Nell (1994) Script

Miz Kelty?

Miz Kelty?

You don't need me Mr. Baring Just wasting my time again You know where I am No square dancing!

Do you reckon he ought to be in the hospital?

No, ma'am. My advice is don't go near those places unless they pay you a heap of money Your father's eighty seven years old, Janet Just be there for him Don't worry I ain't a-gonna go nowhere Been looking for you all over Jerry Take care See ya Thanks for seeing Papa Sure

Billy Fisher found her He delivers the groceries out there I guess she's what you'd call a hermit

She talked kinda funny, too. She kinda like, uh, "Durr yurr mmm"

Only one side of her face was working You try talking out of one side of your face Oh, so you seen her then?

Just the once. When I first moved out here It seemed to me she was doing okay Oh, sure now she lived her own life

I didn't know there were folks living this far out Well, there aren't Just ol' Miz Kelty

God It's beautiful

Well, look at that Just laid herself down folded up her arms and died Don't look like she's been gone long No...

In this heat, you'd know if she'd been dead more than a day

Well... anything I should be concerned about?

Not that I can see I guess she hasn't been outside in a long time Well, that figures. The last time I seen her in town was more'n a year back

Is this for real?

No electricity, no phone... no running water

She lived here all alone, huh?

Well, that's what hermits do, lovell They live alone and they die alone

Peterson to Robbinsville base

Okay-ay-ay, we're outta here!

Let's get back to civilization

Billy Fisher found her when he delivered the groceries?

Yeah, that's right I'll catch up with you

Hi there

It's okay, I won't hurt you

Stay back! Well, what the hell is it?

Stay back! What the hell is it, Jerry?

Put the gun away Leave her alone Don't touch my gun Jerry Come on let's go Come on What the hell is it?

Get out. She's scared She's scared? Holy shit! What?

Good God Almighty

You ever heard of anyone else living out here?

No, never Are you all right? Did you get hurt? Fine. Fine

Okay Jesus Let's take this one step at a time. Stay here. I'm gonna go back inside Jerry I can't let you go back in there We don't even know what that thing is It's a human being And she's frightened Well, what are you gonna do?

Talk to her. If I can

Please... don't be afraid

The Lord led you here, stranger. Guard my Nell. Nell Good child. the Lord care you Man, did you see this? That crazy old woman owned half of this damn woods What kind a deal is this?

The first stranger who finds her is supposed to look after her?

Well, that means you, Jer Oh, sure. Just what I need Well, "the Lord led you here". There you go You led me here Well, you want the Lord to take care of you or not?

The last time I saw the Lord was in church on my wedding day.

And look how that turned out. Come on

Well, she's definitely over age So I guess we notify the Adult Protective Service She doesn't need a social worker. She needs a padded call That is one seriously disturbed lady Well, I'm afraid that's gonna be your territory, Jerry Thanks Well, "the Lord led you here, stranger"

It's okay. It's okay. It's all right just calm yourself down. It's okay Calm down, calm down It's all right calm down.

No! Whackie!

No. Calm down Come in Nicole, you want to sing "Open Shut" then?

Doctor Olsen?

Could you close the door, please? Thanks They said it was fine to drop by I'm Jerry Lovell. I've got a family practice over in Robbinsville Hi This is my assistant, Diane So what can I do for you?

Well... I could use some advice

This, uh, this woman speaks an unknown language?

Her mother was paralysed down one side. Apparently a series of strokes It's possible the girl picked up the speech distortions Speech distortion's not an unknown language I know. It's more than that

Well, I want to see her right away How about first thing in the morning? Nine?

Thanks. If you're not too busy

Well, no known living next of kin Violet Kelty was just about as lone as a soul can get in this world Except she wasn't Sheriff's Department Well now officially that "creature" does not exist Todd?

There, see what you make of that

Right here?

Perterson Yeah, hey, Sally, what

Where is she now?

I'll be right over.

Yeah, thanks, Sally I appreciate your trouble You think that's how she got pregnant? Rape?

I have to go Mary, huh? Yeah My Mary

You'll be all right now, honey. He's on his way. He's a-coming

Thanks, Sally It's okay, sweetheart. It's okay. I'm here now Why'd you get upset?


Come on... come on. There you go Okay, folks, the show's over You guys okay? Yeah, yeah. We've been here before


You found me Early Yeah, I'm always early Not a bad day What happened to her?

Nothing and everything It hits her once in a while Is there any obvious cause? You want a list? Life's touch But she's luckier than some. She's got a good husband there Ready to head for the woods?

The things people do to their kids. Jesus She's not like that when she's on her own Strangers scare her How do you know?

I've been watching her

She's been, uh, completely isolated. Almost certainly mentally retarded A blood test will pick up childhood disease, any kind of metabolic disorder Oh, you carry a blood kit?

You think she's gonna sit there and let me stick a needle in her?

I'll hold her

It's okay, darling. It's okay Do it

Do it Shh... shh. It's okay

If you're right...a big if... if she's never left this cabin or this part of the forest never known anybody but her mother... never encountered any of the images of the modern world, never seen a car, a television a gun, a Hershey bar... never heard rock'n'roll music or But now you said she can talk Yeah, but it's some kinda language of her own Well, we haven't had a true wild child in this country for sixty years She's not a wild child It's just a shorthand term, Dr. Lovell She's not a child No. That's what makes this case so unique This is not your field, I know Bur let me tell you what we're dealing with here Some pretty fundamental issues How was the personality formed? We don't know How much is innate, how much is learned? We don't know Where do gender roles come from? We don't know Because you can't take a baby and have it grow up in a lab... and monitor and control every influence You want to have her grow up in a lab?

Grow up in a lab? No Dr. Lovell thinks you're gonna do a Frankenstein number on her, Al Oh, well, uh... all right...

Let me ask you this, Dr. Lovell Can she survive on her own?

Well I don't know Yeah, well, all right, suppose she cannot Who's gonna look after her? You?

Me? Why me?

All right, so who's volunteering?

I can tell you this much It's gonna be somebody with an ulterior motive Everybody who cares for someone has an ulterior motive Even Mother Teresa She wants to know that her life has been of some use to others And so do I Excuse me

Oh, shit

Yeah, I'm on my way Well, Lovell, did I wake you up?

Hey, Todd, it's okay. I overslept. What's up?

I'm looking at a commitment order that's just been issued for Nell

What does that mean?

Well, it means they're gonna take her away It's a court order, Jerry. I have to enforce it When, now?

Well, that's what it says Can you give me some time?

I guess I could hold off till after lunch Try and make it a long lunch, will ya?

Well, what do you say there, Don?

Not fishing today?

Todd Sorry about this, Jerry?

Hi Well, we've. come to pick Nell up Yeah, I heard I've got the court order

You do know it's in her own best interests right?

Did you ask her?

Well, you know that's impossible Tell 'em, Don Well, I have a court order here that says. if you don't get Nell's informed consent you're violatin' her rights And if you do that, I'm gonna sue you all the way to the Supreme Court

How can she give her informed consent?

She doesn't even speak English!

If she doesn't speak English, she has to give her consent through an interpreter What interpreter? This is crazy!

There isn't anybody who speaks her language!

Then I guess somebody's gonna have to learn

Dr. Lovell's view seems to be that this woman's natural habitat is a primitive cabin in the heart of the forest Well I take a different view I see... a victim of abuse... and neglect I see a mature woman who's been robbed of half her life Her mother never gave her a choice. Isn't Dr. Lovell doing the same thing?

Hiding her away as his own private pet in the woods?

We all know what happens to these freak cases, Your Honor They get a year of celebrity A starring role in a few academic papers Then they get to spend the rest of their lives in a state institution... abandoned... by the very doctors and scientists who claimed to be helping them Nell has a home. She has a life. She's not asking for any help So just be sure she needs care... before she gets cared to death If she's ever gonna leave that cabin she's gonna need skills she doesn't presently possess How do you know she wants to leave the cabin?

You think that's the best life we can give her?

I don't think her life is ours to give People can help each other, Dr. Lovell. We don't have to do everything on our own Okay, I think I'm getting the picture Here's what I'm gonna do I'm gonna defer my decision for three months This time to be used for the proposed of observation and assessment And I hope that by the end of this period this court is better informed

Hey You sure you can make it roughing it like this?

I don't see an air conditioning unit You okay about breathing raw air?

Wow, who's paying for this floating palace?

My department This project has very high priority Oh, I bet it does

So how long are you staying?

Three months

Don't you have a life?

It can wait How long're you staying?

I don't know Well, won't your, uh, patient miss you?

I've got someone to cover for me. Everybody's replaceable so I guess you'll make full professor on the back of this case, huh?

Sure, why not?

Look, I'm here to do ajob. Anything that helps me do thatjob is fine by me If you want to be a Boy Scout, go ahead... but I'd appreciate it if you could do your best not to screw it up

What's all this?

What's it look like?

You never said anything about video cameras to me Well, it's the least intrusive method of observation Well, how'd you rig this up?

Well, she was asleep She sleeps most of the day

Mind if I dress?


I'm Jerry

You're Nell. I'm Jerry

Me Me. That's right. Jerry

You're Nell

That's right. That's right

That's right

She has an objective self and a subjective self that I I've never seen such a perfect projection before That's, that's "me" me... in the mirror You'd think it would be the other way around But that's "me" out there almost like she's displacing herself Have you run any tests?

Only blood works and no abnormalities there We'll have to run competency tests before the court hearing, but I'd say it's still too soon I want you to hear this language she speaks What is this gesture about?

I don't know. It's some kind of self comforting She did it when she was saying "me"

You should explain the speech degradation is misleading That's right. the mother was aphasic but the idiosyncratic word tell me


You mind if I talk?

I like it here

It's a quiet place You've got the right idea, Nell You live with people, you get problems First they screw you up... then they leave you, right?

You ever get lonely, Nell?

I never had any brothers and sisters either

"Very unusual for an Irish family, Dr. Lovell"

Oh, sure, you better believe it.

God, there was a family lived next door.

The Connors. The Connors... They had seven kids. Seven Always yelling and screaming, having a good time Me watching... over a fence, through a window I heard music. A band This parade was coming down the street I'm on our front steps Jamie Connor grabs me pulling me into the street

"No, no, no, no, no" My heart's going ba-boom, ba- boom, ba-boom The band's going bum-bum-bum, bam, bam-bam-bam, bam.

Oh, but I was so excited. Jamie's got me by my hand We're doing this. Some kid's got my other hand, the band right behind us

You get close to a band. you know about it I'm marching, I'm with the other kids. I wasn't alone You know what I'm saying?

We weren't talking Just... just...enjoying this wonderful spirit

Did you see that?

Yeah, I saw it Did you see it?

Yeah, I saw it She talked! To me!

I know Hold out your hand I didn't ask for that. She did I know

You know what it means? No!

Okay, so here's what I've been thinking. Nell speaks English English? Oh, come on Yeah, most of the time anyway. Look Come here. Take a look at this.

"Af'ah I done go, ga'inja come" There's only one word of pure Nellish there Sounds like language analysis to me Dr. Olsen All right, o- okay

"Spee"...speak. "Af'ah"... after. She's droppin' consonants Yeah, but...what does "chickabee" mean?

She says, "Missa chickabee." What's "missa"?

I don't know When she's scared she says. "Tata, tata" Wh-what's that?

I don't know yet

Where is she?

Look at that

We shouldn't be watching this Why not?

She's naked So?

I think she's beautiful

You think I'm planning to abuse the doctor patient relationship?

Are you? No Just because I think she's beautiful doesn't mean I want to have sex with her I mean, I think you're beautiful, but...

Oh, thanks You know what I mean That's okay No, look, I didn't mean it that... It's okay. I'm a big girl

What is it with you and Nell?

It's like... there's no one else in the world

Like she doesn't...need anybody

Can you live your whole life that way or... does it drive you crazy in the end?

I don't understand, Nell. What, what's "missa"?

Oh, I've got it! "Missa"...little Little. "Erna"...big. Huh?

So, so what's "t'ee"?

"T'ee"...tree. "Tree in the wind!" You're a tree in the wind!

Hey, Nell, Nell. Show me "t'ee"

Come on, show me "t'ee." Show me the trees Come on, Nell, it'll be fun Come on, we'll have fun Tata! Tata?


Tata. What...? Tata? You're afraid?

What are you afraid of, Nell?

What's "eva'dur"?

You okay?



"Tata"...potato. Just kidding Frightened..."tata"... frightened. "T'ee"..."tree"


Well, how long has she been there?

Turn if off

Turn that thing off!

What the hell do you think you're doing?

She's never heard music before in her life Hey sometimes people just do things! Did you think of that?

It's called impulse It's called doing what you want... You ought to try it some time! whenever you want to and not giving a shit about anyone else!

And I grew out of it around about the age of six!

What the fuck is that?

What's wrong?

What...what's gone away?

Ah... word of the Lord. I'll get it. I'll get it!

It's safe

I'm sorry. We shouldn't have taken it away

You want... you want me to read it to you, huh?

a people...laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers children that are corrupters... they have forsaken the Lord

They have provoked the...


A seed of evildoers Nell Nell Show me "eva'dur."



Nell. Nell Show me "eva'dur." Show me Show me "eva'dur."

It's okay

Nell, Nell... the "eva'dur" hits you like this, huh?

Skoo'? "Skoo" in the belly?



Well, suppose your only close encounter with men was terrifying violence?

Rape. You'd tell your daughter they were monsters. Evil-doers

"Eva'dur." My God, of course!

You'd want to warn her what they do. I think Violet told Nell about rape Sure. but how?

"Skoo' inna belly." Knife in the belly. Pardon me Skewer Nell told you that? Yep Well, that could be all that's keeping her from coming out in the daytime A deliberately-implanted phobia And why is she more likely to be raped in the daytime?

Well, she isn't, but she's more likely to be seen in the daytime And... Violet didn't want anyone to see Nell Yep. I buy that So... what do we do with phobics? Get them to face what they're afraid of Neutralize their fear

We could do that

Hey. Uh-uh. not so fast You're a man. You're an "eva'dur" Wait a minute, no, I'm not Ye-yes, I'm a, I'm a man. I'm g-, I'm "ga'inja"!

Ga'inja Guardian angel! I'm her guardian angel!

Well, that's great. Now you have to help


Come on. I want you right here beside me You want a chaperone? For the record. Come on Okay

Okay Now's as good a time as any

Do I warn her, or what? Just do it. Act like it's no big deal Believe me, it's no big deal

Turn around

He won't hurt you

Who's Tirzah?

Good, huh?


What, Nell?


Come and get it Come on

Je'y! What, Nell?

Well, come on nobody's gonna hurt you

Come and get some

See? No evil-doers. Just me

Come on. scaredy. Come on!

Well, what was you doing back in that barn?

The Wild Woman of Lake Coweeta!

Well, what kind of wild? She was like an animal She ain't got no clothes on? Butt fucking naked!

And she does like a dog

Hey, how are you doing?

What's going on?

You say you was sawing the wild woman in the wood

And what if I did?

Well, I'd be interested Well, I'd be interested

What's it called?

Pop what?

Popcorn, Je'y Popcorn

What are you doing? Getting her out in the daytime She's not a dog, for crissakes It works, doesn't it?

Well, yeah, but... She's having a good time She's discovered popcorn Now she can go to the movies!


Nay tata. Reckon?

Oh, I knew she'd like it

T'ee...t'ee in the way!

T'ee...t'ee in the way!




Damn it!


Come loo' Mi'i!

Where is "Mi'i", Nell?

Mi'i inna missa feliss Missa feliss?

Come on


Oh, my God



"Mi'i" walks with the Lord

"Mi'i" walks with the Lord The Lord!

Lor-d That's it


She's the survivor of a pair of identical twins That's where the private language comes from. It's twin-speech And this repetitive gesture? You got it So, how long ago did the twin die?

Well, I'd guess the age of between six and ten. We're looking at twenty years at least We want her in here, Paulajust as soon as the court hearing's over Jerry thinks she should be left where she is Jerry? Dr. Lovell You know, Al, Nell has her own way of doing things I'd say she can probably handle it on her own

Let me give you a little, uh, peek into the future, Paula One day soon some...hiker or fisherman is gonna come walking... out of those woods with a story about a wild woman And, uh, that'll bring the news reporters. The news reports will bring the crowds The crowds will bring the talk show hosts. Nell will find she's hired a lawyer... an agent, a manager, and three bodyguards You think she can handle that?


Anybody home?


Anybody home?


Mike lbarra. I'm ajournalist. Charlotte Tribune Um... I heard you were living up here Well, I, I hope you don't mind me coming by

Look, is, uh... it okay if I... I take a picture?

Have you ever seen one of these before?

It, It's called a camera, see, and... um, uhh, I look at you...through this little window here, see? Now...

I'm looking at you through this... window, and, uh...

Hey, no, come on, it's okay. Really. It's okay...

You hurt her, you're dead, buddy!

Look, I never touched her! All I did was take her picture

You press?

Charlotte Tribune

Okay. I'm sorry. I guess I overreacted Look, I'm her doctor. Do me a favor, will ya? Forget you ever met her Mike lbarra Lovell Well, it's like this, Dr. Lovell I'm a newsman Yeah, well find some other news. You saw how you scared her

Nell? You okay?

Nell? She's called Nell?

She's called Nell? She's called Nell?!

Why can't she just be left alone to live as she damn well pleases?

You know why. Once word gets out, we might as well start selling tickets So what do we do, huh? Build a wall around the woods?

Well, maybe she's gonna have to go somewhere else Like where? Somewhere where she can be protected Like a psychiatric unit, maybe?

So what's your suggestion? Check her into a Holiday lnn?

Al Paley's the best man in the field Great. Let him stay in his field. Nell doesn't need him So who does she need? You? She could do worse Well, what have you got to offer? What's your big plan for Nell?

I don't make plans. That's your game. Yours and Al's Go play it somewhere else, and leave us out of it Oh, it's "us" now, is it? Jerry and Nell, the happy couple?

What would you know about happy couples?

Well, what would you know about Nell?

I've spent more time with her than you have Oh, yeah, I noticed What's that supposed to mean?

You ever ask yourself why you like hanging around Nell so much?

Great! Here we go again! She's not exactly a grown woman, is she?

Not exactly a threat Doesn't make any demands You want to know what you problem is?

I'll tell you what your problem is Just what every man wants!

You're the big expert on men right? You're not a man You're just a biob! What'd you do, read a book about it?


Okay, Nell. It's okay Nell, Nell, Nell. It's okay, it's okay. Nell

Say something. Make her feel it's okay

Mommy loves Daddy, really

Whatever I said back there...

I'm sorry, I was just sounding off It's okay What do I know?

So what are we gonna do about Nell?

She's gonna have to take some kinda competency test before a court hearing Those tests don't prove a...

I know

It's time to show her the big bad world and see how she handles it

Okay. Hold still Loo', Je'y. Jus' like Pau'

Slow down

It's all right. It's noisy, though


This is it, Nell Well, what do you say, Jerry? Hi, Todd You know Doctor Olsen Oh, yeah. Hi Hey, how you doing?

Well, look at this Nell this is Sheriff Peterson Uh, welcome to Robbinsville So how are you guys doing, Todd? Okay?

Ah, well quiet. Uh, I've known worse Hi, Mary?

Hi. All this is kinda new to her You scared?

You scared?

Well you sleeping pretty good up there in the mountains?

I'm not as young as I used to be Well, we better get on home. Uh, looks like you're doing good work there, Jerry Just starting

I'm not getting her this She hasn't eaten junk like this yet, and I'm not having her start now Don't you remember eating candy as a kid?

Saturday mornings, tearing the wrapper off a Milky Way?

The first explosion of total sweetness? Life doesn't get any better Right, Hazel? Yes You still got all your own teeth? Yeah, mostly Wher2's Nell?






We got us a wild woman Flesh and blood

Well, what does she want anyway?

Well, I tell ya, I believe she wants a little action Get going, Billy

Hi there, baby

Anything I can do ya for?

Now, you'll have to excuse me. Just correct me if I'm wrong here Miss... Miss Wild Thing, but you you don't understand a word I'm saying, do you?

That's right You don't understand a word that I'm saying, do you?

That's right And it's getting a little bit hot in here, Jim Why don't you just light my fire?

You light my fire darling, that's right Oh, that's it You want, you wanna show me something?

You, you want to show me them tit...? Them are titties. Can you say "titties"?

Tit-, titties? Titties?

That's right, shake 'em up. That's right, turn all about, right That's a girl. Turn all around, do the titty dance That's right. Hey! I got an idea. You want to see my body? What you want?

Whoo, titties! Titties!

Let's do the titty dance! You put your left titty...

Put your right titty... No, no... Put your right titty in...



What's going on here?

What'd you do to her?! What'd you do to her?!

There don't have to be no ass-whupping. You just take a look right over here She's just crazy.

Nell, come on. Shh-shh-shh, Nell. Shh. Come on. let's go, let's go

She still looking at it? Yeah

Did your parents do this for you?

You gotta be kidding me. My mother'd die before she'd give me a book like that No way. Uh-uh So how'd you learn?

Go on. Tell Dr. Lovell

Girlfriends at school

So what about you?

Well Come on, don't be shy. Come on Bathroom walls Bathroom walls? Je'y?


How yo' caw this?

Well making love

Je'y? Well, not exactly


Yeah, that's right. That's Jerry and Paula

Making love

It has to help Nell if we look on as if we're getting along That's why I let her identify us with the pictures. I hope you don't mind Nope Research shows that children who perceive their parents as having a good sex life... grow up to make far better sexual relationships themselves Is that so?

Yeah, that's so

Did your parents have a good sex life?

Three guesses

What went wrong?

My daddy left home when I was thirteen My mom still doesn't know why She was always laughing and smiling We were all supposed to be having such a good time

My dad liked happy people, and so she was happy for him She was so hurt. Shit

You know what I hate?

The way we're all

we're all trapped in these cycles, going around and around

I doesn't seem to me like you're repeating the same pattern Oh, sure. I'm just playing the flip side, right? Nobody's gonna hurt me, so... so I don't...

I don't feel that much Even when I want to Shit!

Nell, wha...? Is anything the matter?

An'thin' a' matter?

An'thin' a' matter?

Donana kee

I'm not, I'm not crying

Oh, hell. Yes, I am



You okay?


You wanna come?

Well, it's a pretty walk

I just saw a T.V. news outfit in town. It's not gonna take 'em long Listen to this

"The wild woman never spent a dollar in her life, but she's worth millions"

Where do they get this shit?

We have to get her outta here

The hospital

You know it's the only place where they can't get to her

Get away! Get those cameras the hell outta here!

Get away!

Let her go, Mary. We have to go

Nell, listen to me, Listen to me, Nell. We have to leave! Just for a while Nell. I know you're scared...but I'll be with you, I'll keep you safe. I promise Nell...Jerry ga'inja Je'y ga'inja That's right. Come on, Come on, we have to leave Okay? All right

Hold on

Excuse me

Almost there. We're almost there

Nell. Nell. Nell. It's okay. Nell

You'll have to carry her

It's gonna be all right. It's gonna be all right...

It's all's all right, Nell

It's all right...Nell

It's all right...Nell!


All right, all right, now let us take her. Easy, easy, easy

Back off! Back off!

Settle down, everybody, quiet!!! No sedatives We don't...want to set the whole ward off here You can go in to see her just as soon as you're... quiet

Come on, Nell, It's Jerry

This is not her normal behavior She hasn't freaked out like on this for weeks, Al. You saw the damn tapes I'm not happy about this, Paula She's out of her familiar environment You've had almost three months I want her in here, so we can begin what we should have been doing from the start I must have been out of my mind to bring her here

She needs time, Al, that's all

Come on

Well, we've got the weekend Maybe by Monday I'll feel happier

Maybe not

They'll shut you away!

Show them how you really are! Please

My beloved is gone down into his garden to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens and to gather lilies. I am my beloved and my beloved is mine he feedeth among the lilies

"Thou art beautiful, O my love... " Tirzah...

This isn't, uh, lower level autism, that's for sure

I want to take her out of here, Paula We can't. One more day, that's all You think the judge is gonna say he knows better than Al Paley?

I'm taking her out Jerry!

Come on, come on. You're gonna walk. You're gonna walk. Here we go

Come on. I'm talking you out of here. I'm taking you out

Hey, wait a second!

Move! Sorry

No, not a word

Yeah, I know

Days lnn

Six-oh-one North Tryon. Room two-two-one

No, we're not going anyplace

I never meant it to be like this, Nell

I'm not your guardian angel. Sorry

But...Je'y feliss aw tye wi' Nell

But I guess all that's over now

Thou au beau'fu', o ma love, as Tirzah

How long she been like this?

She's been out for over an hour now. Just laid herself down and went to sleep

Why here?

I didn't know where else to go

So what are we gonna do now?

I'm gonna have to take her to court tomorrow morning?


So that's it Shit

I could...take it if she'd say something to me. Anything but this silence

Nell is on the threshold of a hazardous journey We can guide her on thatjourney but what we can't do is turn the clock back.

She can never be a child again But, uh, we're not here to choose between her new life and old life Her new life has already begun Our task here today is to determine how we can best help her... as she takes her first steps into a wilder world And in your opinion, Professor... ...Nell does need help?

I don't think that's in doubt You don't think she's capable of looking after herself?

No, I do not What do you think she's been doing for the last three months?

It's my impression for the past three months she's made no progress at all Your counsel will have the opportunity to put questions to the profes...

What do you call progress? Turning into someone like you?

No need to be personal here, Dr. Lovell I happen to like Nell, Professor What you do to her is personal to me, okay?!

Counsel, you want to control your client?

You and Dr. Olsen have become emotionally involved with your patient She is not my patient! She is not sick!

She throws fits. She bangs her head against the wall Oh, for God... It was a glass wall! She didn't see it!

Dr. Lovell, you will take your seat.

She displays many of the symptoms of... Asberger's Syndrome...

Oh, bullshit! She just doesn't want to talk to you!

Does she want to talk to you, Dr. Lovell?

Dr. Lovell, sit down!

I...I'm sorry?

Dr. Lovell?

Je'y? Spee' fo Nell

She says, since her mother died, she's been alone

She's been afraid

Everyone's frightened, everywhere The sweet Lord soothes our tears Our many tears

Our world has...many people in it, Nell. People who can be your friends.

But you have many things to learn

Don't you want that?

You have big things

You know big things

But... you don't look into each other's eyes

And you're...hungry for quietness

I've lived a small life

I know small things

I know... loved ones

I know everyone goes

Everyone goes away

Yeah... I guess so

Don't be frightened for Nell

Don't weep for her

I have no...

greater sorrows than you



Is Ruthie still asleep?

Yep Almost there

Well, has everybody got everything they need?

Hey! What'd I tell you?

You just start eating and they'll show up. It never fails We finally made it! I don't believe it!

Happy birthday, Nell!

Happy birthday

Bass ain't hitting this stickbait today Well, it ain't gonna hit nothing if you don't hush up What you using, Don?

Old spinner. You know Mister Bass can't resist that I can't tell you how many times I seen Myrtle Jean and Clara and the little baby

See that?

And to think I was the big shot who was gonna change her life You're not the only one But you did. Didn't you know? You were the first The first what?

To need her

You remember that