Lantana (2001) Script

CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY LIONS GATE ENTERTAINMENT

[INSECTS BUZZING]

[BUZZING GROWS LOUDER]


[INSECTS BUZZING]


[MAN AND WOMAN BREATHING HEAVILY]

[BOTH MOANING]

OH, YEAH.

OHH.

YOU OK?

YEAH. I'VE LOST MY EARRING.

WHAT'S IT LOOK LIKE?

IT'S A PEARL ONE.

OH, IT SHOULD TURN UP.

YEAH. I'M JUST FOND OF THEM BECAUSE MY HUSBAND GAVE THEM TO ME.

YOU SHOULD PROBABLY GO.

I, UH...

REALLY ENJOYED THAT.

YEAH. SO DID I.


[TURNS OFF ENGINE]

[MEN SINGING IN SPANISH]

JUST LIKE WE DO.


[DIFFERENT SONG PLAYING]

[TURNS OFF MUSIC]

LEON. LEON.

THIS IS ABOUT SEX.

IT'S ABOUT A MAN AND A WOMAN JOINED GROIN TO GROIN.

YOU GET IT?

[MUSIC PLAYING]

[MEN SINGING IN SPANISH]

COME HERE.

NO, NO, NO.

LIKE THIS.


[LAUGHS]

[BREATHING HEAVILY]

[GROANING]

[BREATHING HEAVILY]

MOM?

Mom: I'M IN HERE.

I HAVEN'T GOT ANY CLOTHES.

HAVE YOU LOOKED ON YOUR BEDROOM FLOOR?

YEAH, BUT I MEAN CLEAN ONES.

PICK THEM UP, I'LL CLEAN THEM, OK?

YEAH. WHY ARE YOU JOGGING, DAD?

I WANT TO GET FIT.

YEAH? WHAT FOR?

I DON'T WANT TO DIE.

WELL, YOU ARE GOING TO DIE.

YEAH, BUT I DON'T WANT TO DIE JUST YET.

MOM, CLOTHES?

THEN STOP JOGGING.

HELLO? MOM, CLOTHES?

WHAT AM I GOING TO WEAR?

[SIGHS]

Boy: SEE YOU, MOM.

SEE YOU, DAD.

SEE YOU.

[MOM KISSES]

HAVE A GOOD DAY.

OK. YOU, TOO.

SEE YOU, DAD. SEE YOU TONIGHT.

HEY, HEY, HEY, HEY. WHAT ABOUT ME?

DAD, I'M 16 NOW.

SO, WHAT ARE YOU TELLING ME? YOU'RE A MAN NOW?

WELL, NO, BUT...

[KISSES] HAVE A GOOD DAY, DAD.

YEAH. YOU, TOO.

IS THERE SOME POINT WHERE A SON STOPS KISSING HIS FATHER?

APPARENTLY.

POLICE!

[SHOUTING]

[GRUNTING]

[GRUNTING STOPS]

YOU WENT IN A BIT HARD.

THE GUY DEALS DRUGS. HE'S SCUM.

YEAH, BUT HE WASN'T GOING ANYWHERE.

WHAT'D YOU EXPECT ME TO DO?


[SIGHS]

YOU SEEING ANYONE?

NOT WITH THE HOURS I KEEP.

YOU COULD'VE MET SOMEBODY ON THE FORCE.

MALE COPS ARE LOUSY IN BED.

THERE IS SOMEONE.

HE EATS IN THE SAME RESTAURANT AS I DO.

HAVE YOU SPOKEN TO HIM YET?

WE'VE EXCHANGED GLANCES.

OOH.

IT'S A START.

HOW'S SONJA?

SHE'S GOOD.

I HAVEN'T SEEN HER AROUND FOR A WHILE.

YEAH, WELL...

SHE'S BUSY, YOU KNOW, WITH THE BOYS AND WORK.

TELL HER I SAID HI.

I WILL.

Woman: HAVE YOU TOLD HIM YOU'RE NOT HAPPY?

[SCOFFS]

I WOULD'VE THOUGHT THAT MAYBE HE WOULDN'T NEED TO BE TOLD.

[LAUGHS]

THAT DEPENDS ON HOW GOOD AN ACTOR YOU ARE.

WELL, I GUESS I MUST BE PRETTY GOOD.

HOW DO YOU WANT YOUR MARRIAGE TO BE?

PASSIONATE.

AND--AND...

CHALLENGING AND--AND HONEST.

ISN'T IT HONEST?

NOT EMOTION...

NOT EMOTIONALLY, IT ISN'T.

IT JUST FEELS...

LIKE WE'RE...

YOU KNOW, LIKE WE'RE JUST...

[SIGHS]

GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS, YOU KNOW?

AND I WANT MORE...

I WANT MORE THAN THAT.

Man: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE WELCOME DR. VALERIE SOMERS.

[APPLAUSE]

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE DIES DOWN]

WE DON'T KNOW WHAT TO FEEL ANYMORE, WE DON'T KNOW WHAT'S RIGHT OR WRONG ANYMORE--

THE CONFUSED CRY OF THE MODERN AGE.

WE ASK, "WHAT CAN WE BELIEVE IN?

WHAT SHOULD WE BELIEVE IN?"

OUR POLITICIANS?

HARDLY.

OUR PRIESTS?

YOU'D BE AMAZED AT HOW MANY CLIENTS COME TO SEE ME BECAUSE THEY ONCE BELIEVED IN A PRIEST.

IT'S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE THAT WAY, BUT IT IS.

WHAT, THEN? OUR PARENTS?

HOME IS A SANCTUARY...

FOR A PRIVILEGED FEW.

FOR MOST, IT'S A BATTLEGROUND.

IT'S NOT MEANT TO BE LIKE THAT, BUT IT IS.

LOVE?

CAN WE BELIEVE IN LOVE?

FEEL SAFE IN IT?

LOVING SOMEONE MEANS WE HAVE TO RELINQUISH POWER, DOESN'T IT? IT'S MUTUAL SURRENDER.

BUT HOW CAN THIS TAKE PLACE?

TRUST.

TRUST IS AS VITAL TO HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS AS BREATH IS TO LIFE.

AND JUST AS ELUSIVE.

2 YEARS AGO, MY 11-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER WAS MURDERED.

HER NAME WAS ELEANOR.

THIS WASN'T SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN, BUT IT DID.

IT SEEMED TO GO WELL.

I WAS WORRIED YOU WEREN'T GOING TO BE THERE.

I SAID I WOULD BE.

[CRICKETS CHIRPING]

DO YOU WANT A WHISKEY?

NO. I'VE GOT AN EARLY CLIENT.

LISTEN, WHY DON'T WE TAKE SEPARATE CARS IN THE MORNING?

I'VE GOT A LATE MEETING, AND THAT WAY YOU WON'T HAVE TO WAIT FOR ME IN TOWN.

IT'S FINE. I'VE GOT PLENTY OF WORK I CAN DO.

YOU CAN PICK ME UP AFTER YOUR MEETING.

SURE.

OK.

Patrick: I MET SOMEONE.

WE WENT HOME AND HAD SEX.

AS YOU DO.

WELL, SOME OF US DO.

AND HE ASKED TO SEE ME AGAIN.

I WASN'T EXPECTING THAT.

AND?

WELL, AGAINST MY BETTER JUDGMENT, I SAID YES.

ANYWAY, WE'VE...

BEEN SEEING EACH OTHER FOR A WHILE.

AND YOU LIKE HIM?

YES, I DO--

VERY MUCH.

SO?

[SIGHS] HE COMES ENCUMBERED...

WITH A WIFE.

IS HE GAY?

[LAUGHS]

WELL, WHEN HE'S WITH ME, HE SEEMS TO BE.

DOES SHE KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I ASSUME SO.

SHE WOULD SENSE IT, WOULDN'T SHE?

IT DEPENDS ON HOW GOOD HE IS AT DECEIVING HER.

OR HOW GOOD SHE IS AT DECEIVING HERSELF.

[INSECTS BUZZING]

[MUSIC PLAYING]

[MEN SINGING IN SPANISH]


TURN THE PAGE. TURN THE PAGE.

Jane: HI, NIK.

YOU HAVING A PARTY IN THERE, JANE?

YEAH.

DID YOU WANT TO JOIN ME?

TAKE THIS INSIDE FOR MUMMY. COME ON.

AHEM.

WELL?

YEAH.

WHERE?

IN A MOTEL.

OHH.

[LAUGHS]

DID YOU GET HIS NUMBER?

I DON'T KNOW. IS THAT WHAT YOU DO?

I DON'T KNOW. IF YOU LIKE THE GUY.

BUT HE'S MARRIED.

TSK. OHH.

WELL, WHAT, WHAT? HE'S NOT HAPPY?

WELL, HE CAN'T BE, CAN HE, IF HE'S, YOU KNOW...

MESSING AROUND.

YOU GOING TO SEE HIM AGAIN?

DO YOU THINK I SHOULD?

WANT ME TO BE HONEST?

NO. NO.

MMM.

WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO TAKE THAT THING OFF?

IT'S TOO TIGHT.

I GOT TO GET IT CUT OFF.

MMM.

NIK CAUGHT UP WITH PETE THE OTHER DAY.

HE WANTS TO COME BACK.

I DON'T LOVE HIM, PAULA.

JUST GO UP TO THE GUY'S TABLE AND ASK HIM IF YOU CAN JOIN HIM.

WHAT HAVE YOU GOT TO LOSE?

JUST A LITTLE DIGNITY.

AW, DIGNITY'S NOT AN ISSUE HERE.

THE MAN EATS ALONE IN A RESTAURANT.

SO DO I.

EXACTLY.

HI.

HI.

UH...

JANE, THIS IS CLAUDIA. CLAUDIA, JANE.

HI.

HI.

JANE'S IN THE SAME DANCE CLASS AS SONJA AND I.

OH.

I'LL GET GOING.

SAY HI TO SONJA.

SEE YOU.

SORRY.

WAS THAT REALLY AWKWARD?

NO. NO, IT'S FINE.

HOW ARE YOU?

I'M GOOD. YEAH.

GOOD, GOOD.

BUT, LOOK, I'D BETTER GO.

JANE, UH...

MMM.

WHERE'D YOU FIND IT?

UH...

[BELL RINGS]

[BELL RINGS]

[CRICKETS CHIRPING]

Nik: PAULA. Paula: UH-HUH?

THERE'S AN UNMARKED POLICE CAR IN FRONT OF JANE'S PLACE.

SO?

WHAT, IS SHE SEEING A COP NOW?

DON'T BE NOSY.

ARE HER AND PETE GETTING BACK TOGETHER OR WHAT?

I DON'T KNOW.

WELL, WHAT IF THEY ARE? WHAT DO I SAY THEN?

NOTHING.

WELL, HE'S-- HE'S A MATE OF MINE.

DO HIM A FAVOR AND STAY OUT OF IT, ALL RIGHT?

BABY ASLEEP?

YEAH.

[LEON MOANING]

AW, SHIT.

UHH. UHH.

SHIT. OH, FUCK. SORRY. SORRY.

IT'S OK. DON'T STOP.

DON'T STOP, DON'T STOP.

[BOTH MOANING]

OHH! UHH, UHH.

LEON?

UHH, UHH. FUCK.

YOU ALL RIGHT?

WHAT IS IT? WHAT IS IT?

UHH. IT'S NOTHING.

SHOULD I CALL-- WHAT--WHAT--

NO, NO, NO, NO, NO. I JUST GET THIS--

SHOULD I GET A DOCTOR?

NO. I GET THIS--

I GET THIS PAIN IN MY CHEST SOMETIMES.

YOU KNOW, YOU REALLY SHOULD'VE TOLD ME THAT YOU'VE GOT A WEAK HEART.

UHH. I DON'T.

THAT'S NOT SOME PERSON I WANT TO HAVE AN AFFAIR WITH--

FOR CHRIST'S SAKE! I DON'T HAVE A WEAK HEART, ALL RIGHT?

THIS IS NOT AN AFFAIR. IT'S A ONE-NIGHT STAND, EXCEPT IT HAPPENED TWICE.

[SIGHS]

OH, SHIT.

I'M SORRY. I DIDN'T MEAN THAT.

IT'S OK.

UHH.

[CAR ALARM CHIRPS]

[CAR DOOR CLOSES]

[ENGINE STARTS]

DO YOU EVER WORRY THAT WE DON'T MAKE LOVE VERY OFTEN?

NO.

I MEAN, I DON'T REALLY THINK ABOUT IT THAT MUCH.

WHY NOT?

I LOVE YOU.

WHETHER WE MAKE LOVE 3 TIMES A WEEK OR ONCE A MONTH DOESN'T REALLY CHANGE THAT.

DOESN'T IT?

IS THIS A TEST?

NO. I JUST-- I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU'RE THINKING.

WHY DO WOMEN ALWAYS WANT TO KNOW THAT?

[FOOTSTEPS]

YOU'RE UP LATE.

YEAH. I WAS TRYING TO FINISH THIS.

AHEM.

YOU WANT ONE?

I'VE GOT ONE.

WHAT'S WRONG?

NOTHING.

I JUST HAD A SHIT OF A DAY.

I STOPPED OFF AND HAD A DRINK WITH CLAUDIA.

YEAH, I KNOW.

I PHONED HER.

I DIDN'T KNOW IF YOU WERE WORKING LATE.

GOOD NIGHT.

[BREATHING HEAVILY]

OOH!

AAH! UHH! FUCK!

FUCK! AAH!

AHH. AAH!

FUCKING STUPID BASTARD!

WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?

WILL YOU FUCKING LOOK WHERE YOU'RE GOING?

FUCKING IDIOT! AAH!

FUCK.

OH, FUCK.

HEY. WAIT, WAIT, WAIT.

ARE YOU ALL RIGHT?

I'M SORRY. LOOK, HERE'S YOUR BAG.

[SHIVERING]

JESUS.

[SOBBING]

Sonja: WHAT HAPPENED?

I FELL.

ARE YOU ALL RIGHT?

IT'S NOTHING.

Sonja: HERE. LET ME LOOK.

[SIGHS] I'M ALL RIGHT.

NO, YOU'RE NOT.

LOOK, I SAID I'M ALL RIGHT!

[WATER RUNNING]

Patrick: I KEEP THINKING ABOUT HER.

ARE YOU FEELING GUILTY?

DO YOU THINK I SHOULD BE?

IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT I THINK.

HE FEELS MANIPULATED BY HER.

HOW?

SHE'S VERY NEEDY.

ARE YOU TRYING TO JUSTIFY HIS DECEIT?

NO, I'M TRYING TO UNDERSTAND IT, THAT'S ALL.

IT'S--IT'S COMPLEX.

MM-HMM, BUT IT'S STILL AN ACT OF DECEIT, ISN'T IT?

NO MARRIAGE CAN BE BASED ON THAT.

[LAUGHS]

MOST MARRIAGES ARE BASED ON THAT, VALERIE.

YOU THINK YOU KNOW WHAT GOES ON IN MOST MARRIAGES?

WHAT, BECAUSE I'M GAY, I CAN'T HAVE AN OPINION ON THE STATE--

THAT'S NOT WHAT I WAS TRYING TO SAY.

SHE'S NOT THE VICTIM IN THIS, VALERIE.

SHE CHOSE TO MARRY HIM.

NOT KNOWING HE WAS GAY.

BUT THERE'S KNOWING, AND THERE'S KNOWING.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

I THINK SOME WOMEN...

LIKE TO LIVE THE LIE.

IT'S EASIER THAN DEALING WITH THE TRUTH.

MAYBE SHE LOVES HIM.

BUT SO DO I.

THEN HE HAS TO MAKE A CHOICE.

UNLESS ONE OF US WITHDRAWS FROM THE CONTEST.

IS LOVE A CONTEST FOR YOU, PATRICK?

PATRICK.

YES.

SOMETIMES.

WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR HEAD?

I BUMPED IT ON THE CLOTHESLINE.

LISTEN, UH...

THANKS FOR LAST NIGHT.

[SIGHS] I'LL LIE FOR YOU TO ANYONE EXCEPT SONJA.

I'VE DONE IT ONCE. I WON'T DO IT AGAIN.

FAIR ENOUGH.

WHY ARE YOU TRYING SO HARD TO FUCK UP YOUR LIFE AT THE MOMENT?

YOU DON'T KNOW HOW LUCKY YOU ARE TO HAVE THE MARRIAGE YOU'VE GOT.

AND YOU'RE PISSING ALL OVER IT.

[MUSIC PLAYING]

[MEN SINGING IN SPANISH]

[INAUDIBLE]

IT'S GREAT YOUR HUSBAND COMES WITH YOU.

YEAH.

[BOTH LAUGH]

WHAT ABOUT YOURS?

OH, I'M SEPARATED.

AH.

CAN YOU TELL?

NO, NO.

YOU JUST HAVE THIS KIND OF LOOK.

OH, WHAT, DESPERATE?

NO. FULL OF POTENTIAL.

[SIGHS]

[MUSIC STOPS]

SORRY, I'M LATE.

JANE, THIS IS MY HUSBAND LEON.

HI.

YEAH. HI.

EXCUSE ME, EVERYBODY.

THERE IS A SALSA BAND PLAYING TONIGHT AND TOMORROW NIGHT AT THE LATIN.

LEON, SONJA, ARE YOU GUYS COMING?

ACTUALLY, I THOUGHT WE'D HAVE A NICE QUIET DINNER TOGETHER.

COME ON, LEON.

YOU CAN GO OUT TO EAT ANYTIME.

I'D LIKE TO GO.

I'M KIND OF TIRED.

OK. I'LL SEE YOU AT HOME.

BYE.

WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT ABOUT?

HEY, SHE NEEDED A PARTNER.

OH, AND YOU JUST HAPPENED TO VOLUNTEER?

SHE CHOSE ME.

I'D NEVER SAY ANYTHING, LEON.

[CRICKETS CHIRPING]

[DOG BARKING]


Nik: PETE.

OH, HELLO, NIK.

HOW ARE YOU, MATE?

JUST DROPPED OVER TO SEE JANE.

DOESN'T LOOK LIKE SHE'S IN.

HAVE YOU--YOU SEEN HER TONIGHT?

NO.

YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE SHE IS, THEN?

NO. NO. SORRY.

HOW IS SHE?

THE LAST TIME I SAW, OK.

HOW YOU GOING?

YEAH. GOOD. GOOD.

IT'S LATE. I THOUGHT SHE'D BE HOME BY NOW.

NO. SORRY, MATE. I HAVEN'T SEEN HER.

MATE, IF YOU THOUGHT THERE WAS SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW, YOU'D TELL ME, WOULDN'T YOU?

BECAUSE IF SHE'S SEEING SOMEONE, YOU KNOW, I'D WANT TO KNOW.

IT'D JUST BE EASIER.

OF COURSE.

I HATE THIS.

THANKS, MATE. I'LL SEE YOU LATER.

TAKE CARE.

[DOG BARKS]

SO, WHY DID YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND SPLIT?

UM...

I DON'T KNOW. I JUST TURNED AROUND ONE DAY, AND I REALIZED THAT I WAS LIVING WITH A MAN THAT I JUST DIDN'T LOVE ANYMORE.

IT WAS THAT SIMPLE?

[LAUGHS] NO.

BUT YOU KNEW THAT MUCH.

MAYBE MY EXPECTATIONS WERE TOO HIGH.

YOU'RE A BRAVE WOMAN.

YOU ARE. MOST PEOPLE SETTLE FOR LESS.

I REALLY LIKE YOU, LEON.

MAYBE A LITTLE TOO MUCH.

[STROKES LEG]

BUT I'M...

I'M STARTING TO WONDER JUST...

WHERE THIS MIGHT GO.

I'M STILL IN LOVE WITH MY WIFE, JANE.

[LAUGHS] RIGHT.

I'M SORRY.

SO...

WHY--WHY...

SO WHY HAVE YOU BEEN SEEING ME IF YOU'RE STILL IN LOVE WITH YOUR WIFE?

I DON'T KNOW. IT ISN'T...

IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT I PLANNED.

[LAUGHS]

LOOK, JANE, I...

YOU KNOW, THIS DOESN'T HAVE TO END BADLY.

JUST GO.

JUST GO. GO.

IT'S TWOFOLD, ACTUALLY.

HE THINKS HE RUNS THE FACULTY, BUT HE HASN'T PUBLISHED ANYTHING DECENT SINCE ABOUT 1985.

YOU SEEM PREOCCUPIED.

I--I'M HAVING TROUBLE WITH A CLIENT.

I'M NOT HANDLING HIM VERY WELL.

REFER HIM ON.

I FIND HIM A LITTLE THREATENING.

WHY?

I DON'T LIKE...

WHAT HE'S DOING.

ARE YOU JUDGING HIM?

DARLING, YOU HAVE TO REFER HIM ON.

I'LL SEE YOU OUTSIDE.

EXCUSE ME.

I HATE WHAT'S HAPPENING TO US.

I HATE IT. I...

WE DON'T TALK ANYMORE.

WE LOST OUR DAUGHTER.

THAT COULD'VE BROUGHT US CLOSER.

DO YOU THINK ABOUT HER VERY MUCH?

OF COURSE I DO.

I JUST DON'T NEED TO WRITE A BOOK ABOUT IT.

DO YOU THINK I DID THE WRONG THING?

[SIGHS]

I JUST--I WANTED THE WHOLE...

WORLD TO KNOW.

[JOHN GRUNTING]

LOOK AT ME, JOHN.

LOOK AT ME.

UNH.

[EXHALES]

[BIRDS CHIRPING]

Nik: COME ON, KIDS! WE'RE LATE FOR SCHOOL!

Paula: WATCH THE ROAD.

COME ON. IN YOU GET.

[NIK AND PAULA TALKING INDISTINCTLY]

[BABY CRYING]

HI.

HI.

YOU OK?

YEAH.

I'LL POP AROUND AFTER WORK.

[STARTS ENGINE]

OK.

BYE-BYE. BYE-BYE.

Jane: HEY, NIK.

YOU WANT COFFEE?

OK, SURE.

PETE WAS OVER LAST NIGHT.

HOW IS HE?

NOT GOOD.

HEY, HOW'S THE JOB-HUNTING GOING?

YOU GUYS ALL RIGHT FOR MONEY?

YEAH.

YEAH? 'CAUSE, YOU KNOW, IF YOU NEED SOME MONEY OR ANYTHING, I'D BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO...

NO.

I KNOW PAULA WOULDN'T TAKE IT.

SHE'S DOING EXTRA SHIFTS NOW.

YOU SURE THERE ISN'T A BILL OR SOMETHING THAT YOU WANT TO CLEAR?

IT'S FINE.

ALL RIGHT, WELL, THE OFFER'S THERE.

Baby: AH!

THANKS.

IT'S ALL RIGHT. AH!

[BIRD SCREECHES]

WHY DIDN'T YOU WAKE ME UP?

I THOUGHT YOU COULD DO WITH THE REST.

I'LL GO HAVE MY SHOWER.

ACTUALLY, I'VE GOT AN EARLY START.

I'LL ONLY BE 10 MINUTES.

JUST TAKE YOUR OWN CAR.

OH, COME ON, WAIT FOR ME, PLEASE?

JESUS.

SORRY.

YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.

I HAVE A LECTURE TONIGHT, ANYWAY.

SO YOU'LL BE HOME LATE?

YEAH.

BYE.

I THINK HE'S... HAVING AN AFFAIR.

HE'S DISTANT, PREOCCUPIED--

LIKE HE'S HOLDING SOMETHING BACK FROM ME.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF HE WAS?

I-I...I THINK I'D LEAVE.

[SIGHS] YEAH.

AND DOES THAT SCARE YOU?

YEAH. I'M--I'M...

I'M MIDDLE-AGED.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE OUT THERE.

YOU KNOW?

AND I HAVE THESE 2...

BEAUTIFUL BOYS, YOU KNOW.

BUT I, UM, I WOULD SURVIVE...

IF I HAD TO. MM-HMM.

I LIKE BEING THIS AGE, AND I...

I LIKE THE LINES AROUND MY EYES.

I DON'T KNOW IF HE DOES, BUT...

I DO.

HEH. IT ISN'T--

IT'S NOT THAT HE MIGHT HAVE SLEPT WITH ANOTHER WOMAN, YOU KNOW?

IT'S...THAT HE MIGHT NOT TELL ME.

THAT WOULD BE THE BETRAYAL.

DO YOU STILL LOVE HIM?


[CELL PHONE RINGS]

[RINGS]

[RINGS]

Secretary: VALERIE?

PATRICK PHELAN IS HERE.

ALL RIGHT. GIVE ME A MINUTE, OK?

YOU DON'T LIKE ME, DO YOU, VALERIE?

IS IT IMPORTANT TO YOU THAT I LIKE YOU?

WOULD IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE IF I WAS STRAIGHT?

I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH YOUR SEXUALITY.

BUT IT IS A PROBLEM THAT I'M HAVING AN AFFAIR WITH A MARRIED MAN.

YOU MUST STOP TRYING TO MAKE ME THE SUBJECT.

IT'S JUST ANOTHER FORM OF DEFENSE.

I'M CURIOUS ABOUT YOUR ROLE IN THIS TRIANGLE.

MY ROLE?

I'M, UH, A RESPITE FROM A MARRIAGE THAT'S GOTTEN TOO HARD.

HOW?

HE TAKES REFUGE IN ME.

IN WHAT I OFFER HIM.

WHAT DO YOU OFFER HIM?

HEH.

SEX UNENCUMBERED BY NEED.

WHY DOESN'T HE LEAVE HER?

GOOD MEN DON'T KNOW HOW TO LEAVE THEIR WIVES.

GOOD MEN OR COWARDLY MEN?

HE TOLD ME THAT MAKING LOVE TO HER WAS LIKE TRYING TO FILL AN EMPTY WELL.

OH, MY GOD.

WHAT'D YOU SAY?

WHAT?

YOU SAID SOMETHING TO ME.

NO, I DIDN'T.

YES, YOU DID! YOU SAID SOMETHING TO ME.

I DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING.

YOU HEARD HIM, DIDN'T YOU?

DIDN'T YOU? THIS MAN SAID SOMETHING TO ME.

THIS IS BULLSHIT! I DIDN'T--

BULLSHIT? YEAH.

I WANT YOUR NAME.

GIVE ME YOUR NAME!

I WANT YOUR NAME!

[DOOR OPENS]

UH...A BOURBON, THANKS.

UM, A DOUBLE BOURBON WITH ICE, THANKS.

[SIGHS] THANKS.

YOU ALL RIGHT?

YEAH.

YOU SURE? YOU DON'T LOOK ALL RIGHT.

ARE YOU A COP?

YEAH.

REALLY?

REALLY.

SORRY, I JUST--

IT'S JUST SOMETHING REALLY WEIRD HAPPENED.

I WAS JUST WALKING DOWN THE STREET.

THIS WOMAN STARTED YELLING AT ME.

SHE...MUST'VE THOUGHT I SAID SOMETHING TO HER OR TOUCHED HER OR SOMETHING--

WHAT FOR?

I DON'T KNOW, I DON'T KNOW!

I WAS JUST WALKING DOWN THE STREET.

SHE JUST WENT NUTS.

WELL, DID YOU? NO!

I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING.

I DON'T DO STUFF LIKE THAT.

OK. TAKE IT EASY. I BELIEVE YOU.

SORRY. IT WAS JUST--

IT WAS JUST REALLY WEIRD AND...

NOW YOU'RE A COP, SO IT'S REALLY, REALLY WEIRD. SORRY.

WANT ANOTHER DRINK?

[EXHALES] YEAH. THANKS.

SAME AGAIN, MATE.

[CRICKETS CHIRPING]

Paula: SHARON SAID THERE'S A BOOZE BUS ON THE FREEWAY.

WELL, TAKE THE BACK ROAD HOME.

HANNAH!

Hannah: YES?

GRAB DAD'S WALLET FROM THE KITCHEN, WILL YOU?

YEAH.

HEY...

SHE ASKED ME IN FOR COFFEE THIS MORNING.

WHO?

JANE.

WHAT FOR?

I DON'T KNOW.

Hannah: I CAN'T FIND IT!

IT'S NEAR THE FRIDGE.

I DON'T KNOW.

I THINK SHE WAS TRYING TO COME ONTO ME.

WHAT?

SHE'S LONELY, NIK. AND YOU'RE BORED.

THAT'S A LETHAL COMBINATION.

YOU STAY AWAY FROM HER.

WHAT'S THE MATTER?

YOU A LITTLE BIT JEALOUS, HUH?

NO. HUH?

YOU EVER FUCK WITH OUR MARRIAGE AND I'LL CUT YOUR BALLS OFF, HUH?

I'LL HANG THEM ON THE LINE BETWEEN YOUR SOCKS AND YOUR JOCKS.

YOU GOT IT?

SURE, BABE.

WAKE ME UP WHEN YOU GET HOME. HMM?

I'M RUNNING DOWN THIS HILL, AND I GO AROUND THIS CORNER, AND SUDDENLY THERE'S THIS GUY.

AND BAM! RIGHT INTO HIM.

RIGHT AWAY I'M GOING AFTER HIM, YELLING AT HIM AND...

AH, YOU FUCKING PRICK, YOU STUPID MORON, WHY DON'T YOU LOOK WHERE YOU'RE GOING?

IT WAS YOUR FAULT.

YEAH. I DON'T KNOW WHY I WENT AT HIM.

JUST LIKE--SOME KIND OF BUTTON GOT PUSHED OR SOMETHING AND...

ANYWAY, SO, YOU KNOW, I LOOK DOWN, AND THERE HE IS ON THE GROUND COWERING.

UH-HUH.

AND HE'S GOT BLOOD ALL OVER HIS FACE, AND I'VE BROKEN HIS FUCKIN' NOSE.

OH, NO. YEAH.

AND THEN HE GETS UP, AND HE STARTS TO WALK AWAY.

AND THAT'S WHEN IT HAPPENS.

WHAT? HE STARTS TO CRY.

WHAT FOR? I DON'T KNOW.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT MAKES A MAN CRY LIKE THAT.

YEAH, A LOT OF THINGS.

SO WHAT'D YOU DO?

I JUST...HELD HIM.

I JUST STOOD THERE AND I-I HELD HIM.

BUT, YOU KNOW, THE WHOLE TIME I WAS THINKING, OH, YOU FUCKIN' WEAK PRICK, PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER, THE REST OF US HAVE TO.

DON'T YOU WANT TO CRY SOMETIMES?

WELL, YEAH, BUT YOU DON'T, DO YOU?

NO.

[FOOTSTEPS]

HI.

WE ORDERED YOU FOOD, BUT WE ATE IT.

WHAT'S THAT SMELL?

WHERE'S YOUR MUM?

DANCING.

WHERE'S YOUR BROTHER?

UPSTAIRS.

SHIT.

SAM!

SAM.

SAM! OPEN THIS DOOR!

SAM! [POUNDING ON DOOR]

WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON?

OH, FOR CHRIST'S SAKE, I'M A COP!

ALL RIGHT. SO YOU CAN GET THE GOOD STUFF.

DON'T YOU SMART-MOUTH ME.

WHAT'S GOING ON?

YOUR BROTHER'S BEING AN IDIOT.

SO, WHAT'S NEW?

DID YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS?

HAVE YOU TRIED IT?

IF YOU EVER GIVE YOUR BROTHER THAT SHIT--

AS IF I'M-- SHUT UP!

NO, AS IF-- SHUT UP!

IF YOU EVER GIVE YOUR BROTHER THIS STUFF, I PROMISE YOU I'LL GIVE YOU A THUMPING YOU'LL NEVER FORGET.

I DON'T CARE HOW BIG YOU GET!

NOW, GIVE ME THE REST OF THE STASH.

Sam: THAT'S IT.

GET DOWNSTAIRS.

YOU ARE GROUNDED, MATE. WHAT?

[SIGHS]


[THUMP]

[TIRES SQUEALING]

[CRUNCH]

[HISSING]

[ENGINE SPUTTERS]

OH, SHIT.

[BEEP]

FUCK!


[ALARM CHIRPS]

[SALSA MUSIC PLAYING]

[SINGING IN SPANISH]

YOU'RE A VERY BEAUTIFUL WOMAN, SONJA.

I'D LIKE TO FUCK WITH YOU.

[LAUGHS]

CAN I HAVE A WHISKEY DRY, PLEASE?

EXCUSE ME.

HELLO.

YOU LOOK LIKE YOU'RE ENJOYING YOURSELF.

YEAH, I AM.

THAT'S GOOD YOU'RE HAVING A GOOD TIME WHILE OUR SON'S AT HOME SMOKING POT.

OH, LEON, I KNOW.

I WAS THE ONE THAT TOLD HIM IF HE'S GONNA DO IT, HE SHOULD DO IT AT HOME WHERE AT LEAST WE CAN CONTROL IT.

WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME?

BECAUSE YOU HAVEN'T BEEN AROUND MUCH LATELY.

I AM NOT HAVING DRUGS IN THE HOUSE, SONJA.

WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO?

BECAUSE BANNING IT ISN'T GONNA SOLVE THE PROBLEM.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?

WHAT?

WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?

MOST OF THE GUYS IN THIS PLACE AREN'T MUCH OLDER THAN OUR SON.

[SINGING IN SPANISH]

[HEAVY BREATHING]

I THOUGHT WE MIGHT GO BACK TO YOUR PLACE.

WE CAN'T. MY MOTHER.

UHH.

OH!

WAIT. SLOW DOWN.

STOP. GET OFF.

GET OFF! AW, JESUS!

WHAT'S WRONG?

I'M SORRY.

THIS WAS A BAD IDEA. SORRY.

YOU FUCKIN' UPTIGHT BITCH!

[SIGHS] [ENGINE STARTS]

[TIRES SQUEALING]


HELLO!

[COINS JANGLE]

[MACHINE CLICKS]

John, on machine: YOU'VE PHONED JOHN AND VALERIE.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO LEAVE A MESSAGE, PLEASE DO SO AFTER THE TONE.

[BEEP]

Valerie: HI, IT'S ME. ARE YOU THERE?

OK, UH, I'VE HAD AN ACCIDENT.

I'M, UM, I'M OK.

UM, I CAN'T GET THE CAR STARTED.

I'M ON THE BACK ROAD AND, UH...

I JUST, UH, WANTED TO GET HOME.

UH, I'LL TRY YOUR MOBILE, OK? BYE.

I CALLED ROAD SERVICE.

THEY SAID THERE'D BE A 90-MINUTE WAIT.

WHERE ARE YOU?

YOU DIDN'T SAY YOU WERE GONNA BE LATE.

I CAN'T STAND THIS!

PLEASE...

PLEASE, I NEED YOU.

[CRICKETS CHIRPING]

[COIN RATTLES AND DROPS]

[MACHINE ANSWERS AND BEEPS]

JOHN.

THERE'S A MAN.

PATRICK.

HE'S A CLIENT. HE'S, UM...

HE'S GAY.

I DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS.

I DON'T UNDERSTAND... US...ANYMORE.

I DON'T WANT THIS TO BE HAPPENING TO US.

OH, HEH, THERE ARE LIGHTS.

THERE'S A CAR COMING. I'LL WAVE IT DOWN.

UM, WAIT FOR ME.

WE'LL TALK WHEN I GET HOME, OK?

BYE.

I LOVE YOU.

[BRAKES SQUEAL]


[DOOR SQUEAKS]

[BUSHES RUSTLE]

[BIRDS CHIRPING]

[RADIO CHATTERING]

[BRAKES SQUEAL]

YOU NEED SLEEP.

I WISH. WHAT HAVE YOU GOT?

LOCALS GET A CALL AT ABOUT 12:30 A.M.

FROM THE HUSBAND.

HE GETS HOME LATE, HIS WIFE'S NOT THERE.

SHE'S LEFT MESSAGES ON THE ANSWERING MACHINE SAYING SHE'S RUN OFF THE ROAD.

SHE'S MAKING THE CALLS FROM A PHONE BOX ABOUT 2 Ks DOWN THE ROAD.

LAST CALL SAYS SHE SEES A CAR COMING, SHE'S GONNA WAVE IT DOWN AND GET A LIFT HOME.

SHE NEVER MAKES IT.

50 BUCKS SAYS IT'S THE HUSBAND.

YOU'RE ON.

MR. SOMERS?

KNOX.

MY WIFE'S NAME IS SOMERS.

I'M DETECTIVE ZAT.

THIS IS MY COLLEAGUE DETECTIVE WISS.

WE'VE LOCATED YOUR WIFE'S CAR, MR. KNOX.

DO YOU MIND IF WE COME IN?

MR. KNOX, IT APPEARS THAT YOUR WIFE RAN OFF THE ROAD.

THERE'S A TELEPHONE BOX SEVERAL KILOMETERS FURTHER ALONG.

DID THEY GO THERE?

WE'RE CONDUCTING A SEARCH THERE RIGHT NOW, BUT, UH...

IF SHE ACCEPTED A LIFT FROM SOMEBODY ELSE, IT'S UNLIKELY THAT SHE'LL STILL BE THERE.

WOULD YOU MIND ANSWERING A FEW QUESTIONS?

I'VE BEEN THROUGH ALL THIS WITH THE POLICE.

WELL, I DON'T WANT TO PUT YOU TO ANY MORE TROUBLE, BUT WOULD YOU MIND TELLING ME WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT?

I GOT HOME AROUND MIDNIGHT.

HER CAR WASN'T HERE.

I CAME IN, I CHECKED THE MACHINE.

THERE WERE A COUPLE OF CALLS.

THE LAST MESSAGE SAID THAT THERE WAS A CAR COMING AND SHE WAS GONNA WAVE IT DOWN.

AND THAT'S WHEN YOU CALLED THE POLICE.

NO, I WAITED ABOUT 20 MINUTES.

THAT'S HOW LONG IT WOULD'VE TAKEN--

RIGHT, SO YOU CALLED THE POLICE AT ABOUT 20 MINUTES PAST 12:00.

YEAH, I THINK SO. MORE OR LESS.

MR. KNOX, DO YOU HAVE A PHOTO OF YOUR WIFE THAT WE COULD HAVE, PLEASE?

THANK YOU.

HOW WAS YOUR WIFE YESTERDAY?

FINE.

NOTHING TROUBLING HER?

NO.

MR. KNOX, I'M TRYING TO FIND OUT ABOUT YOUR WIFE'S EMOTIONAL STATE.

RIGHT NOW, I'D SAY HER EMOTIONAL STATE WAS PRETTY BAD, WOULDN'T YOU?

NONE OF THIS IS PARTICULARLY PLEASANT.

I CAN IMAGINE.

WHAT CAN YOU IMAGINE?

YOU MARRIED?

YEAH.

IF YOUR WIFE GOT INTO A CAR WITH A STRANGER--

SOME MAN, LET'S ASSUME-- SHE GOT INTO HIS CAR LATE AT NIGHT AND DIDN'T COME HOME.

WHAT WOULD YOU IMAGINE?

THAT RIGHT NOW I'D BE GOING MAD.

YEAH.

MR. KNOX, WE'LL NEED THE TAPE.

SHE F--THIS IS PRIVATE.

IN WHAT SENSE?

SHE'S UPSET.

SHE WASN'T EXPECTING ANYONE ELSE TO BE LISTENING TO IT.

I'LL MAKE SURE THIS IS RETURNED TO YOU.

[MUSIC PLAYING SOFTLY]

HEY. HEY.

YOU DIDN'T WAKE ME UP LAST NIGHT.

AH!

I GOT IN A BIT LATE.

WHAT'S WITH THE FACE?

I FELL OVER.

YOU WERE PISSED?

YEAH, A LITTLE.

COME ON, KIDS.

GOT YOUR BAG, HANNAH?

[DISHES CLINKING]

[BABY BABBLING]

Girl: NOW. QUICK!

QUICKLY. COME ON.

HI, HI.

HI.

SEAT BELTS ON. QUICKLY.

HEY, NIK GOT IN LATE LAST NIGHT, DIDN'T HE?

HAVEN'T YOU GOT ANYTHING BETTER TO DO THAN SPY ON YOUR NEIGHBORS?

WHAT? WHAT?

JANE, YOU KNOW, JUST DON'T INVITE NIK IN FOR COFFEE WHEN I'M NOT HERE. ALL RIGHT?

[ENGINE STARTS]

PAULA! HEY!

[HINGES SQUEAK]

THAT'S THE APPOINTMENT BOOK.

ALL HER NOTES AND SESSION TAPES ARE KEPT IN THE FILING CABINET.

DO YOU MIND?

NO.

HOW WAS SHE YESTERDAY?

ALL RIGHT.

DO YOU THINK THAT SHE'S THE KIND OF PERSON THAT WOULD GET INTO A CAR WITH SOMEONE THAT SHE DIDN'T KNOW?

NO.

NOT AFTER WHAT HAPPENED TO HER DAUGHTER.

SARAH, I WOULD LIKE YOU TO PRINT ME A LIST OF ALL HER CURRENT CLIENTS, ADDRESSES AND PHONE NUMBERS INCLUDED.

OH, IS THAT ETHICAL?

PROBABLY NOT.


[SHUTS DRAWER]


[INSECTS BUZZING]


[BABY FUSSING]

[FUSSING FADES]

Sonja on tape: IT'S NOT THAT HE MIGHT HAVE...

SLEPT WITH ANOTHER WOMAN.

IT'S THAT HE MIGHT NOT TELL ME.

THAT WOULD BE THE BETRAYAL.

Valerie on tape: DO YOU STILL LOVE HIM?

[STOPS TAPE]

[THEME MUSIC PLAYS]

GOOD EVENING.

RICHARD MORECROFT WITH ABC NEWS.

POLICE ARE INQUIRING INTO THE DISAPPEARANCE OF A WOMAN IN BUSHLAND, NORTH OF THE CITY.

PSYCHIATRIST VALERIE SOMERS WAS LAST SEEN ON FRIDAY NIGHT.

HER CAR WAS FOUND ABANDONED ALONG THE LOW REACH ROAD.

IT IS BELIEVED THAT SHE MIGHT HAVE ACCEPTED A LIFT FROM A PASSING MOTORIST.

MS. SOMERS HAS RECENTLY COMPLETED A BOOK ABOUT THE MURDER OF HER OWN DAUGHTER.

THE BODY OF 11-YEAR-OLD ELEANOR KNOX WAS FOUND DUMPED IN A CITY LANEWAY

18 MONTHS AGO.

POLICE ARE APPEALING TO THE PUBLIC FOR INFORMATION REGARDING MS. SOMERS' DISAPPEARANCE.


[BRAKES SQUEAL]

[GEARS SHIFT]

[TURNS OFF ENGINE]

[CRICKETS CHIRPING]


WHY DO YOU THINK SHE TURNED OFF THE FREEWAY, JOHN?

SOME PEOPLE SAY IT'S SHORTER.

WHO'S PATRICK?

I DON'T KNOW.

SHE MENTIONED SHE WAS HAVING SOME SORT OF TROUBLE WITH A CLIENT THE OTHER NIGHT.

WHAT KIND OF TROUBLE?

SHE DIDN'T GO INTO IT.

SHE DOESN'T USUALLY TALK ABOUT HER CLIENTS.

WHY NOT? IT'S UNPROFESSIONAL.

EVEN BETWEEN A HUSBAND AND A WIFE?

YES.

I TELL MY WIFE EVERYTHING.

THAT SURPRISES ME. WHY?

MOST MEN HOLD SOMETHING BACK.

YOU'RE SOME KIND OF ACADEMIC, AREN'T YOU?

I'M DEAN OF LAW.

I STUDIED AT HARVARD.

THAT'S WHERE VALERIE AND I MET.

I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY SHE'D GET INTO A CAR WITH A STRANGER.

WELL, MAYBE SHE DIDN'T.

MAYBE SHE KNEW HIM.

HOW'S YOUR MARRIAGE BEEN LATELY, JOHN?

IT'S FINE. HOW'S YOURS?

UP AND DOWN.

WHERE WERE YOU FRIDAY NIGHT?

AM I A SUSPECT IN MY WIFE'S DISAPPEARANCE?

WHERE WERE YOU FRIDAY NIGHT, JOHN?

I WAS AT WORK.

CAN ANYBODY VERIFY THAT?

NO, I WAS ALONE.

NOBODY SAW ME.

9 TIMES OUT OF 10 WHEN THE WIFE GOES MISSING, THE HUSBAND KNOWS SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

YOU'RE A PRICK.

THE YOUNG CONSTABLE WILL GIVE YOU A RIDE HOME.

Patrick on tape: ANYWAY, WE'VE, UM, BEEN SEEING EACH OTHER FOR A WHILE.

Valerie on tape: AND YOU LIKE HIM.

YES, I DO.

VERY MUCH.

SO?

[PATRICK SIGHS] HE COMES ENCUMBERED.

WITH A WIFE.

[TURNS TAPE OFF]

[RADIO CHATTERS SOFTLY]

[FOOTSTEPS]

DON'T YOU HAVE A HOME TO GO TO?

YES. DO YOU?

MM.

YOU FIND ANYTHING?

SHE DEDICATED THE BOOK TO JOHN, "FOR TEACHING ME TO TRUST AGAIN."

YOU LISTEN TO PHELAN'S TAPES?

YEAH. WHAT'D YOU THINK?

SHE DIDN'T LIKE THE MAN.

GO ON HOME. WE'VE GOT AN EARLY START.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? SOON.

OK.

YOU REALLY DO LOOK LIKE SHIT.

GO HOME.

THANK YOU.

TALK TO THE MYSTERY MAN YET?

HE NEVER CAME BACK.

AH. SILLY BUGGER.

[CRICKETS CHIRPING]

[DOOR OPENS]

[KEYS JINGLING]

I'M NOT ASLEEP.

DID YOU WATCH THE NEWS?

YES.

WILL YOU FIND HER?

WELL, IT'S NOT LOOKING GOOD.

I SAW HER CLIENT LIST, SONJA.

WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME?

BECAUSE...IT WAS PRIVATE.

IT WAS JUST SOMETHING I HAD TO DO.

THERE WAS A TIME WHEN THERE WAS NO PRIVATE BETWEEN YOU AND ME.


THAT IS BECAUSE I HAD SOMEBODY I COULD TALK TO, AND--

I HAVE TO TELL YOU SOMETHING.

I HAVE TO TELL YOU.

I HAD AN AFFAIR.

I SLEPT WITH HER TWICE.

I KNOW IT HURTS YOU. IT...HURTS HER.

WHY?

BECAUSE I'M NUMB.

I CAN'T FEEL ANYTHING ANYMORE. JUST...

JUST TOTALLY FUCKIN' NUMB.

[INSECTS BUZZING] [DOG BARKING]

WHY'D YOU SLEEP ON THE COUCH?

OH, I COME IN LATE LAST NIGHT, DIDN'T WANT TO WAKE YOUR MUM UP.

ARE YOU FIGHTING?

YEAH, A BIT.

WHY?

LOOK, MATE, SOMETHING WE'VE GOT TO SORT OUT, ALL RIGHT?

YOU ALL RIGHT, MUM?

I'LL BE IN THE CAR.

BUDDY, CAN YOU GRAB SOMETHING TO EAT, PLEASE?

WE'RE RUNNING LATE.

LOOK, ARE WE GONNA TALK ABOUT THIS?

WHAT, YOU'RE JUST GONNA PUNISH ME?

THIS IS HOW YOU'RE GONNA PUNISH ME?

I FUCKED UP, ALL RIGHT?

PEOPLE FUCK UP.

REALLY? WELL, I DON'T.

YOU KNOW, IT'S SO EASY, LEON, SO EASY TO GO OUT AND FIND SOMEBODY.

YOU KNOW WHAT'S HARD?

WHAT'S HARD IS NOT TO.

SONJA, LISTEN. I JUST WANT TO--

GET OFF ME!

GOD.

WE'LL TALK ABOUT THIS TONIGHT, ALL RIGHT?

OH. GET FUCKED!

I DON'T EVEN KNOW IF I'LL BE HERE LATER.

[DOOR SLAMS]

HI.

DID YOU KNOW?

[SIGHS]

[DOOR SLAMS]

[ENGINE STARTS]

[TIRES SQUEAL]

YOU READY?

[CHILD CHATTERING]

[CHILD CALLS OUT]


[DIALING]

HEY.

IT'S ME.

HEY, CAN YOU COME OVER?

[BRAKES SQUEAK]

WHAT NUMBER IS IT?

406.

YOU SURE YOU'RE UP TO THIS?

[DOOR UNLOCKS]

MR. PHELAN? WE'RE INVESTIGATING THE DISAPPEARANCE OF VALERIE SOMERS, AND WE'RE HOPING THAT YOU CAN HELP US.

IT'S--IT'S NOT A GOOD TIME. AHEM.

I WAS OUT LATE.

WHO WITH?

[GRUNTS]

MR. PHELAN, THE WOMAN IS MISSING.

[SIGHS]

DO YOU KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENED TO HER?

NOT YET.

YOU HAD AN APPOINTMENT WITH HER?

CAN YOU TELL US HOW SHE WAS?

[SIGHS] SHE SEEMED ALL RIGHT.

I DON'T KNOW.

YOU DON'T KNOW?

WELL, SHE'S THE THERAPIST.

I WASN'T THAT FOCUSED ON HOW SHE WAS.

HOW'D YOU GET ON WITH HER?

FINE.

THAT'S IT? FINE?

WE DIDN'T END OUR LAST SESSION ON VERY GOOD TERMS.

OH, YEAH? WHY'S THAT?

WE DISAGREED ABOUT SOMETHING.

WHAT WAS THAT? WHAT?

WHAT, THAT GUY YOU'VE BEEN FUCKING?

MARRIED GUY?

HOW'D YOU KNOW ABOUT THAT?

SHE RECORDS ALL HER SESSIONS.

YES, BUT WHAT IS SAID IN THAT ROOM IS--

YES, BUT UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES--

THAT'S MY LIFE!

IS THERE SOMEBODY IN THAT ROOM?

[SIGHS] WHO IS IT, THEN?

IS IT YOUR BOYFRIEND?

COULD YOU ASK HIM TO COME OUT, PLEASE?

HE HAS NOTHING TO DO--

COULD YOU ASK HIM-- HE'S NOT--

WHAT'S THE MATTER LEON! WITH YOU?

YOU DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO THIS!

WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU?

YOU DON'T HAVE THE FUCKING RIGHT!

FINISHED?

[DING]

THAT WENT WELL.

LEON, YOUR MARRIAGE IS FALLING APART, AND SO ARE YOU.

IT'S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS, CLAUDIA.

IT IS MY--BULLSHIT! IT IS MY BUSINESS IF YOU CAN'T DO YOUR JOB!

HEY, IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE WAY I'M HANDLING THINGS, TAKE IT UP WITH THE STATION.

[RATTLES DOOR]

PUSH.

[OPENS DOOR]

[VEHICLE SQUEAKING]


[WINGS FLAPPING]

[TELEPHONE DIALS]

[LINE RINGS]

[TELEPHONE RINGS]

[RING]

[BEEP] HELLO?

Leon: HI, DYLAN?

HI, DAD.

Leon: COULD I--

COULD I SPEAK TO YOUR MOM?

NO, SHE'S STILL PISSED OFF WITH YOU.

YEAH, RIGHT. UM...

LOOK, TELL HER, UH...

TELL HER I'LL BE HOME SOON.

RIGHT. SEE YOU, DAD.

[BEEP]

WHAT DID HE SAY?

HE SAID TO SAY THAT HE'S SORRY, THAT HE LOVES YOU, AND HE WANTS YOU TO STOP BEING ANGRY WITH HIM.

[SIGHS]

[SIGNAL CLICKING]

[BRAKES SQUEAK]

YOU LOOK BEREFT, LEON.

THE QUESTION IS, WHY DON'T YOU?

DON'T BE DECEIVED BY APPEARANCES.

WANT A WHISKEY?

SOMEBODY MAY HAVE HURT YOUR WIFE, JOHN.

AND I NEED TO KNOW IF IT WAS YOU.

I DIDN'T HURT HER.

SHE WAS UPSET ON THE PHONE.

SHE WAS AFRAID.

OF WHAT? OF BEING ALONE.

OF ME NOT BEING THERE FOR HER.

WHY WEREN'T YOU THERE FOR HER?

WHEN YOUR WIFE WAS IN SOME PHONE BOX CALLING FOR YOUR HELP, WHERE WERE YOU?

WERE YOU SEEING SOMEONE ELSE?

IS IT AN AFFAIR, IS THAT IT?

NO. WITH A MAN?

IS THAT WHAT'S GOING ON? I BELIEVE THAT THAT'S WHAT VALERIE THOUGHT WAS GOING ON.

WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

FOR SOME REASON, SHE BELIEVED THAT YOU WERE HAVING AN AFFAIR WHERE YOU WERE INVOLVED WITH PATRICK PHELAN.

IS THAT WHAT WAS GOING ON IN YOUR MARRIAGE?

WERE YOU SEEING MEN ON THE SIDE?

I DON'T HAVE TO LISTEN TO THIS.

YES, YOU DO.

MY WIFE'S OUT THERE SOMEWHERE.

WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING ABOUT IT?

TRYING TO FIND HER, JOHN.

BUT I NEED TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON INSIDE HER HEAD.

I DON'T KNOW.

I DON'T KNOW.

HAVE YOU EVER CHEATED ON YOUR WIFE?

[PUTS GLASS DOWN]

NO.

NEVER DESIRED ANOTHER WOMAN?

YES, OF COURSE I HAVE.

BUT YOU NEVER ACTED ON IT. NO.

WELL, YOU'RE A BETTER MAN THAN I AM.

SO THERE IS SOMEONE ELSE?

NO.

THERE WAS SOMEONE ONCE.

A WOMAN.

ONCE THAT'S HAPPENED, YOU'RE NEVER ENTIRELY BELIEVED AGAIN.

SOMETHING GETS BROKEN... PERMANENTLY.

TRUST, I SUPPOSE.

WHEN THAT HAPPENS, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, IT WOULD SEEM.

YOU DON'T LOSE A DAUGHTER LIKE WE LOST ELEANOR...

WITHOUT SOME DAMAGE.

SO WHERE WERE YOU?

I LEFT WORK LATE.

I STOPPED AT THE PLACE WHERE MY DAUGHTER WAS KILLED.

I GO THERE...A LOT.

VALERIE DIDN'T KNOW THAT.

YOU DIDN'T TELL HER?

WHY NOT, JOHN?

WHAT HOLDS YOUR MARRIAGE TOGETHER, LEON?

AH...

LOYALTY.

LOVE.

MAYBE HABIT, SOMETIMES PASSION, AND I HAVE KIDS.

OURS WAS HELD TOGETHER BY GRIEF.

THERE WASN'T MUCH ELSE LEFT.

SO ARE YOU SAYING YOU DIDN'T LOVE HER ANYMORE?

I'M SAYING THAT SOMETIMES LOVE ISN'T ENOUGH.

[DOOR CLOSES]

Claudia: LEON!

WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN?

WE'VE HAD A CALL FROM A MAN SAYING THAT HIS WIFE SAW HER NEIGHBOR THROW A SHOE INTO A VACANT LOT ON THE NIGHT VALERIE DISAPPEARED.

SHE'S GOT THE SHOE-- BLACK LEATHER.

WHERE WE GOING?

[BRAKES SQUEAK, POLICE RADIO SQUAWKS]

THIS COULD BE TRICKY.

WHY?

I KNOW THE WOMAN.

OH, JESUS.

[KNOCKING]

DETECTIVE CLAUDIA WISS.

LEON!

HEY THERE, WE HAD A DRINK THE OTHER NIGHT.

YEAH, YEAH, MATE. HOW ARE YOU?

YEAH, GOOD. UH, YOU BETTER COME IN.

MY WIFE'S PRETTY UPSET.

[SIGHS]

Pete: JANE, IT'S THE POLICE.

UM, THIS IS LEON AND...

CLAUDIA. AND CLAUDIA.

JANE.

IS THAT THE SHOE?

YEAH.

YOU KNOW, YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE TOUCHED THE SHOE, MRS., UH...

O'MAY. IT'S, UM, JANE O'MAY.

RIGHT, MRS. O'MAY.

YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE TOUCHED IT.

WELL, I DID.

YEAH, BUT YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE.

WELL, I DID, DIDN'T I?

IT'S ON THE TABLE.

YOU THINK WE COULD HAVE SOME COFFEE?

YEAH. UH, IT'S OUT THE BACK HERE, THANKS.

I'LL GIVE YOU A HAND.

[WHISPERING] You all right?

YOU GOT A LIGHT?

YEAH, YEAH.

HOW DO YOU WANT TO HANDLE THIS?

[INHALES]

YOU'RE A POLICEMAN, AREN'T YOU?

WHY DON'T YOU JUST DO YOUR JOB?

I'VE NEVER SEEN YOU BEFORE.

[CAR DRIVES UP]

Nik: YEAH, CAN I SPEAK TO PAULA, PLEASE?

IT'S URGENT.

YEAH, WELL, CAN YOU TELL HER TO CALL HOME AS SOON AS SHE CAN?

AS SOON AS SHE CAN, PLEASE.

[BEEP]

[KNOCKING]

LEAVE IT. NOW GET YOUR BROTHER.

Claudia: NIK D'AMATO?

DETECTIVE CLAUDIA WISS, CITY CENTRAL.

MY KIDS--I GOTTA GET SOMEONE TO WATCH MY KIDS.

YEAH, ALL RIGHT, MATE.

I'LL GIVE YOU A COUPLE OF MINUTES.

[VEHICLE RUMBLES, RADIO SQUAWKS]

Jane: SO I WENT OVER TO THE WINDOW.

AROUND 1:30.

GO TO THE WINDOW AND HE'S CHUCKING IT.

HE THREW IT OVER THERE, AND HE WAS LOOKING LIKE HE WAS REALLY GUILTY.

[POLICE RADIO SQUAWKING]

[BABY CRIES]

[KNOCKS]

NIK?

YOU'RE BACK, PETE?

OF A SORT.

HOW ARE YOU?

GOOD. YOU?

I'M IN A BIT OF TROUBLE.

SAY, WOULD YOU TAKE THE KIDS?

[COUGHS]

JUST TILL PAULA GETS BACK.

I WOULDN'T ASK UNLESS I REALLY NEEDED THE HELP.

YEAH, ALL RIGHT. WE'LL TAKE 'EM.

THANKS.

THERE YOU GO.

[COOS]

THANKS.

[GRUNTS]

LOOK, THERE'S, UM...

THERE'S PAJAMAS, A TOOTHBRUSH.

THERE'S A VIDEO AND SOME OTHER STUFF IN THERE AS WELL.

LISTEN, THANKS VERY MUCH, OK?

TIME TO GO.

Hannah: NO, DADDY, DON'T GO, DON'T GO.

COME ON. COME ON. I'LL BE BACK SOON.

Hannah: NO. NO.

[KNOCK]

HOW'D YOU GET THE SCRATCHES ON YOUR FACE, NIK?

I WANT TO SEE MY WIFE.

SHE'S ON HER WAY.

CAN YOU TELL US WHERE YOU WERE FRIDAY NIGHT?

I WANT TO SEE PAULA.

YOU'RE IN DEEP SHIT, MATE.

YOUR WIFE CAN'T HELP YOU.

YEAH, I KNOW YOU.

I DOUBT IT.

YOU KNOW, I'VE SEEN YOU BEFORE.

SHUT UP. [MUTTERS] SHUT UP!

NEXT DOOR AT JANE'S PLACE.

I TOLD YOU TO SHUT UP!

WHERE ARE MY KIDS?

WHERE ARE MY BLOODY KIDS?

THEY'RE WITH YOUR NEIGHBOR.

WHO ARE YOU?

CALM DOWN.

I DON'T WANT TO BE CALM, ALL RIGHT?

CAN I GET YOU SOMETHING?

YES, YOU CAN GET ME MY HUSBAND!

OK. AND GET ME OUTTA HERE!

YOU JUST STEP BACK IN HERE.

I'VE BEEN WAITING HERE FOR AN HOUR, ALL RIGHT?

MRS. D'AMATO.

I'M DETECTIVE SERGEANT ZAT.

I BELIEVE YOU'VE ALREADY MET DETECTIVE CONSTABLE WISS.

I WANT TO SEE NIK.

YOUR HUSBAND IS HELPING US WITH OUR INQUIRIES.

BULLSHIT.

HE WAS SEEN THROWING A SHOE INTO A VACANT LOT.

WHO SAW HIM?

A SEARCH WAS CONDUCTED IN THE BLOCK OPPOSITE YOUR HOUSE.

MMM. I KNOW THE ONE.

MY KIDS PLAY THERE, YOU KNOW.

EVERY KID ON THE STREET PLAYS THERE.

THEY FOUND A SHOE.

IT WAS IDENTIFIED AS BELONGING TO MRS. VALERIE SOMERS.

SHE'S BEEN MISSING SINCE LAST FRIDAY NIGHT.

PAULA!

Jane on phone: HELLO?

JANEY. PAULA.

OH, HI.

Paula: HANNAH AWAKE?

HEY, YOUR KIDS ARE FINE.

YOU KNOW?

MAYBE I COULD JUST TALK TO HANNAH.

NO, SHE'S, UM, SHE'S ASLEEP. SHE'S--

THE BABY?

ACTUALLY, YOU KNOW WHAT? THEY'RE ALL ASLEEP. HA.

[CRYING] SORRY ABOUT THIS, JANEY.

NIK'S IN TROUBLE.

AND THEY WON'T LET ME SEE HIM.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO.

YOU KNOW WHAT? IT'S--

IT'S OK. EVERYTHING'S OK.

THE KIDS ARE, LIKE, REALLY SAFE.

[CRYING] I'M SORRY.

I'LL GET THERE AS SOON AS I CAN, OK?

OK.

THANK YOU.

BYE, JANEY.

[SNIFFLING]

[BEEP]

[BEEP]

DOES SHE KNOW YOU RUNG THE POLICE?

[SNIFFLES] NO.


THEY SAY YOU'VE, UM...

HURT SOME WOMAN, NIK.

I DIDN'T, BABE.

[SNIFFLES] I DIDN'T TOUCH HER.

[SNIFFLING]

[GASPS]


DON'T. NOT YET.

DON'T.

[SIGHS]

WHAT IS IT, HANNAH?

THE BABY'S SICK.

WHAT IS IT?

HEY, WHAT IS IT?

[BABY FUSSES]

GOD, HE'S BURNING UP.

GET US A FLANNEL, PETE.

[COUGHS] GET A WET ONE.

Hannah: PANADOL. WHAT?

HE NEEDS PANADOL.

PANADOL.

POOR LITTLE THING.

IS IT ALL RIGHT FOR BABIES?

I DON'T KNOW. ONLY GET HALF OUT.

Hannah: MAYBE BABY PANADOL.

WHAT?

BABY PANADOL.

YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO GO TO A CHEMIST.

GO TO A CHEMIST.

THERE'S SOME IN OUR HOUSE.

[CRICKETS CHIRPING]

[CLICKS]

I'D MET SOME MATES FOR A DRINK.

WE USED TO WORK TOGETHER.

IT'S--IT'S JUST SOMETHING WE KEEP UP.

WE DRANK MORE THAN WE SHOULD'VE, SO I TOOK THE BACK ROAD HOME.

YOU KNOW, THE POLICE DON'T PATROL IT.

[CLICKS TONGUE] MUST'VE BEEN ABOUT, UH, QUARTER TO 12:00.

Nik: AND I SEE THIS WOMAN STANDING AT THE SIDE OF THE ROAD.

I DON'T WANT TO STOP.

IT'S LATE, AND I'M THINKING PAULA WILL BE GETTING WORRIED.

WHAT DO I DO? THE WOMAN NEEDS HELP.

SO I PULL OVER.

MY CAR RAN OFF THE ROAD.

GET IN.

THANKS.

[ENGINE REVS]

WHAT'S YOUR NAME?

VALERIE.

I'M NIK.

[CLICKS]

Nik: IT TURNS OUT SHE LIVES IN ONE OF THOSE HOUSES BY THE BAY.

THERE'S A STRIP OF HOUSES ALONG THERE.

IT'S OUT OF MY WAY.

IT'S IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION, ALMOST.

SHE DOESN'T SAY MUCH.

I CAN TELL SHE DOESN'T WANT TO TALK, SO I JUST--I LEAVE IT.

[SIGHS]

BUT I KNOW THIS SHORTCUT, AND I JUST DON'T--

I JUST DON'T THINK.

AND BEFORE I CAN SAY, "THIS IS THE SHORT WAY,"

SHE'S GONE.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN, "SHE'S GONE"?

[BRAKE CLICKS]

[CRICKETS CHIRPING]

[PANTING]

HEY!

[PANTING]

Nik: WAIT!

[GASPING]

Nik: I'M NOT GONNA HURT YOU.

TRUST ME!

[PANTING]

[GASPS]

YOU KNOW...

I THOUGHT THAT IF I LEAVE HER ALONE...

SHE'LL STOP BEING AFRAID OF ME.

SO I JUST...

I JUST LEFT HER THERE.

[EXHALES]

WHEN I GOT HOME, I SAW, UH...

[SIGHS] I SAW HER SHOE ON, UM, THE FLOOR OF MY CAR.

AND I, UM... [SIGHS]

JESUS, YOU KNOW, I JUST--

I JUST WANTED TO HELP THE WOMAN. I--

WHY DIDN'T YOU REPORT IT, NIK?

[SIGHS]

BECAUSE I THOUGHT SHE'D BE ALL RIGHT, YOU KNOW?

I THOUGHT SHE'D FIND HER WAY OUT OF THERE.

[SNIFFLES]

THEN WHEN I, UM...

THEN WHEN I SAW HER ON THE NEWS...

WHEN I SAW ON THE NEWS THAT SHE WAS MISSING, I...

BY THEN, YOU KNOW, IT WAS WHO WAS GONNA BELIEVE ME?

THANK YOU...

FOR LETTING ME KNOW.

BYE.


PAULA. COME IN.

HI.

[MAKES BABY NOISE]

HEY, SWEETIE. HI.

[INDISTINCT]

DADDY'LL BE HOME SOON.

MAYBE THEY CAN COME BACK LATER.

THEY'VE BEEN SO GOOD, PAULA, YOU KNOW?

NO, I DON'T THINK SO.

PAULA?

HE DIDN'T DO IT, JANE.

HOW DO YOU KNOW?

HE TOLD ME.

PAULA?

Jane: WHAT COULD I DO, PAULA?

Paula: ALL RIGHT.

GO INSIDE AND PUT YOUR BAGS IN YOUR ROOMS, ALL RIGHT?

[KIDS CHATTERING]

STUPID...

YOU'VE GOT NO RIGHT, JANE!

YOU HEAR ME?

NO FUCKING RIGHT!

I DON'T WANT TO SEE YOU ANYWHERE NEAR MY KIDS AGAIN.

[BUZZING]

[HELICOPTER WHIRRING]


[POLICE RADIO SQUAWKS]


[POLICE RADIO SQUAWKS]


I WAS HOME, LEON.

I DIDN'T PICK UP THE PHONE.

Valerie on machine: JOHN?

THERE'S A MAN--PATRICK.

HE'S A CLIENT, AND HE'S, UM...

HE'S GAY.

[VALERIE GASPS]

I DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS.

I DON'T UNDERSTAND.... US ANYMORE.

I DON'T WANT THIS TO BE HAPPENING TO US.

OH, HUH. THERE ARE LIGHTS.

THERE'S A CAR COMING. I'LL WAVE IT DOWN.

UM, WAIT FOR ME.

WE'LL TALK WHEN I GET HOME, OK?

BYE.

I LOVE YOU.

[LINE DISCONNECTS]

[MACHINE BEEPS]

I THOUGHT SHE WOULD COME HOME.


Sonja on tape: IT'S NOT--

IT'S NOT THAT HE MIGHT HAVE...

SLEPT WITH ANOTHER WOMAN.

IT'S...

THAT HE MIGHT NOT TELL ME.

THAT WOULD BE THE BETRAYAL.

Valerie: DO YOU STILL LOVE HIM?

Sonja: YEAH.

I STILL LOVE HIM.

[SOBBING]


I DON'T WANT TO LOSE YOU.

WHAT?

I DON'T WANT TO LOSE YOU. I COULDN'T BEAR IT.


[SINGING IN SPANISH]


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