FADE IN (BEFORE TITLES)
1.EXT. FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE -- DUSK
Silence -- complete silence for the urbanite, though the
oncoming darkness is punctuated by the sounds of farm
country -- a few birds, a distant rumble of thunder from
some heavy clouds on the horizon, a dog's barking.
CAMERA PANS the green, squared-off flatland, lit only by
a fine sunset in its final throes. Then, gradually,
starting from nothing, a rumble is heard, quickly growing
louder and louder until the sound of a train can be
CAMERA PANS quickly, discovering the railroad line atop a
man-made rise of land, and the speeding passenger train is
upon us, flashing by with a roar.
Then, as if from nowhere, the figure of a man hits the
embankment and rolls crazily down to the bottom into the
thick underbrush alongside the tracks.
2.CLOSE SHOT -- BODY
It lies in the bushes, still, unmoving -- dead. CAMERA
PANS AWAY to the quiet peaceful countryside as the sound
of the train fades off until there is silence once more.
TITLE MUSIC begins with a crash.
EXT. MEGEVE -- DAY
A handsome and elegant hotel perched on the mountain-side
overlooking the French resort town. A large, open sun
deck -- tables, gaily colored parasols, sun bathers.
One of the latter is REGINA LAMPERT, a lovely young girl.
She is, besides taking in the sun, involved in her favorite
activity -- eating.
Then -- a dark, ominous shape intrudes in the f.g. FOCUS
CHANGES to bring into sharp relief a revolver -- shining,
black and ugly in the sunlight.
REGGIE, unaware of her danger, continues to eat.
The finger tightens around the trigger and finally the
gun shoots -- a stream of water arcs, with unerring aim,
straight into REGGIE's face.
Including JEAN-LOUIS, a French boy of six or so. REGGIE
looks at him sternly.
JEAN-LOUIS (in for trouble)
Don't tell me you didn't know it was loaded.
SYLVIE GAUDET, French, attractive, blonde, in her early
thirties, comes from the railing of the sun deck to join
REGGIE and JEAN-LOUIS.
Isn't there something constructive he can
do -- like start an avalanche?
SYLVIE (to JEAN-LOUIS)
Va jouer, mon ange.
JEAN-LOUIS scampers off, content to have gotten off so
lightly. SYLVIE notices REGGIE's lunch which consists of
cold chicken, potato salad, rolls and butter, wine and
When you start to eat like this something
is the matter.
No answer from REGGIE. SYLVIE begins reading a magazine
as REGGIE continues eating.
Sylvie -- I'm getting a divorce.
�a alors! From Charles?
He's the only husband I've got. I tried
to make it work, I really have -- but --
I don't know how to explain it. I'm just
REGGIE picks up a chicken leg and starts off. SYLVIE
regards the devastated table before following.
It is infuriating that your unhappiness
does not turn to fat!
8A.INT. SWIMMING POOL -- DAY
A magnificent indoor, glass-enclosed pool, the vista of
snow-covered mountains seen through the ceiling-high
windows beyond. REGGIE and SYLVIE are passing through,
their conversation continuing.
But why do you want a divorce?
Because I don't love him.
But that is no reason to get a divorce!
8B.EXT. HOTEL TERRACE -- DAY
An open balcony running around two sides of the pool,
sun-worshippers lying in deck-chairs. REGGIE and SYLVIE
appear, their conversation continuing.