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by Charlie Kaufman
SYN, NY - GOLDENROD REVISIONS - JULY 30, 2007
INT. CADEN AND ADELE'S BEDROOM - FALL 2005 - MORNING Darkness. The sound of a radio and pots and pans clanging fades in. Caden, 40, opens his eyes in bed, and groggily looks at himself in the bureau mirror. The bedside clock reads 7:45.
INT. CADEN AND ADELE'S KITCHEN - FALL 2005 - SAME Adele, 40, in t-shirt and sweats, mixes a bowl of instant oatmeal, puts it in the microwave. RADIO VOICE ... a Labor Day luncheon today -Mommy! Okay! OLIVE (O.S.) Done! ADELE RADIO VOICE -- at Stuckey Hall -RADIO VOICE -- in downtown Schenectady --
Adele leaves the kitchen. Caden, also 40, enters as she's leaving. He's dressed in a ratty terrycloth robe. Morning. CADEN Morning. you. CADEN You didn't. ADELE Tried not to wake
I was just --
As Caden's voice goes under, we follow Adele into -2 INT. CADEN AND ADELE'S BATHROOM - FALL 2005 - CONTINUOUS Olive, 4, sits on the toilet. Adele enters, rips some toilet paper off the roll and proceeds to wipe Olive. The phone rings in the kitchen. ADELE Caden, could you get that? Ugh. CADEN (O.S.) It's Maria. I don't want to. 2
ADELE Caden! (looks at bright green smear on toilet paper) That's weird. The phone stops ringing. OLIVE Is something wrong with my poop?
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CONTINUED: ADELE No, honey. It's just green. Maybe you ate something green. I didn't! MARIA'S VOICE Hi, it's me. Where are you? I'll try you on your cell.
OLIVE (CONT'D) What's wrong with me?!
A cellphone rings in the other room. ADELE Honey, I have to get this. going to be fine. OLIVE But, Mommy -Adele runs into -3 INT. CADEN AND ADELE'S KITCHEN - FALL 2005 - CONTINUOUS She rifles through her purse, grabs her cellphone, answers. Hey. ADELE You? He sips it and 3 You're
(laughing) Oh, wiping Olive's ass.
Caden is pouring himself a cup of coffee. stares out the window. It's raining. ADELE (CONT'D) You're kidding! Holy fuck!
Caden exits with his coffee, annoyed about the phone call. CADEN I don't feel well. 4 INT. CADEN AND ADELE'S BATHROOM - FALL 2005 - CONTINUOUS Caden passes the bathroom. Olive is staring into the toilet bowl. Adele can be heard chatting in the background. OLIVE Daddy, my poop is green. Caden enters the bathroom, looks into the bowl at the green feces and smeared toilet paper. He seems freaked out. OLIVE (CONT'D) Am I going to be okay? 4
old. sweetie. A diseased person on the cover.FALL 2005 .S. OLIVE Did you have green poop when you were little? CADEN I'm sure I did. unseen. right? ADELE Well. pulls the mail from the box. CADEN Harold Pinter died! Yeah? Huh. Mom! OLIVE (O. As he heads back inside. CADEN AND ADELE'S KITCHEN .JULY 30. You probably ate something -OLIVE Am I going to die? I didn't! green! I'll be OLIVE I didn't eat 4 CADEN It'll be fine.GOLDENROD REVISIONS .) (CONTINUED) . ADELE All right. OLIVE (O.SYN. back in a minute. CADEN Of course not.C. 2007 3. reading the paper. CADEN AND ADELE'S HOUSE . He won the Nobel Prize. he flips through the mail. dated Friday. October 14. Across the street a gaunt man watches Caden. he was CADEN Oh wait. 6 Adele clicks off her cellphone. Good for him. 2005.FALL 2005 .MORNING Caden sits at the kitchen table with his coffee. honey. 5 6 INT. NY . See you then. He picks up the newspaper. There's a magazine called Attending to your Illness addressed to Caden. 4 CONTINUED: CADEN Of course.MORNING Caden steps out the front door in his bare feet and hurries down the driveway in the rain. baby.) (calling) Is poop alive? 5 EXT. honey.
(CONTINUED) . Adele growls. ADELE It's not alive. honey. OLIVE I want peanut butter and jelly. OLIVE I don't want oatmeal. Adele is making a peanut butter sandwich for Olive. flush. The toilet is flushed. This isn't a restaurant. In the country Turkey not turkeys. Mommy! I'm sorry! CADEN (looking at paper) They found Avian flu in Turkey.JULY 30. You told me oatmeal. ADELE I have your oatmeal.SYN. ADELE Olive. dumps it in the sink. it's fine.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . remember that production of The Dumbwaiter I did at Albanyfest? 6 ADELE No. OLIVE (CONT'D) Can I watch TV till school? Caden clicks the remote for Olive and goes back to his paper.) Do you need to come look at my poop again?! Just OLIVE (O.S. A cartoon cow talks to a cartoon sheep. c'mon.) (CONT'D) Everything's alive. OLIVE (O. NY . grabs the oatmeal.S. That's how you know. It's in chickens. honey.) What if it's alive? What if I kill it? It's green! Like plants! CADEN God. 2007 4. 6 CONTINUED: What?! ADELE OLIVE (O.S. Everything grows big. OLIVE (CONT'D) Sorry. Olive enters. Olive.
probes his open mouth. Man. hurries in and takes in the scene: the wet. 4. CADEN The first black graduate of the University of Alabama died. into the far wall. 4. 2. then sniffs at the spout. in surgical mask. Caden pours himself some more coffee. CADEN AND ADELE'S BATHROOM .WINTER 2005 . The sheep nods. (to Caden) Family coming for Thanksgiving? 8 INT. the blood. Half of Caden's face is covered with shaving cream. Vivian Malone Jones. 6 CONTINUED: (2) COW There is a secret. 3.DAY Caden is in the dentist's chair. 7 INT. He is sent staggering backwards with a yelp. calls out numbers to an assistant. Adele. growing like an invisible virus of thought.JULY 30. 4. 2. Here. 1. Second by second. who records them. Adele puts a peanut butter sandwich in front of Olive. ADELE Now you better eat this. I will. OLIVE Adele stares out the window at the rain. CADEN Milk's expired. A faucet explodes and smacks him in the forehead. He checks the date on the carton. his razor flying and blood pouring from a jagged cut above his right eyebrow. a bloody bib around his neck. 3. Jesus.SYN. we hear the pounding footsteps of someone running toward us.FALL 2005 . NY . something at play under the surface. 8 7 (CONTINUED) . The dentist. It's October 20. Only 63. Every breath counts off time. DENTIST'S OFFICE . 6 Caden goes back to his paper. Rivulets of blood intermingle with it. the mess. Stroke. COW But you are being changed by it.GOLDENROD REVISIONS .NIGHT Caden shaves. opens the milk carton to pour some in. 2007 5. DENTIST 2. Water shoots out where the tap was. which is spattered with blood. spraying the mirror. Off-screen. dressed in heavily paint-splattered clothes.
GOLDENROD REVISIONS .WINTER 2005 . Whooo.. 9 (CONTINUED) . ADELE (CONT'D) (to Olive) Honey. Adele turns off the water. EXAMINATION ROOM . presses a towel to his head. ADELE (CONT'D) Put pressure.Oh wait. pushes her arm through bottles of cleaning products. Press. ADELE (CONT'D) I can't turn it! It's gonna flood! Olive hugs the owl tightly and it speaks. goes into a spasmodic coughing fit. Caden tries to look up at his forehead. NY .NIGHT Caden sits on a metal table. She holds a large stuffed owl. stands quietly in the doorway. A doctor stitches Caden's forehead. CADEN I was shaving and -My God! head! ADELE Jesus! Look at your Dumbly. toilet paper rolls and other junk to the shut-off valves. then squints nervously at himself in the mirror. old sponges.?! 8 Olive. finishes.. The room has some meager Christmas ornaments. Whooo are ADELE I can't -. Daddy has blood. you? OWL Whooo.JULY 30. got it! Olive looks back into the room. in a nightgown. Olive turns around. both! Caden sits on the toilet.SYN. OLIVE Mommy. 9 INT. Um. don't look. Adele squats. 8 CONTINUED: Jesus! ADELE Caden! What the fuck -. her curled toes clenched. opens the cabinet under the sink. old toothbrushes. 2007 6. Press! CADEN Do I press above or below it? ADELE I don't know! Just.
He's in here every week. DOCTOR That fellow is annoying. Caden sees a nurse shoving a tube far up into a man's nose. He turns the lamp back on and looks once more. CADEN Will there be a scar? DOCTOR Probably. Another nurse wipes away the blood leaking out his nostril. 2007 7. CADEN A neurologist? (CONTINUED) .GOLDENROD REVISIONS . In the background we hear another patient. The off-screen patient continues to whimper. finishes his work on Caden. PATIENT (O. It looks like a mudflap. DOCTOR Changes in bowel movements? CADEN A little more yellow than usual. CADEN I prefer there not be a scar. He presses hard against the glands in Caden's neck. 9 CONTINUED: Caden squints into the bright light the doctor uses to see his work..JULY 30. please. Like clockwork. then listens to his heart.) (crying) Please. What? CADEN The doctor feels Caden's pulse. DOCTOR (CONT'D) I think that should -The doctor 9 He looks at Caden's eyes.SYN. please. What? DOCTOR I'd like you to see an ophthalmologist. turns off the bright lamp and looks again.. There. NY .S.
WINTER 2006 . not doing the opposite . then looks suspiciously in Caden's ears. NY .NIGHT 10 Adele drives and coughs spasmodically. said. 2007 8. sings. ADELE So what exactly did he say? CADEN My pupils weren't properly dilating and. But he doesn't know. an ophthalmologist.SYN..GOLDENROD REVISIONS . Oh. 9 CONTINUED: (2) DOCTOR What? No. is today Tuesday? ADELE No. They blow noisemakers and yell "happy new year!" OLIVE (singing) It's a beautiful day and the sun is shining and yellow. And the world is too big to understand and today is Tuesday and -(speaking) Mom. it's Friday. Maybe. He said he doesn't think so. Olive's singing continues but goes under. The car swerves a bit. ophthalmologist.. OLIVE (singing) And today is Friday and.. But -- (CONTINUED) .. ADELE Constricting. No. CADEN AND ADELE'S CAR . um. But maybe. CADEN I 9 The doctor stares blankly at Caden for a long moment. honey. ADELE The bump to the head? CADEN He doesn't know.JULY 30. Caden sees revelers in winter coats and party hats outside a house. in her car seat. CADEN Yes. 10 INT. Caden has a bandaged head and a prescription in his hand. Olive.
to Adele) This is really fucked timing. would you? I need a to-do list. honey. Of course not. Daddy? CADEN No. Caden pulls out a cell phone and dials. Jesus.SYN. CADEN Bad timing.JULY 30. Woodman said after the last vaccination -CADEN He's the man who -OLIVE Dad. Sorry. OLIVE Do I have to get a shot? CADEN What? No. honey. (to Adele) It's the start of something awful. what's a plumber? (CONTINUED) . 10 CONTINUED: Okay. Caden! Sorry. Caden. ADELE OLIVE Did you tell him I have green poop? CADEN (realizing) I have rehearsal! Fuck! OLIVE How many years till I have to get more shots? ADELE (CONT'D) Remind me to call the plumber. OLIVE A million years? ADELE Remember Dr. CADEN ADELE (CONT'D) Not for a long time. OLIVE Did you have to get a shot. 10 CADEN I'm a little anxious. (pause. ADELE I got it. NY . 2007 9.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . Sorry.
.SYN. um.. It's like in your body you have veins and . CADEN And they're filled with blood.. Jim. (into phone) Just run lines. baby? OLIVE (hushed anxious whisper) Every-single-where? CADEN It's okay. I'm sorry. OLIVE Like to smoke out of? CADEN Different kind of pipe. I'll be there soon.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . They're. NY . OLIVE I don't want blood. ADELE Capillaries. He's the man or woman who fixes sinks and toilets and. 'kay. I'm okay. like. I had an accident. ADELE What's wrong... (hangs up) Houses have pipes. Dad. 2007 10. I have blood? (CONTINUED) . Olive is crying in earnest now. 10 CONTINUED: (2) ADELE Or woman. CADEN (into phone) Hey. I know.. do you know what pipes are? OLIVE No. 10 CADEN Right.JULY 30. They just carry water to and from sinks and bathtubs and toilets. tubes and they're behind walls and under the floor everywhere and -Olive begins to whimper in horror. No.
(to Olive) It's okay. Daddy?! CADEN No. stop it. CADEN (holding head) I can't do this now. ADELE Caden. Adele coughs. You CADEN Well. you're fine. OPHTHALMOLOGIST'S OFFICE ..JULY 30. Will it hurt? Will it hurt. An eyeglass calendar on the wall is open to March 2006.. I don't think you should tell her she doesn't have blood. Caden stares out the window. OLIVE (weeping) I don't want blood. 11 INT. honey.WINTER 2006 .DAY An ophthalmologist examines Caden's eyes. It's dark. CADEN (CONT'D) Is it the bump to the head? 11 (CONTINUED) . ADELE You don't have to worry. NY . baby. ADELE Well. 10 CONTINUED: (3) ADELE (to Caden) What are you doing? 10 Jesus. CADEN I'm trying to explain plumbing. don't have blood. stop it! Olive cries. The doctor touches Caden's eye repeatedly with a small probe. but his pupils are pinpricks. OLIVE I don't want blood! I don't want blood! I don't want blood.GOLDENROD REVISIONS .SYN. CADEN Thanks for getting me in right away. 2007 11. honey.
2006 . 12 (CONTINUED) . SCHENECTADY THEATER . Nothing urgent. CADEN That's not true. The doctor writes in Caden's chart. The car is surrounded by various rooms from that period: a kitchen. CADEN I know what a neurologist is. 12 INT. I just thought from the way you asked -- CADEN I thought maybe you said urologist. bedrooms. is it? OPHTHALMOLOGIST Why would I say it if it weren't true? CADEN It just doesn't seem right. a 1948 Dodge Business Coupe.JULY 30.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . a brain expert. OPHTHALMOLOGIST 11 (writes in chart. OPHTHALMOLOGIST Like morally correct? Or right as in accurate? CADEN I'm not sure. A few people with note-pads are scattered around. then:) Could be. Accurate. The eyes are part of the brain. Centerstage. I guess. OPHTHALMOLOGIST Interesting. OPHTHALMOLOGIST Fine. CADEN A neurologist? OPHTHALMOLOGIST Yes. 11 CONTINUED: No. Why do I need to see a neurologist? OPHTHALMOLOGIST For a look-see. But I think we need to get you to a neurologist. Hmm. after all.DAY Caden sits in the almost empty theater. etc. NY . 2007 12.SYN.
creating havoc. stands center stage. knocking walls over.JULY 30. playing Happy. lies on the bottom bunk. A brick wall off stage speeds into the car.. you coming up!!!! Sssssh!! Willy? TOM (AS WILLY) CLAIRE (AS LINDA) Tom climbs in the car.Willy! Tom starts the car and guns the engine.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . 12 CONTINUED: 12 Tom. the actress playing Linda Loman. Willy? CLAIRE (AS LINDA) (CONT’D) Answer me!. accompanied by crashing and screeching sound effects. the actor playing Biff.. No!!! Pop!! CLAIRE (AS LINDA) (CONT’D) DAVIS (AS BIFF) The wall continues to be pulled past the car crashing into the rest of the set. 2007 12A. NY . A fourth actor. Claire. lies on the top bunk of a bunk bed upstage. CLAIRE (AS LINDA) Willy. (CONTINUED) . the actor playing Willy Loman.SYN. knocking her over. sits in the set's bedroom. A lamp post falls and hits Claire. Davis.
DAVID (looking back from seat) Sorry. We'll get it.SYN. NY .JULY 30. covered with stage blood. TOM Yeah? I was trying something different. DAVID I know. 12 CONTINUED: (2) CADEN (running to stage) Oh crap. It's no big deal. Ambivalently. Tom. I was crashing differently. 12 David runs on stage to deal with the mess. (to Claire) You're sure you're okay? CLAIRE God yes. (to Tom) That was good. Hold on. I'm sorry. it was funny. CADEN (CONT'D) Try to keep in mind that a young person playing Willy Loman thinks he's only pretending to be at the end of a life full of despair. (CONTINUED) . Behind them a group of technicians are lifting the wall and trying to reset it. the young actor. But the tragedy is that we know that you. Caden. 2007 13. CADEN (CONT’D) Please. are you okay? CADEN David. I like it. Caden meets Tom at the foot of the stage. TOM (taking this in) Okay. Claire.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . Caden. David. I'm fine. will end up in this very place of desolation. what's happening here? CLAIRE Yeah yeah. Claire primps in the bureau mirror. CADEN It's too late in the game to be having these problems. Tom emerges from the car. CADEN I saw that.
HAZEL I just heard the death of the salesman. reading a novel. pulling out his cell phone. and we'll go again. SCHENECTADY THEATER LOBBY . and waves. Hazel. 12 Tom exits.SYN. She looks up. Caden rubs his temples.2006 . HAZEL (compassionately) Oh no. NY . Tom. 12 CONTINUED: (3) CADEN Great. sits inside. (calling) How long. He exits the theater. CADEN Why don't you get cleaned up. smiles warmly. David? DAVID I think fifteen.JULY 30. CADEN In more ways than one. (then:) CADEN (holding up cell phone) In search of elusive signal. then heads to the back of the house. 35. (CONTINUED) .DAY 13 Caden passes the box office.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . 13 INT. 2007 14. Let's try it again.
2007 15. Recommend me something.SYN. CADEN That is odd. HAZEL I'm trying to better myself.DAY 14 Caden has the phone to his ear. SCHENECTADY THEATER . It's a good line. She looks up and sees Caden standing outside the box office window watching her. Caden. CADEN Exactly twelve.JULY 30. My pupils don't work. 13 14 EXT.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . you must've read nearly a dozen books. He's squinting in the bright sunlight. Have you read Kafka? 15 (CONTINUED) . I know! crazy! CADEN (chuckles) See you in a few. The other volumes of In Search of Lost Time are stacked neatly nearby. 15 INT. CADEN Dr.2006 . pupils dilated. But I don't know much about literature.CONTINUOUS Hazel reads the first page of Swann's Way. they're HAZEL (back in her book) Yup. Heshborg said I should see Dr. The gaunt man watches him unseen. HAZEL I keep reading the first line. 13 CONTINUED: HAZEL Signal's good here. Scariano. She pats her lap in a friendly manner. oddly. CADEN Maybe you should read the first line of another series of books. NY . HAZEL Cell phones.2006 . SCHENECTADY THEATER BOX OFFICE . I think. You're a genius.
JULY 30. 2007 15A. I've read his name. swear! A lot! I 15 (CONTINUED) .GOLDENROD REVISIONS . NY .SYN. 15 CONTINUED: HAZEL Um.
I'm so excited to see it.NIGHT Adele lies in bed asleep.2006 . MADELINE What was it like? 18 (CONTINUED) . CADEN AND ADELE'S BEDROOM . looks in the bowl. 40's. HAZEL It's pretty impossible that I won't.NIGHT Caden sits on the toilet. Caden steps out of the bathroom 17 16 CADEN I think I have blood in my stool. I mean. Caden exits. Adele has a coughing fit. 16 INT. ADELE That stool in your office? 18 INT. I will. not his entire name.DAY Caden and Adele sit across from Madeline. She trails off.JULY 30. THERAPIST'S OFFICE . you know. half asleep. Heinz? 15 CADEN (laughs) You should read The Trial. NY .. re-reads the first sentence.. He finishes. and climbs into bed.SYN. Adele looks over. maybe. Then: ADELE When I was pregnant with Olive. HAZEL If you say so.. His bowel movement is dark and loose. They smile at each other.. 15 CONTINUED: (2) CADEN His whole name? HAZEL Okay. their therapist. shrugs.2006 . CADEN I hope you like it. Hazel looks at her book. 2007 16. Silence.2006 . CADEN AND ADELE'S BATHROOM . 17 INT. Can't wait till Wednesday.GOLDENROD REVISIONS .
The gaunt man is behind the trash bin.SYN. Like something was going to change. Can I say something awful? Yes. I don't know. I know it's terrible.. 18 ADELE Maybe not as much as I had hoped. SCHENECTADY THEATER . I feel exhausted. ADELE I feel alone sometimes. Hopeful or something. MADELINE Please do. of course. not only. 19 EXT. Sorry. That's a terrible thing to say.2006 . CADEN It's a nightmare in there. MADELINE Something did. 18 CONTINUED: ADELE Um.. gets out of her car. 2007 17. CADEN You like? 19 (CONTINUED) . He watches as Hazel pulls into the parking lot.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . Yes. Yeah? HAZEL So I'm reading The Trial. no? ADELE Yes..JULY 30. big time. Guilt free... drinks coffee.. She sits next to Caden. CADEN I mean. Only true and false. ADELE I've fantasized about Caden dying and being able to start again.DAY Caden sits sadly on the steps. HAZEL The car crash? CADEN Well. NY . MADELINE There are no terrible things to say in here.
Pause. in fact. Right? 20 INT. it turns out. CADEN AND ADELE'S BATHROOM . NY . The plumber is working on the sink. CADEN You're not an idiot. HAZEL (CONT'D) He's gotta be dead. do you? darling! 19 Oh. 19 CONTINUED: HAZEL Love. HAZEL (CONT'D) Oh my God! Jesus! They watch as the man falls behind a building. CADEN Then what do I say? HAZEL I can't say what then you say. am I? Oh. 20 A scream. . CADEN In fact. A Go ahead. HAZEL Then you say. And I love your eyes. I'm such an idiot for not knowing about this book. screech of brakes.DAY Caden enters. In the distance a man with an unopened parachute is plummeting. you're very bright. And I love your eyes. A whistling noise turns their heads. PLUMBER I've seen boy parts. (conspiratorial whisper) It's famous.SYN. you're very bright. Hazel.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . Why? CADEN HAZEL (playing charmed) Oh.2006 . 2007 18. Hazel.JULY 30. HAZEL Cause it's dirty.
in her paint-spattered clothing. ADELE Caden. CADEN Yeah. the floor covered with paint. works on a tiny canvas.SYN.JULY 30. We have five hundred and sixty lighting cues. It's an amazingly detailed and angrily colored painting of a woman in a state of profound despair. Adele. CADEN But it's opening night. I guess.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . By tomorrow. How was rehearsal? CADEN Awful. listen. His urine is amber. I know it sucks.2006 . screaming to the heavens. I ADELE I know. yeah. Anyway.DAY 21 The studio is a mess. Caden pisses in the sink in the corner of the studio. 21 INT. just can't go tonight. CADEN Can I piss in your sink? ADELE Um. while standing in a field of flames. 2007 19. through the magnifying glass at the painting. Ad. I'm really sorry. I would (CONTINUED) . Caden pokes his head in. we got through it. an inch square. He finishes and peeks over Adele's shoulder. I think you'll be impressed. CADEN I have to get ready. go if I could. I don't know why I made it so complicated. I'm sorry. I've got to get two canvases ready to ship. ADELE Thanks. (off his look) I'm sorry. She paints with a single-hair brush while looking through a magnifying glass. ADELE'S STUDIO . NY . ADELE It's what you do. CADEN It's gorgeous.
CLAIRE (AS LINDA) You didn't smash the car. TOM (AS WILLY) I got as far as a little above Yonkers. I stopped for a cup of coffee. did you? TOM (AS WILLY) I said nothing happened. 2007 20. The curtain rises on a dark stage. Linda.. (CONTINUED) . maybe it was the coffee. gets out of the car parked center stage and walks into the kitchen. I just couldn't make it.NIGHT The theater is full.2006 . Willy? TOM (AS WILLY) No.SYN. SCHENECTADY THEATER . The lights dim. I came back. Willy! CLAIRE (AS LINDA) 22 TOM (AS WILLY) It's all right. Tom.. Caden stands nervously in the back. as Willy. Didn't you hear me? CLAIRE (AS LINDA) Don't you feel well? TOM (AS WILLY) I'm tired to death." He smiles. I couldn't make it. nothing happened. NY . oh boy.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . CLAIRE (AS LINDA) Why? What happened? (pause) Did something happen. CLAIRE (AS LINDA) Where were you all day? You look terrible. I can't take a dump in your sink! What am I supposed to do? I have to get ready! 21 22 INT. Hazel looks back from her seat at Caden and mouths the word "yay. 21 CONTINUED: ADELE I'll go tomorrow! We'll make tomorrow like the premiere! CADEN I mean.JULY 30. TOM (AS WILLY) Oh boy.
2006 .JULY 30. 22 CONTINUED: What? CLAIRE (AS LINDA) 22 TOM (AS WILLY) I suddenly couldn't drive any more. CLAIRE (scrunching her nose) Ugh. 2007 20A. NY .NIGHT The cast party is in full swing. y'know? The audience is rapt. Caden chats with Claire. 23 Caden relaxes. I'm so bloated and enormous. 23 INT. BACK ROOM . Hazel watches from across the room. QUINCY'S.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . The car kept going off onto the shoulder. I hated myself tonight. Plus (CONTINUED) . Lots of drinking.SYN. The opening was a success.
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CONTINUED: CADEN No. You looked great. You were great. I was very pleased. CLAIRE I thought Tom was amazing!
CADEN Yeah. Absolutely. (squints suddenly) Sorry. I have a bit of a headache. CLAIRE (kisses his forehead) I just want to thank you for everything. You've been absolutely brilliant and it's going to be miserable going ahead without you. CADEN I'll be around. I'll check in. She gets teary, gives him a kiss on the cheek. CLAIRE God, I'm such a baby. She just looks at him and smiles and nods. CLAIRE (CONT'D) I'm going to get drunk, that's what. CADEN Ok, Claire. She backs away and gets lost in the crowd. Caden massages his temples. Suddenly Hazel is next to him. HAZEL I figured I'd better get in fast. Hey! CADEN
HAZEL I loved it! And, by the way, Claire is trouble. And not terribly bright. Caden laughs. HAZEL (CONT'D) Just wanted you to know the word on the street.
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CONTINUED: (2) CADEN So you liked it? HAZEL Are you kidding? I cried for like fifteen minutes after. I loved every minute of it. Except Claire. I thought she was weak. CADEN Easy on the eyes. HAZEL Oh, Caden, not you, too. What I want to know is why she started crying in her last monologue, right after she had the line, 'I can't cry for you Willy...'? CADEN (laughing) She felt very strongly that it was right. They sip their drinks. HAZEL Where's el wife-o? CADEN Had to work. Her Berlin show is in two weeks. We're going to spend like a month there. Ah. Ah. Ah. Choo! HAZEL CADEN HAZEL CADEN
HAZEL Hooray! We've still got it! (pause) I'll miss you. CADEN Yeah, me too.
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CONTINUED: (3) HAZEL You're going to miss you? CADEN Yeah, that's it.
HAZEL (pause) Why do I like you so much?
. bothered. my friend? Y'know.SYN. NY . CADEN Sometimes. CADEN (laughing) Yeah. CADEN I get kind of. It must be that you're married. Bothered? CADEN Y'know. HAZEL Jesus.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . CADEN I don't know. something when I'm stoned. Could be dangerous...JULY 30. HAZEL And me with a station wagon and all. it really could. HAZEL What does bothered mean? Horny. HAZEL (sighing) Me neither. 2007 23. I'm going. CADEN You're not staying for the reviews? (CONTINUED) . HAZEL You're absolutely zero fun. I like you. Do you get high. it's a party. HAZEL What does something mean? CADEN I don't know. HAZEL Come on. 23 HAZEL You want to now? In my car. With me. 23 CONTINUED: (4) CADEN I couldn't begin to guess. CADEN You know I wish I could..
somewhat erased without eye make-up. 23 CONTINUED: (5) HAZEL I know it's brilliant. sleepily drunk. baby. I'm so lonely with none of those things. rests her head. I don't need some dope with elbow patches telling me. drinking.2006 . There's a run-over dog. 24 25 EXT.SYN. crying. HAZEL You're not going to make it. it's still alive.2006 . 2007 24.2006 . glistening on the side of the road. Claire. CLAIRE What are you going to do now? CADEN I'm going to Berlin for a month for my wife's show.ABOUT DAWN The party has thinned out. Or was German even.A FEW MOMENTS LATER Hazel studies the dog. Then I don't know. NY . People watch her passing car from various windows. It's a bloody. She smiles. She watches herself blankly in the mirror. She bends down to pet it. 25 26 INT. Against all odds. Caden studies a series of lumps under the skin of his arm. BACK ROOM . gutty mess. QUINCY'S.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . 26 27 INT. The remaining people are sitting around a table. 27 (CONTINUED) . hair back in a clip. and heads toward the door. lit by a streetlight.NIGHT Hazel takes off her make-up.2006 . 23 24 INT. HAZEL'S CAR .NIGHT Hazel drives down a dark street.JULY 30. HAZEL'S BATHROOM (APARTMENT) . A man walks in with a bunch of newspapers. RESIDENTIAL SCHENECTADY STREET . gives him a hug. The run-over dog is sleeping in a box on the floor. Its head is lolling. next to Caden. against his shoulder. squashed flat. CLAIRE I wish I was your wife or a wife or had a wife.
GOLDENROD REVISIONS . REALTOR It's a big decision. BURNING HOUSE .2006 . I never really imagined I could afford it. Yes. I'm thinking I should go.DAY 28 Hazel gets out of her car and walks up to a neat little house on a street of neat little houses. 2007 25. The realtor coughs a little. She rings the doorbell. REALTOR It's a good size though.SYN. and I wonder what I'm really waiting for. REALTOR It's a perfect size for someone alone.A FEW MOMENTS LATER The rooms are hazy. twenty-two hundred square feet. I never thought I'd buy a house alone. Hazel 29 HAZEL I've always loved this house. NY . REALTOR Home-buying is always scary. The button is hot. 27 CONTINUED: CADEN Yay or nay? 27 28 EXT.JULY 30. HAZEL But I mean with the fire and all especially. But I'm really concerned about dying in the fire. REALTOR It's a wonderful place. I'm 36. REALTOR The sellers are very motivated now. But. BURNING HOUSE . 29 INT. Faint swirls of smoke escape from the windows. Would you like to meet my son? Derek? (CONTINUED) . I do. HAZEL The truth is. HAZEL I like it. how one prefers to die. Not including the partially-finished basement HAZEL I don't know.2006 . HAZEL It's a scary decision. y'know. surveys the scene. Hazel pulls her finger away.
29 30 INT. ADELE MARIA That's great. 2007 26. ADELE AND CADEN'S LIVING ROOM . Reviews are great.2006 . ADELE Maria came over to keep me company and we lost track. 40.DAWN 30 Caden enters. Early! I'd love to see it. But I got everything done here. Great. CADEN Are you stoned? ADELE Can we get a ticket for Maria? (CONTINUED) . If that's okay. Mom.SYN. DEREK REALTOR Derek's living in the basement since his divorce. NY . MARIA Jesus. I'm sorry I missed the play. ADELE Hey. Hey. too. Hey.GOLDENROD REVISIONS .JULY 30. 40 and scruffily handsome. Caden. it is late. Adele sits at the table across from Maria. MARIA How'd it go? CADEN Hi. CADEN It's late. They are drunk and eating nachos. appears around a corner. 29 CONTINUED: Derek. Adele and Maria laugh. Adele smiles. How'd it go? CADEN We're a hit. New York Times said it was brilliant to cast young actors as Willy and Linda. Hi. Caden! for you! Tonight! Good ADELE I'll see it tomorrow.
GOLDENROD REVISIONS .JULY 30. 30 CONTINUED: ADELE A little. Y'know? I mean. NY . are you happy with it? 30 (CONTINUED) . I don't know.SYN. 2007 26A.
I could. The gaunt man follows.SYN. OLIVE I don't know what that means.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . CADEN (CONTINUED) .lee. Caden. CADEN Love to know what you think. 31 His OLIVE Okay. And you're a boy fairy and your name is Teeteree. I'm a girl fairy and my name is . pretend we're fairies. Ok. La-ru. OLIVE What's wrong with your face. P-s-y is like if you're crazy and s-y is like these things on my face. MARIA Absolutely! It's all about your artistic satisfaction.. 31 EXT. 30 ADELE It doesn't matter what I think.SPRING 2006 . but it sounds the same. CADEN OLIVE What's my name again? La-ru-lee. Caden holds a tax envelope. CADEN Well. Daddy? CADEN It's pustules. RESIDENTIAL SCHENECTADY STREET . there's two different kinds of psychosis.. 30 CONTINUED: (2) Yeah.. They're spelled differently. 2007 27. CADEN But I don't. NY . It's called sycosis. Spelled differently than psychosis. face has pustules on it. OLIVE You could have both though.DAY Caden and Olive walk along..JULY 30.
CONTINUOUS Caden and Olive are at the back of the long line of people. She stops. He stops.. 31 CONTINUED: OLIVE No. (CONTINUED) . 2007 28. You have to stop hitting me now or I will die. Okay. CADEN OLIVE Let's go.ay.. Olive makes hissing and They pretend to hit each other. CADEN But I'll miss you. CADEN I don't want you to die. OLIVE (compassionate whisper) But I have to. but you're fibbing.SPRING 2006 .GOLDENROD REVISIONS . Okay. OLIVE (CONT'D) Okay. 31 32 INT.SYN... Okay. She falls. OLIVE Pretend we fight each other. I said . 32 Hit me. (beat) Pretend you say you don't want me to die. And you hit me again. OLIVE No! Pretend you're fibbing! Remember? He mock hits her again. NY . La-ru-la. SCHENECTADY POST OFFICE . And you say okay.JULY 30. CADEN OLIVE (CONT'D) Now I have to die. roaring noises. And I say stop hitting me or I'll die.
JULY 30. OLIVE (CONT'D) And I'll be put in a box.NIGHT Performance in progress. and other characters stand around a gravesite. And lots of -. Charley. Mom.SPRING 2006 . Biff. It seems to me that you're just on another trip. Forgive me. I can't cry. Linda. He glances over at Adele's stony face. Willy.tiny pieces of pizza. Caden sits in the audience between Adele and Maria and his parents. 2007 29. (begins to cry) I don't understand it. 32 CONTINUED: OLIVE I have to. dear. The other characters exit the stage. like an airplane.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . CLAIRE (AS LINDA) (CONT’D) (talking to the grave) I never had a chance to say goodbye. And all I'll need is a tiny glass of water. Caden tears up at this and tries to conceal it. why did you do it? I search and search and I search. and I can 't understand it. dear. just a minute. SCHENECTADY THEATER . CADEN Where will it take you? OLIVE (thinks) Home. And you'll have to wait a million years to see me again. Willy. I want to. There is now a cemetery on stage. Go on. Today.SYN. I keep expecting you. We're free and clear… We're free… We're free… We're free… 33 (CONTINUED) . CLAIRE (AS LINDA) I'll be with you in a minute. 32 33 INT. NY . Maria is drunk and blurry. DAVIS (AS BIFF) Let's go. I can't cry. I made the last payment on the house today. dear. And the box will have wings. And there'll be nobody home.
GOLDENROD REVISIONS .SYN. 33 34 EXT.NIGHT Caden. NY . URBAN-ISH SCHENECTADY STREET . 34 (CONTINUED) . 33 CONTINUED: The stage lights go dark. 2007 29A.JULY 30. Maria.SPRING 2006 . and his parents walk along. Adele.
CADEN People come out crying. (CONTINUED) .GOLDENROD REVISIONS . CADEN’S MOTHER I liked that the old people were so young.SYN. they were younger than their kids. It was interesting. But what are you leaving behind? You act as if you have forever to figure it out. not anyone. It's not real.. MARIA Oh. CADEN I put my soul into that thing. 34 CONTINUED: I just -CADEN ADELE I don't know what it matters what I think. successful. ADELE Do you really believe that tripe? Wow. So interesting. It's ADELE (CONT’D) Ok. saying their lives are changed and -- ADELE Great. fine. NY . Dad.. But nothing. Be a fucking tool of suburban blue-hair regional theater subscribers. It was well done.JULY 30. But it's not you. 2007 30. CADEN It's not tripe. 34 CADEN'S MOTHER I loved the story. It was very . Jesus. (pause) I can't get excited about your restaging someone else's old play. I thought it was wonnnderful! CADEN'S FATHER Why were the old people so young? CADEN It was a choice. (to Adele) But? I'll ADELE Nothing. That doesn’t make sense. There's nothing personal in it. CADEN’S FATHER I mean. CADEN Because your opinion is -ADELE It was good. explain later.
2007 30A.GOLDENROD REVISIONS .JULY 30. 34 (CONTINUED) . 34 CONTINUED: (2) CADEN Why are you being like this? Adele has a coughing fit.SYN. NY .
JACKAL When you are dead there is no time. It's dated May 25th. He 36 35 The Adele hangs up the phone.SPRING 2006 . finds the obituaries and starts to read.MORNING Adele sits at the kitchen table with Olive.JULY 30. Olive doesn't look away from her show. looks at the paper. ADELE Oh. 2006. ADELE No. She drinks coffee and talks on the phone. in shorts and t-shirt. sleeping on the fold-out couch. Caden pours a cup of coffee. Exactly.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . Who was that? (CONTINUED) . Ok. Our shows. ADELE (CONT'D) All right. A cartoon jackal talks to a man who looks like Caden. CADEN My joints are stiff. bye. 35 INT. NY . The world is a timeless rock. whole health thing. you're fine. It's a stressful time. flips through.MORNING Caden. tiptoes past his parents. Olive eats cereal and watches a cartoon. Caden enters. Ok. Adele continues to talk on the phone.SPRING 2006 .SYN. 34 CONTINUED: (3) ADELE I'm not being like anything. I don't know. Caden picks up the newspaper. Yeah. 36 INT. CADEN I think I might have arthritis. CADEN AND ADELE'S LIVING ROOM . sits down at the table. 2007 31. CADEN Are you seeing someone else? 34 ADELE Is that your entire frame of reference for relationship problems? CADEN No. I know. CADEN AND ADELE'S KITCHEN .
GOLDENROD REVISIONS . Silence. 2007 32. ADELE Caden. (pause) I'm sorry. CADEN (CONT'D) Have I disappointed you somehow? She starts to cry. (pause) We'll talk when I get back. ADELE Caden. Caden's father appears in the doorway. hugs him. Caden sits on the bed. and exits. kiddos.JULY 30. CADEN (to Adele) Christ. nods.SPRING 2006 . 37 CADEN Can I ask you a question. The whole romantic love thing is just projection. Ad? She looks up at him. I don't know what I'm doing. CADEN AND ADELE'S BEDROOM .SYN. . Right? I don't know. I love you. 36 CONTINUED: Maria. Is this about last night? CADEN'S FATHER Morning. Everyone is disappointing. ADELE (CONT'D) I think it would be good for us. I don't know. ADELE 36 CADEN Right. Y'know? I don't know what I'm doing. We'll talk when I get back. NY . It's been three hours since you spoke. It's just a little time apart. Caden looks up. 37 INT. The more you know someone. Caden's father smiles.NIGHT Adele packs. I think I want to go to Berlin with just Olive.
Be weird. I do want to make you uncomfortable. A shot of Caden among them. Caden is on his knees. Haze. neatly groomed. I just thought it would be a fun diversion. He starts to cry and can't stop.GOLDENROD REVISIONS .SYN. ADELE'S STUDIO . Her crushed dog sleeps on the floor in a box. Caden slumps against a wall and stares into space. He starts to clean Adele's studio. HAZEL We should get a drink.DAY 38 Cobwebs. He is sweaty and focused. HAZEL You can. You can! (CONTINUED) . 39 HAZEL I like weird. CADEN Be fun.JULY 30. 2007 33. A commercial: diffused images of people flying kites. Later: The room is sparkling. I don't want to make you uncomfortable. 38 INT. NY . leans on the counter chatting with Hazel.DAY Caden. I wish I could. SCHENECTADY THEATER BOX OFFICE . watching sunsets. He feels the bumps on his arm.2006 . Okay. ANNOUNCER Flurostatin TR allows you to live life when it's your turn to face the challenges of chemotherapy. 39 INT. having picnics. scrubbing the last bit of dirt. Later: Caden watches a paint-spattered TV. He writes down Fluorostatin TR. Ask your doctor if it's right for you. I like you. He doesn't say anything. See? HAZEL (CONT'D) Anyway. CADEN (laughs) Oh. Cade.2006 . The room is long abandoned. which have grown. No more paint anywhere.
Don't get all bent out of shape. 4.SYN.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . 3. (to Caden) Some fives this time. 4. 41 INT. MADELINE What would be real? CADEN I'm afraid I'm going to die. We'll see in three months. 2007 34. 3. Not good. 3. And? MADELINE CADEN I think Adele's right when she says I'm not doing anything real. THERAPIST'S OFFICE . 40 INT. I want to do something important. HAZEL 39 CADEN What do you mean? HAZEL It's just a word. 3. DENTIST'S OFFICE . CADEN Yes. 3.JULY 30. 39 CONTINUED: CADEN I have an appointment. 4. While I'm still here. I won't.2006 . Jeez. Keep with the flossing. NY . 2. 3. 3. 40 CADEN Sorry. visible blisters and band-aids on her feet. Crease. They don't know what's wrong with me. 5.DAY The masked dentist probes Caden's mouth. 4. I'm hurt. DENTIST 3.DAY Caden sits across from Madeline. MADELINE Anything else? There are 41 Caden notices Madeline's feet in too-small shoes. 5. 3. 3. I'm lonely. 3. CADEN Yes. (CONTINUED) .
5. 5.. 41 CADEN Who wrote it? MADELINE I did. numbers.. catching words and snippets here and there: Clairaudience . 2007 35. In a box at the bottom is a photo of a smiling Caden.SYN.2006 . NY . 4. He flips through it. MADELINE Yes..NIGHT 42 Caden finds a website online for Madeline Gravis. Plumbing . Amazing graphics..GOLDENROD REVISIONS . 5. It's called Getting Better. I have a book that might help you get better. CADEN Oh.. DENTIST'S OFFICE . She is touted as one of the foremost psychologists in the world.JULY 30. Her book Getting Better has sold millions of copies and is translated into fifteen languages. Crease. (goes to full bookcase) All of these. She hands Caden the very thick book. Wow. He'll probably recommend gum surgery. a sought-after public speaker.. Wow indeed. I never knew that. wow... Wow. Better? CADEN MADELINE Yes. 42 INT. "It'll change my life!" 43 INT. it reads: Theater Director Caden Cotard says. (looking at titles) Wow. The echo began . MADELINE (CONT'D) That's forty-five dollars. 6.. 5. 6. yes. (to Caden) I'm going to recommend a periodontist. CADEN'S OFFICE .DAY The dentist probes Caden's mouth. vaginal juices. 6..2006 ... 41 CONTINUED: MADELINE That would be the time to do it. The Hygienist writes the 43 DENTIST 5. advisor to world leaders. . Me who am as a raw nerve . Cats eat rats .
Caden tries to be in the present moment as a women sings about gingivitis on a small stage in the back. / you’ll never get sex. reading the self-help book. The now. I'm -- 44 45 INT. 2007 36. 44 INT. VOICE We must live in the present moment. No.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . discolored calves. Go ahead try this: / Brush your teeth. revealing swollen..JULY 30. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * SINGER (CONT’D) (throughout) I’m just a little person One person in a sea Of many little people Who are not aware of me. And somewhere Maybe someday Maybe somewhere Far away (MORE) (CONTINUED) . I do my little job And live my little life I eat my little meals Miss my little kid and wife. NY . I'm sorry. there’s no hope of winning / Necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis is next / Also called trench mouth. The now.2007 . CADEN AND ADELE'S LIVING ROOM . CADEN I'm looking for.2006 . He seems unwell. The now.. then spit in the sink / Does it come out red? / Do they say your breath stinks? It’ll only get worse.SYN. that’s just the beginning / Your mouth will be cursed. QUINCY'S . His legs are elevated and his pant legs are rolled up. SINGER How do you know if you’ve got gingivitis? / Here’s an experiment. I don't speak German.DAY Caden is on the phone. Later: Caden nurses a beer.NIGHT 45 Caden sits by himself in a booth.
GOLDENROD REVISIONS . on her nose. But I'm meditating and running and taking vitamins.JULY 30. NY . I'm delighted. HAZEL Who does? (pause) You don't look like you feel well. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . 2007 36A. Hey! She has a smudge of soot CADEN Thanks for meeting me. So let’s have some fun. HAZEL You want to tell me about it? CADEN I can't really.SYN. CADEN I'm going through some things. right? CADEN I didn't want to be alone. HAZEL God. Let’s take a road trip Way out west You’re the one I like the best. 45 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Hazel plops down across from him. I’m glad I found you Like hanging ‘round you You’re the one I like the best. He points to his nose. Thought you'd never ask. She wipes at the soot on hers. 45 CONTINUED: SINGER (CONT’D) I’ll meet another little person Who will look at me and say I know you You’re the one I’ve waited for Let’s have some fun Life is precious Every minute And more precious With you in it. You did ask.
2007 36B.JULY 30. I can't really say any more.SYN. 45 CONTINUED: (2) CADEN (CONT'D) Cutting out sugar. 45 (CONTINUED) . It's .. NY .GOLDENROD REVISIONS ..
HAZEL It's cashmere. CADEN Do I have to choose at all? HAZEL No.JULY 30. 45 CONTINUED: (3) Ok. I've 45 CADEN You tell me something. Hazel? HAZEL I don't know. CADEN Adele is only on vacation. Hazel holds her arm out. Caden touches it. HAZEL Um. cut out wheat. I bought this really nifty sweater today. On sale. CADEN What do we do with all this. Oh. Cotard? Um ... CADEN HAZEL I'm won't let you off the hook by saying "never mind" this time. (CONTINUED) . NY . Fifty dollars reduced from three hundred! CADEN It's beautiful.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . You must feel it. You want to come over to my place. 2007 37. Choosing is not your strong suit.SYN. So very soft. We fuck? We continue to sort of flirt? You divorce your wife and marry me and I make you happy for the very first time in your life and all your symptoms disappear? (beat) We call it a day? (beat) Don't choose the last one. I just said that one for effect. I suppose not. HAZEL Tell me something else.
45 (CONTINUED) .JULY 30. It's been a year.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . 45 CONTINUED: (4) HAZEL She hasn't called you since she left. NY . You've left countless messages. 2007 37A.SYN.
SYN. Caden follows in his car. then:) I'm going to buy you a calendar. consider it done. She scoops up the torn napkin pieces and puts them in her purse.KITCHEN . Caden rips a cocktail napkin into little pieces.JULY 30. Poof! Love potion number 69. 47 (CONTINUED) . mixes them with her right index finger. Hazel hikes her skirt and causally begins to play with herself with her right hand. CADEN Did you put something in it? HAZEL Would you like me to have? A little love potion. HAZEL'S CAR .2007 . We see him in her rearview mirror.NIGHT Hazel fixes drinks. anyway. why not? HAZEL If that's what it takes. 47 INT. Well.2007 . peering into her car. 45 46 INT. 2007 38. HAZEL Scraps for my scrapbook. Hazel smiles and stands. perhaps? CADEN Sure. have one sip. BURNING HOUSE . She hands Caden one. HAZEL (stares at him. CADEN I really can't drink very much because of my condition. NY .NIGHT 46 Hazel drives. CADEN Okay. Caden watches her ass as she turns to leave.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . HAZEL Caden's mysterious condition. 45 CONTINUED: (5) CADEN It's been a week. just for one drink.
HAZEL You have me. . I feel a lot of longing. CADEN Kind of. It's good. HAZEL Tell me why? CADEN Um. Um. why dontcha. HAZEL Does it make you want to kiss me? Yeah. okay. CADEN Why am I doing this? HAZEL (smiling warmly) For fun. you don't even know. let CADEN What? HAZEL I'd like you to beg me on your knees for a kiss. me -HAZEL Beg a girl. CADEN Please. Just for fun. And I adore you. NY . CADEN 47 She takes a sip of her drink. HAZEL On your knees. CADEN I have a wife.JULY 30. Caden drinks some more of his. Hazel. CADEN You'll help me forget my troubles? HAZEL Oh. Hmm. 2007 39.SYN.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . Caden gets down on his knees. baby. 47 CONTINUED: Caden laughs and takes a sip. Dumbly. kiddo.
What? HAZEL What is it? What? HAZEL 48 CADEN I don't know.BEDROOM . Jesus. HAZEL That is just the wrong thing to say right now.SAME Hello? ADELE (PHONE VOICE) Hello? Who is this? A50 49 CADEN It's Caden! (CONTINUED) . I just thought this might change things. Oh. NY . 49 INT. CADEN It's terrible. know. You should go. ADELE'S BERLIN APARTMENT .2007 . I have a kid.JULY 30. I think I'm dying. 2007 40. CADEN I'm just so confused. Ugh. Caden starts to weep. HAZEL Oh. I think you're a very nice person. I HAZEL Yeah. I hoped. Caden.2008 . Really. I'm really sick. 48 INT. INTERCUT WITH: A50 INT. I'm sorry. fuck me. BURNING HOUSE .NIGHT Caden is on the phone. I'm sorry. Hazel watches Caden's contorted face.SYN. CADEN AND ADELE'S LIVING ROOM . CADEN (crying) I'm so glad I finally got you. CADEN (still crying) I had a good time. I'm sorry.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . They finish and lie there.2008 .NIGHT Caden and Hazel have violent sex. I'm married.
goes into convulsions. Ok. I'm sorry. I went someplace without you tonight. NY . um. 2007 41. A50 CONTINUED: Ellen? ADELE (PHONE VOICE) A50 CADEN Caden! I can't wait to see you and Olive on the 12th. miss. OPERATOR (PHONE VOICE) We're out of ambulances. his hand flopping all over the dial. Please wait in front of your house. I went some place you couldn't come with me. 911. Have fu -- The connection is lost. I'm famous! Oh. OPERATOR (PHONE VOICE) What's the problem. He manages to grab the phone.. but we'll send a taxi. 50 OMITTED 50 . Ad. I have to go. ma'am? CADEN I'm sick.SYN.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . ADELE (PHONE VOICE) What? Who is this? Oh. looks at the 2007 tax form in front of him.JULY 30. There's a party. miss. CADEN Great.. Caden sits there.
He grabs his suitcase and follows the nurse down a dismal hallway: gurneys against dirty walls. empty wheelchairs.2008 . NURSE Mr. 2007 42. SMALL EXAMINING ROOM . She is the toast of the art world. A51 51 OMITTED INT. NY . She seems glamorous. DOCTOR Mr. He studies a file and doesn't look up. her work.CONTINUOUS The doctor never looks up from the files. his beat-up suitcase at his feet. 52 (CONTINUED) . HOSPITAL . There are photos of her in Berlin.2008 . and also with Olive. Skinny man takes a flash picture of Caden. Photos of her with two men. They arrive at the end of the hall. who seems somewhat Nazi Youth-like now. her flat. having forgotten where he was. Cotard? He looks up. Nurses drinking coffee out of paper cups eye him.JULY 30.NIGHT A51 51 Caden waits on a plastic chair in a dimly lit hallway. He reads a very old Vogue and opens to a spread about his wife.SYN. A doctor pokes his head out of a room. Puddles of vomit on the floor. Cotard? 52 INT.GOLDENROD REVISIONS .
54 INT.NIGHT Caden. 55 56 OMITTED INT. The damaged dog barks. (CONTINUED) . They both sit there in silence for a long while. NY . DOCTOR (CONT'D) We'll get you enrolled a biofeedback program. PERIODONTIST'S OFFICE ." He squirts artificial saliva in his mouth. Autonomic functions going haywire. approaches the box office with a gift-wrapped box. Hazel looks up.NIGHT Caden sits on the couch. CADEN HAZEL Caden. addressed to Olive in Germany. 52 CADEN It's serious? DOCTOR We don't know but yes. 57 55 56 54 53 INT. 52 CONTINUED: DOCTOR You've had a seizure of sorts. HAZEL Be quiet. 2007 43. holding a big wrapped box. I won't be yet another woman you feel guilty about. Squishy. wheezing and reading a dictionary entry for the word "crease. with swollen lower face and bleeding mouth. Fungal in origin. CADEN What does that mean? DOCTOR Seems to be some synaptic degradation." The definition is "n.WINTER 2008 . CADEN AND ADELE'S LIVING ROOM . SCHENECTADY THEATER LOBBY .DAY Caden waits in line.WINTER 2008 .DAY Caden is having periodontal surgery. 53 INT. Maybe you can learn some sort of manual override.JULY 30. Hi.SYN. SCHENECTADY POST OFFICE .GOLDENROD REVISIONS .WINTER 2008 .WINTER 2008 . a fold. 57 It's bloody.
NIGHT Adele calender on wall.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . A fax starts to come in. 60 INT. Glglf n mesr-siy. VOICE Now! Caden reads Getting Be here now! INTERCUT WITH: A59 INT. He studies it. OLIVE'S ROOM . She hands him a 2009 calendar. A59 She left Hewz wec. CADEN Thank you anyway. 58 INT. fuzzy as if there is some interference in the process. THERAPIST'S OFFICE .JULY 30.SYN.2009 . Olive wanted me to ask you not to read her diary. (CONTINUED) . Caden watches as the words appear. 58 It features photos of Adele. open to March.2009 . Now. Goddamn Christmas.2009 .NIGHT Caden opens the front door.2009 .SPRING 2009 . 59 59 INT. ADELE'S BERLIN APARTMENT . it under her pillow by mistake.NIGHT Caden lifts the bed pillow and finds a kid's diary. 2007 44. NY . CADEN'S OFFICE . puts it back. 57 CONTINUED: Okay. 61 60 INT. 61 A man hands him an envelope. I got like five for Christmas. CADEN AND ADELE'S LIVING ROOM . There's a knock at the front door. Take this. 57 HAZEL Here.SAME Adele feeds a piece of paper into a fax machine. Better: Now.DAY Madeline's feet are swollen and bloody.
Y'know.JULY 30. The MacArthur is called "the genius grant. there's an absolutely brilliant novel written by a four year old. Caden! What is your real self. Really? CADEN MADELINE Little Winky. Oh." And I want to earn it. 2007 45. finally put my real self into something. Caden! MADELINE 61 MADELINE Do you know what you're going to do with it? CADEN A theater piece. NY . yeah. MADELINE Hardly. God bless! I guess you'll have to discover your real self.SYN. CADEN A lot of money. I wanted to ask you. Oh. CADEN Aww. Something big and true and tough. 61 CONTINUED: CADEN So I just got this MacArthur Grant last night. MADELINE Oh. Right? CADEN Yeah. Yeah. how old are kids when they start to write? Varies. By Horace Azpiazu. Little Winky is a virulent anti-Semite. do you think? CADEN I don't know yet.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . MADELINE CADEN Could a four year old keep a diary? MADELINE Listen. MADELINE That's wonderful. I mean. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . Cute.
61 CONTINUED: (2) MADELINE (CONT'D) The story follows his initiation into the Klan.. Johnson. Written by a four year old? 61 (CONTINUED) .JULY 30. his immersion in the pornographic snuff industry and his ultimate degradation at the hands of a black ex-convict named Eric Washington Jackson Jones.SYN. with whom he embarks on a brutal homosexual affair. 2007 45A.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . Jefferson... NY . CADEN Wow..
CADEN Is that possible? MADELINE Which part? Any of it. OLIVE'S ROOM . SCHENECTADY TOY STORE . himself? CADEN Why did he kill 61 MADELINE I don't know. NY .2009 . I am for yers old.DAY Caden looks at the toys. thirty.NIGHT Caden paces nervously. 2007 46. He sits on Olive's bed and jimmies open her diary with a screwdriver. Thank you for being my new best frend. 61 CONTINUED: (3) MADELINE Azpiazu killed himself at five. 62 CADEN I don't know. He reads: VOICE Deer Diry. CADEN That's horrible.2009 . 63 (CONTINUED) . I like choclit and -- 63 INT. MADELINE He would've written so much more had he lived.my favorite color is pink. why would you? Oh.to determine what he would've written had he lived to ten. 62 INT. My name is Olive Cotard.JULY 30.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . They developed a method -. etcetera. VOICE -.SYN. why did you? What? CADEN MADELINE I said. twenty.some software -.
63 CONTINUED: CLERK Can I help you? CADEN I'm looking for a Christmas present for my daughter. Uncompromising. It’s what a man feels after he’s been clocked in the jaw. It'll reveal itself.JULY 30. Yes. Hazel. the mikvah. as the Jews call it. 64 65 OMITTED INT. NY . Caden looks at his HAZEL (CONTINUED) . And I want your help. CADEN Here’s what I think theater is: it’s the beginning of thought. This is what I want to try to give people. players and audience alike. She seems somewhat distant. I don't know what it is yet or how to do it. CLERK How about this? 63 The clerk holds up a pink box with a picture of a nose on it. The food arrives. Hazel just stares. to soak in the communal bath of it.. It’s love. 64 65 CADEN The idea is to do a massive theater piece. Pause. but it'll come. The moment before death.2009 . 2007 47. CADEN That's good. honest.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . QUINCY'S .DAY Caden sits with Hazel. It’s a blackbird in winter. We’re all in the same water. soaking in our very menstrual blood and nocturnal emissions. And I want all of us. Huh. after all.SYN. in all its messiness. The truth not yet spoken. plate and concentrates. Something pink..
He concentrates some more. Claire. (MORE) (CONTINUED) 66 . No one speaks. (pause) I have to concentrate. CADEN We'll start by talking honestly. CADEN (CONT'D) I miss you. (pause) Biofeedback training. CADEN Like as my assistant. He swallows some food then concentrates. Hazel. HAZEL 65 CADEN So I was wondering if you'll help. beads of sweat on his forehead. I'm kind of angry.DAY Caden.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . sits with a large group of actors. She stares at him. She watches him. NY . Tom. Finally.2009 . HAZEL I'm not sure I can work with you. Huh.JULY 30. Caden clears his throat. and Davis from Salesman among them. 65 CONTINUED: HAZEL What are you doing? CADEN Salivating. I think we'd have fun together. CADEN I just want to normalize it. CADEN (CONT'D) I'm digesting.SYN. HAZEL It's really disturbing. TINY. I'll begin. 2007 48. Caden. Out of that a piece of theater will evolve. CRAMPED REHEARSAL HALL . 66 INT. HAZEL In your box office? No.
CADEN I appreciate that. Claire. 66 CONTINUED: CADEN (CONT'D) (long pause) I've been thinking a lot about dying lately. CADEN AND ADELE'S BEDROOM . for the moment. Leave a message or don't. sweetie. He 67 HAZEL'S ANSWERING MACHINE It's Hazel. 67 INT.NIGHT Caden is in bed. Germany is wonderful! So many friends here.SYN. CADEN regardless of how this particular thing works itself out. It's brilliant. want to explore that unflinchingly. dials the phone. Caden grimaces in pain for a moment.JULY 30. you are.WINTER 2010 . His mouth bleeds. CLAIRE It's brilliant. (silence) Yet here we are. It's Karamazov. alive. VOICE Dear diary. NY . CLAIRE You're going to be fine. You poor thing. Nobody says anything for a long moment. And I Caden! CLAIRE There is a long silence as everyone looks uncomfortable. CADEN So will everyone here. reading Olive's diary. (CONTINUED) . It's everything. Your dime. So will you. Each of us knowing we will die. each of us secretly believing we won't. And brilliant directors of theater. My new dads are great and handsome. but -- 66 CLAIRE Well. I will be dying.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . 2007 49. CADEN (CONT'D) We are all hurtling toward death.
embarrassed. HAZEL You are so obnoxious! DEREK You're so obnoxious. (giggly) Stop! HAZEL DEREK I'm just asking. well. nursing a martini. They sit at a table not far from Caden.JULY 30. but not Claire. chat about today maybe. grimaces once more. After a bit. Hi! CLAIRE (PHONE VOICE) Here you are. it's Caden. DEREK Obnoxiousity is not a word. Hello? CLAIRE (PHONE VOICE) CLAIRE (PHONE VOICE) Hi! I was just thinking about you! 67 CADEN Hi. Claire. Hazel enters with Derek from the burning house. Hazel! He giggles crazily. She's laughing and doesn't see Caden. NY . watching people walk in. HAZEL Yeah. I was calling to say hi. Do you maybe want to get a drink or something? It's late so -Yeah! 68 CLAIRE Yeah yeah yeah! 68 INT.NIGHT Caden waits in a booth. 67 CONTINUED: CADEN Hi. He slinks back into the booth.GOLDENROD REVISIONS .2010 . My obnoxiousity. then dials again. who can hear their conversation. then hangs up. (CONTINUED) . I haven't heard from you so I thought I'd say hi. 2007 50. Hi. QUINCY'S .SYN. you find it awfully charming. coughs. CADEN Yeah? Um. on my phone! CADEN Yeah.
2007 51. Don't I? No. DEREK HAZEL Yes.. DEREK I like your obnoxiousity. I'm the box office. She spots Hazel first. HAZEL Yes. 68 CONTINUED: HAZEL You don't want to cross me. Claire.SYN. thanks. Hazel. HAZEL And my use of the word "obnoxiousity. NY .JULY 30. looks for Caden. You know Mr. CLAIRE How are you? Wonderful! HAZEL You? CLAIRE Fine.! Hazel. I was supposed to meet Caden here. HAZEL (CONT'D) Hi." Yes. I knew that! Duh! The box office.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . Hi. DEREK 68 HAZEL Because you like me so much. Cotard. You're delicious in your acquiescence. True.. right? (CONTINUED) . CLAIRE HAZEL CLAIRE Of course. Claire enters.
. CADEN How's everything. Derek and I -CADEN No. of course. HAZEL CADEN CLAIRE 68 Hi. Derek. Hi. CADEN It's good to see you. okay. Hazel looks around now. HAZEL This is Derek. Thanks. HAZEL (CONT'D) Yeah. Good. Derek. CLAIRE (awkwardly) Reunion night! How lovely! Yes. Haze. NY . Hazel. hey. HAZEL Caden and Claire go to Caden's booth. CADEN (CONT'D) Hi.SYN. Derek. Hi. Hi. Take care. It was nice seeing you. 68 CONTINUED: (2) HAZEL Yes. too. Both spot Caden at the same time. He smiles and waves and approaches.JULY 30. Hi. Cotard. Claire. So -HAZEL HAZEL (CONT’D) CADEN We'll leave you be. 2007 52. Caden. Caden. CADEN Hi. Cade. I recall Mr. ul? HAZEL Great. En. HAZEL (CONT'D) DEREK CLAIRE Hi. (CONTINUED) ..GOLDENROD REVISIONS . Oh.
Really? CADEN Why? I'm 68 CLAIRE I just think it's. brave. Y'know? CADEN I don't know. He hears occasional snippets.. I keep thinking Artaud. Grotowski. (CONTINUED) . so excited about it..JULY 30. CLAIRE I'm proud of you. throughout his conversation with Claire. chatting animatedly.SYN. CLAIRE So tell me what you want from me? Hmm? CADEN CLAIRE From my character. HAZEL Ptolemy was the first to divide the day into 24. NY . CLAIRE . for Christ's sake! CADEN I don't know what I'm doing. CADEN Yeah.. HAZEL . I guess.. Caden steals glances at Hazel.. CLAIRE But that's what's so refreshing. 68 CONTINUED: (3) CLAIRE That was awkward. I mean... theater can we take as a country? Y'know? Knowing that you don't know is the first and most essential step to knowing. 2007 53...GOLDENROD REVISIONS . how much prepackaged . cryptology. I keep thinking Krapp's Last Tape.. I feel like I'm going to be part of a revolution.. CLAIRE Let's talk about our project..
CADEN (CONT'D) I have these health issues.SYN. CADEN (CONT'D) CADEN (CONT'D) I'm sorry.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . It's late.. we can talk more tomorrow maybe. and the jet.. and she was sent plummeting. As a model. CADEN Yeah.. CADEN I don't know.. It's fine. HAZEL . NY .JULY 30. It's a loop of hair.. My autonomic functions are failing. (pause) When I get tired I have to remember to breathe. it exploded. CLAIRE That Hazel girl is kind of interesting. CLAIRE Poor darling. 2007 54. CLAIRE Well. to model it after. CLAIRE That sounds fun. Probably not that interesting. We'll talk about it. Find a real person. Something to think about. Sure. maybe. Did she want to be an actress but lacked confidence? You seem distracted. It's a new thing. CADEN Um. No. why is she still working in a box office at her age? CLAIRE There's got to be a story there. 68 CONTINUED: (4) CADEN Oh.. Although -CLAIRE Y'know. (CONTINUED) . CLAIRE Um. 68 HAZEL ... yeah.hairstyle called a beaver tail. Well. we'll build it over time together. Could be. maybe.
2007 55. Caden glances at their star-spangled bikini-bottomed crotches. HAZEL Whitrow says. I'm -CLAIRE Oh.NIGHT 69 Caden and Claire walk. it's okay. I'm sorry. It actually split in half.WINTER 2010 . I couldn't deal with my sisters. Horrible.SYN. Shh. In half? CADEN CLAIRE Yes. Shh. CLAIRE My mother died last night. CADEN Oh. um. Hit her head. it was nice meeting you. this is me. "If a mind is regarded to be a memory-based process of integration. that's an awful thing to ask. Slipped in her bathroom.. if I could ask? I mean. you doing out? What are CLAIRE Ugh. It's bitterly cold. Claire leads Caden past Hazel and Derek.. She fell. They pass a store window advertising a Presidents Day sale. What happened to your mother. deep in conversation. I'm such an idiot. I'm so sorry. I see.. CADEN CLAIRE (grabbing his hand) Shh. God. No. 68 Shh. Did I say "meeting"? Ugh. DOWNTOWN SCHENECTADY STREET . NY . 68 CONTINUED: (5) I'm just . It's like living in a Heironymous Bosch painting. The female mannequins are dressed as Lincoln and Washington. Shh. Well. Well. heads close together. I don't mean to -. (CONTINUED) .It's just that..JULY 30.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . They stop at a small hatchback with a cow painted on it." 69 EXT. CADEN My God.
. and soon their first child. Everyone does that.. MINISTER . Caden awkwardly CADEN (CONT'D) Do you want me to drive you home? She shakes her head "no" over and over.JULY 30. with gaping mouth. NY . embraces her. I hate myself. Well. It's -- Claire's face contorts into a horrifying. It's -. 69 CADEN I don't know how it's Freudian. CEMETERY . paralyzed grimace. It's horrible. In half? It's okay. I watch myself so I can remember how it looks for future roles. She rests 70 (CONTINUED) .2010 . She remains stiff. 2007 56. Claire was born.SYN. CLAIRE Like "meet"? To meet? CADEN Oh. I'm sorry about your mother.DAY Caden sits with Claire and a large congregation.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . Y'know. her hand on Caden's.there she met Ralph Keene.is there anything I can do? 70 EXT. 69 CONTINUED: CADEN Slip of the tongue is all. Then she looks in at CLAIRE Sometimes when I cry. CADEN It's okay. CADEN What is it? What? She weeps silently. They fell in love. her reflection in the car window. CLAIRE Freudian slip. married. CLAIRE It's life. The minister's voice goes under.
70 CONTINUED: CLAIRE (crying whisper to Caden) I used to be a baby.JULY 30. 2007 56A.SYN. 70 (CONTINUED) . NY .GOLDENROD REVISIONS .
the room glows with afternoon sunlight." "Anything. Caden can hold out no longer. who were jealous of my beauty. They fall back on the bed.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . 2007 57. Whomever possesses it will receive all the magic of the woodland sprites. 71 72 CLAIRE (sits on bed next to him) It was a bearded old man.) . CLAIRE (CONT'D) He said to me. He kisses her all over as she continues to tell the story. One day the townsfolk. CLAIRE There was a knock at the door.DAY Curtains drawn. I have to. brushing her teeth and talking. Caden sits on the bed. breathing her in) I have to fuck you. CADEN God. "young lady." CADEN (eyes blurring. Her voice becomes irresistibly melodious.JULY 30. you're beautiful." . decided to steal me away. CLAIRE (CONT'D) He said. If you do. I have in my satchel a ring. CLAIRE I was a baby girl with hair of spun gold. CLAIRE (spreading her legs) "You can have this ring if you promise me one thing. Caden and Claire are having sex now. head lolling. the prettiest baby anyone had ever seen. He kisses her. You must never tell anyone what you promised me. "There is one more thing." I whispered in his ear.SYN. 70 CONTINUED: (2) CADEN I'm so sorry.2010 . 70 71 72 OMITTED INT. CLAIRE'S BEDROOM (SCHENECTADY APT. NY . Claire enters naked from the bathroom. you will die.
strokes his hair.DAY Claire sits on the toilet and pees. I'm guilty of so much. CADEN (CONT'D) I have problems. CLAIRE (wiping) Really? Hazel? Oh. humiliating deaths.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . I've gone somewhere without them.2010 . I was reunited with my family.SYN. We'll be fine. We'll be good. Horrible. CLAIRE So I used my new power to kill all the townsfolk. I have also -I have also -. honey? CADEN I'm so in love with you.2010 . PARK . CLAIRE'S BATHROOM (SCHENECTADY APT. CLAIRE It's okay.DAY Caden and Claire get married. CADEN I've left them behind. 73 INT. Claire smiles. You're with me now. Caden is saying his vows. 74 EXT. Wow.JULY 30. I'm still attached to my wife. 73 Really? Our interesting.feelings for Hazel.) . Hazel? That's really I must've picked that unconsciously. . NY . CLAIRE (CONT'D) Why are you crying. 2007 58. Gosh. And I lived happily ever after. Caden cries and rests his head on her thigh. 74 CADEN There will be no other before you. up Boy. doing only good with my new powers. Claire.
77 Claire seethes.DAY Actors piled in. There are ponderous pauses. I mean. 76 Okay. That'll be forty dollars. NY . DAVIS Forty dollars it is. CRAMPED REHEARSAL HALL . I'll start with you. 2007 59.SYN. CLAIRE'S KITCHEN (SCHENECTADY APT. hold it. Caden walks off with Davis. decorations are up. Christmas CLAIRE Davis. (CONTINUED) .DAY 75 Caden stands in line with a gift-wrapped box addressed to Olive. SCHENECTADY POST OFFICE . We need to investigate." Davis approaches.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . Claire sits at a makeshift "box-office. CLAIRE Okay. 76 INT. 75 INT. DAVIS I'd like to buy a ticket. The clerks at the counter wear Santa hats and beards. Caden circles the action.WINTER 2010 . I'll start with you. CLAIRE Here's your ticket.2011 . Davis. CADEN Okay.) . Okay. We're not really -I think we need to work on your characters individually.JULY 30. Caden feeds a baby. to really discover the essence of each being. TINY. There's a difference between favoring me and pretending we've never met. I think people know we've fucked. we had Ariel.WINTER 2011 NIGHT Claire chops vegetables. 77 INT.
She is alone. Okay? 78 CLAIRE Maybe you are.).GOLDENROD REVISIONS . 77 CONTINUED: CADEN That's not the point. looks haggard and her cheeks are tear-stained. Her life is passing by. She's old and ugly -CADEN I think you should pick another subject. I work long hours as a cashier at a mini-mart. I would've guessed you were sleeping with Davis. Sometimes I worry my child will not even recognize me when I come home -Claire cries like she did when her mother died.SYN. Works in a theater box office. I have a small child and no husband. Ariel cries. CLAIRE'S BEDROOM (SCHENECTADY APT. Claire thinks for a moment. CLAIRE Sacred ground? CADEN No. She had acting aspirations but lacked the confidence to pursue them. CADEN She CLAIRE I'm 42. Other than Hazel. She is limited. Tell me. CLAIRE Apparently not.JULY 30. CLAIRE She's 36. There's this single mother who lives downstairs. I don't feel like there's enough there. (CONTINUED) . 77 CADEN We'll talk about your character after we get Ariel to bed.WINTER 2011 NIGHT Claire sits on the bed and seems almost in a trance. I just want to feel what we used to feel. Okay. CLAIRE I suppose not. It's just. 2007 60. NY . Y'know? 78 INT. I find her really deep and sad.
2007 60A.WINTER 2011 .JULY 30. thumbing through a magazine.SYN.) . (CONTINUED) . Please. CLAIRE'S LIVING ROOM (SCHENECTADY APT.79 NIGHT Ariel sleeps in a crib in the corner of the living room. NY .GOLDENROD REVISIONS . sweetie. Caden sits on a tiny chair. 78 CONTINUED: CLAIRE (CONT'D) Check on her. I'm arriving at something. 78 79 INT.
. CADEN My real daughter. 2007 61. The article begins. CLAIRE Please don't do this to us. CLAIRE You have responsibilities. 80 VOICE Redundancy is fluid. CADEN She's tattooed! CLAIRE (revealing massive tattoo on back) Everyone's tattooed! CADEN I've never seen that before. featuring a photo of a naked Olive. This woman is beautiful. Her eyes are red. Life moves to the south. I've made a breakthrough. There is only the now. CADEN I'll be quick.2011 . I've got -CADEN I have to go find my daughter.JULY 30. What? CLAIRE CADEN My first daughter. smiling.. most people are sleeping.NIGHT It's dark. 79 CONTINUED: 79 Claire weeps off-screen. Better.SYN. "Ten year old Olive Wittgart of Berlin is the first child in human history with a full body tattoo. (CONTINUED) . NY . I've got to find her. Caden sees an article entitled "Flower Girl".GOLDENROD REVISIONS . Olive. 80 INT. Claire pokes her head in. Caden reads Getting Please. CLAIRE Everyone's tattooed. CLAIRE Caden. I'll do it quick. her body covered from neck to ankle in tattoos of flowers. PLANE . CLAIRE Your daughter is right here. " Caden stares in disbelief.
You're almost non-recognizable now. He turns the page.JULY 30. CADEN I'm her husband.DAY Caden wanders a dirty store-front street looking for an address. GALLERY . Madeline spreads her legs a bit and smiles at Caden. 82 INT. nervously grins. He finds it. Blank. CADEN I don't speak German. We must not give addresses or other personal informations.2011 . too! Yippee! CADEN I'm not sure I'm getting the book.DAY The walls are hung with hundreds of Adele's tiny paintings. 81 The rest of the book is blank. An art gallery. You are not her husbands.SYN. GERMAN WOMAN No. MADELINE But it's getting you. it freed me up. MADELINE (CONT'D) When you cancelled. BERLIN STREET . 82 CADEN I'm looking for Adele Cotard. So I'm traveling. sexier in make-up and a tight dress. 81 He EXT. MADELINE 80 He sees Madeline sitting across the aisle. . She is different. NY . He enters. She is watching a movie. GERMAN WOMAN Yes. I was Yes yes. goes back to his book. This book is over.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . Mister? GERMAN WOMAN I may help you. He reads: VOICE I offer my flower to you and you deny it. 80 CONTINUED: Hi.2011 . which is named Gunther und Heinz. He looks over at Madeline. 2007 62.
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EXT. OUTDOOR CAFE - 2015 - DAY Caden sits nursing a coffee. CADEN You're here, too? MARIA I live with Adele and Olive and Gunther und Heinz and Uschi and Britt. I'm everyone's nanny. CADEN I want to see my daughter. CADEN They? And who the fuck are Uschi and Britt? MARIA They sent me.
Maria approaches and sits down.
MARIA They decided it's not time to see you yet.
CADEN Maria, I can't believe Adele got her tattooed like that. I mean -MARIA I did that. Olive's my project. CADEN She's a four year old! MARIA She's almost over eleven now. She's my muse. I love her. Caden stares at her for a moment, then lunges. He punches her repeatedly as she tries to get away. She throws a punch which connects with the side of his head and knocks him down. She hurries off. CADEN What'd you do to my family? you do to my daughter? What'd
MARIA (IN GERMAN) Screw you, Caden. Faggot! FAGGOT! She turns down an alley. Caden, a half-block behind, hurries to the alley. She's gone. He walks through, looking for her. It's dark. Trash cans and garbage. He spots an unopened box next to the trash. It's pink with a picture of a nose on it. Caden drops to his knees and weeps. No tears come out. His eyes are dry and red. He pulls a vial of artificial tears from his pockets and moistens his eyes. Suddenly his breathing becomes wildly erratic.
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EXT. GERMAN HOSPITAL - 2015 - DAY Caden limps up to the hospital.
INT. GERMAN HOSPITAL ROOM - 2015 - DAY
German words painted on the walls. Caden, in his underwear, lies on a metal table in a cold room, while an old man in white military jacket examines him, pressing on his body in various places. The man is silent except for slow, long inhalations and exhalations through his nose. When he is through he leaves the room without saying a word. Caden lies there, not sure what he’s supposed to do. After a while, he gets up and opens the door, looks both ways down the empty hall. He closes the door, sits in a plastic chair and waits. 85 INT. PLANE - 2015 - NIGHT 85
Caden sits. A tube runs from his nostril to a small whirring machine on his lap. A frail old man sits next to him. OLD MAN Death comes faster than you think. 86 EXT. NEW YORK CITY STREET - 2015 - DAY Caden, walking with a realtor, approaches a warehouse in a very old, decrepit, and abandoned-looking part of town. CADEN Yeah, I want to bring my production to New York. To get it seen. By people, you know, who matter. The sooner the better. REALTOR Well, this theater is centrally located. Heart of the theater district. So... great for plays. Yeah? 87 CADEN Yeah. REALTOR Very much so. 87 Caden inspects it while 86
INT. WAREHOUSE - 2015 - DAY It's massive, empty, old, and dirty. the agent watches from a distance.
REALTOR (echoey and far away) Lots of room for seats over here. 88 OMITTED 88
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It's been scrubbed. There are small squared-off "apartment" areas, with actors in each, going about their days. A couple sleeps in a bed in one, in another there is a conversation between people over dinner, a man watches television alone in one, etc. There are at least fifteen configurations of people with a reel-to-reel tape recorders in each set-up. Caden walks from one to the other, eavesdropping, followed by an assistant, Michael. PATIENT (IN ONE "APARTMENT") (to doctor) And then he said he couldn't see me anymore. Just like that. I don't understand. I... I mean, he just told me two days before how much he loves me. Everything's spinning out of control. He stops at Claire's "apartment." She is ironing and watching a daytime soap, which is a closed-circuit TV. actors in the soap are across the warehouse in another apartment. JENNIFER (SOAP OPERA ACTRESS) Dr. Williams, that was your last patient for the day. DR. WILLIAMS (SOAP OPERA ACTRESS) Jennifer, let's stop this charade. JENNIFER I don't know what you're talking about, Doctor. DR. WILLIAMS The chemistry between us is palpable. You and I both know that. JENNIFER Dennis... I can't. DR. WILLIAMS Why not? It's the way God made us. JENNIFER I can't because Jerry came back last night. DR. WILLIAMS Jerry, but he's dead. I'm certain of that because...
JULY 30. WILLIAMS Because I'm certain.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . right? Am I dying? Can you tell me that? 91 92 90 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . Dennis? DR. Don't you think? TOM (AS CLERK) No. She is about two and a half. which features Caden in an embrace with a muscular skinhead.NIGHT An old doctor examines Caden's shaking leg. The movie is "Posthumously Written" by The Late Horace Azpiazu. Nearby.2016 . He looks at a poster for a movie called Little Winky and Caden. It's right. honey. 91 92 OMITTED INT. 2007 65A. Ariel sits in a highchair and plays with a bowl of Cheerios. DOCTOR I can't argue with further testing. that's all. NY . EXAMINATION ROOM . Caden's leg starts to twitch. 89 * * * * * * CLAIRE Daddy doesn't live with us anymore. Daddy! ARIEL Daddy is mine! CADEN Daddy can't play now. DAVIS Oh. BUS SHELTER (NEAR WAREHOUSE) . He had to find himself. you're a doctor. They're French. Tom and Davis rehearse their scene in another "apartment. 90 EXT. CADEN Ok. French. Claire shoots daggers at Caden and goes back to ironing. and he goes into convulsions.NIGHT Caden sits in the fluorescent shelter.SYN." DAVIS (AS CUSTOMER) I like it but it's a little tight in the toe. huh? Okay. This is how they're supposed to fit. baby.2017 . 89 CONTINUED: JENNIFER Because what? Because what.
GOLDENROD REVISIONS . 92 CONTINUED: No. 2007 65B. you can't tell me? (CONTINUED) . NY .JULY 30. DOCTOR 92 CADEN No.SYN.
I -You look CADEN 93 New haircut? Um.JULY 30. The boys? Yeah. 92 CONTINUED: (2) DOCTOR I can't tell you. NYC STREET . HAZEL Caden! I was wondering if I was going to bump into you! She gives him a hug. She sees him in the store window reflection.. HAZEL Thanks. CADEN What are you doing here? great. HAZEL You. DOCTOR (CONT’D) 92 93 EXT.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . She turns. Oh. notices his shaking leg. his leg shaking. CADEN What are you doing in New York? HAZEL Oh. Mini-vacation! You know. DOCTOR (CONT’D) You can't tell me if you can't tell me? No. CADEN Congratulations. HAZEL For a while now.SYN. 2007 66. yeah. He spots Hazel looking in a store window. thanks. CADEN HAZEL I thought you knew.DAY Caden walks along. He just watches her for a while.. How old? CADEN (CONTINUED) . NY . I’m here with Derek and the boys. Ah. Yeah.2017 .
Derek took them to Natural History. Caden watches after her. (pause) Nice names. . NY . but we're separated now. HAZEL Oh. CADEN 93 HAZEL Nice to see you. Twins. CADEN Yes. I have a great job at Lens Shapers. Robert and Daniel and Allan. We’re meeting back at the hotel at three. CADEN Good seeing you. Hazel smiles and waves and turns to head into the store.SYN. Great.JULY 30. I should run. 2007 67.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . Then sushi! Okay. We have a daughter. CADEN You wear a lab coat? HAZEL It’s so good to see you. Hazel. How about with you? HAZEL Good. The kids are wonderful. So I could shop. I was with Claire. Caden. Where are they? Ah. I want to get some shopping in. things? How are CADEN Y’know. 93 CONTINUED: HAZEL Five. Ah.
OLIVE'S VOICE (with German accent) How I love Maria! She is so much more of a father than Caden ever was. sniffs under his arms.) Daddy. 2007 68. CLAIRE I just want you to love us. 95 INT. Ariel hugs Caden's good leg.DAY 94 * A95 * * * * * * * Caden watches Hazel and her family. Caden just continues.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . CLAIRE (O.S. I want to take care of you and Olive. grabs him and wrestles him to the ground. There's silence then the door opens. HALLWAY (CLAIRE'S NYC APT.FALL 2018 .NIGHT 96 95 Caden.) . now walking with a cane. But Maria! Caden blots his sopping brow and gums.) What. to the edge of the roof. Daddy! CADEN (CONT'D) I want to come back.S. When they head to the pool.2017 . and begins to climb over.NIGHT Caden pulls Olive's journal from under his pillow and reads from somewhere in the middle. Caden? ARIEL (O. HOTEL TERRACE . (CONTINUED) . with his drinking and unfortunate body odor and rotting teeth.) CADEN CLAIRE (O.S. Yes? It's me. I could only loathe him and perhaps pity him. approaches an apartment door. NY . Claire is crying. 96 INT. The gaunt man sits with them.JULY 30.SYN. without hesitation. CADEN AND ADELE'S HOUSE . He knocks. A passing lifeguard sees Caden.2017 . 94 A95 OMITTED EXT. Ariel. There's a sad pilgrim cut-out taped to it. laughing and enjoying each other on the terrace. Caden hugs her.
NIGHT Caden and Claire in bed having sex.JULY 30. Daddy? 96 97 INT.SYN.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . 97 (CONTINUED) . 2007 68A. NY . The gaunt man stands on the fire escape peering in.2018 . Ariel watches from the doorway. 96 CONTINUED: ARIEL Why does you have a canes. CLAIRE'S BEDROOM (NYC APARTMENT) .
CLAIRE It's okay. Too many to recount. Claire cranes her neck and looks at the clock. Oh. baby. Let me make you feel better. He went in because his finger hurt. Claire kisses Caden's neck. CADEN They said he suffered horribly. He didn't even know. 97 Caden answers the phone. . They said it was the longest and saddest deathbed speech any of them had ever heard. 97 CONTINUED: The phone rings.SYN. CADEN What's wrong? Okay. That he called out for me right before he died. Okay. MOTHER There was so little left of him. They said he said a lot of things.DAY 98 Caden.2018 . They said he said he regretted his life. CLAIRE For crying out fuck. It's 3:30. Hello? Caden hangs up. Claire.JULY 30. They had to fill the coffin with cotton balls to keep him from rattling around. 2007 69. CLAIRE CADEN His body was riddled with cancer. Claire begins kissing her way down Caden's chest. It's going to be okay. NY . baby. CEMETERY .GOLDENROD REVISIONS . and Ariel stand with Caden's mother as a childsized coffin is lowered into the ground. CADEN (CONT'D) My father died. 98 EXT. The gaunt man and Ariel both step out of view.
99 INT. My father I'm so sorry. chat with a fat lady. I thought I should say something. (CONTINUED) . I see. People chat and eat. BURNING HOUSE .2018 . CADEN INTERCUT WITH: 100 A101 INT.JULY 30. HAZEL Yes. CADEN'S MOTHER'S BACK DECK . CADEN I'm back with Claire. NY . Yeah. died. Oh no.SAME Hazel is on her phone.2018 . on the couch holding hands. 99 100 EXT. Oh.DAY Crowded with mourners.2018 . HAZEL Pause. Caden? HAZEL (PHONE VOICE) A101 CADEN I had to talk to you.A FEW MOMENTS LATER Caden dials his cell phone. Claire and Caden. I'm sorry. HAZEL Oh. CADEN I know. I have to use the bathroom. Caden. CADEN'S MOTHER'S HOUSE . CADEN HAZEL What are you sorry about? CADEN I don't know.SYN.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . CADEN Excuse me. You got quiet. HAZEL Are you at your mom's? CADEN With Claire and Ariel. Thanks. 2007 70. Hey. I got that.
I'm sorry about your dad. Hazel hangs up. HAZEL I have to go. I have to get ready. please. Everything's fine. (pause) Okay. CADEN Of course. 101 102 .GOLDENROD REVISIONS . CADEN What am I supposed to do. 101 102 OMITTED OMITTED Caden sits there. That's what makes our relationship so special. That's awful news. A101 CONTINUED: HAZEL You thought you should say something. HAZEL Yeah. Hazel? have a kid with her. You have twins with Derek. You having sex with her? Hazel. 2007 71. CADEN Hazel. Three twins. CADEN HAZEL I'm asking you a question. what -- Yes. The obligation. Take care. I can't bear it if you go. HAZEL I have to.SYN. I A101 CADEN I really miss you.. NY .JULY 30. I'm going out. CADEN I need to use a cane now. I guess that's what happens when you have a kid with somebody else. That's lovely. It's confusing! HAZEL You're not supposed to do anything. Did you have sex with her now that you're back together? I mean..
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INT. WAREHOUSE - CITY SET - 2020 - DAY
A rehearsal in progress. The shells of apartment buildings have been built. The actors, who previously had been spread out on the floor of the warehouse, are now perched on scaffolding in various apartment spaces. Caden, followed by Michael, surveys the scene by climbing up and down ladders. It's difficult to manage with his cane. 104 INT. CLAIRE KITCHEN (NYC APARTMENT) - 2021 - LATE NIGHT Caden reads Olive's diary. OLIVE'S GERMAN VOICE Today I felt a wetness between my legs. Maria explained to me now I am a woman. And being a woman is wonderful with Maria to guide me. 105 EXT. BERLIN STREET - 2022 - DAY Overcast. Caden wanders. Walls are plastered with posters of "Flower Girl." It's Olive, early 20's, very sexy and naked. There is an address and a date. Seems to be some sort of concert. 106 INT. LOBBY - 2022 - NIGHT Caden waits on a long line behind a bunch of men. 107 INT DARK SMALL ROOM - NIGHT Caden sits by himself in a cramped space. A light switches on behind scarred Plexiglas. Olive dances naked. Caden tries to get her attention by banging on the glass but she can't see him. A bouncer enters and beats Caden up. 108 INT. CLAIRE'S BEDROOM (NYC APARTMENT) - 2022 - MORNING Caden, bruised, lies in bed while Claire hurries past, getting dressed. CLAIRE Get out of bed. CADEN I'm depressed. 108 107 106 105 104
CLAIRE The cry of the North American Caden. CADEN I'd just like a little sympathy.
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CONTINUED: CLAIRE I'll save my sympathy for the eighty million people with avian flu, the Tsunami victims in Puerto Rico, the countless millennia dead from... how fucked it all is. CADEN Millennia dead? What? And since when do you care about anything? CLAIRE I care every day about things! care about us! ... Y'know?! ARIEL Why do Daddy be sad now? I
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The neighborhood seems abandoned and overgrown. Caden is parked down the block and watches Hazel's house. Soon Hazel and Derek walk by. Derek says something and Hazel laughs delightedly. Caden is in agony. He rolls down his window. Hazel! CADEN
Hazel and Derek turn. HAZEL Caden, what are you doing here? CADEN Sorry. Can I talk to you? Please?
Hazel kisses Derek, whispers something in his ear. They share a giggle. Derek waves at Caden and heads into the burning house. Hazel approaches Caden's car. CADEN (CONT'D) Tell me what to do. HAZEL Caden, everyone has to figure out their own life. Y'know? CADEN I want you to look at me like you used to.
HAZEL Oh, honey, I can't anymore. CADEN (crying) I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I screwed everything up. I don't have any courage. I'm sorry.
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CONTINUED: It's okay. HAZEL I'm okay.
CADEN I don't want you to be okay. I mean, I do but it rips my guts out. HAZEL I'll always be your friend. I'll help you through any way I can. CADEN I'll help you through, too. HAZEL Caden, I'm fine. I have Derek. 110 INT. WAREHOUSE - 2023 - DAY 110
Caden stands with his cane before the group of seated actors. The actors wait patiently as Caden finishes a coughing fit. CADEN I won't settle for anything less than the brutal truth. Brutal! Each day I'll hand you a scrap of paper. It'll tell you what happened to you that day. "You felt a lump in your breast. You looked at your wife and saw a stranger." Etcetera. TOM Caden, when are we going to get an audience in here? It's been seventeen years. CADEN And I'm not excusing myself from this either. I will have someone play me, to delve into the murky, cowardly depths of my lonely, fucked-up being. He'll get notes, too. And they will correspond to the "notes" I truly get each day from my God. She smiles 111
The actors glance uncomfortably at Claire. apologetically. 111 OMITTED
And this fucking private Christian school is killing us. WAREHOUSE .SYN. talking on his cell phone. 112 113 OMITTED INT.2024 . Caden? (CONTINUED) . I didn't wash my hands. Y'know? Try to be a good person.2024 .SAME Caden sits at his desk. A little girl walks by in a "nude" body suit with Olive's tattoos all over it. HAZEL'S CAR .DAY 112 113 Hazel sits in her parked car and talks on her cellphone. I'm talking too much. CADEN A114 HAZEL I didn't wash my hands! I'm a stupid cow! I don't have anything to show for being on this planet. Do you have anything for me. It's not cheap. HAZEL They fired me. I don't believe in that shit. 2007 75. NY . That's all there is. I had pink eye hands! Pink hands! INTERCUT WITH: A114 INT.JULY 30. Little kids in costumes walk by. Oh God. I'm sorry. I caused an outbreak of conjunctivitis. It's Derek's thing.GOLDENROD REVISIONS .
JULY 30. Hazel. I'm worthless. HAZEL (CONT'D) This is Sammy Barnathan. SAMMY (CONT'D) I've learned everything about you by following you. hiding is nervousness. SAMMY (CONT'D) Peek-a-boo. I miss you. I've never worked as an actor. I'm fat. Because I follow you. They all resemble Caden. WAREHOUSE . And there's no box office yet. He is the gaunt man we've seen following Caden. 114 114 INT. Caden. Good. There are problems at home. SAMMY I don't have a resume or picture. What am I going to do? Nobody laughs at my jokes the way you did. NY . Sammy transforms effortlessly into Caden. So I knew about this audition. Everything is falling apart. There's fear in (CONTINUED) . SAMMY I've been following you for twenty years. I have an assistant. A114 HAZEL Please. HAZEL Sammy Barnathan? Sammy Barnathan stands. Caden is in the far corner of the space. A114 CONTINUED: CADEN Um. Sammy stares back.GOLDENROD REVISIONS .AUDITION CORNER . nods. Hazel steps around the partition. at a little sectioned-off area. Caden stares at Sammy.2025 . CADEN Tell me why you're here. 2007 76. Hazel leads him to Caden. There are a half-dozen actors sitting on folding chairs outside the partition. Caden's eyes but he doesn't drop his gaze. Caden. Caden stands. except one very tall one.LATER The actors are in their apartments living their lives.SYN. Hire me and you will see who you truly are.
(MORE) 114 (CONTINUED) . I've never felt about anyone the way I feel about you.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . I don't think we need to talk to anyone else. This guy has me down.JULY 30. I'm going to cast him right now. Why I cried. 2007 76A.SYN. I want to fuck you until we merge into a Chimera. 114 CONTINUED: SAMMY (CONT'D) Okay. Then maybe you and I can get a drink and we can try to figure out this thing between us. Hazel. NY .
CADEN You've got the part. Flies buzz. WAREHOUSE . WAREHOUSE . 114 Sammy nods and exits.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . He strains. SAMMY (CONT'D) You're missing your Fosonex. Hazel follows him with her eyes. and sits. he looks at his stool. He takes them.A FEW MOMENTS LATER Caden limps with his cane and a backpack toward the men's room door. SAMMY I've never seen your shit gray. Caden.2025 . NY .SYN. When he is done. The urinals are covered with slime. okay. one-by-one. It's new. dear. HAZEL He's good.MEN'S ROOM . he speaks. 115 INT. 2007 77. stalling. It's gray. He wipes and flushes. Sammy watches and counts.2025 . two pair of eyes that look only at each other. Caden places his backpack on a sink. pulls down his pants. Sammy stands there.CONTINUOUS 116 115 The room is filthy. SAMMY I know it's pill time. Caden enters a stall. lips ever touching and one voice that whispers to itself. pulls up his pants and exits the stall. CADEN Please don't fall in love with him. Caden opens his pack and pulls out a baggie full of pills. 116 INT. (CONTINUED) . Yes. He pushes open the door. His eyes are rheumy. looks at himself in the mirror. You don't need to hide from me. When it's over. 114 CONTINUED: (2) SAMMY (CONT'D) A mythical beast with penis and vagina eternally fused. CADEN He Sammy jots a note.JULY 30. HAZEL I only have eyes for you.
116 CONTINUED: No.EVENING Caden exits the warehouse with Claire and Ariel. here. ARIEL Can me have a nickel if I doesn't play with my pee-pee no more? A hovercraft glides down the street with searchlights. CADEN I was thinking of calling it Simulacrum. 116 Caden pulls out books and notebooks and a sweater. 2007 78. It's bad out They move on. Good boy. What do you think? CLAIRE I don't know what it means." The guards wear surgical masks.SYN. Sammy walks alongside. NYC CITY STREET . who is now five. SAMMY (CONT'D) Fosonex. Caden picks the pill up off the floor. The pill It's got grime on it. sweetie. 2. CADEN SAMMY Check your bag. 117 SAMMY (CONT'D) 117 EXT.JULY 30. There is a long line of people waiting to find out about tickets for the show. NY . MAN When is it opening? CADEN When it's ready. SAMMY (CONT'D) Swallow it anyway.5 mg.2025 . MAN We need to get in.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . falls out of the sweater onto the grimy floor. passing poor people waiting in line for food distributed from a military truck. (CONTINUED) . Caden looks at Sammy and swallows the pill. It's important. Go on. There are sick people being herded into a scary bus marked "Fun Land.
Sammy's going to move into your apartment set as me. Kranstein. I saw you in Bernarda Alba last year at The Roundabout. thanks. CLAIRE Yeah? That was a fun play. Emotionally tough.SYN. CADEN As the vision reveals itself. Claire. You guys need anything? No. 2007 79. Ariel sits on his lap. They finish and Caden glances at Sammy. thanks. Christmas decorations in windows across the way.JULY 30. You're an amazing actress. CADEN Claire? I want you to drop your study of Mrs. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . 119 EXT.WINTER 2025 LATER 119 Caden and Sammy watch the city: fires in the distance. CLAIRE'S FIRE ESCAPE (NYC APARTMENT) . we all have to be willing to adapt.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . honey. CADEN SAMMY No. but fucking fulfilling. 117 118 INT.NIGHT 118 Caden and Claire have sex. CLAIRE It's just that I've made such enormous strides as Jocelyn and -- SAMMY It'd be my honor to play your husband. Sammy watches from a chair in the corner. Claire pokes her head out. Claire. Occasional explosions. CLAIRE'S BEDROOM (NYC APARTMENT) . Caden -CLAIRE CADEN I want you to play yourself. 117 CONTINUED: CADEN How about The Flawed Light of Love and Grief? CLAIRE I'm not sure. NY .2025 . Human wailing. Sammy jots something in his book. CLAIRE I'm going to work in my journal.
huh? Caden chuckles. . A sweet pussy. I'm going to start thinking about myself. Okay. SAMMY Start. CADEN Why are you giving this to me? SAMMY I want to follow you there and see how you lose even more of yourself. Ugh.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . too. SAMMY I read it. CADEN How do you know that? Oh. Caden looks at Sammy. Except me. For the part. 119 CONTINUED: CLAIRE (CONT'D) And I loved working with so many strong female actresses.SYN. Maybe the Met's doing a retrospective. Caden? CADEN She left us.JULY 30. Research. 2007 80. baby. Partner. I don't know where she is. The best living artist. He hands Caden a slip of paper. SAMMY Amazing artist though. SAMMY Maybe she's got a sublet in New York. Lorca's a genius. CADEN Anyway. You know that better than anyone. There's no one who stares the truth in the face like she does. 119 Claire exits. Maybe. SAMMY (CONT'D) (beat) Why did we leave Adele. NY . confused. A strange dirigible flies very low overhead.
SYN.CONTINUOUS 123 Sound of the elevator descending. but I think it was too late. Caden heads down the long hall." The doors close.2026 . He turns and heads back. He picks up his pace. deserted part of town. The old person walks behind him. As they begin to close: Hold it. looking at apartment numbers. The doors open on 17. The door buzzes. The name on the apartment is Capgras. There's a piece of looseleaf paper with the handwritten note "Death in family. please. 123 INT. ELEVATOR (31Y BUILDING) . The doors open on 31 and Caden exits. OLD PERSON I asked you to hold the door. it opens and a very old. The elevator is ascending again. 121 122 OMITTED INT. very tall. Caden looks behind him and smiles awkwardly. God relieve our grief.NIGHT 120 Dark. The wind blows wet leaves. looking lost. I pressed it. the elevator ascends.MOMENTS LATER 121 122 It's small. Caden reaches for the "door open" button but doesn't press it. Caden finds the address: an old. The doors close and the elevator continues its shaky ascent. Caden presses "31. swaying and creaking. FAINT FARAWAY VOICE Hold it. A kid walks by in a Hallowe'en costume.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . NY . CITY STREET (NEAR 31Y BUILDING) . nobody gets on. trying to be casual about it. feeble-looking man or woman steps out. 2007 81. The walls are panelled with ancient.FALL 2026 . OLD PERSON You didn't press it. CADEN Have a good night. glances over and sees the old person knocking feebly on a door down the hall.2026 . Caden continues to walk down the hall. 31ST FLOOR HALLWAY (31Y BUILDING) . narrow. He arrives at 31Y. He gets to the end and is only at 31J.JULY 30. CADEN I'm sorry. He approaches the tenant buzzers and buzzes 31Y. (CONTINUED) . As he passes the elevator door." taped to the front door. very dark building. 120 EXT. scarred wood.
SYN. 124 INT. Something's terribly wrong with my nose. This person examines the first old person's nose. Someone was just here: there's a steaming cup of coffee on the kitchen table. Old Person #2 squints over at Caden. Ok. CADEN Thank you. 2007 82. I need to go to the clinic. Oh dear. 124 . I'm Ellen. OLD PERSON #2 Caden enters the apartment. She said. Oh yes. OLD PERSON #2 I see. He knocks again. 123 Caden knocks on 31Y. Old Person #2 turns and heads back down the hall to Old Person #1.JULY 30. OLD PERSON #2 (CONT'D) Are you Ellen? Ellen?! What? CADEN OLD PERSON #2 (approaching) Are you Ellen Bascomb? I'm to give the key to 31Y to Ellen Bascomb. No answer.2026 . Old Person #2 fishes a key out of the overcoat pocket. NY .GOLDENROD REVISIONS . well-decorated place. Down the hall. CADEN (beat) Yes. don't forget to change the sheets. 123 CONTINUED: OLD PERSON Frances. 31Y . the door opens and another old person steps out into the hall. OLD PERSON #2 She said you should just go in and get started.CONTINUOUS An expansive. whose nose has started to bleed.
Take what you want.MORNING Caden is scrubbing himself raw in the shower.2026 . He spots the bag of clothing and goes through it.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . bag of stuff in bedroom closet for Goodwill.2026 .2026 .2026 .2026 . 31Y BEDROOM . a red beret. worried and angry. you wearing lipstick? CADEN No! What do I smell like? bad? Like an old person? Like CLAIRE I don't know. ps. 125 INT.LATER Caden scrubs the filthy toilet bowl.JULY 30. Like mold? I don't know.MOMENTS LATER Clothing strewn about. 129 INT. Are CADEN I went for a walk. There are several blouses and skirts. Be a doll and do the sheets and whatever is in the hamper. 130 . CLAIRE'S BATHROOM (NYC APARTMENT) . 31Y BATHROOM .LATER Caden enters. Kisses.. CLAIRE All night? You smell weird. I had to think. and some lingerie. Adele. 126 127 INT.. 125 126 INT. Your money is under the toaster. 129 Claire is in her bathrobe. 2007 83. He reads it: ADELE'S VOICE Hi Ellen. cleaning products? Like you're menstruating? I don't know! 130 INT.SYN.MORNING 128 Caden exits with bag of clothing. Like mold and . 31Y BEDROOM . CLAIRE APARTMENT (NYC APARTMENT) . There's a handwritten note on the night table.2026 . 31Y APARTMENT BUILDING . NY . 128 EXT.DAWN 127 Caden folds laundry and puts it away. Several Latina and Eastern European cleaning ladies are exiting buildings also.
CLAIRE I don't like that guy you got to play you. Caden hands her a scrap of paper. NY . fuck you. 131 INT.SYN. Claire. WAREHOUSE . Caden walks along the scaffolding followed by Hazel.DAY 131 The actors are in their "apartments" and rehearsal is in progress. She's in her underwear and getting dressed. 2007 84. I don't want to do this shit anymore. I'm forty-five years old.GOLDENROD REVISIONS .2026 . (CONTINUED) . SAMMY You don't like Sammy? think he's good. CLAIRE He's not my Godamn husband! You are! What is wrong with you? The actor underneath them pounds on his ceiling.JULY 30. SAMMY He's your husband. He hands scraps of paper to each actor he passes. then turns his attention to Sammy and Claire. CLAIRE (CONT'D) (reading. He's Next CLAIRE He's coming on to me. Why? I CLAIRE I think you need to fire him. to you. He's feeling my ass during rehearsal. then to Caden) Oh. SAMMY I'm not firing him. the best thing in the show.CITY SET . Sammy comes up behind her and rubs her ass. Claire turns to the real Caden and screams.
2026 .NIGHT Caden rides up.SYN. There's a whole side of Caden I'm not able to explore without a Hazel. street corner. The elevator stops. 132 (CONTINUED) . SAMMY Caden. CADEN That's great. time out? What's up? CADEN SAMMY I feel we need a Hazel in here. Claire watches Caden from the Caden looks over at Hazel. Claire walks off in a huff. and storms out and down the stairs. Ellen. 131 Ugh! CLAIRE (CONT'D) I'm going to rehearsal. 131 CONTINUED: Good. watching. CADEN (CONT'D) Beautiful. HAZEL I get to be a character? Hooray! 132 INT. 2007 85.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . Caden leaves the set and steps onto his platform. Old Person #1 gets on with a big bloody bandage covering his nose. CADEN I guess. Sammy. you guys. Hazel hovers behind him. Sammy sits at the table and starts to write on scraps of paper. yeah. OLD PERSON Hello. ELEVATOR (31Y BUILDING) . tosses the note into the trash. Jimmy! CADEN SAMMY (to Claire) It's for the play. We're getting at something real here. NY . She grabs her coat.JULY 30.
31Y KITCHEN . 132 CONTINUED: Caden nods." 135 INT.2026 .2026 . what are you doing at night? I have a right to fucking know.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . He sees a note on the night table: ADELE'S VOICE Hi Ellen. NY . Caden smells the sheets. an imprint of a female form in the sheets. He touches it. which I think is going to be pure and truthful. CLAIRE Do you know what I've given up for you? For this. He gets a melancholy look on his face. 31Y BEDROOM . A134 134 He's writing a note: CADEN'S VOICE Hi Adele. For you. Kisses. He lies on his back in the form. WAREHOUSE . And cleaning it. Long pause. Crackerjack job last night! Would you do sheets again? We had quite a fuck last night and it's musky and gross.SYN.DAY 135 Caden and Hazel watch as Claire waits in her bathrobe in the kitchen and Sammy enters the "apartment. They continue the ride in silence.NIGHT 133 Caden looks at the unmade bed. (CONTINUED) . A134 134 OMITTED INT.2026 ." CLAIRE Caden. 2007 86.JULY 30.CLAIRE'S APARTMENT SET .MORNING Caden sips coffee at the kitchen table. Just wanted to let you know I won a MacArthur Grant and I'm mounting a play. For you. strips the bed. A. Caden rubs his eyes. 132 133 INT. Relined the cabinets. then signs it "Ellen. Best -Caden hesitates for a moment. SAMMY I've been going to Adele's place.
2007 87. CLAIRE I'm not talking to you. no. y'know..GOLDENROD REVISIONS . But.. SAMMY Maybe I will. 135 CONTINUED: I'm sorry. Sammy opens it. Tammy closes the door and leaves.SYN. Hazel? TAMMY Just wanted to tell you the girl playing me is able to start today. Claire turns to Caden. good. two Hazels. SAMMY Claire. Caden. Tammy. Am I TAMMY Uh-oh. I'm watching all the young girls crowding me out and it's -Sammy just stands there. CLAIRE Maybe you can clean her toilet. Please. Okay.I thought I wanted to be just a working stage actress.JULY 30. SAMMY That's good. NY . This looks serious. Just. TAMMY (CONT'D) I'll take that as my cue. stands there. There's a knock on the door. SAMMY 135 CLAIRE I -. CLAIRE That's all we need around here. CLAIRE (CONT'D) Get the door. Oh. interrupting? SAMMY What's going on. playing Hazel. CLAIRE It's over. (CONTINUED) .
You can keep this one. There's a wall inscribed "Small Miracles: The Paintings of Adele Lack. HAZEL God.2026 . Caden squeezes his way to the wall to look at paintings.BATHROOM . enters a crowded gallery of people wearing similar glasses. But I didn't say it. 135 CADEN I thought it. The paintings are microscopic. METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART . it's all so fucked. Jesus. CADEN Claire! Please! HAZEL Already put out a call for a Claire replacement. gets on his hands and knees and scrubs the floor. 2007 88. pulls out a sponge. Caden. Would you really clean my bathroom? CADEN (beat. Hazel watches Caden closely. 137 INT. (CONTINUED) . CLAIRE I got an offer to do Needleman in a Haystack and I'm going to take it.JULY 30. wearing a pair of magnifying glasses that flip up and down. The real one.DAY 137 Caden. CLAIRE But you thought it. sadly) Yeah. NY . 135 CONTINUED: (2) CADEN I didn't say I was going to clean Hazel's toilet. He did. 136 INT. I want you out of the apartment.GOLDENROD REVISIONS .2026 . He sees one of an African female genital mutilation ceremony.DAY 136 Caden digs in his bag. Claire packs up her stuff. WAREHOUSE . There's a silence.SYN. Museum visitors use the special glasses to study the paintings. Claire heads down the stairs." Biographical info is under.
you had such potential." He sees a self-portrait of Adele. He comes to a wall titled: "Women I Love. CLAIRE (AS REBA) That’s before my analyst taught me that my enjoyment of them was a sign of my suppressed nonenjoymnent of them. The people behind him are impatient.GOLDENROD REVISIONS ." He steps back for a second. 2007 89. Claire sits at the kitchen table with an actor. She has a kind face and what appears to be an appendectomy scar. She is naked and spreading her vulva for the viewer.2026 .DAY 138 Caden moves boxes. Remember? ACTOR (AS NEEDLEMAN) I try to be fun-loving. naked and covered in tattoos. a man raping a woman. her mousy brown hair tied back in a kerchief. They are rehearsing lines from Needleman in a Haystack.SYN. NY . But I’m afraid I’m going to have to move on. a portrait of Maria. ACTOR (AS NEEDLEMAN) Once you enjoyed Needleman’s complexes. 137 CONTINUED: 137 a woman weeping over the grave of a child. CLAIRE (AS REBA) Oh. unable to look. Reba doesn’t react. See? Needleman makes a funny face. Needleman. CLAIRE'S KITCHEN (NYC APARTMENT) . Ellen appears to be a chubby.JULY 30. 138 INT. a portrait of Olive. 40 year old white woman. ACTOR (AS NEEDLEMAN) I hate your analyst. I’m * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * CLAIRE (AS REBA) My analyst says you have complexes. a fun-loving girl. Then he comes to a portrait entitled "Ellen Bascomb. Finally he flips the glasses and studies the painting. (CONTINUED) . ACTOR (AS NEEDLEMAN) Just like that? You don’t give a guy even a chance? CLAIRE (AS REBA) I’m not a chance-giving girl.
(CONTINUED) . He sees her walk by.DAY 142 Caden sits with Hazel at a table facing the giant.) . Hazel selfconsciously glances over at Tammy. Sammy is in front of the building. and looks up.SYN. Bye. open apartment building structure.JULY 30. crosses the street. NY .CONTINUOUS It's filled with boxes. who does not avert her gaze. 141 EXT. They both hold scripts and read from Needleman in a Haystack.2026 . Tammy sits to the side of Hazel and studies her. CADEN'S APARTMENT . She sits at the kitchen table of her apartment with an actor playing the actor. Caden hears laughter coming from next door. CLAIRE Bye. 139 INT.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . trying to see in Claire's window. then nothing. An actress plays Claire. looking up.2026 CONTINUOUS Caden enters the apartment next door and closes the door. ACTOR 138 * * * Caden heads out the apartment door. 2007 89A.2026 . Every once in a while.2026 . 142 INT. 140 INT. APARTMENT HALLWAY (CLAIRE'S NYC APT. CADEN This is the end of my stuff. 138 CONTINUED: CLAIRE (AS REBA) She told me your hatred of her is a sign of your latent homosexuality.DAY 141 140 139 Caden exits. CADEN'S APARTMENT BUILDING . He puts his ear against the wall to listen. WAREHOUSE . Caden looks troubled.
He detaches his pumps. Just a thought. Will.DAY Sammy stands across the street from the walled-up apartment building. We'd love to have you and you wouldn't have to schlep all the way to Queens.GOLDENROD REVISIONS .NIGHT Caden sits on the bed and reads a note from Adele: ADELE'S VOICE Good for you with your grant! Listen. I fixed up the walk-in as a sort of bedroom if you want. gets dressed.2026 . 142 A143 INT. 31Y WALK-IN CLOSET . CADEN Wall it up.2029 . He looks up at Claire's lighted window.SYN. lamps and furniture." The "Olive" is crossed out and replaced with "Caden. 146 INT. 147 The Girly 146 145 144 143 .JULY 30. looks up from his drafting table.LATER The boxes are empty as Caden finishes making the bed.WILL'S OFFICE . Caden watches. wait for instructions. The actors stop what they're doing. Kisses. Pink bedspread. 142 CONTINUED: CADEN This is a lie! Caden paces. tries to sleep on the floor. 31Y WALK-IN CLOSET .CITY SET . 31Y BEDROOM . Caden limps off to the set designer's office. WAREHOUSE . sit with their legs dangling off the edge of their apartments. 143 INT. NY .2029 . He listens to Claire having sex next door. hooked up to pumps. pleased. room is decorated in a girly manner. Girly prints on the walls. 144 INT.CONTINUOUS A143 Caden enters the office.2029 . A. an exact replica of the real one. surrounded by boxes. CADEN'S APARTMENT .2028 . the production designer.NIGHT Caden. 2007 90. WAREHOUSE ." 147 INT.2029 . 145 INT.NIGHT Caden sees an unmade cot in the corner and a few cardboard boxes marked "Stuff for Olive.
Jimmy called and said there's some subway problem. NY . Philip was colicky. Hi. A149 EXT.SYN. SAMMY Morning. WAREHOUSE SET) . He stops at a newsstand and buys a paper. including a duplicate city set.GOLDENROD REVISIONS .2031 . nods hello to some. Caden looks over at Hazel for confirmation. CADEN SAMMY (to Tammy) Sorry. slightly freaked out. He enters. WAREHOUSE SET) . WAREHOUSE STREET (INT.2031 . 148 EXT. Caden. exits his apartment building set and walks down the street. CITY SET (INT.2031 CONTINUOUS Eventually Sammy arrives at a warehouse that looks exactly like the warehouse they are in. (CONTINUED) . TAMMY How was your night? A149 SAMMY Yours? I was up She nods. all night. TAMMY Eh.DAY 148 Sammy. Hazel and Caden watch. Haze. CITY STREET (INT. Caden and Hazel follow. then dumps his pack on the table where Tammy sits. Everybody here? TAMMY (looking at clipboard) Sammy's not here. Sorry. 149 EXT.149 CONTINUOUS Inside it looks exactly like the warehouse. Sammy passes people. Okay. walking with a cane. The set seems to go on forever. 2007 91.JULY 30. WAREHOUSE-WITHIN-WAREHOUSE) . Jimmy rushes into the warehouse. Sammy hands little scraps of paper to people.
I need to do that. CADEN Will. 150 A151 OMITTED 150 EXT. Sammy pulls some Polaroids out of his backpack.SYN. working on the set. 2007 92. sorry. Haze.JULY 30. Sammy. heads toward the set designer's office. TAMMY We'll take it from June 9th? Sammy nods. 149 CONTINUED: JIMMY Sorry. TAMMY 149 SAMMY (to Tammy) Sammy likes you. Sorry. I need you to build this. (sweetly) Hi. . UNFINISHED BRICK BUILDING (BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK)(INT. CADEN Oh. NY . Yeah. Caden looks at Hazel.GOLDENROD REVISIONS .2031 . rushes out the door of the warehouse set. shit. SAMMY (CONT'D) Hazel. A151 WAREHOUSE) . She nods. sorry. could you get everyone situated? I need to speak to Will about some new sets. Hi. HAZEL June 9th? Caden nods. too. Hazel.CONTINUOUS Caden finds Will up on some scaffolding. Caden hands Will shots of the exterior and interiors of Adele's building and of apartment 31Y. keep an eye on things? Yup.
are you at cleaning? MILLICENT (sitting) I'm very. She's a ringer for the painting of Ellen. CADEN Because this part requires a lot of it.GOLDENROD REVISIONS .SYN. He hands paper scraps to shopkeepers. Millicent and Caden study each other. There are several overweight women waiting on the other side of the partition. Great.LATER 151 Caden sits at his desk. very good at it. MILLICENT Glad to be weirdly close. MILLICENT I played Egga the cleaning lady in Hedda Gabler at the Roundabout. Have a seat.AUDITION CORNER . Nobody acknowledges him. Unkissed. CADEN Hazel. NY . CITY STREETS (INT. MILLICENT And Mrs.JULY 30. and Lost? Eh. WAREHOUSE . CADEN You're weirdly close to what I've visualized for this character. Dobson in Scrub-aDub at the Pantages. pedestrians. WAREHOUSE SET) . what do you think of this title: Unknown. Millicent. everyone. 152 . 152 EXT.DAY Caden heads to the warehouse set.2032 . 151 INT. How CADEN Hi. CADEN Good work. HAZEL Caden this is Millicent Weems. 2007 93. CADEN Okay.2031 . a guy sweeping the street. You'd play a cleaning lady. Hazel ushers one in.
You CADEN This Hazel doesn't exist for you. like Hazel. It's Equity break anyway. Caden sees that Sammy has Hazel with her back against a wall. They are talking intimately. what are you doing? Sammy and Hazel look over casually. Actors pour from apartment buildings and shops.2032 . (CONTINUED) . Caden points indicates Tammy. If you want to like a Hazel. CADEN (CONT'D) Hey. Sammy goes off. WAREHOUSE . no foul. You don't need someone to remind you of me. Tammy sits alone at the card table.SYN. I like Hazel.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . NY . everybody! The actors playing the people on the street immediately stop what they're doing. CADEN I'm me. Caden approaches. TAMMY That's what I tried to tell him! Sammy squints over. A153 INT. do you? Kind of.WAREHOUSE SET . 2007 94. HAZEL Aw. like that one. CADEN Where're Sammy and Hazel? Tammy jerks her head to the left. lighting cigarettes and talking on cell phones. no harm. Caden. HAZEL He reminds me of you. (loud) Ten minutes. Hazel. Caden.JULY 30. There's activity on the street and movement can be seen in various windows. Sammy. SAMMY Hi. CADEN What? HAZEL CADEN (CONT'D) You don't like him.CONTINUOUS A153 Caden enters the warehouse set. I'm being you.
CEMETERY . I guess. No.SYN. CADEN CADEN He answers it. VOICE Is this Caden Cotard? VOICE This is Officer Mark Mellman of Schnectady P. Caden stands with Tammy and his father as his mother's coffin is lowered into the ground.2032 . 154 CADEN Was my father standing with us? TAMMY I don't know what he looks like. Caden. NY .JULY 30. you're not.D.DAY Lots of mourners. CADE Anyway. Caden's cell phone rings. VOICE I'm sorry to inform you. CADEN A little moustache? She shrugs. I like you more.DAY A funeral is in progress. I do. He's dead.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . 2007 95. 154 INT. Caden sits on the couch with Tammy. Thanks for coming with me. (CONTINUED) . sweetie. CADEN He looks dead. 153 Yes? CADEN 153 EXT. CADEN A153 HAZEL Oh.2032 . A153 CONTINUED: HAZEL Don't worry. The coffin is banged up and crumbling. CADEN'S MOTHER'S HOUSE . I'm fun. Sammy's just fun. your mother has been the victim of a home invasion. TAMMY Probably wasn't him then. Yes? Yes.
154 CONTINUED: It's okay. TAMMY She's going to dinner with Sammy. TAMMY Don't forget your phone. CADEN What you up to? INTERCUT WITH: 155 . Did Hazel mention what she was doing tonight because I called her house before we left and her husband said she wasn't going to be back till late and I thought that was weird because she told me Philip was sick. CADEN (calmly) That's interesting. it isn't that you're the next best thing but because you play her.2032 . CADEN'S MOTHER'S BACK DECK . Caden takes the phone and limps off. I mean. TAMMY 154 CADEN I asked Hazel but she was busy tonight and you're the next best thing. You play her very well though.SYN. 2007 96. CADEN Thank you.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . NY . Caden gets up and turns to leave. it feels comforting. Hey. Does that make sense? Although the thing is offstage you're nothing like her. Yammy. CADEN I'll have another talk with him.DAY Caden talks on his cell. 155 EXT. Can you excuse me. I need to use the bathroom.JULY 30. TAMMY He's supposed to like me.
HAZEL'S VOICE It's just dinner. I know everything about you and it's all adorable. Caden stands there for a minute. A156 INT. CADEN He has stories about me! HAZEL Caden.SYN.2032 .GOLDENROD REVISIONS . He's got stories! It just seems fun. Caden. So don't worry. I don't want to say things that are going to make you sad. You were with Claire.JULY 30. . I'm still your girl. HAZEL'S CAR . CADEN It mostly makes me sad that it doesn't make you sad. This probably isn't going to go anywhere. NY . I love you and I always will. Hazel hangs up. I'm there. Haze. CADEN I want you to be sad that we had something really special and it's going away! HAZEL It just happened.SAME Hazel's driving while talking on her cell. Oh. Sammy. 2007 97. HAZEL You want me to be sad that someone's taking me out to dinner? I don't know how to do that. In my car. I gotta go. sweetie. CADEN C'mon. HAZEL'S VOICE Heading to dinner with A156 CADEN Why didn't you tell me that before? HAZEL Caden. I didn't plan it.
Caden and Tammy stare at it.LATER Looks like there's been a horrible struggle. CADEN Is that true? I did. CADEN'S CHILDHOOD ROOM .GOLDENROD REVISIONS . Caden and Tammy straighten. 2007 98.NIGHT The house has emptied out. 156 CADEN Did you always want to be an actress? TAMMY Every girl wants to be an actress. You can sleep 158 CADEN This is my room.2032 . 158 INT. TAMMY Don't you want to sleep with me? (CONTINUED) .2032 . The bed is covered with blood. here.JULY 30. Who? TAMMY CADEN I don't know! Someone.2032 . TAMMY Where will you sleep? CADEN The living room couch. 157 INT.LATER It's a kid's room. 157 TAMMY So I figure everyone does. CADEN'S MOTHER'S KITCHEN . Caden and Tammy stand there.SYN. NY . 156 INT. CADEN I thought someone would've cleaned it up. CADEN'S MOTHER'S BEDROOM .
Um. 158 CONTINUED: Um. 2007 99. CADEN TAMMY It's okay. TAMMY I don't see why. Take (CONTINUED) ..GOLDENROD REVISIONS . Maybe that makes it easier. fuck? I do. NY . Tammy laughs. CADEN I'm sorry. He just stands there uncomfortably. Caden starts to cry.SYN. 158 Okay. TAMMY I suppose it might. Do you want to Do you? TAMMY It'd be fine. I'm very lonely..JULY 30. CADEN In front of someone is different. I don't know. Can you understand? Do you understand loneliness? TAMMY Yeah. I feel okay mostly. CADEN TAMMY It's just sex. Fucking might help. CADEN Maybe because you have a beautiful body. matter-of-factly gets undressed in front of Caden. CADEN (CONT'D) How can you be like that? TAMMY I get undressed every day. I just -I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I mean. I don't mind. your clothes off. CADEN If you think it's okay. I don't know what's wrong. CADEN Yes.
NY . 158 (CONTINUED) .GOLDENROD REVISIONS .JULY 30. 158 CONTINUED: (2) CADEN You're very pretty. 2007 99A.SYN.
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CONTINUED: (3) Thanks. TAMMY
CADEN Sometimes I wish I were pretty like that. TAMMY You wish you were a chick? CADEN (long pause) Sometimes I think I might've been better at it. TAMMY Interesting. It's kind of a drag in a lot of ways. You like guys? CADEN No. No. I like women. like women. TAMMY Well, I'm getting cold. She climbs into bed. TAMMY (CONT'D) Take off your clothes. Caden does, awkwardly and shyly. Tammy smiles sweetly at him. He then stands there naked. I only
TAMMY (CONT'D) Pretty Caden. Thanks. CADEN Thank you for saying that.
TAMMY Come to bed, Pretty Caden. Caden turns off the lights and climbs into the twin bed with Tammy. She looks at his face, then kisses him. 159 INT. CADEN'S CAR - 2032 - MORNING A residential street in Schenectady. sits in the front passenger seat. 159 Caden drives and Tammy
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CONTINUED: TAMMY What is attractive? How are attractive people treated, how do they feel? How do unattractive people feel, how are they treated? How do attractive people feel about unattractive people, how do unattractive people feel about attractive people? How do unattractive people feel about other unattractive people? How do attractive people feel about other attractive people? How do unattractive men feel about unattractive women? How do unattractive men feel about attractive women? How do attractive men feel about unattractive women? How do attractive women feel about unattractive men? How do old people feel about attractive people? How do attractive people feel about old people? This is my study. Caden slows down. CADEN That's Hazel's house.
Caden points to the house with smoke seeping out the windows. TAMMY Huh. Do you think we should have a Hazel's house on the set for me? Um... CADEN
TAMMY It would be verisimilitudinous. CADEN Yeah. I don't know. I have to speak to the fire marshal. TAMMY It would be very verisimilitudinous if you could.
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EXT. HIGHWAY (INT. WAREHOUSE) - 2032 - DAY Hazel drives a golf cart along a fake highway. Caden and Tammy sit in back. Hazel eyes them in the rearview mirror. They seem cozy. Hazel scowls. Technicians are on the side of the road putting in plants and trees. CADEN I think both of you Hazels are going to like this. Turn off here. Hazel rolls her eyes, drives down an exit ramp.
EXT. BURNING HOUSE STREET (INT. WAREHOUSE SET) - 2032 - DAY 161 Hazel drives the golf cart down the street in a state of near completion. She stops in front of a replica of her house. Hank! CADEN Okay!
The house begins to smoke. My house! TAMMY
Tammy kisses Caden on the cheek and runs into the house. HAZEL Is there no end to your pussy kissing? CADEN It's verisimilitudinous. I'm thinking of that as a title. HAZEL Whatever. I've got work to do. Tell your girlfriend to get out here if she wants a ride back. CADEN She's not my girlfriend. HAZEL Give it a rest, Caden. her on your breath. I can smell
CADEN (beat) Tammy! We have to get back.
Caden? Sure. HAZEL But Hazel hasn't done it. CADEN Sammy's explaining too much. He stops at various doorways and listens to conversations or other noises within the apartments." Hazel writes that down. (CONTINUED) . APARTMENT HALLWAY (INT.DAY 162 Sammy walks down the hall followed by Tammy. "It's obvious he's a substitute for me. They all continue down the hall. Hazel. 162 INT." I think then Hazel could have a good moment where she cries or gets angry. We'll hear what we hear. NY . but it feels dramatically sound. I'm not sure which yet. where Caden turns to me and says. HAZEL That didn't happen. TAMMY Can we stop for a second? CADEN TAMMY If Hazel's in love with Sammy and Caden's in love with Hazel. They are followed by Caden and Hazel. Tell him he simply needs to talk to Donna. Caden. like. "Jeremy big. Tammy. SAMMY Jeremy is playing to us. there would be a dramatic confrontation. Feels expository.2032 . Tammy takes down the note. TAMMY I think Hazel would do that.SYN.JULY 30. 2007 103. Needs to be shorthand.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . WAREHOUSE SET) .
CADEN Let's try it. WAREHOUSE SET) . 2007 104. HAZEL Fuck. 162 They watch her go. (CONTINUED) . 163 EXT. CADEN Tammy was right. I'm going out for a smoke.2032 . How come a lot of things? It's not like we can start fresh. 162 CONTINUED: Caden? Great! TAMMY What do you think? TAMMY CADEN I think we could try it. CADEN What do you mean. We're finally both free and there's all this fucking pressure. NY .SYN. He 163 The street life CADEN That happened one time! You fucked him? HAZEL Yes! And you and I only fucked one time that's why you only cried one time! I give you endless opportunities. Caden turns back to the others. Because of you! When? CADEN How come you never told me? HAZEL I don't know. like Sammy and I can.JULY 30. Maybe it could happen at the director's table. CITY STREET (INT.DAY Caden and Hazel sit at the director's table. I don't understand why you're with Sammy. he's available? Since when are you available? HAZEL Derek left. He's available. fucks me without crying. HAZEL He's nice.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . Caden. of the play is going on around them. There's all this pressure on us.
163 CONTINUED: CADEN Fuck. I have to let the actor who plays Derek go. What is his name? 163 (CONTINUED) . 2007 104A. NY .GOLDENROD REVISIONS .SYN.JULY 30.
NY .and she offered to have sex with me. HAZEL Did you cry? No! CADEN HAZEL You're making progress. HAZEL No she does not. I'm touched. CADEN Okay. Abernathy? CADEN She looks like you. And -CADEN -. Yeah. CADEN I'm just trying to be honest. okay.JULY 30. (looking in book) Derek is played by Joe -Ugh. 163 CONTINUED: (2) HAZEL That's such a romantic response. (long pause) Hazel. CADEN I don't know. HAZEL Was it good? Yes. CADEN It's not my response. We have enormous budgetary concerns here. Don't you know that? breathe your name in every exhalation. It just crossed my mind. I (CONTINUED) . 163 HAZEL I don't like Tammy and she's nothing like me. 2007 105. CADEN Just stop.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . How can you like her? Joe Abernathy. Not earthshattering. Stop.SYN. I cried a little before. It was nice. HAZEL It was nice. you've been part of me forever. Ugh. HAZEL Forget it.
fuck are we doing? CADEN I don't know. We have a couple of new guys on and we're not in sync yet. 163 CONTINUED: (3) HAZEL (stops) Oh. everybody! Caden pulls off a wall panel. Ellen's October 23rd scene! 164 INT. Caden glances at his watch. ELEVATOR SHAFT (31Y BUILDING) (INT. a rope and pulley system.S. Instead of a motor. The elevator continues its ascent to the sound of grunting men.JULY 30. WAREHOUSE SET) . WAREHOUSE SET) .) Sorry. Okay. and Caden wait in the elevator. The elevator begins to ascend. Caden. B165 CADEN Are we good to go? MAURICE INT. ELEVATOR (31Y BUILDING) (INT. . 2007 106. Oh.2032 DAY 164 Millicent. Hazel. Yup. CADEN (CONT'D) Crap. the sound of grunting men is heard. fuck.SAME Caden looks down the shaft.B165 SAME Caden replaces the panel. The elevator stops short and sways a little bit. NY . WAREHOUSE SET) 2032 . and sticks his head through. 163 What the Hazel latches her pinky around Caden's. Maurice? MAURICE Sorry. WORKER (O. A165 INT.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . Sammy has been watching the whole thing from behind a pillar.SYN. ELEVATOR (31Y BUILDING) (INT.2032 . A165 Five guys hold the elevator with CADEN What's going on.
Millicent.GOLDENROD REVISIONS .SYN. OLD PERSON #2 She said you should just go in and get started. whose nose has started to bleed. 31ST FLOOR HALLWAY (31Y BUILDING) (INT. OLD PERSON #2 Are you Ellen Bascomb? I'm to give the key to 31Y to Ellen Bascomb. C165 OMITTED C165 INT.2032 . Ok. MILLICENT Thank you. I'm Ellen.CONTINUOUS The elevator doors close. WAREHOUSE SET) . OLD PERSON #2 It doesn’t turn. Old Person. Old Person knocks on a door. and Hazel walk down the hall. don't forget to change the sheets. Caden. Wrong key. Millicent puts the key in the lock. Old Person #2 fishes a key out of the overcoat pocket. HAZEL MILLICENT What? “What?” Right.JULY 30. Oh dear. MILLICENT Line. She said. please. Old Person #2 looks back to Old Person #1. NY . What? MILLICENT OLD PERSON #2 (CONTINUED) . OLD PERSON #2 (ACTOR) (to Millicent) Are you Ellen? Ellen?! Shit. 2007 107. which is opened by Old Person #2 (actor version). MILLICENT (beat) Yes.
Make some coffee. No. 2007 107A. He tries to turn the key in the lock. Sandy. would ya? CADEN (to Hazel) Did you hear that? What? HAZEL CADEN Did we hire an Adele? HAZEL I’m sure I would’ve remembered that. I'm here. Adele? CADEN HAZEL Caden. (CONTINUED) . Caden grabs the key from Millicent. I get to open the door. The shower turns on. OLD PERSON #2 (fishes in pockets) It’s the one they gave me. you’re breaking the fourth wall. It doesn’t turn. You've got to let go of her. NY . She's not here anymore.SYN. It won’t budge.JULY 30. CADEN This is the wrong key. are you in there? OLD PERSON #1 Maybe it’s the wrong key.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . there's no one in there. OLD PERSON #2 Caden bangs on the door. MILLICENT Caden. It isn’t. ADELE’S VOICE I’m jumping in the shower. Adele! CADEN Adele. CONTINUED: MILLICENT It’s the wrong key.
2007 107B. okay. so we can do the scene? Please. somebody? HAZEL Yeah.JULY 30.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . we'll get the right key.SYN. NY . Can we just get the right key. CONTINUED: (2) CADEN Yeah. 165 OMITTED 165 .
Blood everywhere.SYN. breaks through the fake cement. there's no one left to watch you. NYC CEMETERY . Caden looks at the assembled group. This is what real love looks like. Hazel! This is not your fault! HAZEL (running off) Oh fuck! Sammy. 167 EXT. WAREHOUSE SET) . This is what the real Caden would do. Just stay right where you are! I'm coming up! * * * * * * * * * * * * * 167 CADEN No fair. 166 EXT. The actors below scatter. and is dead. from face to face. HOTEL STREET (INT.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . Hazel weeps. I built this because I wanted to show you what happened -SAMMY (calling) After me. She never saw me! You're not being authentic. Sammy stands on the ledge above them. Sammy! She wouldn't see you jump. Caden and Hazel in front. 2007 108. Sammy leaps.DAY 166 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Caden and Hazel walk past the set of the hotel she had stayed at with her family. CADEN Look familiar? HAZEL Oh my God! It's an exact replica of the Tethered Maiden Terrace! Derek and the kids and I had so much fun on that trip! CADEN Listen. Sammy hits hard.2032 .JULY 30. They look up. Caden. An enormous crowd there: all the actors from the play. SAMMY There's nothing to talk about. NY .2032 . (CONTINUED) . SAMMY This is where we part ways.DAY Sammy is buried. This is authentic.
HAZEL Come over tonight? 169 170 OMITTED INT. We She looks over at Caden.2035 . They have to be given their due. There's an enormous crowd. A stand-in for Sammy as Caden stands next to her. And the other one. 2007 109. Please? 169 170 HAZEL God. Caden. Caden and Hazel watch from the director's table.DAY 168 The actor playing Sammy is in the coffin. WAREHOUSE . There are nearly thirteen million people in the world. The retarded one. CADEN We could get a place together. I miss my daughter.CEMETERY SET . imploringly. NY .BEDROOM . could get a loft.SYN. Maybe she could come live with us. Try to imagine that many people! None of those people is an extra. walks around lighting candles. that sounds nice. HAZEL I'm a bad person. in a robe.JULY 30.NIGHT The smoke is thick and there are flames. BURNING HOUSE . I miss Olive. Tammy plays Hazel and weeps.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . They're all the leads of their own stories. CADEN Do you see what I'm saying? Hazel has her head in her hands. (CONTINUED) . CADEN Yeah.2035 . Caden unpacks his pumps and monitors and places them next to the bed. 167 CONTINUED: CADEN I know how to do it now. 167 168 INT. Hazel.
But we fit. CADEN My heart aches so much for you.. I should never. She coughs and smiles up at him.. have gone out with Sammy. (CONTINUED) .SYN. It's okay. So many years. Because of the medication and everything. 170 HAZEL I am. Caden. CADEN I'm aching for it being over. What can you do? God. I take a lot of pills. HAZEL I'm so ashamed of myself. Caden walks over to her and touches her shoulder. then cranes her neck and kisses him on the lips.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . CADEN You can't cause someone to kill himself. (crying) What did we do? Caden kisses Hazel's forehead. HAZEL (CONT'D) Oh. The end is built in to the beginning. so fast. 170 CONTINUED: CADEN No you're not. don't we. HAZEL I don't care. I'm here. HAZEL Yeah. CADEN It doesn't always happen for me now. HAZEL I'm a mess. NY . I'm a bad person. Caden. He was troubled. CADEN You're just perfect. HAZEL We're here. I wish we had this when we were young. And all the years in between.JULY 30. then Hazel climbs into bed. 2007 110. They kiss. I was just trying to get to you.
MORNING 171 Caden agitatedly paces through the dense smoke. I'm sorry. with the occasional cough from both of them. And it's not me. too. too. I just want you to know it's not you. NY . 170 They are tender and quiet and intensely focused.CONTINUOUS Hazel lies in bed.JULY 30. HAZEL I think it might be too much. When it's over.2035 . He's crying hard. BURNING HOUSE . quiet conversation coming from somewhere. The smoke in the room is dense. I can tell.BEDROOM . 2007 111.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . 173 INT.2035 .DAY 173 172 Caden drives. CADEN'S CAR .SYN. 170 CONTINUED: (2) CADEN (climbing into bed) I'm embarrassed.2041 . After you left. He passes a scrapbook on the table. He stops at a school crossing as a group of young children are led across the street in front of his car. The Obscure Moon Lighting an Obscure World. A medic hovers over her. they lie there quietly. It's the medication. It's open to a page with ripped-up napkin pieces glued to it. swabs in her mouth and pulls out cotton black with soot. MEDIC Might be smoke inhalation. A young girl with red hair is among them. But I cried. And I cried last time. I never told you. It's different crying this time. (CONTINUED) . I'm crying. BURNING HOUSE . CADEN (CONT'D) HAZEL It's okay. Caden cries quietly. CADEN I have a title.KITCHEN . He walks into -172 INT. There's mumbling. Caden just nods his head for a long time. 171 INT. Caden kisses her again.
SYN. Maria exits. Maria and Olive speak only in German. she wants to say goodbye to you. MARIA Olive wants to see you. God knows the fuck why. MARIA She's dying. thanks to you. OLIVE 174 OLIVE Maria. my darling.JULY 30. Speak German? (CONTINUED) . NYC HOSPITAL ROOM . MARIA (CONT'D) Anyway. Hello. asshole. Oh.2041 . so much. shut up. He glances over at her. would you leave us? Maria kisses Olive again on the forehead. CADEN MARIA She's had a fucked-up life with issues. 174 INT. Olive. Is that insane enough for you? CADEN You're insane. Suddenly the passenger door opens and Maria gets in the car. then looks back out the windshield. 40. 173 CONTINUED: 173 She looks at Caden and he is struck by her resemblance to young Olive. MARIA Hello. MARIA This is him. lies in bed. OLIVE Hi.DAY Maria leads Caden into the room. emaciated and pale. OLIVE (broken English) Forgive me but no longer remember English. the way you abandoned her. Olive. darling. CADEN I've missed you Hi. NY .GOLDENROD REVISIONS . God knows why. 2007 112. MARIA In heaven.
(CONTINUED) . as she listens in translation. CADEN I'm sorry. CADEN She's lying to you. CADEN Your mother and Maria took you away. So I am. NY .SYN. Olive puts on her own. She pantomimes putting it on. OLIVE (CONT'D) I'm dying. Caden puts it on.JULY 30. I didn't leave you.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . with a delay between what Caden says and Olive's response. I tried for years to find you. as I'm sure Maria told you. CADEN It's Maria. Caden is affected by this. OLIVE I had the same struggle when I first fell in love with Maria and we began to have dirty. 2007 113. OLIVE (CONT'D) I want to talk to you about your homosexuality. of everything Olive says. Olive pulls down her hospital gown a bit to show Caden the now sickly and decayed flower tattoos. OLIVE Maria gave me reason to live once you left. The flower tattoos have become infected and they're dying. in an accented male voice. What? CADEN I'm not a homosexual! OLIVE Maria said you would deny it. OLIVE You did something. Olive points to a headset on her night table. The flowers defined me. It resonates. 174 CONTINUED: No. There follows a slightly delayed and staticky translation. aching sex. as well. This is life. 174 OLIVE I had hope you have learned. Weakly. She did this.
SYN. 2007 114. CADEN You have no idea how evil she is. MARIA I hope you're happy. OLIVE (long hesitation) No. Olive dies. but I can't forgive someone who has not asked for forgiveness. No." CADEN For abandoning you to be have anal sex with my homosexual lover Eric.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . NY . 174 CONTINUED: (2) CADEN Maria is your lover? OLIVE Of course. Maria hurries rushes to Olive's side. I -CADEN 174 OLIVE I have no time! I need you to ask for forgiveness! CADEN (long pause) Can you ever forgive me? For what? OLIVE CADEN For abandoning you. faggot. I cannot. Caden gets up and leaves. . She introduced me to myself. Caden sits there. To my vagina and to hers. OLIVE I need to forgive you before I die.JULY 30. OLIVE "For abandoning you to have anal sex with my homosexual lover Eric. I'm sorry. Dead flower petals slip from her hospital gown.
Um. 175 EXT. She looks so much like Hazel now. Government vehicles with strange symbols and gun turrets drive by. Caden sees the t-shirt has a little dot: a painting from Adele's show. NYC STREET . Millicent walks by carrying a mop and bucket. I'd very much like to play Caden.SYN. Squishy. angry. it's unbearable. a man in a white tshirt and Santa hat beats up a man who looks like Caden.DAY Caden dials his cell phone. MILLICENT I. CADEN I need a Caden for my Hazel. Hazel's sweater is on Michael's chairback. neat and efficient-looking.2048 . He defecates on the sidewalk. Michael the pre-Hazel assistant is back. Caden tries to limp after them. the happiest day of my life. In the painting. CADEN My love. CADEN (CONTINUED) . People walk back and forth aimlessly. Hazel's dog.. NYC STREET . holding some dead flower petals.SUMMER 2045 . I know how to do the play. Tammy steps out of the bathroom. Leave a message or don't. Caden watches. He looks away. WAREHOUSE SET) . NY . Various passersby on the street have hacking coughs. 177 EXT.JULY 30. Your dime.. CITY STREET (INT. but old now. I'll be able to relive it forever. sleeps on the floor. People are sick.DAY 175 It's sweltering. meanders over to the director's table. Caden sits on his stoop.GOLDENROD REVISIONS .. The scene in the play is dull. The flower petals blow away.2045 . It'll take place over the course of one day. A woman walks a naked man on a leash. As he knocks Caden to the ground and wrestles with him. HAZEL'S ANSWERING MACHINE It's Hazel.. watching the world pass by. The day will be the day before you died. She casually pulls it off and tries it on.NIGHT 177 176 Caden weeps inconsolably at the director's table. 176 EXT. a street scene very much like the one Caden's in. 2007 115. Some people wear gas masks. It's a moment in time. A wildeyed man in a white t-shirt and Santa hat attacks Caden.
SYN.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . NY .JULY 30. 177 (CONTINUED) . 2007 115A. 177 CONTINUED: Tammy watches intently. Millicent smiles at her.
but now he has turned to stone. MICHAEL 178 CADEN The title is about a lot of things. 177 CONTINUED: (2) MILLICENT I know it would be non-traditional casting.SYN. maybe.JULY 30. CADEN That sounds good. NYC WIG STORE . Time is concentrated and chronology confused for him.GOLDENROD REVISIONS ." MICHAEL Any thoughts for today's rehearsal? CADEN (beat) I have a new title. 2007 116. 178 INT. Okay.2050 . Up until recently he has strived valiantly to make sense of his situation. Michael? MICHAEL Yes. I saw it all as more hopeful. (pause) Are you gay. CADEN I don't understand him. but I think I'm right for it. You'll see. It's about a lot. living in a half-world between stasis and antistasis. NY . MILLICENT Caden Cotard is a man already dead. Infectious Diseases In Cattle.DAY Caden and Michael look at a wig called "The Director. CADEN Do you know someone named Eric? (CONTINUED) . Huh. 177 MICHAEL She's right? I didn't see that at all. I don't see what that has to do with anything. I think I understand Caden.
It's dull and static. take off the sweater. Tammy. 2007 117. (CONTINUED) . MILLICENT This is tedious. imploringly. I'm hot. It lingers. TAMMY Come over tonight? MILLICENT I'd like that. has longer conversations with others. 178 CONTINUED: MICHAEL (defensively) 178 No. She whispers things to some actors. heads over to the funeral scene. Tammy takes off the sweater. Millicent touches Tammy's hand.JULY 30.GOLDENROD REVISIONS .DAY 179 Caden. She looks over at Millicent.SYN. you are. in Hazel's sweater. MICHAEL What's she doing? TAMMY He's directing.2050 . CADEN Smile shyly at each other. CADEN Ok. Tammy has her head in her hands." and Michael watch Millicent. This is nothing. WAREHOUSE . 179 INT. TAMMY Please? MILLICENT Yes. Millicent looks over at the funeral scene.CEMETERY SET . They watch the "Sammy Funeral" scene replayed with actors playing Tammy playing Hazel and an actor playing the stand-in for Sammy playing Caden. puts it on the chair back. They do. in "Director Wig. sits next to her. sitting at the director's table. dressed Caden-esque. NY .
You don't move around. You don't talk to people. you wait in vain. Caden. And so you spend your time in vague regret or vaguer hope for something good to come along. Even though the world goes on for eons and eons. And it never comes or it seems to but doesn't really. to make you feel loved. wasting years. for a phone call or a letter or a look from someone or something to make it all right.SYN. You only see a tenth of what is true. 179 CONTINUED: MICHAEL She's not getting the feel of you. It's not -MILLICENT Okay. MINISTER Everything is more complicated than you think. folks. you can destroy your life every time you choose. But while alive. a man and a woman eyeing each other flirtatiously from a distance. Something to make you feel connected. And they say there is no fate. let's run it! 179 The scene comes alive with specific activity: weeping Hazel. a welldressed woman squatting and peeing near a gravesite. Just try and figure out your own divorce. Most of your time is spent being dead or not yet born. There are a million little strings attached to every choice you make.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . And you only get one chance to play it out. you are here for a fraction of a fraction of a second.JULY 30. a little boy in the back playing with dirt clods. an old woman with Parkinson's fiddling with Rosary beads. (MORE) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . to make you feel whole. But maybe you won't know for twenty years. but there is: it's what you create. NY . And you'll never ever trace it to its source. 2007 118. A minister addresses the mourners.
He waves her over. Yes! Yes! MICHAEL Caden. Well. MILLICENT CADEN I'm out of ideas.. and their own is too overwhelming to allow them to listen to or care about mine.. I don't know why... WAREHOUSE SET) . could take over. maybe because no one wants to hear about my misery. Until you feel refreshed. People pull out umbrellas. remains silent. heads up the walk to the Hazel's house set. 2007 118A. 179 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 180 Soon it starts to rain. Thunder rumbles. BURNING HOUSE STREET (INT. as you. 179 CONTINUED: (2) MINISTER (CONT'D) And the truth is I'm so angry and the truth is I'm so fucking sad. surprised that such a system is rigged here. Millicent. The actors are doing what they've always done. fuck everybody.SYN. I'm dead. milling. looks sideways at Michael. for a bit. 180 EXT. I. just to get along. She turns. walking to and fro.2050 NIGHT Caden sits with Michael at the director's table and stares into space.... NY . because they have their own. Millicent. MILLICENT Oh. just for. spectacular.JULY 30. CADEN (CONT'D) That was . MICHAEL It really was! Delightful! Thanks.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . Amen. Caden looks up. (CONTINUED) .. CADEN Tammy sits on the stoop. and the truth is I've been so fucking hurt for so fucking long and for just as long have been pretending I'm ok. holding hands with Tammy.
Olive has died. and turns back to apartment 31Y. You're to keep it in all the time. 182 INT.. I haven't been able to get out of bed.? MICHAEL It's a choice role. 180 CADEN I need to keep my hand in. A tiny plane flies by. Just until you're refreshed. Ellen? Yes? OLD PERSON #2 (ACTOR) Is your name Ellen? CADEN 182 OLD PERSON #2 (ACTOR) Caden asked me to give you this. (CONTINUED) .SYN.2050 . NY . MICHAEL Yes. 31Y HALLWAY (INT. A. Caden crosses to the window and looks up at the night sky. WAREHOUSE SET) ..NIGHT 181 Caden sits on the unmade bed and reads the note: ADELE'S VOICE Ellen. WAREHOUSE SET) .NIGHT Caden walks down the hall carrying a bag of garbage to the incinerator chute. I think you just need some time. Much affection. It's a time of overwhelming grief so please forgive my mess. Old Person #2 (actor version) is standing there. To regroup. 31Y WALK-IN CLOSET (INT. Caden. 2007 119. 181 INT. All these years of creative work. Until today.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . Ellen needs to be filled. dumps it in. 180 CONTINUED: MILLICENT I think you're tired.2050 . MILLICENT Well. Filled? Her role. CADEN You mean.JULY 30. MILLICENT Just for a bit. even though it's clearly the ceiling of the warehouse. CADEN (CONT'D) (beat) I do like to clean.
Thank you.. Say thank you to Adele's neighbor. Adele is nice to me. I loved that so much. MILLICENT'S VOICE . 2007 120. listens. I wish I'd gone to college. miss him. Caden lies in bed. I should really call her.SYN. but that's just me. CADEN Have a very good day. then:) You're very welcome.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . 182 CONTINUED: Old Person #2 (actor) hands Caden a small black button. too. Reminds me of granny. I don't get the looks I used to. So close to death. And so smart and talented. 31Y WALK-IN CLOSET (INT. MILLICENT'S VOICE . I don't understand her artwork.. OLD PERSON #2 (ACTOR) (pause. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . I'm not very bright. MILLICENT'S VOICE Now say. young lady. I feel stupid around educated people like Adele. attached to his pumps. Old Person #2 (actor) points to his own ear.. in which he wears one. Caden sticks it in his ear. We didn't talk at all near the end. 183 INT.NIGHT 183 It's dark. And since I put on that weight. then:) I will indeed. It's not that bad. touched by the sadness of Adele's neighbor.. NY .2050 .JULY 30. have a very good day. Lots of people have it worse. listens. Caden examines it. CADEN 182 OLD PERSON #2 (ACTOR) (pause. Why did he have to get bored with me? Everyone gets bored with me. WAREHOUSE SET) . Remember how Granny Bascomb bounced me on her knee pretending to be a horsie. Eric was too smart for me. I've got a job and place to stay.
ELLEN'S KITCHEN .SYN. 2007 121.DAY 186 It's spring and a ten year old girl watches her mother as she lays out a picnic on a blanket on the ground. Toast pops from the toaster and Ellen crosses to get it. He's an unhealthily thin middle-aged man. She begins to weep. He doesn't acknowledge her. Ellen. he seemed so miserable with me. come here with my daughter and have exactly the same picnic. There's a city park across the street and she watches kids play basketball.JULY 30. in a terrycloth robe. .MORNING 185 Ellen sits on the bed with a cup of coffee and stares out the window. pushes a wisp of hair behind her ear and continues to the toaster. MOTHER Ellen. FIELD . mama. 186 EXT. 183 CONTINUED: MILLICENT'S VOICE (CONT'D) I'd try to tell him about my day and he'd get this far away look in his eyes. why do you look so serious? ELLEN I'm going to remember this moment for the rest of my life. He pours himself coffee. 185 INT. Eric? ERIC Everything's everything.(2050) . nor she him. I kind of felt sorry for him. that's the loveliest thing I've ever heard. I guess -- 183 Caden drifts off to sleep.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . And in exactly twenty years.(2050) . MOTHER Baby. She passes a mirror.(2050) . Eric enters. (beat) Is everything okay. ELLEN'S BEDROOM . NY . is at the stove making scrambled eggs.MORNING 184 A tenement apartment. glances at herself. 184 INT. ELLEN I'm making eggs. seems momentarily surprised.
glances in the mirror. WAREHOUSE SET) .(2050) . I was to have something. WAREHOUSE SET) . 189 INT.2051 . That squeezing pressure. mournfully) Eric. The one person who should be able to see me and he won't look. I'm bloated. He hates me. A calm. APARTMENT 31Y (INT. never more than a tiny shove from tears. A love.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . Meaning. Children. I will never stop crying.SYN. I am always on the verge.MORNING Caden sits on the toilet and pees. ELLEN'S BEDROOM . 31Y BATHROOM (INT.2050 . I can feel them in my chest now. Oh God. He will never look again.NIGHT 191 Caden lies in bed reading a Judith Krantz novel. but I am afraid. He gets out of bed. 187 188 INT. I miss my husband even though he is lying here. A child. and opens his eyes. No note from Adele. He wipes himself. seems surprised by his reflection.MORNING Caden vacuums the hall. I wonder what's going on.2051 . 188 His pumps drone. at least.2050 MORNING Caden lies on his back. I have disappointed him and he hates me. I wish it would come. 189 190 INT. Caden looks over. 31Y WALK-IN CLOSET (INT. ELLEN There was supposed to be something else. CADEN (quietly. the next time maybe. WAREHOUSE SET) . NY . 190 191 INT. 2007 122. (CONTINUED) . 187 INT.NIGHT Ellen lies in bed watching Eric sleep next to her. WAREHOUSE SET) . Children. And it is so tempting to let go. 31Y WALK-IN CLOSET (INT. MILLICENT'S VOICE My period is late this month.JULY 30.
MILLICENT'S VOICE (CONT'D) Maybe I can ask Adele for a raise.SYN. 191 CONTINUED: MILLICENT'S VOICE I can't believe she said that to him! She's a slut. I'm so tired tonight. NY .GOLDENROD REVISIONS .JULY 30. anyway. I do a good job. I'm getting old. puts it on the night table. I'm lonely here. A192 OMITTED A192 . and lies on his back with his eyes open. 2007 122A. turns off the light. 191 He sticks a bookmark in the book. It's been three years. God.
NY .GOLDENROD REVISIONS . WAREHOUSE SET) .2051 MORNING Caden awakens.SYN.JULY 30. 2007 123. 192 A193 B193 193 OMITTED OMITTED OMITTED INT. 192 A193 B193 193 (CONTINUED) . He switches off his pumps. 31Y WALK-IN CLOSET (INT.
Caden walks past and nods.JULY 30. still waiting. Old person #2 does not respond. and waits. In the distance he hears wailing and gun shots. Nothing. MILLICENT'S VOICE (CONT'D) Go into the kitchen and -- 193 A type-written The voice stops. He opens his eyes and sits up straight. 2007 124. Caden gets up and glances at the night table. Caden looks shocked. then slips it back in his ear. Old person #2 (actor) stands in the hallway and faces away. Nothing. Weep.DAY Caden sits on the bed. 31Y HALLWAY (INT. Look at the night table for a note from Adele.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . 193 CONTINUED: MILLICENT'S VOICE Get up.2055 .2053 . note: MALE VOICE Adele died of lung cancer last night.2055 . He waits. 31Y WALK-IN CLOSET (INT. Caden presses the elevator button. He takes out the earpiece and looks at it. then weeps. Caden exits apartment 31Y. NY . 195 Caden sits on the bed. You may stay on if you like. He taps his ear. 196 INT. (CONTINUED) . 194 INT.NIGHT 194 The lights are out. unmoving. 31Y WALK-IN CLOSET (INT. shakes it. WAREHOUSE SET) . 195 INT. sleeping. WAREHOUSE SET) . Distant explosions wake him. WAREHOUSE SET) . MILLICENT'S VOICE Look shocked. his head slumped against the headboard.SYN. Caden stops.NIGHT 196 The hall is very dark. He waits.
He enters.MORNING Caden walks. fires. WAREHOUSE STREET (INT. He enters. Fires smolder in buildings. Vague daylight drifts in from high warehouse windows. The unfinished.2055 . 196 197 INT. Caden panics. A200 199 A199 The same occasional fires. WAREHOUSE-WITHIN-WAREHOUSEWITHIN-WAREHOUSE SET) . 2007 125.2055 .MORNING Deserted here too. electrical cords. CITY STREET (INT. The bowels of the building: fake water pipes. WAREHOUSE-WITHIN-WAREHOUSE SET)A200 .GOLDENROD REVISIONS . dead EXT.2055 A201 He arrives at the warehouse within the warehouse within the warehouse. NY . flooding. WAREHOUSE STREET (INT. and puts it back. He walks. abandoned. A201 EXT. .MORNING 200 Another dark.31Y BUILDING STAIRWELL .MORNINGB199 He arrives at the warehouse set and enters. shakes it. Buildings are draped with massive tarps. floods. WAREHOUSE-WITHIN-WAREHOUSE-WITHINWAREHOUSE SET) . bodies.JULY 30. deserted street. 200 EXT. He pulls out his earpiece.MORNING 198 No lights.2055 .2055 . back-of-a-facade of the set is apparent. B199 EXT. Caden walks down endless plywood stairs. A199 EXT. CITY STREET (INT. BURNING HOUSE (INT. WAREHOUSE SET) . from which cardboard has fallen. 199 EXT. CITY STREET (INT. more bodies. Caden passes the occasional body on the street. soon arriving at the warehouse set within the warehouse set. Deadly quiet. WAREHOUSE STREET (INT. WAREHOUSE . WAREHOUSE SET) . 196 CONTINUED: OLD PERSON #2 (ACTOR) There's nobody running it anymore. The streets are flooded with sewer water. burnt to the ground. WAREHOUSE-WITHIN-WAREHOUSE SET) 2055 .2055 .MORNING He passes the Hazel's House set. WAREHOUSE SET) . 198 EXT. Caden looks at Old Person #2 and nods.2055 .SYN.CONTINUOUS 197 Dark. Behind a fence are piles of bodies.
to catch up with her. WAREHOUSE-WITHIN-WAREHOUSE-WITHINWAREHOUSE-WITHIN-WAREHOUSE SET) .DAY Deserted. He gets in a golf cart and drives through the deserted street sets. WOMAN (chuckling) That dream was quite a while ago. Yes. CADEN I didn't mean to say you look old. Some have left. (CONTINUED) . He hurries as much as he can with his limp. CADEN Yes! That's it. NY . CITY STREET (INT.2055 . CADEN Would you sit with me for a moment? I'm very tired. You seem a bit older than I remember.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . The woman turns. and drives the cart on the sand.SYN. The woman touches his hand. Perhaps from there.CONTINUOUS 202 Caden reaches the beach set. CADEN (CONT'D) I feel like I know you. CADEN She's middle-aged. The woman smiles at Caden. 201 202 EXT. And lonely. CADEN (CONT'D) Where is everybody? WOMAN Mostly dead. He gets out and follows them. WAREHOUSE-WITHIN-WAREHOUSE-WITHINWAREHOUSE-WITHIN-WAREHOUSE SET) . 2007 126. his weakness. Caden walks. Hello.JULY 30. He's silent. 201 EXT. They sit on a log. face radiating kindness. He sees footprints. WOMAN I was the mother in Ellen's dream. his ancient body. spots a woman ahead walking with a suitcase. BEACH (INT.2055 .
Caden starts to tear up. He looks at her tentatively. CADEN All I want is someone to see me. WOMAN (CONT'D) You're going to be fine. clearly. and strokes his sparse hair. He looks out over her shoulder at the dark empty city at the far end of the warehouse. The woman holds him. I have an idea. WOMAN CADEN I'm sorry the experiment didn't work. That's the truth of it -. She smiles. No.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . Strings of snot pour from his nose. No. I think -The screen goes black fast. 2007 127. WOMAN I know. NY . I feel I've disappointed you terribly. 202 CONTINUED: I know. baby.JULY 30.SYN. kindly. All those secrets we'll never know. (CONTINUED) . His rheumy eyes light up. WOMAN I am so proud of you. someone to look at me with kindness. I wanted to do that picnic with my daughter. It's true. Caden starts to weep so hard he chokes. CADEN I know what to do with this play now.all the thoughts nobody will ever know. For me to be the most special person in the world to just one person. I wanted it to with all my heart. WOMAN 202 CADEN Everyone's dreams in all those apartments. gently takes off his wig. I know. She's looking into his eyes directly.
NY .SYN.GOLDENROD REVISIONS . 202 CONTINUED: (2) END 202 . 2007 128.JULY 30.
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