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Synopsis: A Monster Calls is a 2016 Spanish fantasy drama film directed by J. A. Bayona, and written by Patrick Ness based on his own eponymous novel. It stars Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Lewis MacDougall, and Liam Neeson.

InT. conoR’S BEDROOM - night - conTINUOUS 1

Conor (12, small, on the border of puberty) sits up in bed,

frightened, sweaty, panting.

He looks at the clock. 11.58.

It’s a messy but homey bedroom. Posters at the borders of

manhood on the wall: rugby teams but also cartoons. Old

stuffed toys in corners; framed PHOTOS of Conor and his MUM;

of Conor and friend LILY in a school play; a laptop; handheld

games; scattered DRAWINGS he’s made. Conor lays back down to

sleep but:

A heavy COUGHING from offscreen. Conor listens, concerned.

The coughing doesn’t come again. He sits up.

3.

2 InT. conor’s hallway/ MUM’S BEDROOM - night - conTINUOUS 2

Conor pads quietly down the hallway until he gets to his

Mum’s bedroom door. It’s open slightly. He looks in.

In the moonlight, Mum is asleep, alone in her bed. Her head

is obscured by pillows.

CONOR:

Mum, are you asleep?

Mum

Yes.

CONOR:

Are you sure?

Mum

(opens one eye to him)

Yes, I'm sure.

4.

2A InT. mum’s bedroom - night - conTINUOUS 2A

Conor quietly slips into the bed.

Mum

What are you doing?

CONOR:

Shush. You’re asleep.

Mum

Conor...

CONOR:

Just five minutes, I promise...

Mum puts his arm around Conor who instantly fells asleep.

CuT TO:

5.

4NEW InT. mum’s bedroom - the next morning 4NEW

Conor is VERY deep asleep, having obviously stayed there all

night. His mum is asleep, too, gently snoring.

In the dawn light we now see a LINE OF MEDICINE BOTTLES on

Mum’s DRESSER. A wig on its stand on the dressing table.

Conor wakes, sits up. Mum doesn’t wake. He pulls the covers

over her. He doesn’t glance at the medicine bottles. They’re

obviously part of his daily life.

Very slowly making sure he is not making any noise, Conor

gets up and heads out into the day by himself.

6.

8 INT. conOR’S BEDROOM - MomenTS LATER 8

Conor begins what is obviously a familiar routine.

He puts on his school uniform, trying for the untucked

rebellious look that he’s still just slightly too young for.

(he tries to make his hair look cool in the mirror and puts

it up but he looks funny and puts it down again, etc).

He opens a drawer. No clean socks left.

7.

8A EXT. CONOR'S BACKGARDEN - MOMENTS LATER 8A

Conor gets out to the backgarden to where the clothes are

hanging to look for a clean pair of socks but all the clothes

are wet. He takes a wet pair of socks and goes back into the

house.

8.

9 INT. CONOR’S Kitchen - MomenTS LATER 9

Conor stuffs the WASHING MACHINE with LAUNDRY, over-filling

it, but shutting it all in the door.

9.

10 InT. conor’S BEDROOM - momeNTS LATER 10

Conor pulls the duvet over his bed so it’s made, if quite

messy. (Clumsily hiding the wrinkles of the duvet under the

cushions)

10.

11 Int. conor’s house upstairs hallway - momENTS LATER 11

Conor looks at his Mum’s bedroom (the door is closed) and

then over the top of the stairs. Down in the kitchen, we can

hear the faint sounds of a WOMAN on her phone. This is

GRANDMA (mid-50s, crisp, professional, VERY ungrandmotherly).

Conor only sees the top of her head as she exits, still in

her coat, still on her phone, scolding someone sternly. We

don’t see her face in these scenes. She also is clearly

making an attempt to keep her voice down.

GrANDMA

(into phone)

Because I’ve got three showings

today, that’s why. I’m not

responsible for your sick

Weimaraner-

He steps back so she won’t see him. We only catch a glimpse

of her as she leaves.

He waits a beat, then starts down the stairs, but she reenters,

carrying bags of groceries, still on the phone. Conor

freezes. Grandma stops in the hall, angry at something that’s

been said.

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Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness (born October 17, 1971) is an American author, journalist and lecturer who moved to London at the age of 28 and now holds dual citizenship. He is best known for his books for young adults, including the Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls. more…

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