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Bridges
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(Kate Davies)
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21st May 2020
INT. OPTICIANS, DOMINIQUE’S OFFICE – DAY
DOMINIQUE (50’s, slight of frame, glasses, curly hair) is
examining a patient’s eyes in her office. Door knock.
SHOP ASSISTANT
Dominique, sorry, could you check a
fit when you get a minute?
DOMINIQUE
Yes sure let me just finish up in
here.
INT. OPTICIANS, SHOP FLOOR – DAY
Dominique checks the fit of a CHILD’S (about age 8) glasses.
She feels all around the glasses frame while the child is
wearing them. At the nose, behind the ears.
DOMINIQUE
Close your eyes.
Child closes their eyes.
DOMINIQUE (CONT’D)
Open them.
Child does as told.
DOMINIQUE (CONT’D)
Lift your chin. Poke out your
tongue.
Child does as told. Dominique winks conspirationally at the
child’s MUM (30’s).
DOMINIQUE (CONT’D)
There now, don’t you look silly?
But the glasses fit great. Do you
love them?
The child nods emphatically. Dominique signs a form, nods at
mum and walks away.
INT. OPTICIANS, STAFF TOILET – DAY
Dominique stares at herself in the bathroom mirror. Nose
touching the glass staring eye to eye. Steps back, turns
sideways on as if looking for something different. Thrusts
her chest forward/back again.
INT. DOMINIQUE’S HOUSE – DAY
2.
Dominique gets home after work. Her dog excitedly jumps all
over her.
DOMINIQUE
(to the dog)
Yes, yes, O.K. O.K. C’mon then
let’s go.
EXT. BEACH – DAY
The dog runs ahead on the beach, Dominique walks. She sees a
group of outdoor swimmers in the sea. Their brightly coloured
swim caps bobbing a little way out.
INT. HOSPITAL, CHEMO WARD – DAY
Dominique is having her first chemo treatment through a pic
line. She looks small in the chair. Blanket over her lap,
lazily flicking through a travel magazine.
INT. DOMINIQUE’S HOUSE – DAY
Dominique’s home is cottage like, small. She works on a
hanging artwork. She ties pieces of glass to a driftwood
frame.
INT. GP’S OFFICE, WAITING ROOM – DAY
Dominique sits in a busy waiting room. Most people are on
their phones but her and one CHILD. The child (about age 5)
looks bored. Dominique crosses her eyes at the child. The
child laughs but is nudged to be quiet from her adult.
G.P RECEPTIONIST
Mrs Waters?
DOMINIQUE
Ms.
G.P RECEPTIONIST
Room 2 please.
INT. G.P’S OFFICE – DAY
Dominique sits awkwardly in the large office. There are
pictures of the GP with her wife and children on a shelf.
G.P
…and with your family history, we
can be hopeful that we’ve caught it
early but we won’t know until
further tests.
2.
3.
INT. HOSPITAL, CHEMO WARD – DAY
Dominique pauses to look out of the window. A NURSE comes
past and begins the process of finishing up Dominique’s
treatment.
NURSE
There how does that feel?
DOMINIQUE
Fine, actually yeah. I’m a little
cold.
NURSE
The first one is the worst. That’s
you all done lovely. Have you got
someone coming to pick you up?
DOMINIQUE
I’ve got a taxi booked. I’ll be
fine. Thanks.
INT. DOMINIQUE’S HOUSE – DAY
Dominique rushes into the kitchen and throws up in the sink.
EXT. DOWNTOWN FORT WORTH, TX – DAY
BEA (50’s, voluptuous, bold dresser) leads an antigun protest march in downtown. She holds a placard of a
picture of her son ELIJAH (16).
EXT. BEA’S BACKYARD – DAY
Bea hosts a BBQ at her home for everyone from the march. Her
and her husband’s home is expansive. Bea is chatting and
laughing with people.
INT. BEA’S BEDROOM – NIGHT
Bea is propped up on pillows in bed reading an art magazine.
The bedroom is colourful and stylish. Her HUSBAND (50’s,
bald, tall, big framed) comes in from the en suite bathroom
and gets into bed with his back to Bea.
BEA’S HUSBAND
Venice again?
BEA
Yes honey, again. You should come
with me one time.
3.
(MORE)
4.
EXT. VENICE, DOMINIQUE’S APARTMENT – DAY
Dominique stands drinking coffee, nightshirt, bare feet,
glasses, on the little balcony of her rented apartment
admiring the view over the rooftops. She takes in the sounds
of Venice, she looks happy and relaxed.
EXT. VENICE, WATERBUS – DAY
Dominique gets on the vaporetto. She stands on the deck to
take pictures. The winds whips her hair. Most people are sat
inside. Bea is already on the waterbus, sitting on the deck.
She nods towards the people inside.
BEA
(to Dominique)
They’re all missing the view.
Dominique smiles and nods in agreement.
EXT. VENICE, WATERBUS STOP – DAY
The vaporetto stops with a bump at the Arsenale stop. Bea
gives Dominique a small wave as she exits the waterbus.
EXT. LA BIENNALE ART EXHIBITION – DAY
Dominique admires a giant sculpture of hands when she spots
Bea nearby. She nearly walks away but at the last moment
decides to go over and say hello.
DOMINIQUE
Impressive scale don’t you think?
BEA
Oh hi! Yes, yes it is.
DOMINIQUE
He did a similar work at the last
Biennale. Quinn.
BEA
I would love to take this home with
me.
DOMINIQUE
It wouldn’t fit in your hand
luggage.
Bea laughs loudly at this.
BEA
Yes I suppose you have a point.
(beat)
(MORE)
4.
BEA (CONT’D)
5.
Hey have you got dinner plans this
evening?
INT. RESTAURANT, BAR – NIGHT
Bea is waiting at the bar as Dominique enters. She’s on her
phone.
DOMINIQUE
Hello.
BEA
Hi!
Bea gets up and envelops Dominique in a hug. Dominique is
stiff with awkwardness.
DOMINIQUE
Sorry I’m late.
BEA
No I’m early. I’m just replying to
messages – the time difference.
DOMINIQUE
Oh my God I’ve just realised I
didn’t get your name earlier. How
embarrassing.
BEA
Don’t be embarrassed, I’m so glad
you came. It’s Bea, you know, like
Queen Bee – well that’s what my
husband says anyway. Drinks?
Dominique takes off her scarf and her over-shoulder bag and
gets tangled up a bit.
DOMINIQUE
Um yeah, yeah a drink would be
great.
Immediately the BARMAN presents two very flamboyant cocktails
that he has been preparing as they spoke.
DOMINIQUE (CONT’D)
Oh wow.
INT. RESTAURANT – NIGHT
Bea and Dominique are seated at a table. They chat easily
over drinks and empty plates.
BEA (CONT’D)
5.
6.
DOMINIQUE
I don’t know if maybe I’m just a
bit of a picky person really.
Bea guffaws at this.
DOMINIQUE (CONT’D)
I mean he burped. Full on burped.
Right there at the table.
BEA
(laughing)
That’s really not you being too
picky.
They both come down from their laughing, there is an easy
lull in the conversation.
DOMINIQUE
Ah, dating at 50. You really need
to have a good sense of humour I
can tell you.
Bea has gone suddenly quiet. She looks down in her lap. The
atmosphere has changed.
DOMINIQUE (CONT’D)
Bea?
(Beat)
BEA
I lost my son.
Dominique sits stunned, not knowing what to say.
BEA (CONT’D)
It seems so awful to meet someone
new and not talk about him.
DOMINIQUE
I’m so sorry.
BEA
Elijah. He was 16. He was killed at
school. You’ve probably seen his
face on the news.
DOMINIQUE
That’s, that’s just. Oh Bea. I’m so
sorry.
6.
7.
BEA
So I’ve said it, I’ve said his
name.
There is long silence between them. It’s not awkward.
DOMINIQUE
I’ve got breast cancer.
BEA
Oh…
DOMINIQUE
(intercepting)
I lost my mum to it. But that’s
good. Not my mum dying…it means I
might have caught it early at
least.
BEA
I’m sorry.
Dominique raises her glass to Bea as if to say ‘C’est la vie’
and takes a sip.
BEA (CONT’D)
You know what? I think we need to
be bolder now. For them. Step out,
do some crazy shit that makes you
feel alive.
DOMINIQUE
I don’t know if I would.
BEA
Live spontaneously…like take all
our clothes off and jump in the
canal.
DOMINIQUE
I’m not sure if I would really.
BEA
What’s to lose? That’s the reason I
had the courage to ask you to
dinner. And you know what, I’m
really glad I did.
They both raise their glasses in a ‘cheers’ gesture and both
take a drink.
7.
8.
INT. DOMINIQUE’S HOUSE – DAY
Dominique fiddles with an artwork, her laptop beside her. An
email from Bea pings up and she opens it. There is a long
previous email thread. Dominique sends a selfie of the two of
them at the restaurant.
EXT. DOMINIQUE’S HOUSE, FRONT DOORSTEP – DAY
Dominique answers the door. Bea is there with her case. The
taxi drives off behind her.
BEA
Surprise!
Dominique does look surprised. They hug, a big hug, the dog
jumping around them excitedly.
INT. DOMINIQUE’S HOUSE, CONSERVATORY – DAY
Bea is admiring Dominique’s art while Dominique makes them
tea in the kitchen.
BEA
Oh Dominique you really have been
hiding your light under a bushel.
These are just gorgeous.
INT. DOMINIQUE’S HOUSE, KICHEN – DAY
Dominique makes a face in a ‘whatever you say’ sort of way.
DOMINIQUE
So you’re going from Heathrow
tomorrow is it?
BEA (O.S.)
Really Dominique, how are you not
selling these? Yeah just a one
night quick stop…
Bea makes her way through to join Dominique in the kitchen
and sits at the kitchen table.
BEA (CONT’D)
Couldn’t come all the way to London
without popping in – is that what
you say?
DOMINIQUE
That’s right, and now you can try
some proper English tea. Ta-da!
8.
9.
Dominique presents a fully loaded tea time tray with a
teapot, tea cosy, etc. Bea claps her hands together in glee.
BEA
Ooh this looks amazing!
DOMINIQUE
It’s the tea cosy that does it.
BEA
Go get your laptop over here
Dominique I am getting your work
online. Right now.
DOMINIQUE
You can’t just put them online.
BEA
Yeah we can. I’ll show you.
Dominique looks at Bea, unsure.
Bea gets up, gets the laptop off the kitchen side and brings
it over to the table. She opens it and swivels it toward
Dominique.
EXT. DOMINIQUE’S HOUSE, DOORSTEP – DAY
Bea and Dominique bid a fond farewell with a big hug. Bea
holds Dominique’s hands in hers and clenches them tightly
before leaving.
INT. DOMINIQUE’S HOUSE – NIGHT
Dominique is happily cooking a meal, following a recipe on
her laptop, music is on. She checks the time and then emails
Bea to tell her she has had the all clear at the Drs.
Continues cooking the meal/dancing while she does.
A response email from Bea pops up. It’s from her daughter
telling her Bea has died suddenly from colon cancer.
Dominique grabs the laptop to look at it again, more closely.
She slouches to the floor in shock. The music still plays.
INT. CHURCH – DAY
Bea’s funeral. The church is packed. Everyone is wearing
black but with a fleck of bright colour. People grieve
openly. Dominique is hiding a bit at the back. Uncomfortable.
A picture of Bea with her son Elijah is front and centre of
the church.
9.
10.
EXT. CHURCH – DAY
Guests are filing out of the church. Bea’s husband touches
Dominique’s arm as she passes.
BEA’S HUSBAND
Dominique?
DOMINIQUE
Sorry for your loss.
BEA’S HUSBAND
She loved you.
INT. OPTICIANS, DOMINIQUE’S OFFICE – DAY
Dominique idly checks her sales site online while she eats
lunch.
She has made a huge commission.
She jumps up in shock, screeches, mouth full of sandwich,
then clasps a hand over her mouth and embarrassed, although
there is nobody else around, sits back down.
EXT. BEACH – DAY
Early morning, dawn. Dominique throws a ball for the dog. She
picks up a piece of glass and puts it in her pocket. The wind
whips her hair, it’s drizzling rain, the beach is deserted.
Dominique looks out to sea. She donates a big sum ($1000.) to
an anti-gun violence charity on her phone. She takes a deep
breath as she closes her eyes and begins to undress.
She walks down the beach naked. Picks up pace. Runs into the
sea. The dog jumps about on the sand barking and yapping.
Dominique is laughing and throwing the water around,
exuberantly jumping about in the waves.
END
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