Louder Than Words

Synopsis: After the Fall is inspired by true events and tells the poignant story of grieving parents who used the unexpected death of their young daughter as inspiration to build a world class children's hospital. The hospital not only keeps their daughter's memory alive, but has also gone on to help thousands of children and their families, eventually becoming the template for all children's hospitals built thereafter.
Genre: Drama, Family
Director(s): Anthony Fabian
Production: Arc Entertainment
 
IMDB:
6.0
Metacritic:
29
Rotten Tomatoes:
13%
PG-13
Year:
2013
95 min
65 Views


[ INSTRUMENTAL PLAYS ]

GIRL:
This is not a sad story.

Well, that's what you were

thinking, isn't it?

You hear this music,

and you see me pedaling down

some sun-dappled street,

and you think, "uh-oh."

Ow! Oh, my gosh, Maria.

It's a story about my family

and how much we all

love each other.

[ SQUEALS ] Julie!

Julie's the oldest of

the triplets,

and she never lets the

other two forget it.

[ LAUGHING, SQUEALING]

I can do this, honey.

Why don't you go...

NARRATOR:
That's Steph.

When she does talk

to my parents,

she usually says the

wrong thing.

And Michael, snark central.

When do we get a break?

Are you in the union?

He's joking, but he means it.

Then there's dad.

Dad doesn't say the wrong thing.

He just doesn't say anything.

This reminds me of

our first date.

Not again.

[ KIDS GROAN ] I want to hear.

He invited me over to a house

he was remodeling

to help peel wallpaper.

Uh-huh. Wow.

You're such a romantic, dad.

I am. On the second date, we

pulled carpeting.

Mm-hmm.

She probably liked it.

Actually, I did, Steph.

We had fun.

Am I right? Yeah.

STEPH:
Well, that's about all

the fun I can handle.

Nice way to get out of working.

So is that when you fell

in love with mom?

When did you fall in

love with me?

Oh, I-I'll let you know.

[ BOTH CHUCKLE ]

[ KISS ]

Hey, you should have called.

"I know mom's unhappy you're

not getting along

"even if she doesn't show it.

You should talk to her."

She thinks it's so easy.

MARIA:
I guess you could say

my role in the family

is the glue.

I'm always trying to get

everyone to stick together.

I'm not in the mood.

I have a headache.

Want me to fix it?

You could breathe again

you would...

Feel better?

Mm-hmm.

So what will you do when you're

at college and I'm not there?

I'll come see you.

It's not that far.

It's just Boston.

Yeah, but what if you went to

nyu and commuted?

Or if you had a dorm?

I could take the

train on weekends,

and you could pick me up

at grand central.

...house is falling

your house is falling down

MARIA:
Even I couldn't

fix everything.

One day at school,

my shoulder started

hurting really bad.

That night, I woke up with the

worst headache in my life.

[ TIRES SKID ]

Okay.

Here we go. Got her?

Dad.

It's okay, sweetie. I got you.

[ MARIA SOBS ]

[ OVERLAPPING CHATTER ] Yeah,

we got him here now.

I want to go home. I know.

I wouldn't worry. If you're

half the s.O.B. Your father is,

we'll have you out of

here by breakfast.

I always treated you like a

lady, didn't I?

Eddie and I did some

business last year.

Oh, he did the business.

I ate crow.

Sorry.

If I didn't have a

taste for crow,

would I be running a

place like this?

MARIA:
The triplets were leaving

soon for college in Boston.

I was worried about

being left alone,

but I was more worried

about Michael.

What would he do without me?

On the beach, under the pier

where the cool

kids are so near

it's perfect for a

ladybug's...

Where you going?

Pick up some smokes.

I want to go.

Mom won't let you.

It's perfect for a ladybug

MICHAEL:
I can't

believe she caved.

I told her my homework was

done, which it is.

It's just different from how we

grew up. That's all.

You think I'm spoiled?

Well, you are kind of queen of

the universe, right?

[ BOTH LAUGH ]

Animal rights activists have...

[ POP ] I'm gonna let you...

No. Whoa, whoa, whoa.

You can listen to that corporate

crap with Steph and Julie.

Get a cd.

All my friends listen to

that crap, too.

When you go to Boston,

how am I gonna know what I

should be listening to?

Heh. You never give up, do you?

Yeah, otherwise.

Good choice.

Okay.

[ ROCK MUSIC PLAYS ]

Seriously, if you go

away to colle...

[ VOLUME INCREASES ]

It's not all my fault.

What?

That I'm supposedly spoiled.

Yeah. Heh. I guess mom just

likes giving you

stuff she couldn't give us.

Before dad made all his money?

I don't mean money.

Like before they got married,

she was just way stressed trying to

handle the three of us by herself.

I don't think she was ever really

happy till you came along.

[ BOTH LAUGH ]

It's kind of crazy dad married

someone with triplets.

Yeah. Well, he's kind of crazy.

We were very, very cute, though.

Can I have a drag?

Come on. I'm not a baby.

We'll have a smoke together

in a few years.

But by then, I'll have quit.

JULIE:
I'm really worried.

I know. I know.

Now, the thing about

encephalitis

is that it tends to resolve

itself without any treatment,

so our job is basically seeing

that you stay as comfortable

as possible in the meantime.

How's that sound?

Mom, are you there?

Sorry. We have a g.S.W.

Coming in,

and all the cubicles are taken.

We're almost done. Okay.

Mom?

What's a g.S.W.?

I knew that the pediatrician

was wrong about the backpack,

because a pinched nerve does not

produce neurological symptoms.

Is a g.S.W. A gunshot wound?

You're too smart for me.

Oh, my God. This place...

[ DOORS BANG OPEN ] Excuse me!

DOCTOR:
Tell me about it,

but you're safe here.

[ BABY CRIES ]

MAN:
You gotta stay

with your family.

I'll get you some water and

settle your nerves.

JULIE:
What do they

think happened?

Well, she probably got it

from the tick.

Keep you hydrated.

[ P.A. ] Nurse Carson,

you have a phone call, line one.

Nurse Carson, you have a

phone call, line one.

All right, Julie, listen.

She's gonna be fine.

Should we take the train

down tomorrow?

Julie, just... no. Stay...

stay put. Finish your

week's classes.

Okay, mom. Just let me know.

Okay.

[ OVERLAPPING CHATTER ]

Are we ever gonna find this

young lady a bed?

Sorry. As you've

undoubtedly noticed,

we've got serious

space issues here.

This is Mr. marchwinski.

He's our p.R. Guy.

That's why he's

advertising our problems.

No wonder we're going broke.

I got to go.

Can I just get over there?

Eddie's... Eddie's amazing.

We may be a lowly

county hospital,

but he gets us the best

doctors in the world.

We heard. That's why we

drove to Westchester

instead of our local hospital.

I'm glad you did. So, Maria,

is there anything I

can do for you?

Paint the walls something

that doesn't make me

hate my life.

Maria, this is a hospital.

No, she's right. I mean,

what does

a place that looks like

this communicate?

That's how my dad

talks to people,

by building things.

Well, that must make for

slow conversations.

[ CHUCKLES ]

MARIA:
How do you know if

a boy likes you?

Judging from mom and dad, I

wouldn't have a clue.

Yeah, they work together,

but what about the

rest of the time?

Look, I want to float the walls

of the storage space,

or it'll look like a

fortress in here.

We're gonna move that load-bearing

wall two feet the other way.

That's going to be

repermitting there,

and that could hold us up

for a few weeks.

Just do it, and I'll talk

to the building

department later.

You're the boss.

What?

Nothing.

Nothing?

Put your helmet on, tough guy.

Listen, it's easier to ask

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