Cold Comes the Night

Synopsis: A struggling motel owner and her daughter are taken hostage by a nearly blind career criminal to be his eyes as he attempts to retrieve his cash package from a crooked cop.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Tze Chun
Production: Stage 6
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

I don't wanna go to school.

I said I don't wanna go to school.

Oh, is that what that was?


You can't stay here with me

all day, Sophia.

But I can help you. I know how

to pick up the phone when it rings.

You know how to do a lot of things.

You are very smart.

Smarter than me, definitely.

Then why do I have to go to school?

I'll make you a deal.

This weekend, I'll show you

how to use the washing machine.

I can help you fold the sheets?

Yes, you can.

Go finish getting ready for school.

Car pool will be here in a second.

You're listening to Greene

County Public Radio.

In today's weather,

it's gonna be cold and cloudy.

High temperature's gonna reach 30.

Overnight low's dipping down to 20.

Watch out tonight

on some of the roads.

Warming tomorrow,

but not too much, high around 40.

Gonna stay that way

for the rest of the week.

Lake Festival gets under way Saturday.

Hope you can join us.

We'll have a booth there...

Don't forget to brush your teeth.



We fell asleep.

Billy said it was fine.

Mom, I'm ready.

Come on down.

She said all right

She said all right

- Hi, Stella.

- Hi.

Okay, babe.

Let's get this off.

Mom, I forgot to feed Mr. Jones.

Oh, that's okay, baby. I'll do it.

- Denise will pick you up at 3.

I love you. - I love you too.

- Bye, Stella.

- Bye.

Thanks, Barb.


The last two times we spoke,

I told you a concern had been

raised about the suitability

of an environment like this

for a child as young as...

Her name is Sophia.

Given the high rate of turnover of a

mostly transient, mostly male population.

And the local girls.

We're leaving but the winters are

slow here. There's nothing I can do.

Unfortunately it is still unacceptable by

the legal standards enforced by the state.

What's that?

You have two weeks

to relocate Sophia

to a suitable location.

Failure to do so will

result in her being removed.

What do you mean?

This is a commercial property

with multiple reports of

drug use and prostitution.

Your choice to use it

as your place of residence cannot...

We're leaving, I told you that,

but I can't afford it.

There's always placement until

you get your feet back on the ground.

We have families who'd be

happy to take Sophia...

Could you stop it?

These are good families.

Would you stop it? Please.

It will only...

I'd rather be dead.

Then you have two weeks.

Was dating this chick,

and she's Russian, right?

And I understand every eighth

word, right? Ha-ha-ha.

Her dad bought her tits for her,

ever heard of something like that?

They're big and they're hard,

got them done back in the homeland.

It was, like,

f***ing hilarious.


It's cold, right?

My stomach's been eating itself

for the last hour.

We should probably

fill up again anyways.

You never know when the next

gas station's gonna be out here.

That cool, right? Yeah?

All right, cool.



Stella Bradshaw says no one's

really supposed to live at a motel.

You're supposed to stay

one or two nights

and then leave and go

back to your real house.

Stella Bradshaw said that?


How many bathrooms do you think

Stella Bradshaw has at her house?

I don't know.

Maximum two.

You know how many bathrooms

you have? Twenty-two.

More than they have in Buckingham Palace.

You know what that makes you?

A princess.

Mom, you're crazy.

Crazy like a fox.

I love you, baby.

I love you too, Mom.

Close your eyes.

I wish someone were laying here

Here you go. Find everything you need?

Yeah, totally.

Got somebody to dream about

Got somebody to dream about

Mother-f***, it's cold outside.

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Tze Chun

Tze Chun (born Tze-ngo Chun) is an American film director and writer. He was born in Chicago and raised outside of Boston, and graduated from Milton Academy in 1998. He received his bachelor's degree in film studies at Columbia University. more…

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