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Sophie reflects on the shared joy and private melancholy of a holiday she took with her father twenty years earlier. Memories real and imagined fill the gaps between as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn't...
Aftersun (2022)

Aftersun (2022)
Director: Charlotte Wells
Stars: Paul Mescal, Francesca Corio, Celia Rowlson-Hall, Kayleigh Coleman, Sally Messham, Harry Perdios

Plot: Sophie reflects on the shared joy and private melancholy of a holiday she took with her father twenty years earlier. Memories real and imagined fill the gaps between as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn’t…

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[BEEPS]

[VIDEO CAMERA WHIRRING]

[BEEPING]

[VIDEO CAMERA WHIRRING]

[WHIRRING CONTINUES]

[WHIRRING STOPS]

[CLICKING]

[BEEPING]

[WHIRRING CONTINUES]

[WHIRRING STOPS]

[VIDEO CAMERA WHIRS]

GIRL: Oh, oh.

[SIGHS] What’s that?

[MAN CHUCKLES]

Oh, my God, what even is that?

MAN: These are my moves.

GIRL: [CHUCKLES] Dad, that’s so embarrassing.

DAD: That’s not embarrassing.

GIRL: Wait…

DAD: What?

I was gonna interview you.

Oh, you were, were you?

What were you gonna interview me about?

GIRL: I don’t know.

Well…

GIRL: Well…

I just turned 11.

And you are 130, turning 131 in two days.

[CHUCKLES] So… when you were 11, what did you think you would be doing now?

[VIDEO CAMERA WHIRRING]

[MOODY MUSIC PLAYING]

[BABY CRYING]

[VIDEO CAMERA WHIRRING]

DAD: I love you.

Love you.

[INDISTINCT ANNOUNCEMENT ON PA]

DAD: Bye.

[VIDEO CAMERA WHIRS]

[ENGINE STARTS]

[MUSIC FADES]

WOMAN ON MIC: Hiya, everyone.

My name’s Belinda, and I’ll be your tour rep for the next week or two.

Now I’ve only just transferred in from Torremolinos…

[MIC FEEDBACK BUZZING]

Oh!

[CHILD LAUGHING]

[PEOPLE CHATTERING INDISTINCTLY]

…from Torremolinos!

[MIC FEEDBACK CONTINUES]

[ALL LAUGHING]

Right, well, I, uh… I hope I’ll be a good help to you here in Turkey…

DAD: [WHISPERS] “Hiya.”

…all the same.

Uh, now, we’ve got seven stops tonight…

“My name’s Belinda…”

…so bear with us, all right?

“…and I’ve just come in from Torremolinos.”

[CHUCKLES]

Torremolinos.

[SOFTLY] Torremolinos. Torremolinos.

[LOW EERIE MUSIC PLAYING]

[MUSIC FADES]

[CRICKETS CHIRPING]

[BELL DINGING]

[DOG BARKING IN DISTANCE]

Hang tight, poppet, okay?

Okay.

I’m fine.

[CLATTERING]

DAD: Someone’s coming.

Time for bed?

No.

[DIALING TONE SOUNDS ON TELEPHONE]

[DIALING]

[LINE RINGING]

DAD: Hello?

It’s, um, 501.

Mmm, yeah, that’s us.

Yeah, um, I booked a room with two beds, but we’ve only got the one here.

Yeah, okay, well, I paid for it and, um, it was confirmed by the travel agency.

Okay, that’s all you can do?

[SOFTLY] Okay. Scootch under. There we go. Yeah.

Oh, it’ll have to be then.

Okay, thanks.

Mmm, goodnight.

[SOFTLY] Goodnight. [KISSES]

[OBJECTS RUSTLING FAINTLY]

[BAG ZIPPING]

[GIRL BREATHING STEADILY]

[GIRL SNORING SOFTLY]

[DAD BREATHING STEADILY]

[MUFFLED METAL CLANGING]

[PEOPLE CHATTERING INDISTINCTLY]

[METAL CLANGING]

Digital video entertainment.

DAD: Don’t get that wet, Soph. It was expensive.

[METAL CLANGING CONTINUES]

Sorry about the hotel.

Clive was just here and he said he had a great time.

[CLANGING CONTINUES LOUDLY]

Everything okay at home?

What do you mean?

I mean, how are you and your mom getting along?

Yeah, okay, I guess.

Good.

I’m glad.

Why, what did she tell you?

She didn’t say anything.

You just told me you weren’t getting along that well last time I saw you. Remember?

I can’t exactly ask you when I phone you at home.

Oh, yeah, right. Things have been better.

[SOFTLY] Good.

[CHATTERING INDISTINCTLY]

Why don’t you go over and introduce yourself?

Dad, no. They’re, like, kids.

DAD: Mmm-hmm.

Why don’t you go over and introduce yourself?

Hmm, Sophie, they’re, like, old.

[CHUCKLES SOFTLY]

DAD: Huh.

See, if you let it rest on an object for a wee while, it gets the lighting right.

That’s quite clever.

[MELLOW MUSIC PLAYING]

[BOTH LAUGHING]

DAD: You want a massive ice-cream?

Yeah, that’s bigger than my head.

DAD: That’s impossible. You have a massive head.

SOPHIE: Are you done?

[CHUCKLES] What?

SOPHIE: That’s a bit rude.

DAD: No, it’s not. It’s just a fact.

SOPHIE: Your head’s bigger than mine.

DAD: I… I… I would disagree with that fact.

Look at the size of it. [CHUCKLING]

Your head’s bigger. See?

[SQUEALING AND LAUGHING]

[SPEAKING INDISTINCTLY]

DAD: Say hello to your mom.

That’s all you’re going to give her?

SOPHIE: Love you. DAD: Say you miss her.

SOPHIE: I miss you.

[MELLOW MUSIC FADES]

DAD: And what?

SOPHIE: And bye-bye.

DAD: [WHISPERS] And your dad’s being amazing.

And what?

SOPHIE: And my dad’s being amazing.

DAD: Why is your dad being amazing?

SOPHIE: Because he’s taking so much…

[VIDEO CAMERA STOPS]

[VIDEO CAMERA WHIRRING]

[BREATHING STEADILY]

[DOG BARKING IN DISTANCE]

Uh-huh. Well, what did she say?

Oh, I’ll do it when I’m home.

School doesn’t start until Thursday, right?

Okay.

Yeah, it’s good.

We’re not actually at our hotel.

But ours doesn’t have a phone, so…

Dad?

He’s good.

Oh, my God, he’s doing some weird slow-motion ninja moves.

Why is he so weird sometimes?

But, yeah, he’s good.

All right. Love you. Bye.

[KNOCKING ON DOOR]

Mom wants to talk to you.

What?

Mom wants to talk to you.

DAD: Right.

Thanks, poppet.

Hey.

Checking up on me?

GIRL 1: So, are you gonna do anything?

GIRL 2: What do you mean?

[TOILET FLUSHES]

GIRL 1: With George.

He told Seb he wanted to.

With you, I mean. Not Seb, obviously.

Last night on the way home, I gave Kenny…

Literally in the bushes behind the other pool.

GIRL 2: Well, like, what happened?

GIRL 1: What do you mean?

GIRL 2: Did he come?

GIRL 1: Yeah. I mean, obviously.

[TOILET FLUSHES]

You should wear your hair back sometimes.

You look really pretty with your hair back.

GIRL 2: Oh, my God, do you think she heard us?

GIRL 1: Who cares? She’s literally, like, nine.

[GIRLS GIGGLING]

[TELEPHONE RINGING IN DISTANCE]

[CHUCKLES]

That’s wonderful.

Yeah.

Yeah, I’m so happy for you.

All right, love you.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Yeah, will do.

Okay. Bye.

[HANGS UP PHONE]

Hey. [CHUCKLES]

[PEOPLE CHATTERING INDISTINCTLY]

[UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING]

Do you know how to play? It’s that one to start.

I know.

[BEEPS]

AUTOMATED VOICE: Come on, start your engines.

[ENGINES STARTING]

[ENGINE REVVING]

[ENGINES REVVING LOUDLY]

[GAME BEEPING]

[ENGINES REVVING]

[TIRES SCREECH]

[TIRES SCREECHING]

Game over. Round one.

[GAME BEEPING]

Do you want to play again?

Right, Soph, we’re up.

SOPHIE: Bye.

Bye.

DAD: There you go.

Right, you ready?

[RATTLING]

[UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING ON SPEAKERS]

Right. There you go.

You don’t mind, do you, mate?

No bother.

Right, last one for now, then, okay?

Do you want a game of doubles?

BOY 1: Yeah, sure.

BOY 2: You’ve got a built-in rest there.

[CHUCKLES] No danger.

I’m right-handed

and I’m playing with a kid, right? Go easy.

Do you want to break or…

Yeah.

DAD: Good. Well done.

[POOL BALLS ROLLING]

So, what’s your sister’s name?

Uh, Sophie.

Oh, nice.

I’m her dad, though, actually.

BOY 1: Oh. Sorry, mate, I just thought…

DAD: That’s okay. [CHUCKLES]

It’s a nice hotel, eh?

BOY 1: Oh, yeah, it’s all right.

I mean, we’re staying in that one over the road,

basically a building site, so…

[CHUCKLES SOFTLY]

Olly.

Fucking hell, Sophie. Impressive.

Hey, don’t say… [WHISPERS] “Fuck”.

Oh, sorry, mate…

That’s okay.

Well done.

[POOL BALLS ROLLING]

Right, I’m up. You watching?

[CHILDREN SCREAMING EXCITEDLY]

[WATER SPLASHES]

BOY: No!

MAN: Move it.

BOY: No!

That’s it, move it!

No.

No!

You want to ruin it again for everybody, as usual.

BOY: No!

DAD: Twist.

[SOPHIE GROANS]

No, keep your…

I’m not letting you off. Go again.

[SOPHIE GROANS]

No, you’re just pushing.

Look, you have to twist.

Like, here. Okay? Again.

No. Okay, grab my wrists.

Okay, okay, I get it.

So, the thin part lines up

to where the fingers connect, okay?

Okay. Mmm-hmm.

Are you looking?

And then you pull as hard as you can,

like that, okay?

Ow.

No, this is serious, Sophie.

Look at me. It’s important you get this.

Go.

No.

You’re not twisting. You’re just pulling.

Okay, again.

I can’t twist.

Look, grab my wrists.

Thin part lines up to where the fingers connect.

Okay?

And you pull as hard as you can.

[SOFTLY] Okay.

This is serious, Sophie.

It’s important you get this.

So that you can defend yourself.

So that if anyone ever tries to attack you,

you can break free and get away.

What if someone tries to attack me some other way?

Without grabbing my wrists?

[SOMBER MUSIC PLAYING]

SOPHIE: I think it’s nice that we share the same sky.

What do you mean?

Well, like, sometimes at playtime

I look up to the sky

and if I can see the sun,

then I think about the fact that we can both see the sun.

So, even though we’re not actually in the same place,

and we’re not actually together,

we kind of are in a way, you know?

Like, we’re both underneath the same sky, so…

we’re kind of together.

DAD: One. Head under.

[SPUTTERS]

Two, three, four,

four and a half… What?

Stop, stop.

[CHILDREN PLAYING]

SOPHIE: Can we do that?

Hmm?

You’re too young, poppet.

[SOMBER MUSIC FADES]

[WATER SPLASHING]

[SHOWER RUNNING]

SOPHIE: Ladies and gentlemen,

the marvelous, wonderful, amazing, one-armed,

Calum Aaron Patterson.

Getting ready to see the evening entertainment.

And…

We’ll see…

[SQUEALS] Torremolinos!

CALUM: Are you okay, Soph?

[PEOPLE CHATTERING INDISTINCTLY]

[UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING FAINTLY ON SPEAKERS]

SOPHIE: You’ve not mentioned Claire.

Hmm? Um…

Remember she had a boyfriend when we first met?

SOPHIE: Yup.

I was, like, “Who’s that on the phone?”

And you were, like, “Oh, just this girl I like,

“but she’s already going out with someone.”

[CHUCKLES] Yeah, well, they got back together.

Aw, I liked her.

Mmm-hmm. Me, too.

So, does that mean you’re not gonna open the cafe?

Cafe?

Uh, no. Not anymore.

But I’ve got this new thing going with Keith.

And what is it?

Well, we’re still figuring it out exactly,

but we’re thinking of renting a house

a wee bit outside London to work from.

You’d have your own room for when you come down.

Yes. Can I paint it yellow?

Yellow? Why yellow?

I like the idea of a yellow room.

But Mom doesn’t let me paint my room yellow.

[SING-SONG VOICE] You’re trying to get me into trouble.

Well, can I, though?

Aye, we’ll see.

[UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING]

[PEOPLE CLAPPING]

Right, let’s watch this.

[PEOPLE CHEERING]

[UPBEAT MUSIC CONTINUES PLAYING]

Room number?

CALUM: Soph, did you bring your wallet?

No? No?

Okay. Grab this.

Do not look at him.

When I count to three,

we’re gonna throw it at the stage and leave.

You understand?

[UPBEAT MUSIC CONTINUES]

[SHOUTS] Now! Quick! Go! Sophie, run! Run, run, run!

[UPBEAT MUSIC CONTINUES]

SOPHIE: Did it hurt?

When you fell?

CALUM: When I broke my wrist? SOPHIE: Uh-huh.

CALUM: I don’t know.

I don’t really remember.

Um, I didn’t think it was broken,

and I’d never broken anything before.

[GROANS]

SOPHIE: I’ve never broken anything before.

CALUM: Hmm.

How come you and Mom say, “Love you”?

What?

Like, on the phone.

You’re not together, so why would you say it?

CALUM: Well…

think of all the people you say it to.

Like, Nana, Granddad, uncles, aunties, right?

Yeah, but they’re, like, family.

CALUM: Well, your mother is family.

[DOOR CLOSES]

SOPHIE: I remember one time,

I asked Mom if she’d phoned you.

[DAD GROANS]

And she said that you were engaged.

Like, I didn’t know why,

but I thought that meant that you were getting married,

like, both of youse.

Like, I didn’t know if I thought that about just you

or both of you, but…

[CALUM GROANS]

Isn’t that funny?

Well, I didn’t know what it meant at the time.

I didn’t know that it meant

that you were just on the phone to somebody else.

[SIGHS]

I was kind of excited.

CALUM: About us getting married?

Yeah, I was really young, though. Like…

I don’t know, like, seven.

How are you getting on with the book?

You enjoying it?

Yeah, it’s a bit hard to understand, though.

Stick with it.

I think you’ll really like it.

What does “municipal” mean?

[WATER SPLASHES]

CALUM: A proper dive, Soph.

SOPHIE: I told you, I can’t.

CALUM: You were diving last year.

SOPHIE: No, I wasn’t.

CALUM: Here.

[WATER SPLASHES]

[CALUM GRUNTS]

SOPHIE: Pass me my mask. CALUM: I did.

SOPHIE: What?

CALUM: Come on, Soph, stop messing around.

SOPHIE: I’m not messing around.

[MAN AND WOMAN SPEAKING IN SPANISH]

[MAN AND WOMAN LAUGHING]

[CONVERSATION CONTINUES]

You know I didn’t see you throw it.

CALUM: Throw what?

The mask. I know it was expensive.

That’s okay, darling.

It’s fine. I’m just a little tired today, that’s all.

Can you run up and grab the camera?

It’s in the bag.

[SIGHS]

[GROANS]

MAN: Here…

Put that on your foot, then try again.

CALUM: On my foot?

Yeah, put it on. It’s gonna be much easier.

[CHUCKLES]

Do you need help?

Yeah, please. Thanks.

MAN: There we go.

Thank you.

That’s a trick of the trade.

[CHUCKLES]

It’s not a bad trade.

No, not at all.

Is this what you do all year round, then?

You sound like my anneanne, my mother’s mum.

Your grandma?

Yeah.

She would prefer that I had a proper job.

[CHUCKLES] What is your shoe size?

CALUM: Uh, ten.

Ten.

Forty-four?

MAN: Forty-four. CALUM: Yes.

I think these should fit.

Yeah.

You know, I used to travel a lot.

One season somewhere, next season somewhere else,

but now I’m here. Back home.

And do you miss it?

Travelling?

Aye.

Not as much as I was missing home, to be honest.

And I’m going to have a baby soon.

[CHUCKLES] Congratulations.

Yeah. A few years ago,

I thought I would be at least 40 before all that, but…

CALUM: I can’t see myself at 40, to be honest.

Surprised I made it to 30.

[SIGHS]

My name is Sophie Lesley Patterson

reporting live from…

I don’t know the name of this boat.

Um, but, basically,

I have just went and done

the most amazing thing in my whole entire life.

So, we went, like, scuba diving thing.

And there was actually, like, a sea horse

and it wrapped round my, like, whole finger.

Then when I got out, there was an octopus,

and the instructor person,

I don’t know, like, yeah, instructor put it on,

put an octopus on my head.

A real life octopus on my head.

Yeah, but right now…

Dad…

I mean, Calum Aaron Patterson

is away on some scuba diving thing, I think.

I can’t remember.

But, yeah,

he doesn’t actually have a diving licence,

’cause he told a porky pie. [CHUCKLES]

But, yeah, he’ll be fine, yeah.

He’ll be fine, I’m sure. [CHUCKLES]

But, yeah, bye-bye. Bye-bye. Bye-bye.

Bye-bye. Bye-bye. Bye-bye.

[LOW EERIE MUSIC PLAYING]

[EERIE MUSIC FADES]

[PEOPLE CHATTERING INDISTINCTLY]

[WOMAN SCREAMING EXCITEDLY IN DISTANCE]

[MAN WHOOPS IN DISTANCE]

What’s that?

What?

Uh, that’s just another kind of smoking,

and smoking causes…

Smoking causes cancer,

and puts tar in your lungs

and makes your teeth all yellow,

and causes your eyeballs to fall out.

[CALUM CHUCKLES]

We’ll go somewhere else next time.

It’s not that bad.

When was the last time you went to see Nana?

Hmm.

Right.

Trouble…

So, watch again, okay?

Okay. Let’s see.

Okay?

Right, that was a bad start.

When are you back at school?

Thursday.

Next week?

Crazy.

God, I thought it was a bit later.

Who’s your new teacher?

Miss Mackel.

Aye, the one from Glasgow?

How do you know that?

What?

She’s pretty.

[LAUGHS] She’s the pretty one from Glasgow.

She stuck in my head.

Oh, my God, Dad, stop!

CALUM: [CHUCKLES] Okay.

Stop.

Is she supposed to be good?

We done a crossover at the end of term.

Seems all right.

[CALUM CHUCKLES]

[PEOPLE CHATTERING INDISTINCTLY]

[BUS HORN BLARES]

[UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING FAINTLY ON SPEAKERS]

AUTOMATED VOICE: Insert coin.

[MACHINE DINGS]

Insert coin.

You playing?

SOPHIE: Dad’s gone to get money.

Here, watch this.

AUTOMATED VOICE: Insert coin.

10p.

[COIN CLATTERS]

SOPHIE: Got another?

[BOY CHUCKLES SOFTLY]

I’m Michael, by the way.

SOPHIE: Well, you better have been practicing, Michael.

MICHAEL: Harsh.

[GAME BEEPING]

MICHAEL: What’s your name, then?

SOPHIE: Sophie.

[ENGINES REVVING]

[TIRES SCREECHING]

AUTOMATED VOICE: Game over. SOPHIE: Are you joking?

[GAME BEEPING]

That’s 1-1.

I didn’t know we were keeping count.

Yes, you did.

[UPBEAT MUSIC CONTINUES PLAYING ON SPEAKERS]

[MUSIC ON SPEAKER FADES]

[SOMBER MUSIC PLAYING]

[WATER LAPPING]

[INSECTS TRILLING SOFTLY]

[BRUSHING TEETH]

[TAPS TOOTHBRUSH]

[CONTINUES BRUSHING TEETH]

[WATER RUNNING]

CALUM: You okay through there?

[CONTINUES BRUSHING]

I don’t know. I guess.

I just feel a bit down or something.

CALUM: What do you mean?

SOPHIE: I don’t know. Don’t you ever feel like…

you’ve just done a whole amazing day,

and then you come home and feel tired and down,

and it feels like your bones don’t work?

They’re just tired and everything is tired.

Like you’re sinking.

I don’t know. It’s weird.

Well, we’re here to have a good time, eh?

Ready?

SOPHIE: Yup.

CALUM: Right, we’ll go get a nice dinner,

and we’ll get an early night, yeah?

SOPHIE: Yes. CALUM: Let’s go.

Come on.

[DOOR OPENS]

[DOOR CLOSES]

[BIRD CHIRPING]

[WATER DRIPPING]

[MUFFLED BREATHING]

[CLATTERING IN DISTANCE]

[WATER CONTINUES DRIPPING]

[DOG BARKING IN DISTANCE]

[BREATHES DEEPLY]

[PEOPLE SPEAKING INDISTINCTLY]

[MUFFLED CHATTER CONTINUES IN DISTANCE]

CALUM: Don’t you think this one’s lovely?

Yeah. It is, actually.

Hmm.

Yeah, the man was telling me

that each of these carpets tells a different story.

Like, the symbols and motifs,

they represent different things.

Oh.

[MISPRONOUNCING] Tes… sekkur ederim.

[SLOWLY] Tesekkur ederim.

What? [LAUGHS]

Tesekkur ederim.

Tesekkur ederim.

Tesekkur ederim.

[HESITANTLY] Tesekkur ederim.

Tesekkur ederim.

Oh!

You see?

Uh, how much is this one?

This one is 45 million Turkish Lira.

Yeah, and what’s that in pounds? Sorry.

£850.

Okay.

Thanks.

You’re welcome.

[MOODY MUSIC PLAYING]

[SPEAKING INDISTINCTLY]

You gonna play pool?

No, no, come on.

Why don’t you go introduce yourself

to those girls over there?

She can come and play pool with us if she wants.

I mean, there’s only three of us,

so play a couple of games of doubles.

GIRL: She’s a bit young, isn’t she?

Yeah, but she’s good at it. She’s better than him.

Dad?

Yeah, okay, go on, then.

An hour and then you come right back. Okay?

Okay.

OLLY: Take your time, girls.

[GIRL GIGGLES]

SOPHIE: What’s that?

GIRL: Uh, it’s an all-inclusive thing,

so you can get as much as you want of anything.

[INHALES DEEPLY]

[EXHALES DEEPLY]

[INHALES DEEPLY]

[EXHALES DEEPLY]

[INHALES DEEPLY]

[EXHALES DEEPLY]

That’s it?

It’s the same thing.

Well, well, well, look who it is.

BOY: No, this side, innit, mate. Oi, oi.

OLLY: Whoa, whoa, you don’t want to see that.

Oi, corrupting the youth.

[ALL LAUGHING]

You don’t want to see that.

[MOODY MUSIC CONTINUES]

[MAN SHOUTING INDISTINCTLY IN DISTANCE]

There you go, your receipt.

Thank you very much.

You’re welcome.

Thank you.

GIRL: Gross.

They’ve been snaking for a fucking age.

OLLY: What? What the fuck is snaking?

Snaking. Why, what do you call it?

That? That’s tonguing.

SOPHIE: No, that’s nipping.

[LAUGHS] Nipping.

Oi.

[UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING ON SPEAKERS]

[QUIETLY] What we’ll do, yeah,

is go over there and push ’em in.

You get him, I’ll get her. Yeah.

Push ’em in. You get him, I’ll get her over there.

Yeah.

Let’s go.

OLLY: Go. Come on.

You get him, I’ll get her.

Push him. Yeah?

[GIRL SHRIEKS]

[WATER SPLASHES]

Wait, I want a go.

[MUSIC CONTINUES MUFFLED]

GIRL: Oh, my God.

[CHATTERING AND LAUGHING INDISTINCTLY]

[BIRDS AND INSECTS CHIRPING]

[CHILDREN CHATTERING IN DISTANCE]

[BIRDS CHIRPING]

[DOG BARKING IN DISTANCE]

SOPHIE: Okey-dokey. This is our room.

CALUM: Mmm-hmm.

[SOPHIE CHUCKLES]

SOPHIE: And this is Dad’s tiny-weeny-weeny bed.

This is my giant bed.

Um… [CHUCKLES]

Wait, wait, wait. How do I zoom?

CALUM: Let’s see. Pass it here.

Hmm.

It’s this button here, see?

Oh, my God, I’m on TV. How do I look? [CHUCKLES]

[CALUM LAUGHS]

SOPHIE: Okey-dokey, give that back.

[CALUM GRUNTS]

SOPHIE: Oh. Oh, oh, oh.

What’s that?

[CALUM CHUCKLES]

SOPHIE: Oh, my God, what even is that?

CALUM: These are my moves.

SOPHIE: [CHUCKLES] Dad, that’s so embarrassing.

CALUM: That’s not embarrassing.

SOPHIE: Wait. CALUM: What?

I was gonna interview you.

Oh, you were, were you?

What were you gonna interview me about?

SOPHIE: I don’t know.

CALUM: Well…

SOPHIE: Well, I just turned 11.

And you are 130,

turning 131 in two days.

So…

when you were 11,

what did you think you would be doing now?

Hello?

What did you think you would be doing now?

Come on, Soph. Turn that off now, okay?

SOPHIE: Okay, it’s off.

Well, I can see a red light.

SOPHIE: That… That’s just because it’s still on.

CALUM: Mmm-hmm.

Look, it’s not even on you anymore.

It’s on me.

[CALUM SIGHS]

SOPHIE: [INDIGNANTLY] Dad.

[SOPHIE SIGHS]

[GROANS]

Okay, it’s not recording.

I’ll just record it in my little mind camera.

[CALUM CHUCKLES]

[SOPHIE IMITATES CAMERA WHIRRING]

SOPHIE: Right. Ready?

What did you do for your 11th birthday?

CALUM: When I was 11,

nobody remembered it was my birthday.

And when I told my mom,

she was so angry, she grabbed me by the ear,

and made my dad drive me to the toy shop,

and made me pick something to buy.

SOPHIE: That’s a bit, um, deep.

CALUM: It’s okay.

SOPHIE: What did you pick?

[CALUM CHUCKLES]

I chose a toy phone.

It was red.

Good choice.

Thank you.

[MELLOW MUSIC PLAYING]

[PEOPLE CHATTERING INDISTINCTLY]

CALUM: Want a sip?

[CHUCKLES]

Nice?

Yeah, it tasted amazing.

[BOTH LAUGHING]

[MELLOW MUSIC CONTINUES PLAYING]

SOPHIE: Think you’ll ever move back to Scotland?

CALUM: No.

SOPHIE: Why?

CALUM: There’s not enough sun.

SOPHIE: Very funny.

[CALUM CHUCKLES]

CALUM: Hmm, it’s all in the past for me, that’s all.

And there’s this feeling,

once you leave where you’re from,

like, where you grew up,

that, um, you don’t totally belong there again.

Not really.

But Edinburgh was never…

I never felt like I really did belong there.

I do. It’s home.

That’s good.

I’m glad you feel that way.

But you never know

where you’ll end up, though, eh?

You can live wherever you want to live.

Hmm.

Be whoever you want to be.

You have time.

[MELLOW MUSIC CONTINUES]

It’s okay.

[MELLOW MUSIC PLAYING]

[MOTORCYCLE REVVING]

[PEOPLE CHATTERING INDISTINCTLY]

[UTENSILS CLANKING]

[SPEAKING INDISTINCTLY]

[MUSIC PLAYING INDISTINCTLY THROUGH EARPHONES]

[MUSIC STOPS]

Right, top up time.

[MUSIC STOPS]

No, no, I’ll do it.

How’s that working?

Let me help, come on.

No, Soph, scootch back.

Lift your hair a sec.

There you go.

Let’s do something, eh? Get this day going.

Like what?

Water polo?

No, I’m not a good enough swimmer for that.

CALUM: You’re a great swimmer, Soph.

You know it.

Go on.

It’s our last few days and it’ll be fun, okay?

Up.

Up, up, up, up!

[GRUNTS] We’re going swimming.

[PEOPLE SHOUTING EXCITEDLY]

MAN 1: Quick, quick, quick!

MAN 2: Play it!

No, no, no. Yes, yes, yes.

Here, here!

Up!

[PLAYERS TALKING INDISTINCTLY]

MAN 2: Heads up!

CALUM: The cross. Soph, Soph, Soph. Soph!

Go!

[PLAYERS TALKING INDISTINCTLY]

[SLOW MUSIC PLAYING]

MAN: ♪ My darling

♪ I’ve hungered for your touch

♪ A long, lonely time

♪ And time goes by…

Could I get another one of those, please?

Thank you.

♪ So slowly

♪ And time can do so much

What are you wearing your bikini for?

I don’t know.

♪ Are you still mine?

♪ I need your love

♪ I…

Are you excited for tomorrow?

♪ I need your love

[CHUCKLES SOFTLY]

Yeah.

♪ God speed

♪ Your love

♪ To me

[CROWD CHEERING]

CALUM: Good, weren’t they? [CHUCKLES]

MAN: [ON MIC] Ladies.

Are we all having fun, guys?

[CALUM CHEERS]

SOPHIE: Yeah. CALUM: Soph’s having fun.

Can we have a big round…

Yes, I am.

Of applause for Calum and Sophie?

[CROWD APPLAUDING]

Oh, you didn’t sign us up?

SOPHIE: Of course I did.

We’ve done it every holiday since I was, like, five.

Well, maybe you’re a little old for it now, Soph.

What are you talking about, Dad?

Those girls were, like, 50.

Okay, let it go. He’ll move on in a second.

I’m not up for it, okay?

Come on, Dad, it’s a laugh.

No.

They just want to hear us.

We’re on holiday. We’re supposed to be having fun.

Isn’t that what you said?

Sophie, I’m not doing it, okay?

[UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING]

[CLAPPING RHYTHMICALLY]

MAN: Here we go.

♪ Oh, life is bigger

♪ It’s bigger than you And you are not me

♪ The lengths that I will go to

♪ The distance in your eyes

♪ Oh, no, I’ve said too much

♪ I set it up

♪ That’s me in the corner

♪ That’s me in the spotlight

♪ Losing my religion

♪ Trying to keep up with you

♪ And I don’t know if I can do it

♪ Oh, no, I’ve said too much

♪ I haven’t said enough

♪ I thought that I heard you laughing

♪ I thought that I heard you sing

♪ I think I thought I saw you try

♪ That was just a dream

♪ Try, cry, fly, try

♪ That was just a dream

♪ Just a dream

♪ Just a dream ♪

[MUSIC CONTINUES]

[MUSIC STOPS]

[SCATTERED APPLAUSE AND CHEERS]

Big applause for Sophie.

Down you come, please.

Here you are, Lucy. Come on down here.

Take it away.

You know, we could get you singing lessons

if you wanted to learn to sing.

Trying to tell me I can’t sing?

No, I’m just saying,

anyone can learn if they put in the work.

Stop doing that.

Doing what?

Offering to pay for something

when I know you don’t have the money.

WOMAN: [SINGING] ♪ The tide is high

♪ But I’m holdin’ on

♪ I’m gonna be your number one

[CHUCKLES]

♪ I’m not the kind of girl

♪ Who gives up just like that…

Okay, come on.

Let’s call it an early night, fresh for tomorrow, okay?

No, I’m staying down here for a bit.

WOMAN: ♪ It’s not the things you do

♪ That tease and hurt me bad ♪

CALUM: See you upstairs, then?

Sophie?

Okay, not too long.

[UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING ON SPEAKER]

BOY: Pass it down.

OLLY: Yeah, all right, Toby, calm down.

[CHATTERING INDISTINCTLY AND LAUGHING]

I promise, I have had… I have had one too many.

TOBY: You haven’t.

I have.

TOBY: Look, stay. Look what’s in there.

[CHATTER AND LAUGHTER CONTINUES]

Just a little bit.

Do you want help finding your dad or anything?

[CHATTER AND LAUGHTER CONTINUES]

[CHATTER CONTINUES INDISTINCTLY]

[LAUGHING AND CHATTERING INDISTINCTLY]

[MUSIC CONTINUES INDISTINCTLY]

[SLOW MUSIC PLAYING FAINTLY]

Can I get some water, please?

Are you okay?

SOPHIE: Hanging out.

[CHUCKLES]

Here.

YOUNG MAN: Oh, the crisps are all wet now.

[BOYS LAUGHING]

OLLY: Get ’em in you, baby.

Boys are disgusting.

Got it.

I’m going tomorrow anyway, so…

You are staying for a couple more days, right?

Yeah.

Now you can get whatever you want.

Thanks.

It’s okay.

See you.

BARTENDER: What do you want?

Can I get a Fanta lemon, please?

And I have this.

SOPHIE ON CAMERA: Ladies and gentlemen,

the marvelous, wonderful,

amazing, one-armed, Calum Aaron Patterson.

Getting ready to see the evening’s entertainment.

And…

We’ll see…

[SQUEALS] Torremolinos.

CALUM ON CAMERA: You okay, Soph?

[VIDEO CAMERA SWITCHES OFF]

[DOOR OPENS AND CLOSES]

[CRICKETS CHIRPING]

[GASPS]

[GROANS]

SOPHIE: Fuck.

What you do that for?

MICHAEL: I’m sorry.

[BOYS LAUGHING]

I’m sorry. It was supposed to be a joke.

Idiot!

Where are you going?

Supposed to be going home, but I got lost

’cause everything looks the same at night.

Well, why don’t you come hang out with us?

SOPHIE: What are you doing? BOY: Michael!

Come on!

[DOGS BARKING]

[CHATTERING INDISTINCTLY]

Didn’t know there was another pool back here.

MICHAEL: Yeah, it’s quiet in the day.

And I’m not a great swimmer, so it suits me.

Same. I still can’t dive.

So, uh, I quite like you.

Do you like me?

Yes.

[KISSING]

[LOUD KNOCKING ON DOOR]

[KNOCKING ON DOOR]

[MUSIC PLAYING AND PEOPLE CHATTERING INDISTINCTLY IN DISTANCE]

[LOW MOODY MUSIC PLAYING]

[WAVES CRASHING]

[WAVES CRASHING LOUDLY]

Miss.

RECEPTIONIST: Good night.

SOPHIE: Good night.

[DOG BARKING IN DISTANCE]

[DOOR OPENS]

[DOOR CLOSES]

[BREATHING RAPIDLY]

[MUFFLED CROWD SHOUTING]

[HORN BLARES]

[SIRENS WAILING]

[RAPID BREATHING CONTINUES]

[BREATHING STOPS]

[DISTANT SIRENS BLARING]

WOMAN: Hey.

Are you okay?

ADULT SOPHIE: Yeah.

[WOMAN SIGHS]

Happy birthday, Sophie.

[BABY CRYING]

[SOFTLY] I’ll get him.

[SOMBER MUSIC PLAYING]

[TELEPHONE RINGING]

CALUM: Hello?

MAN ON PHONE: Your wake up call, sir.

CALUM: Okay, thanks.

Day trip leaves in 20 minutes.

Thank you.

[HANGS UP TELEPHONE]

[SOFTLY] Sophie. Sophie.

Sophie, come on, let’s get up, it’s time to go.

[SOMBER MUSIC CONTINUES]

[PEOPLE CHATTERING INDISTINCTLY]

Careful with those.

A man died not paying attention

to how to put those on properly.

End of the lug went up right up his nose

and punctured his brain.

That’s not true.

It is.

Happy birthday, Dad.

Thanks, darling.

[SOPHIE SIGHS]

CALUM: Okay.

You’re copying me? [LAUGHS]

[SOPHIE LAUGHS]

All right, smartarse.

Attention!

SOPHIE: Oh, what’s this we’re doing?

CALUM: Yeah, tricked you.

[CALUM CHUCKLES]

[CALUM BREATHING DEEPLY]

SOPHIE: I’m still copying you, though.

CALUM: I know.

SOPHIE: Exactly.

CALUM: And now copy this.

[CALUM BREATHING DEEPLY]

Breathe.

[SOPHIE GIGGLES]

Right, are you watching?

SOPHIE: Yeah.

Feet together. Up.

[BREATHING DEEPLY]

Up and down.

[SOPHIE MUTTERS]

SOPHIE: Up… CALUM: Up…

SOPHIE: And… CALUM: Down.

Now close your eyes and do it. And focus on your breathing.

[CHATTERING INDISTINCTLY]

MAN: That sulphur shit fucking reeks, man.

SOPHIE: What’s that smell?

It’s where we go after this.

If it’s good enough for Cleopatra…

It’s kind of amazing how Cleopatra was, like, here.

Like, right here.

Yeah. Before she was…

By a snake.

[CHUCKLES]

Well, I mean, it was kind of suicide.

It wasn’t for sure that it was a snake.

Nobody ever found a snake, so…

It might have just been a needle or something.

How do you know that?

We learned about Egypt last term.

What happened to your shoulder?

I don’t really know.

I’m sorry I passed out on your bed.

It’s fine.

I didn’t have a key, though.

How’d you get in?

Reception.

I’m so sorry, Soph. Yesterday was…

It’s fine. It’s no big deal.

No, it is a big deal.

I’m sorry, okay?

I’m sorry, okay?

Thank you.

[CHUCKLES]

You’ve got none on your arms.

I did.

No, you don’t.

Now you do.

Let’s see your back.

My back?

Yup.

Right, I need to get a big clump for this big back.

[CALUM CHUCKLES]

Oh, that’s…

[BOTH LAUGH]

CALUM: Careful with my shoulder.

[GROANS] It’s okay.

SOPHIE: [CHUCKLES] Sorry.

CALUM: Did you have fun last night?

SOPHIE: Yeah.

This boy, Michael.

I met him on the motorbike game.

Yeah.

We… We kissed last night.

He kissed me, and then we kissed.

CALUM: He’s your age, though?

SOPHIE: Yeah.

CALUM: Well, that’s okay, right?

A peck on the cheek?

SOPHIE: [CHUCKLING] Well, yeah, not exactly.

CALUM: [CHUCKLES] Okay.

You know, I want you to know

that you can talk to me about anything.

As you get older, you know.

Whatever parties you go to,

boys you meet,

drugs you take.

SOPHIE: Dad! CALUM: No, I’m serious, Soph.

I’ve done it all and you can too.

I just want you to promise me

that you’ll talk to me about it, okay?

SOPHIE: Okay. But I’m never gonna do any of that, anyway.

CALUM: Well, that’s okay, too.

But if you do, remember, okay?

[INSECTS TRILLING]

[SOPHIE WHISPERING INDISTINCTLY]

On the count of three we’re gonna sing.

It’s my dad’s birthday.

It’s my dad’s birthday… [SPEAKING INDISTINCTLY]

[SOPHIE SPEAKING INDISTINCTLY]

Can you sing for my dad’s birthday?

Three, two, one.

ALL: ♪ For he’s a jolly good fellow

♪ For he’s a jolly good fellow

♪ For he’s a jolly good fellow

♪ And so say all of us

♪ And so say all of us

♪ And so say all of us

Hip hip, hooray!

Hip hip, hooray!

Hip hip, hooray!

[CRYING]

[CONTINUES CRYING]

[SOMBER MUSIC PLAYING]

[INSECTS TRILLING]

[WAVES CRASHING]

[SOMBER MUSIC FADES]

[PEOPLE CHATTERING INDISTINCTLY]

[LOW MUSIC PLAYING ON SPEAKERS]

SOPHIE: Should have gotten your own.

No. I only wanted a taste.

Dad, that was like half of it on your spoon there.

MAN: Photo?

Uh, how much?

MAN: 50,000 Lira.

Sure.

CALUM: Ready?

[CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKS]

CALUM: Tesekkur ederim. MAN: Rica ederim.

[CHUCKLING SOFTLY]

Did you have a good holiday, then?

SOPHIE: The best.

Wish we could have stayed for longer.

CALUM: Mmm-hmm.

Me, too.

What?

SOPHIE: I mean, why can’t we?

CALUM: What do you mean?

SOPHIE: Why can’t we just stay here?

CALUM: Um…

[CHUCKLES]

SOPHIE: Can’t live in hotels for the rest of our lives.

CALUM: Yeah.

SOPHIE: You can have the wafer.

CALUM: Oh, thank you very much.

[BOTH LAUGH]

CALUM: Eat it in one. Yes.

[BOTH LAUGHING]

CALUM: Too slow!

[UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING]

Last night. Time for a dance.

I don’t dance.

Sophie.

SOPHIE: I never, ever dance.

Okay, I’m dancing with or without you.

I told you, I love to dance.

SOPHIE: Dad, stop. You’re so embarrassing.

This is embarrassing?

[UPBEAT MUSIC CONTINUES PLAYING]

CALUM: What? Come on!

Ready? Let’s dance.

SOPHIE: Stop.

Stop!

CALUM: Hand.

[CALUM CHUCKLES]

[UPBEAT MUSIC CONTINUES]

[MUSIC CONTINUES]

[MUSIC STOPS]

[VIDEO CAMERA WHIRRING]

SOPHIE: Bye-bye.

CALUM: I love you. Okay.

SOPHIE: Okay, bye-bye.

CALUM: Safe travels.

CALUM: Give my love to your mom.

I don’t need a babysitter, you know.

[CALUM CHUCKLES]

[INDISTINCT ANNOUNCEMENT ON PA]

[CALUM CHUCKLES]

CALUM: I love you.

I love you.

CALUM: Bye.

[VIDEO CAMERA WHIRS]

[SIREN BLARING IN DISTANCE]

[BABY GURGLING]

[SOMBER MUSIC PLAYING]

[WHIRS]

[BABY CONTINUES GURGLING]

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