Synopsis: David is an in-home nurse who works with terminally ill patients. Efficient and dedicated to his profession, David develops strong, even intimate, relationships with each person he cares for. But outside of his work, David is ineffectual, awkward, and reserved-effects of his chronic depression-and he needs each patient as much as they need him. Having long carried a burden of guilt and remorse, David must face his past in order to heal.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Michel Franco
  3 wins & 6 nominations.
93 min


[bird chirps]

[car starts]

[turn indicator clicking]

[turn indicator clicking]

[water running]

You good?


Arms up.

You wanna walk?


Okay. Here.


Okay, arm.

Here we go.

Okay. On three?

One, two, three.

Does he have the results for Holt?

Sarah Holt.


Shall I call back in the morning?

What time?

Well, is someone going to be there?

I'm not gonna be on hold for an hour?

You want me to take this?

[soft chatter]

You can have a cookie.

We're gonna make you cookies.

We're gonna bring

chocolate chip cookies next time.

Did you know your aunt Sarah

was a cheerleader?

Is that good?

It's true.

I'm going to steal Sarah for a second.

Yeah, yeah. Girls,

let's go on and go, okay?

Say goodbye to Aunt Sarah.

Upsy daisy.

No, we're gonna go and have pizza.

Come on.

Wanna say goodbye?

Here, watch your step.

What's bad for you?

Pizza is bad for you.

Why don't you take this.

She says pizza is bad for you.

You take the iPad.

See you next week, okay?


Say goodbye, come say goodbye.

- Bye.

- Okay, come on, Gigi.

See you later, kiddo, okay?

[soft chatter]

Let's wait for Dad. Come on.

Do you want a pill?


Do you want something to eat?

No, thanks.

All right.

I'll watch you eat.

You don't want to lay down?


Let's get you up. Wait a second.

I'm going to move you

forward a little bit.


Okay. I got you.

[TV playing indistinctly]

There you are.


[dishes clinking]

[wind chimes ding softly]

One more?

[woman] I haven't called her yet.

I'll call her next.


Well, I-I don't know

if you guys are gonna...

If you're gonna find one or...

What do you want to do?

Did you call the agency?

They told me to wait for you.

She's dirty.

They told me not to do anything.

I'll call you if I need you.

[indistinct condolences]

I'm so sorry.

Thank you.

You want a ride?

No, I'm just at the gate there.

I'm not far.

I'm Karen, Sarah's niece.

I know.

Come on, get in.

No, I'm just here.

Come on.

I was surprised to see you.

Really, why?

Do you always go

to your patient's funerals?

Sometimes, yes.

They told me you got along.

She really liked you.

So what do you do now?

Do you have another patient?

Not yet. No.

This is me. Just here.

Do you wanna get

some breakfast or something?

Just talk a little bit more?

I don't... I-I should go.

I just want to ask you a couple

of questions about my aunt.

I'm sorry.

[airplane passes overhead]


I might need another drink.


All right. What do you want?

Should I be the husband?

The decision maker?

Can I get, uh...

Can I get two shots of Patron?

- Are you alone?

- Mm-hmm.

- Okay. Three shots!

- We'll get three. Thank you.

We're celebrating.

We're getting married...

Well, we're getting... we got engaged.

- She asked me.

- Congratulations.

What?! Sort of.

I did, I asked him to marry me.

[man] Are you married?

Do you have to deal with this?

I was. My wife passed away recently.

I'm sorry.

Mm-hmm. She was very sick.

I took care of her so...

What... what was her name?


- Pretty.

- Yeah. To... to Sarah.

Yeah, to Sarah.

- Sarah.

- Cheers.

How long were you married for?

Twenty-one years.

- Long time.

- Yeah.

What'd she die of?

Sorry to ask a personal question.

No. She had AIDS.





They're not answering.


[tone beeps to hang up]


How are you feeling, John?

This is David.

Can you say hi to David?

Can you say "Hi, David?"

F*ck you, Mildred.

Who are you?


I'm a nurse, John.

- The stroke was five days ago.

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Michel Franco

Michel Franco (born 1979) is a Mexican film director and producer. His film After Lucia won the Prize Un Certain Regard at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. His 2015 film Chronic was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. At Cannes, Franco won the award for Best Screenplay. His 2017 film April's Daughter was selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize. more…

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