-86. Navy pilot.

That's Korea.

Two days before they come with everything.

Get to be my age, most things you can't remember.

You think I'm crazy?

No. I don't think you're crazy, Harry.

It's okay. That's what he told ya.

I feel that way anyhow.

But sometimes I'm not.

And that's when I'm thinkin'...

The pictures in your head...

You see...

You have to make peace.

Because...

Tomorrow is always tomorrow...

And...

Today-- here.

That's--that's Korea.

Two days before they come with everything.

Like flying all over again.

So.

What?

You wanna?

No.

Why?

Because.

( laughs )


Are you gonna stare at me all night or are you gonna come in?

Pussy.


Man: Hey!

Harry: They say at first it's just the little things.

Names, dates...

But then the dates become years...

Names becomes faces...

The faces become whole people, Like they never even existed.

I lied, you know.

When I first met you...

I thought you were cute.

But...

To piss off my parents, you were perfect.

Really.

Really.

It was a good plan.

Thank you very much.

So what's the plan now?

I don't know.


( mutters )

How's Sophie doing?

She got a job. Oh, yeah?

Yep, yep, working for a retired police officer.

You're kidding. Who woulda thought, right?

Sophie, talking to the police.

You know...

I made those detectives Talk to every person that Andy knew.

Well, you know that, right?

And every single person said...

That no, no, He wouldn't do that, right?

I mean, it was impossible. No way.

I mean, everybody gave statements.

Everybody except Sophie.

Well, you know, the, uh...

The insurance company's decision isn't final, Caroline.

If she were... To remember something, Anything at all... Believe me, I know.

All I'm saying is, it's a lot of money.

What, you don't think I've asked her?

I've asked her, therapists have asked her, There's no-- there's just--

There's nothing.

You're just gonna have to face it.

Sophie: Harry?

I'm your father.

Who are you talking to?

We don't have to tell her.

Harry, you want to sit down for a minute?

Hmm.

Bernice wants to tell her.

She insists that we tell her.

That's hers.

That's Lucy's.

See?

It's beautiful. Yeah.

You look a lot like her...

My Lucy.

Yes. Okay, no. What else?

( sighs ) no, I did not lose the list.

Because I'm looking at it! I have it right here in my hand!

I have to go.

Thank you.

Ahh.

You hung up on her, didn't you?

Yep.

Yep, Andy was always at the gym too.

Okay, so, what's your big plan?

Have you ever thought about selling Andy's shares in Conway Jennings?

I don't know. How much do you think they're worth?

I don't know. I'd have to see.

Okay, well...Why don't you go ahead and do that?

Well, maybe I will. Okay, then.

Okay, fine. Okay.

Oh.

Where are my keys?

Sophie: Harry. Where are my keys?

Where--huh? Sit down.

It's almost time for your morning show.

Where are my keys?!! I can't let you leave.

I can't be late for work! Please, give me my keys! Calm down, it's okay.

I know you--I know you took my keys! Harry.

I know you did! I'll take you.

I'm begging you. Everything's gonna be all right.

Okay. Okay?

Yeah, no. I'll take you.

Yeah. Okay?

Okay.

Okay. Take your coat.

Yeah.

( sighs ) my keys.

Huh? You don't have to drive.

I'm gonna drive. Okay? Okay.

Okay.

Watch your step. Bye.

Harry: Where-- where we goin'?

Sophie: Harry, it's a surprise.

Harry: They called us "the aces."

You see, the wing break away from the plane...

Catch up with the truth pretty quick, you know you're comin' down with it.

In a flash, it's all around you, The thunder...

Bumblebees in the sky...

You land there in the water...

And it's...Quiet.

Like sinking under the knives...

Over and over again, dull knives against your...

Legs and your arms.

Like big waves cutting you down.

Had to try...

Really try just to breathe.

Well, eventually you...

You give in, you stop.

And you never forget.

The parachute...

Through the parachute I could see the surface...

The carrier on fire...

A little warm...

And then it turned over.

And something...

Something inside me...

Harry, are you okay?

I finally surfaced with everything I had left.

And the bombs and explosions all around me Like a million sunrises all at once.

And you never do...

You never do...

Forget...

The beauty.

The beauty.

You never want to forget.

( line ringing )

Steven: Hi, this is Steven.

Leave a message and I'll get back to you. Thank you.

I missed him.

I'm mean, I didn't really know it till...I saw him, But I did.

So...How are you?

How's Kevin?

No Kevin. Mm-mm.

Maybe for a second, but no.

Um, I mean, he sees Annie on the weekends, And he's a great dad, But he's... He's just not--

Who's not? You guys talking about me?

( laughs )

Cheers. No.

Not at all? No.

Shot!

All right, I gotta pee.

Ohh. I'm done.

Sophie?

Hey.

Benji.

You're here.

Yeah, we're doing irish car bombs, Just drop a shot of whiskey in a glass of beer and chug it.

It's like a big shot, if you want to join us.

Will you take me home?

Billy: Soph!

Sophie!

Soph!

We can't.

It's all I think about.


You want me?

Jesus Christ, yes. Okay, I want you.

( moaning )

Take this off. Take this off.

( moaning )

Oh!

Oh, yes.

Just--just stop, all right?

What the fuck is wrong with you?!

Just take me home.

( zipping pants )

Oh...

Okay.

All right, I'll call ya.

All right. All right?

( sighs )


How was your night?

Good. How was yours?

Warren beatty was on leno.

Really. Mm-hmm.

( knocking )

You clean up good, Harry.

Oh, yeah, well...(laughs)... I thought I'd try it on.

Are we, uh, are we going somewhere special?

No, not me. Lucy.

Every year she comes on my birthday, And, uh, sometimes-- sometimes she dances with me.

( knock on door )

I don't want to talk to you.

Look, I'm sorry, okay?

I think you should leave. No.

I'm still here, Sophie.

I'm still here.

I'm not the one who leaves.

And that's my fault how?

No, that's not what I'm saying.

Then what are you saying?

I love you.

You do?

Why?

Because I do.

Well, I don't love you.

I don't.

Except I know you do.


( rings doorbell )

Sorry about that, Harry.

It's because she can't have kids. Bernice.

We've been trying for years.

Now she wants to adopt.

Harry: And you talk about these things--

Suddenly find yourself talking about these things, All these things you never wanted to talk about.

Should we not tell her?

My Lucy?

When the time is right...

But it's never right.

It's never the time.

And my advance, when can I expect that?

Within 24 hours. Oh.

Right here.

She's my Lucy.

She's my Lucy.

Now the mother wants to meet her and say hello, And I'm not even her real father.

Harry: Lyin' to everyone all these years...

Here I am trying to make the rules.

Be careful. Look both ways! ( tires screeching )

If your father was not the person you thought he was, Is that something you'd want to know?

My father's dead. He died.

Do you remember him?

You see?

That's what I'm afraid of.

( car door closes )

It was me and you.

It was supposed to be me and you getting out of this town, And then what, I miss a pill?

I don't even know.

What I do know is that It wasn't me and you anymore, Sophie; it was you.

I wanted one thing that you had, And the only thing that you left behind...

Was Billy.

He doesn't want me.

He wants you. He has always wanted you.

You gotta believe me.

I'm sorry.

I'm so sorry.

Milla.

( sighs deeply )

I don't know what to do.

( laughs )

( laughs )

Do you love him?

( revving engine )

Soph.

Hey.

Hey.

So...

I think I have it all figured out.

The, uh, the plan.

Come with me to New York.

Why won't you?

That man you work for...

Yeah?

Harry pleasant.

His daughter.

Lucy?

You wanted to know what he did, my dad.

When that girl was twenty-one, Lucy...

He hit her.

He was drunk.

Doesn't even remember it.

He hit her with this car.

This car.

And she died.

I tell everyone that he's a loser.

I tell everyone that I hate him.

None of that's true.

I don't hate him.

Maybe he's never gonna come home.

He's probably not gonna ever come home.

But I don't hate him.

I miss him.

I really miss him.

( sniffling )

I love you.

Even when I wasn't here...

Even when I couldn't say it.

( sniffling )

You're not him, Billy.

We're not them.

Not these things.

These aren't our things.

Yes, they are.

They are.

♪ good-bye, my hopeless dream I'm trying not to think about you ♪

♪ can't you just let me be? ♪

♪ so long, my luckless romance ♪

♪ my back

♪ is turned on you Sophie.

♪ shoulda known you'd bring me heartache ♪ I'm sorry.

♪ oh, most lovers always do ♪

Good morning.

Good morning.

I, uh...

Have a little surprise for you.

What? Come here.

Voila.

Isn't this what you wanted?

Yeah. No, I mean-- well, do you need more?

God, no. I-- is that what it is?

Well, then I'm not understanding.

Thank you. You're welcome.

I'm sorry, I have to go to work. I'm late.

I'm sorry.

( humorless chuckle )

Harry? Hmm?

Will you come sit with me a minute?

Yeah.

So...

I...

I made you something.

Oh. (laughs )

Yeah. Uh...

( both laugh )

Happy Birthday.

Oh. (chuckles)

Well...

Oh...

Oh.

Oh, my--

Oh.

Harry...

( chuckles )

I'm gonna be leaving soon.

Oh.

I'm gonna have to find a good place to hide this, Or bernice will steal it.

( dialing )

( line ringing ) ( sighs)

( ringing ) come on, come on, come on, come on.

Woman: Stanton, Morrison, Phillips.

Yeah, I'm-- I'm trying to reach Conway Jennings.

This is Stanton, Morrison-- yeah, I can hear you.

I'd like to-- how can I help you, ma'am?

Yeah, um, I'm looking for a Steven Jennings.

( telephone rings )

This is Steven. Caroline: Hey, Steven.

I'm, um, I'm sitting here holding...A letter Saying that I am four months now behind in my mortgage, And, um, I mean, I-- I should just throw this away Because you paid it.

Look, this really isn't a good time right now.

Wait, wait. Who is Stanton, Morrison & Phillips, anyway?

I sold the firm, Caroline, all right? I had to.

W-when? Yesterday.

I had to while it was still worth something.

Okay, uh, well, that's-- that's great.

Um, so how much do I get?

Well, it's, um...

It's a little bit more complicated than that.

It's not fucking complicated.

Where is my fucking money?

Look, Caroline...

I've got family, okay? I got responsibilities.

What the fuck are you talking about?

Caroline, we both know that this is not--

Stop. Stop. Please, just stop.

Please. Can I see you?

Can I just see you? You can come over, okay?

(crying) can I see you? Please, can I see you?

Just...Come over, okay?

I'm just home. Sophie's out. We've just come--

( slams down phone )

( dial tone )

( 1940s dance music plays on hi-fi )

You said that Lucy would dance with you.

Will you dance with me?


( music box plays )


She's not coming, is she?

No, I don't think she is.


You look a lot like her.


What are you doing?

I'm thinking of redoing the room.

(slurring) maybe a little more modern.

What do you think?

I think you're...Drunk.

Yeah, I guess I am. Want to know why?

I don't know. Because it's a Wednesday?

No, I'm--

I'm drunk because I'm all alone.

And pretty soon... Very soon...

I'm gonna be all alone with no place to be all alone.

What do you mean?

You were right about Steven, honey.

It was all a big lie.

And I signed off on it.

( sighs )

Remember this jacket?

It was your daddy's.

Mmm.

He always wore it to the ballet, remember?

You said we wouldn't talk about him.

I'm all alone here, Sophie.

I can't fix this.

What do you want from me?

You mean other than acting like you could give a shit?

Okay.

Those questions that they asked you were not all that--

No, no. I'm not going back into it, mom.

Sophie, just-- just--just listen.

You said you wouldn't do this.

That insurance money...

I need money-- you said you wouldn't do this.

I know. Mom, you said you wouldn't.

I know, I know, I know.

Just if there was something that you could tell them.

There's not!

(stammering ) a statement, anything, If they could just ask you a few questions, a few more questions.

I've already told you there's nothing to remember, and that is never gonna change!

I need that fucking money.

That's fine.

No, it's fine.

I'll just sell it all. Is that what you want?

Everything we have to the highest bidder.

That's fine.

Honey, please, I just--

All...All they want to know...

All they want to know...

Is that you saw him, honey.

You--you saw, right?

And he was...

He was okay, he was-- he was fine.

I mean, he wasn't...

He wasn't suicidal, for God's sake, I mean, that wasn't-- that wasn't daddy.

What?

What? I wanted it to be a surprise...

So I came home early.

I saw a light on in the barn.

( coughing in distance )

( man sobbing )

I didn't even...

Know that dad had a gun.

He told me that he loved me.

And that I was... A good girl.

And he told me to go inside.

And I said, "no matter what it is, We can just forget about it and start over."

No, I don't believe you. You're lying.

Then he asked me where you were.

Ha. I was at dinner.

No, you weren't.

I saw you.

( dialing )

( line ringing )

( door opens )

Whoa! ( laughing )

What are you saying?

You were always with him. Dad knew.

Shut up!

I told him that if he was gonna do it that he should do it...

Operator: 911. Please state your emergency.

...But I wasn't going inside.


( door opens, closes )

Thanks.

Harry: Hmm.

1972 Ford ranchero 500.

Beautiful car.


♪ on my back

♪ fall asleep

♪ never know what it means to dream ♪

♪ on my back

♪ fall asleep

♪ never know what it means to dream... ♪

My cab's here.

New York, huh?

Yeah.

Wow.

So, uh, call me when you get there?

I think about him too, you know.

I think about him.

I think about him every day.

Just like you.

Every day.

Every moment.

Sophie...Sophie...

He was sick, honey.

It wasn't your fault. You couldn't have stopped him.

You couldn't have, there was nothing you could have done.

It wasn't your fault.

I know.

Listen, um...

I'll call you when I get there.

Okay.

I'll, uh, get the door for you.

Bye, mom.

Harry: Before I started losing 'em I was pretty sure that, when you get down to it, The facts, I'm sayin', Memories are all you really have.

They're all that make you real or...

Separate you from what comes next.

( starts car )

Without memories you don't really exist, All you are hasn't even... Happened yet...

...Your future.

Like an anchor, kinda, Keepin' a foothold on what's what and who's who.

But now I'm not so sure.

That's all just bad thinkin', because...

How's a man supposed to fly?

Live his life? I mean...

...If he's got everything anchored down in yesterday?

Doesn't give tomorrow much of a chance...

Now, does it?


♪ tie my shoelaces

♪ just to see me fall

♪ the bloodshot eyes of a porcelain doll ♪

♪ and entertain me

♪ laugh at my expense

♪ the quiet scares me much more ♪

♪ oh at last, do it with grace ♪

♪ I feel I'm falling down

♪ and with no time erased

♪ no regrets, mama

♪ no mistakes

♪ one act of kindness deserves another ♪

♪ I will catch you, babe

♪ steal the moon just to watch and find some peace ♪

♪ at the road where love and laughter meet ♪

♪ I will miss thee, daddy

♪ oh, can't you hear?

♪ flying high under trepid fear ♪

♪ oh at last, do it with grace ♪

♪ I feel I'm falling down

♪ and with no time erased

♪ no regrets, mama

♪ no mistakes

♪ one act of kindness deserves another ♪

♪ I will catch you, babe


♪ I'm yours if you

♪ have courage to be true

♪ I'm yours if you

♪ have courage to be true

♪ I'm yours if you-oo-oo-oo

♪ have courage to be true


♪ I feel I'm falling down

♪ and with no time erased

♪ no regrets, mama

♪ no mistakes

♪ one act of kindness deserves another ♪

♪ and I will promise