River (2015) Script

You notice the spider angioma?

Can you tell him I'm gonna check his eyes?

Look up.

His lungs are clear. His heart's okay.

His liver's distended.

Always look at the patient in the eyes.

You'll see the pain before you hear it.

Your liver's not well, sir. Okay?

And if you keep drinking, it's gonna kill you.

So do yourself a favour...

What happened? Traffic accident. More coming.

Get on the radio to district and get me an ambulance.

If they don't have one, get me a truck.


We have an open chest wound... Lung is collapsed.

Label him "red."

Label her black. Give her some morphine.

Keep pressure on there. Can we get an IV in here, please?

Blood pressure's very low. Label her "red".

She has an open fracture of the tibia.

Are you the mother?

Label her "red".

This is our number one.

This guy needs a chest tube. He's the first one out...

How did it go?

It went well.

All we have to do now is excise this wound, get rid of all that black tissue.

Of course, yeah.



Fuck! Compass!

Come on!


You got it?

Push some saline, come on!

Come on!

She's gone.

John... John, you have to move on.

We have six other patients.

We have to move on now. Please. Take your hand off of me.

I can fix this.

Get the next one in here. No, no, no. I can fix this.

Come on! Push some more saline!

You need to take some time to decide, whether this is where you want to be... or whether you want to be a part of this team.

When I call it, it is over.

Take a couple weeks.

I'd like one ticket to Ban Nakasang.

How long's the bus ride?

12 hours. Wow.

Thank you!

How much?

It's beautiful.

It's fine. I'll take it.

You pay tomorrow.

In the morning?

Oh... Good, good.

Yeah? Alright.

Thank you.

Here you go.

Thank you, very much.



Hey, guys.

What can I get you?

Uh... scotch and Coke for me...

Yeah, that sounds good...

Yeah, two scotch and Cokes. Thanks, mate.

Thanks, Chai. Just put it on the tab.

What's up, ladies?

Do you mind if we sit here?

Is it alright if we sit with you ladies? Yeah? I'm sitting down.

Thank you so much. Do you guys speak Lao?

Uh... Yeah.

Well, we can say a couple things.

No, no, no sharing. That's your shot. That's yours.

Do you think, maybe, she's had enough?

Come on, guys.

She should stop. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Cool. Nice one bro.

Shoes. Oh, sorry.

We good?

That's assuming my feet are cleaner than my shoes.

From the Australian...

Really? That asshole got me a drink...

I'll pass.

Another beer?

No, I'll have... what you got?

I'll have a whisky.

Johnny Walker? Yeah.

Do you know those guys?

Oh, they've been here for a week.

Really noisy. Annoying.

Probably won't feel good tomorrow.

I gave them the special brown ice.

Give them a little taste from the river.

You're a bad man.

Good ice for you, my friend.

Now that's good.

Wanna have a glass with me?


By the way, I'm Chai.

John. John Lake.

John. Yeah.

Can't believe I spoke to you all night, and I didn't even know your name.

How much do I owe you?


70,000 is fine.

That doesn't seem fair.

I'll cover your drinks, and...

I'm a millionaire. So, you know...

It's not hard to be one here. No, it's not.

You're poor when you're a millionaire.

300,000 for you.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Yeah, this was great. I needed it.

Have a good night, my friend.

See you tomorrow.

What did I do?

Hey, how you feeling?

Fuck off.

What's going on here?

What the fuck did you do, man?

What the fuck did you do?

What the fuck did you do!?



What the fuck did I do?

You okay?

You okay?

Are you hurt?

It's over.

You're safe.

No, no.

Fucking kidding me!

My wallet!




When's the next boat to the mainland?

Uh... Next boat out...

Half past 10. What time is it? What time is it?



You pay now.

Of course. Give me a minute.


I'll pay you later.

Hey, John?

Are you okay? Yeah.

Uh... I gotta go. I've got a boat to catch.

He needs to talk to you. He has some questions.

Umm, yeah. I'm in a hurry.

Sorry guys.

Sorry, you can't.



Yeah, okay.

No... I think uh...

I think I left it in my room.

Then you need to go to your room and get your passport.

Uhh... just make sure, before we waste time...

Here you go.

Where's he going with that?

Don't worry. You'll get it back.

No, I need my passport back.

I need my passport back.

Let them do what they need to do, John.

Alright, I understand.

You pay now!

Come pay!

I'm sorry.

I tried to explain to her...

I lost my wallet. So...

Let me handle it.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Sorry, I don't mean to touch you. But...

I do need my passport.

I need my passport back.


We need to go.


Do you remember him from last night?

Uh, yes. He was sitting right here.

Um... he was with him...

And a local girl.

Uhh... I think she was local.

Yeah. Her name's Nang, she lives in...

Did you speak with him?


Uh... yes. Uh, briefly.

Uh... what's your friend's name?


I went up to Lachlan to tell him to stop feeding her alcohol.

She was getting really drunk...

He did, and she went home.

What's going on?

He's missing.

We were supposed to leave at 6 this morning.

We've got his brother's wedding in Bali tomorrow.

You not on tourist visa.

You working with NGO in Xiangkhoung.

Yes. I'm working for an NGO up north. I'm a doctor.

How long here?

Just a couple days. I came on holiday.

And you arrive?

I arrived yesterday.

Uhh... couple days, I mean.

Yesterday, today.

Couple? Two?

Two days.

And you leave now? Where you go?

I got a call from the clinic, they need me, so my holiday is cut short.

Your face. What happened?

I was very drunk last night.

I was riding a bicycle, and I fell.

What's going on?

What's he saying?

Tell me what he's saying!

They found a body.

I'm uh...

You should wait.

Oh, no, no. I'm gonna use the bathroom.

He wants you to leave your bag here.

Not a problem.

What's going on?

Fucking cops aren't letting anyone off the island.

You take me, in your boat to Ban Nakansang.


Look at me. Ban Nakansang.

I pay.

I pay you! Okay? Okay, okay.

You take me, in the boat, right now.

Ban Nakansang. Let's go.

What are you doing?!

Ban Nakansang!

Back to the mainland!

No, no! Not Don Khon.

Back to the mainland!

Listen to me! Please, no!


When's the next bus heading north?

Where you go?

I go to Vientiane.

Vientiane? Leave in 20 minutes.

Okay. How much is it?

80,000. Two bus.

Your write name here.

This one for first bus.

Then you catch with this one. Okay.

This is bus number. Right over there.

This bus? Yes.

Next bus to Vientiane? What time is it at?

Two hour. Bus 22.

Two hours from now? Yeah.

Bus 22. Thank you.

Can I use your phone? No, no.

Reversed charges? No, no.

No charges to you. You won't pay, okay?

No, no.

Is there a payphone here?

Somewhere where I can make a call? No, no.

No? No, no.

Hey, you go Vientiane?



Yo, where are we going?

Okay, you stay here. Won't take long.

Listen, I'm just gonna get out of the car here.

I don't know who you guys are. I don't know what you guys do.

I want nothing to do with this.

Fuck, you scared the shit out of me, man.

Can you leave the door open, please?

Thank you.


Sorry. It's okay.

I'm Beverly Hartwick.

I'm John.

What can I help you with?

I was at a bar a couple nights ago, down south... there were two girls having drinks with some Australians... they were getting really drunk, and... uh...

this one girl couldn't have been more than 90 pounds...

Her name was Nang... Can I see your passport, John?


Sorry, just give me a second.

Please, please. Let me explain.

It's okay.

Yeah, hi. It's Bev.

No, those fax dipnotes we received this morning...

Can you read them to me again?

Has a time been set?

No. That's good.

Thank you.

Did you come here to turn yourself in?

No, I came here for you to help me.

I'll be honest, beyond accessing legal council... there's not much more we can really do.

I can get you a list of some good lawyers here in Vientiane.

Can I do that for you?



I'll be right back.

What is he doing here? Why is he with you?

I'm sorry. It's not his fault.

I told him you were expecting me.

I didn't know what else to do.

I just need to get my money, then I promise I'll go.

There's nothing there. The police raided it. They took everything.

Take him back to his apartment.

John, it's Stephanie.

I wasn't sure if you've eaten.

The government wants to shut us down because... one of our doctors is wanted for murder and sexual assault.

The senator's son, or whoever the fuck he is...

He attacked me. I defended myself.

I don't know what happened down there, John.

Please tell me you don't believe...

This has nothing to do with what I believe...

Showing up here has made the situation so much worse than it already is.

I had money here...

What are you going to do?

I'm gonna cross into Thailand. Make my way to Bangkok.

Fly home on my return ticket.

This is an Australian politician's son...

You don't think that INTERPOL is involved?

I don't have a choice. I'll take my chances.

And if I get stopped at the airport, the US Embassy will... get involved, and I will face the consequences there... but one thing I can not do is be caught here.

I sympathize with you, but there is nothing I can do for you.

I need you to help me.

Stay the night, but in the morning...

Fuck me, man.

Mr Lake.

John Lake?

My name is Patrick Reardon.

I'm with the American Embassy in Bangkok.

What time is it?

It's about 9:30.

In the morning?

Yes, in the morning.

I've been here for... four days.

We just heard about you yesterday.

You're without a passport.

There's no record of you entering Thailand... at any of the airports or landcrossings... and you were caught crossing the Mekong illegally.

So, you're gonna be deported. Under normal circumstances... you'd be sent back home in a couple of days... but Laos has filed an extradition request.

It seems there's an outstanding warrant for your arrest.

There is.

Well, if they can satisfy the Kingdom of Thailand's extradition requirements, then you'll be sent back to Laos.

How much time do I have?

Before you're extradited?

Everything has to be cleared and vetted by the courts here.

It varies. I don't know.

Six months, maybe?

It could be a year.


Now, I'm told that you threw a bag into the river before you were apprehended?

Did they find it?


You'll only be here a few days before you're transferred... to a larger facility in Bangkok.

I was hoping I could, uh... call home, call some family for you?

You got family?

You can call my sister. Her name is Natalie Lake.

She's a nurse. Presbyterian in Chicago.

You're gonna need money. And, obviously, clothes.

Can I reach out to your sister for that too?

You can ask, yes. Thank you.

Hang tight, John.

When will I see you again?

I'll see you in Bangkok.


How are you?

I'm okay.

Good. This is Mr Nishant Pan from Thai immigration.

You're being deported today.

No, you're going home, John.

Back to New York City.

Laos withdrew the extradition request.

I'm going home?

The case was flimsy.

They didn't have enough to convict you...

At least, not enough to satisfy the courts here.

We would have had you out a few days ago, but there was... a misunderstanding between the courts and immigration.

It happens.

Take this. It's a letter from the Thai government... your flight itinerary.

This was reissued.

Your uh, sister sent some more money.

I'll need you to sign for it.

She also sent you this...

Clothing, for the return journey.

Let's get you out of here.

Thai Immigration is gonna take you to Suvarnabhumi... and make sure you get on that plane.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Can I see that?

Did you know about this?

No, but I'm not surprised.

He raped that girl.

It's complicated.

John, you have to understand, in a situation like this... with a foreigner, a politician's son... the police are under enormous pressure... to find the guilty party.

It's a miscarriage of justice, but there's nothing you can do.

It's not something you can change...

John, don't!




Ticket to Laos. Okay.