A Country Called Home

Synopsis: A COUNTRY CALLED HOME is a compelling coming of age story with universal appeal because it deals with trials and trepidations that most people experience in one way or another, no matter who they are or where they are from. The story incorporates the views of people from all walks of life; different generations, different places, and different socio-economic backdrops.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Anna Axster
  1 nomination.
90 min




(WHISPERS) Please don't leave a message.



Hey, where are you going? I was just coming to see you.

Oh, I'm sorry, I gotta go see Cole.

Wait, why, what's up with your brother?

Nothing, I just gotta go see him.

You gonna ask me?

Ask you what?

How I did in the poker game.

Well, you're not wearing your shirt, so, I'm guessing you didn't do too well.

Yeah, only 'cause the guy who won it from me left early,

so, I didn't get a chance to win it back.

But about an hour ago, I turned it around. I won...

...over $200.

So, you've got my money.

I kind of had to pay some back rent.

I gotta go.


Hey, Ellie.

What are you doing?

Sarah wants to start parking her car in here, so...

All this stuff's gotta go to Goodwill.

You send your resume in to that design firm you were talking about?

They're never gonna hire somebody without a degree, so...

How do you know without even trying?

I, um, got a call

from somebody in Texas.

Was it Dad?

I don't know, I haven't listened to the message,

I'm too scared to listen to it.

You want me to listen to it?

Wha... What do you think that he wants?

Booze. Or money to buy booze.

Or money to get out of jail so he can go buy booze.

-Yeah, but do you think that maybe he... -Erase it, Ellie.

As far as I'm concerned, we have a mom and dad

and they're both very much dead.

Except no one's gotten around to burying Dad yet.

I think that we should hear what he has to say.

Let me show you something.

I found this, uh, this morning.

That trip was about the last time I can remember being a whole family.

Who's to blame for that except Dad?


WOMAN ON RECORDING: This is a message for Ellie.

This is, uh, your stepmother, Amanda.

I think you may wanna head on down here to Texas.

Your daddy had a stroke, and I don't know if he's gonna be around much longer.

Anyway, I just thought I should let you know.

He wants money, right?

Is there anything?

I'm sorry, but this flight is overbooked.

Yeah, well, I know. What does that mean?

It means that not everyone on this flight...

No, I know what the words mean, but I...

I really have to get on this flight.

My father is not well.

Uh, it's... There just...

We do have another flight that leaves at 3:30...

No. Please, um, I...

-I've got to get on this one. -I don't...

Could you just check for, like, a last minute cancellation or...



I'm sorry, but the 3:30 is the best that we can do.

-But there's... There's got to be... -(CELL PHONE VIBRATING)


-Hello? -AMANDA:
Ellie? We lost him.

Who, what? Lost who?

I'm afraid we lost your daddy. He died not two minutes ago.

Hey, there you are!

Oh, hi!

-Wait, you are Ellie, aren't ya? -Yeah.

It's a good thing or I might've been arrested for being a lesbian.

-Can you get arrested? -I'm just kidding. Is that all you have?

-Uh-huh. -Okay, come on now, we gotta scoot.

I had no idea you'd be so late.

-I know. There was a problem... -Do you drive a truck?

I guess.

I might've had a few too many cocktails waiting for you,

I'm gonna need you to drive.

-(KEYS JANGLING) -AMANDA: There you go.

(SIGHS) Oh, hang on, just a sec.

Before you get in, I wanna show you something.

How's the light out here? Can you see okay?

See what?

Well, what do you think?


Well, they're your daddy's suits.

I mean, I like the brown, but everyone else seems to like the blue.

Mmm. Maybe we can buy him something new.

Like some black.

God, are you... What a waste that'd be.

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