Birthday Girl script
Birthday Girl (2002)
Synopsis: John (Ben Chaplin) is a mild-mannered banker who has never been lucky in love. Fed up with waiting for the right girl to come along, John takes a chance on a Russian mail-order bride arranged via the Internet. His Internet love connection is the enigmatic Nadia (Nicole Kidman). When Nadia's Russian cousins, Yuri and Alexei, turn up unexpectedly to celebrate her birthday, John's life is turned upside down as he learns the truth behind their relationship and is taken on an adventure.

BLACKOUT:

FADE UP:

JOHN:

Someone intelligent, of course. Kind.

Pretty I suppose. But its not

critical.

EXT. JOHN'S STREET - DAY

John watches while two removal men lift a new double bed

from the back of a van.

JOHN (V.O.)

Someone with a sense of humour.

Someone you can communicate with on

the same level. Someone you can really

talk to. I think communication is

key.

INT. BEDROOM - DAY

John's hands smooth a crisp white sheet over the double

mattress. An ant runs across the sheet. John squashes it and

picks it carefully off.

JOHN (V.O.)

I think that by the time most people

turn thirty they know where they're

going.

CUT TO:

EXT. GARDEN - DAY

John encircles his house, leaving a thick trail of yellow

powder behind him.

JOHN (V.O.)

And where they've been. I suppose

they have some baggage stroke history.

EXT. THE GARDEN RECORDING - DAY

We see that John is talking to his PC. It has a small digital

camera on the side.

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Jez Butterworth

Jeremy "Jez" Butterworth is an English playwright, screenwriter, and film director. He has written screenplays in collaboration with his brothers, John-Henry and Tom. more…

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