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.


We all have someone in our past who

uh... one skeleton, if you like.

We've all got at least one person,

as it were, under the patio. Not

literally of course. I suppose I

only say this because I always thought

people who did this sort of thing

were... I had an image that they

were losers. Not losers. A bit sad.

But I think this is the modern world.

And I think really it's quite a brave

move. Quite a brave, reasonable thing

to do.

He smiles.


Sorry can we start again?



John's fingers in close-up, type JOHN BUCKINGHAM, and his

AMEX number into his PC. Finished, he stops, and rests his

face on his hands.

He hits SEND. That instant, a worry of black crows bursts up

in the field behind him and takes to the swirling air.

Blackout. Music. Titles.

The titles pop and slide over footage of Russian women, on

computer video, advertising themselves. They mostly speak in

Russian, some of which is subtitled, some speak in English.

The women slide on and off the screen, overlap and collide,

as the titles appear. Close-ups on mouths and eyes, tight

and pixellated. It becomes a wall of image and sound.

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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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