Lavender (2016) Script

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Can I help you?

It's your brother and his family, they're uh...

What?


Are you done yet?

No, sweetie.


Are you done now?

Soon, I promise.

You said this would be fun.

I know. I know.

You load the fridge downstairs?

Mmmhmm.

Did you?

I said yes.

Three, two, one.


Alright, go!

I'm so glad you two are working things out.

He's so good with her.

Not too bad on the eyes, either.

Yeah, he's a rock star when he's not screwing his clients.

Joke.

Uh oh, almost!

Yay!

Candy!

It's all mine!

Can you take her, honey?

I'm running late.

Come on, we talked about this.

About what?

Rough sakes.

What?

Jane, I got a jobs at ten and two.

I've got an interview with the "times".

Fine. I'll take her to school but you need to pick her up.

Fine.

No doughnuts.

Are you guys getting a divorce?

No.

Of course not.

Marnie's parents are getting divorced.

Yeah, sweetie, you're not marnie.

You guys fight.

Hey, kiddo.

You're passive-aggressive.

Did mom tell you that?

No.

Sweetie, your mother and I love each other very much.

We always will.

But... sometimes people make mistakes.

I'm not the easiest to deal with, alright?

Your work has been centered on these old houses for quite some time.

What's the fascination?

My parents died in an accident when I was quite young.

Uh...

No, that's fine.

I uh, I don't actually remember a thing about them.

But it feels like forgetting something you know is important.

You just have no idea what it was.

I've become fascinated by these empty vessels that once housed such life.

I want to go to work with daddy.

Carpentry is dangerous.

But this is so boring.

The houses are like epitaphs.

They're glimpses into lives once lived.

Echoes of the people who once lived there.

Is that it? Nope.

Is that it?

Of course not, stupid.

Who were they?

Where did they go?

Are they still alive?

What did they leave behind?

So what have you left behind?

Uh...

I'll tell you what.

How about we stop at bj's on the way home?

Wow, turning down ice cream?

This must be serious.

Mom?

Mom, what is it?

Mom, you're scaring me!


Hello?

It's ok, you know.

It is.

Is this yours?

What's your name?

That's my mommy.

No.

No.

I said no!

Alice!

Alice!

Ali!

I was calling for you.

I know. That's why I came.

I still expect to go for ice cream.

Come on.

Hi, county archives please?

Yeah, I'd uh...

Like to order the property record for 1268...

Ok.


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Four...

Three...

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honey.

You startled me.

What are you doing?

I wet the bed.

Hey, it's ok.

It happens to the best of us.

No it doesn't.

Even daddy does when he drinks too much.

Come on.

Let's go.


Are you alright?

Oh my gosh.

Jane.

I'm so sorry.

Come on, that's the second time this week.

I know, I know, I know.

I can be there in twenty minutes, ok?

You know what? Never mind.

I'll get her.

No. I'll leave right away, I swear.

Fine.

I'll call the school.

I'm sorry.

Hello?

I'm sorry, who?

Alice, I can't hear you.

I can't hear a word, honey.

She wants you to come back.

Five... four... three... two...

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You need to come back.

Jane?

Jane?

Jane.

Thank god.

Jane?

Mommy?

There's been a mistake.

You had an accident.

I don't know you.

It's not funny.

Doctor!

I don't know either of you.

Can we get a doctor in here?

What's wrong with her?

Where am I?

Hey, why are you here?

My mom went crazy.

She's not crazy, she just has a secret.

Although the injuries she sustained in the accident were quite minor they appear to have aggravated a very severe, but older, injury.

Ok.

Jane?

Yeah.

Doctor Michaels asked me if I would speak with you.

Ok.

I'm Liam.

I'm the on-call psychiatrist.

I don't need a shrink.

Well, Jane, I can help.

I can help stimulate the recovery of your memory...

If you let me.

You see these sine lines?

They're remnants from an old trauma, twenty years or more.

Your wife's skull was fractured in seven places.

Scar tissue can impede long-term memory, kind of like a splinter in the brain, waiting for the body to push it out.

You're mistaken.

And...?

Her memory could snap right back.

But I have to warn you, it could take months.

I once had a patient who had to re-learn the English language.

It might even explain your fascination with photographing old houses, Mrs. reyer.

I'm tired.

Sure. Yeah.

Another time then.

Maybe spend some time with your family, Mrs. reyer.

I think it'll do them as much good as you.

Retten.

I'm sorry.

Reyer was my maiden name.

Yes it was.

Your memory is improving already.

Look, once she gets back into familiar surroundings her condition will likely improve.


Hey.


Are you alright?

Yeah.

That's good.

Do you remember me now?

Of course.

Some things are still fuzzy but it's getting better.

As long as you remember what matters most.

Look, I'm gonna get her home and uh, fed, but we'll be back tomorrow, alright?

Ok.

Love you.

And no doughnuts!

I'm not sure why I said that.

The brain is a remarkable thing.

It can... it can re-wire itself, repair itself.

Even create false memories to protect us.

That's why we must treat the cause, not just the symptom.

Very good.

Is there a heaven?

Uh, I don't know.

I'd like to think so.

Then there's a hell.

Sweetie, I think we live on in the memories of the people that loved us.

If we were good in their life then their memories of us will be too.

What if they don't remember you?

What happens then?

Hey, mommy's not gonna forget you.

I met a girl who said she would.

Clearly she's a horrible little person from a broken home.

Doofas.

Come in.

Come in!

I said, come in.


You gonna open it?

Jeez.

I didn't mean to startle you, you've just been staring at that box for two minutes.


Oh my god.

Jane?

Ok.


Hello?

Hello?


Oh, shit.

Hey.

Where did you get these?

The county archives delivered them.

That's not possible.

My foster parents would have told me.

Jane.

These files just didn't appear out of the blue.

You ordered them.

When?

You tell me.

I can't remember.

You own that house.

No!

I forget little things, like appointments, birthdays, pick-ups.

Not...

I'm sorry.

I'm sorry.

I shouldn't even be here.

I should have picked her up.

The trust fund's been paying the property tax.

It's managed by a... Patrick ryer.

I think you have an uncle.

That explains why you keep trying to photograph the place.

Jane, hey.

Hey.

We'll figure this out.

It's gonna be really positive.

It's an opportunity.

I barely remember my own family.

Visiting your childhood home could really stimulate some repressed memories.

Why don't you at least call your uncle?

Spend some time at the house.

It certainly can't hurt.


Hello?

Patrick ryer?

Speaking.

Hello?

Are you still there?

Uh... yeah.

I um...

Are you the brother of- who's calling, please?

My name's Jane.

Jane?

Yeah.

Wow.

Uh...

Um... are we...

Are you my uncle?

I haven't seen you in a... Uh... but yeah.

Yeah, I sure am.

Um...

Would it be ok if-if I came by sometime?

Um...

You're welcome any time.

Of course.

Ok.


Kinda familiar.

Maybe it's just like every other place I've photographed.

I don't know.

Patrick?

You're the spitting image of your mother.

We tore down the old barn, turned your father's fields there into corn and soy bean, if you believe.

Your foster parents sold me the fields on the condition that you keepin' the house.

Can't say I much wanted it on account of the memories good and bad, you know?

Um, I've gotta get something off of my chest.

It's been weighing on me.

Um... about you and foster care.

I just didn't know the first thing about bringing up a kid.

I thought it'd be best for you.

Still, somehow it...

I don't know.

Didn't sit right with me.

I'm sorry.

Let me know if you need anything.

What happened to them?

I assumed somebody told you, janey.

I...

Your parents and your sister passed on in that house.

I'm sorry.

I'm just the idiot with my foot in my mouth.

If you need anything, you know where to find me.

So anything familiar?

I have never seen him before.


You guys coming or what?

It doesn't look too bad.

It's hot and it smells.

Tell us what you really feel, kiddo.

I just did.

It does kinda smell, doesn't it?

Like old socks.

Like stinky old socks.

What's wrong, mom?

Jane?

You guys check out the house.

I'll take a look out back.

Come on. I wanna explore.

Alright, monkey.

Be careful.

Watch out for the big coyote!

No!


Looks like your mother's old room when she was your age.

This one's locked.

See?

We're in luck.

Alice?


Babe, be careful with that.

I will.

Hey, that's not a toy, honey.

Sweetie, it's vintage.

But it's in a little girl's room.

Yeah, but when that little girl played with it, it wasn't vintage.

I'm gonna stay in your mother's old room.

Let's go.

Come on, let's find-

it's alright.

Uh oh.

I hope mommy has another key or else we are in trouble.

You lost it.


You remember me?

Of course.

What about our marriage?

It's fuzzy.

How fuzzy?

What do you want me to say?

We were having some problems, but who doesn't, right?

You remember that I have a monster dong though, right?

Do you?

Do you see their eyes?

Look in their eyes.

They're rectangular.

Hey, janey.

Someone needs their sugar fix.

Meet you at the car.

Candy apples!

Yes!

Come on.

I'm gonna eat all the candy apples.

Mine, mine, mine!


Help you find anything?

I'm ok. Just browsing.

Take your time.

Excuse me.

Can I see that?

It's a shame to hang on to such a tragedy, I know, but I never put much stock in what they print anyway.


Hello?

Jane.

Liam.

We had an appointment.

Did we?

I'm sorry, I uh... I just uh...

I took-I took your advice and we're uh...

We're at the family farm.

Oh, good.

I'm sorry about the appointment, I must have just-

I must have just forgot.

That's ok, I'm proud of you for giving it a chance.

I'm glad you're alright.

Where are you?

At this moment?

I'm in my office, why?

Uh, Jane, I gotta go.

I have a patient, but um...

We'll talk soon, ok?

I'll be seeing you.

Liam!

Liam!

Liam.


Give me a friggin' break.


If you did bad things but don't remember, are they still part of who you are?

What?

Never mind.

Turn it off.

Alan.

Hey.

Hey.

Shh.

They'll hear you.


When you have a bad dream, write it down on a piece of paper and put it in a box.

And the butterfly fairies will change those things so they're not scary anymore.

The fairies are in the box?

Mmmhmm.

And they're nice?

They are nice but they're also tricksters.

They tell us riddles.

To understand them you have to listen carefully because your eyes can be easily tricked.

Alice.

Let's go.

Alice isn't here right now.

Alan, get up!

Get up!

You come find us.


What are you doing, mommy?

It's time to get up.

It's 4:30!

Go back to bed.

Five, four, three, two, one.

Five, four, three, two, one.

Five, four, three, two, one.

Five, four, three, two, one.

Five... four... three... two... One.


My brother was a lot of things.

Drunk.

An asshole at times, sure.

But he... he really loved your mom.

He loved you kids, even if he-even if he didn't show it.

I know it's hard digging up all this stuff.

I'm not sure if I'm seeing things.

Remembering things.

Or someone's messing with my head.

Did I kill them?

The only person who knows what happened in that house is you.

How could I forget something like that?

It was an act of mercy.

I can't remember anything about any of them.

Well, your pa was a hell of a dancer.

Hard worker.

He was funny.

He was kind when he wanted to be.

I mean, he had a temper, sure, same as anyone.

I don't know what else to tell you.

Thanks.

Morning, mommy.

You look really tired.

Thanks.

Can we go to the lake and skip stones?

I don't know, monkey.

Please? Pretty please?

Maybe later, ok?

Fine.

I'm sorry if Suzie kept you awake last night.

What'd you just say?

Morning.

My two favourite ladies.

How're we feeling?

Great.

Can you take her to the lake?

You ok?

I wanna head back today.

I'm not feeling so good.

Tell me what's up.

I think this place is making me worse.

We'll go home after lunch.

Who wants to skip some stones?

I do!


Are there any bears in these woods?

No.

They live further north.

What about wolves?

Well, you never know.

Hello?

Suzie?


What about fairies?

Would any fairies live down here?

I don't know.

Well, you never can tell.

Fairies are tricksters.

Tinkerbell wasn't a trickster.

Yeah, that's different.

She wasn't real.

I see.

So real fairies are tricksters.

Yeah, they're good.

They tell us riddles.

You have to listen carefully because your eyes are easily tricked.


Stupid.

Suzie?

You shouldn't be here.

I know it's you.

Please don't hide.

We have to.

The monster's coming.

Hide!

Hide!

Shh!

You have to run!

I can't!

Run!


How do you know so much about fairies?

I had a dream about it.

This nice lady taught me a song.

She did?

Yeah.

She also said mommy's gonna hurt me.

Honey, why would you say that?

Did mommy do something?

Mommy's not the real one to be afraid of.

Then who is?

The monster in the bedroom.

I'm going to start loading the car.


Alice!

Alice!

Alice.

Alice.

Alice.

We can't let you leave, janey.

We can't.

What are you doing?

Looking for you.

But I'm right here.

Were you singing?

The fairy song.

Where'd you hear it?

I don't know.

This is important.

Where'd you hear that song?

I don't know.

Of course you do!

Now you tell me where you heard it!

I don't know-

Alice!

Hey!

Hey, what are you doing?

What the fuck?

It's nothing.

You were hurting her.

It was an accident.

Don't bullshit me, Jane!

She was driving me nuts.

I just want to go!

Listen!

Come on.

No, no, no.

Jane.

You didn't.

Didn't what, Alan?

Tell me you didn't.

Of course I didn't.

I swear.

Daddy!

Daddy!

Alice!

Alice?

Alice!

What happened?

The man was chasing me.

What man?

We had to hide.

She must have imagined it.

What man?

The monster under the bed.

Alright, sweetie.

Just-

oh god, Ali.

Ali, look.

Let me look.

Ok, relax.

Relax.

Just relax, relax, relax.

She's having an asthma attack.

What do you mean?

Just like my sister.

We gotta go.

Come on.

Hang on, sweetie. Hang on.

Goddammit.

It won't open.

Jane.

They won't let me leave.

Go.

Jane!

Get her out of here!


Ok.

Let's play.


Olly olly oxen free.

I know you.


Psst. Quickly. You've gotta hide.

He's coming!

You've gotta hide!

Hide, janey!

Shhh. It's him.


Shhh.

Pretty girl.

You shouldn't be here.

Of course I should.

I even brought a present for you.

Stay away from me.

Janey?

I'm not the monster.

He is.

Shhh.

Pretty girl.

You shouldn't be here.

Of course I should.

Just listen to the fairy song and everything will be alright.


I'm fine.

Liam, let's go up.

Liam.

Liam.

Come on, let's go up.

Mommy?

No, no.

Mommy!!

Sweetheart, no.

No. Shh.

I need you to be quiet. I need you to be quiet.

It'll be fine, just shhh.

Quiet.

Stop it!

Stop it!

You get away from her.

Jenny, wait.

Liam! Liam!

Wait, Jenny! No, no, no!

Don't call him!

Don't call him.

Wait, wait, wait.


Kiddo.


Christ!


The brain is a remarkable thing.

It can re-wire itself, repair itself.

Even create false memories to protect us.

Very good.

I barely remember my own family.

I never put much stock in what they print, anyway.

Where are you?

Daddy?

You should have just told me.

Babe, we're trapped here.

I can only guide you to the truth and you can set us free.

I'm sorry.

Don't be.

Don't be. We love you.

Hey. Are you alright?

Hey.

Alice.

Alice is fine.

She calmed down once we hit the road.

Alan, I... it's going to be better now.

I promise.

Let's just change that tire and get out of here.

Where's Alice?

I dropped her off at Patrick's.

What?

Jane!

Hey, what's going on?!

Yeah, put your hands on some cookies.

What's that you got there?

I didn't know kids still played with Jacks anymore.

You sure were excited when we played with those cows.

You wanna do that again?

Moo cow!

We can do that again.

I might need a favour first, though.

Like what?

Well, it'd have to be our secret.

Can you keep a secret?

It's nothing much, just a game.

They told me not to play with you.

Who did?

No one.

Who would say something mean like that?

I don't know.

Yes, you do.

I just want to know what they've been saying to you.

Looks like they've said too much already.

Let's go. Come on.

Let's go.

Hey!

They're so silly.

Indeed.

Come on now.

You really need that?

A lot of foxes, Suzie.

Foxes everywhere.

Alice, not Suzie.

Yeah.

Patrick.

Hey!

Patrick!

Keep your distance.

Patrick, don't shoot!

Please, don't shoot!

Don't shoot.

I wanna go home!

Patrick!

Patrick.

I wanna go home!

It's ok, sweetie. It's ok.

Everything's gonna be alright.

Please, Patrick.

Don't hurt her.

Please.

Tell me what you want, Patrick.

A second chance.

Daddy!


Hey. Hey.

Hey.

Hey.

You can't leave me here.

No, stop!

You can't!

Jane!

I- I never meant...

I loved your sister, I just-we're family.

It was a mistake.

Tell that to them.

No!

No!

Jane!

I'm sorry!

Jane!


Are there dead people in there?

Yes, honey.

Eww.

Come on, let's go play by the woods.

See if there's any bears in there.

You said they lived further north!


Olly olly oxen free.