Lost Souls script
Lost Souls (2000)
Synopsis: Lost Souls is a 2000 American horror film directed by Janusz Kamiński, in his directorial debut. The film stars Winona Ryder, Ben Chaplin, Elias Koteas, and John Hurt.

FADE IN ON:

Black screen

SOUND OS -- a CHOKED BACK BREATH, GASPING, lungs looking for

air, the struggle for life and we --

FLASHCUT TO:

INT. LIMBO/WATER - ANOTHER TIME

GASPING for BREATH continues, more relentless, harder,

heavier and into the FRAME we SEE fragments, slowed into

special motion, dreamlike, surreal:

Dirty blonde hair lifts and tumbles;

Bubbles POP through the murky water;

A hand and then its attached arm swims, in trouble, trying to

climb;

And then floats as if disembodied, momentary;

The SWIMMER drifts, then a brief effort twisting, signs of

struggle;

A leg pushes off the nothingness, threatened, an impossible

fight;

And the claustrophobic GASP, a last chocked back BREATH as

other sounds begin to bleed in: the CRACKLE of a RADIO, a few

VOICES MURMURING and then more clearly --

WOMAN'S VOICE (O.S.)

Jesus, please... Jesus...

The water blurs opaque, into a murky veil of illusion and we

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. FORD FIESTA - MORNING

The cracked windshield of a blue Ford Fiesta. The clouded

form of the drowning SWIMMER is replaced by a small plastic

day-glo cross that sways as the Fiesta is lifted up on a tow

truck hoist. A PARAMEDIC jogs over to the car as

PARAMEDIC (O.S.)

Hold it, hold on...

The Fiesta stops its ascent. The passenger side door opens

and the Paramedic reaches in and snares the bopping cross.

EXT. CITY STREET - MORNING

The Paramedic carries the plastic symbol over to a middle

aged woman who's sitting on a stretcher, wearing a foam neck

brace and looking totally relaxed. This minor fender-bender

is an ignored sideshow on a quiet commercial street.

As the woman reclaims her crucifix, a lanky MAN strides by,

over-coated against the fall weather. We FOLLOW the MAN as

he rounds the corner.

EXT. ANOTHER CITY STREET - MORNING

And as he walks on, he gazes out at a small Catholic Church

ahead.

St. Ursula's is a modest seminary sitting adjacent to the

Church. And just in front, behind a chain link fence, is:

An asphalt playground used by the Church's pre-school

program. A group of CHILDREN play there in happy confusion,

watched by TWO FEMALE DAY-CARE WORKERS.

EXT. PLAYGROUND - MORNING

One of the day-care workers alternately pushes TWO KIDS on

the swings, using one hand. In her other hand, she holds a

cigarette. Her clothes are worn, her sneakers frayed. A

simple gold cross hangs loosely from her neck. She's got

ancient holes in her ear lobes from another, earlier time,

but no longer any earrings. This is MAYA LARKIN. The kids

she's pushing are singing "Frere Jacques" as they soar up and

down on the swings.

The second day-care worker, more nicely dressed, shoots Maya

disapproving glances as she gives her swinging child modest

pushes.

A Latino BOY walks up to Maya, both his shoes are untied and

his jacket's unzipped. He points to his feet.

MAYA:

(with mock severity)

Look at you.

She moves away from the swings, puts out the cigarette and

stoops down, tying his shoes. After she finishes, Maya

watches him run back into the throng. He dashes past the

LANKY MAN, standing just ten feet away. A powerful figure,

CLAUDE LAREAUX is in his sixties. A stern, heavy expression

glances his face.

Maya stands back up slowly, looking at him, a more serious

expression on her face now. She tosses her cigarette as we:

SMASH CUT TO:

EXT. RURAL ROAD - MORNING

A non-descript Chrysler New Yorker as it winds its way down a

rural road.

INT. CHRYSLER MOVING - MORNING

The car's driver is a fleshy man in his forties named JOHN

TOWNSEND. He's anxious, a nail-biter, with the worn hands of

a worker. Townsend's slightly nerve-wracked, but trying to

settle it all inside.

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Pierce Gardner

Pierce Gardner was born on June 3, 1951 in Pennsylvania, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Lost Souls (2000), Dan in Real Life (2007) and Checkmate (2009). more…

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