Synopsis: Negative is set in the American southwest and follows Natalie, a former British spy who flees Los Angeles for Phoenix after a deal with a cartel goes wrong. She's joined by Hollis, a street photographer who has put his life at risk by taking Natalie's photo at the wrong time and in the wrong place.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Joshua Caldwell
Production: Marvista Entertainment
99 min

[instrumental music]


[metal clanking]

[instrumental music]

[wind chimes chiming]

[dramatic music]

[siren wailing]

[breathing heavily]



[breathing heavily]

[water sloshing]

[instrumental music]

[music continues]

[engines revving]

[vehicles honking]

[no audio]

[engines revving]

[indistinct yelling]

[indistinct chatter]

[indistinct chatter]

[indistinct chatter]

[camera clicks]

[liquid sloshing]

[knocking on door]

[knocking on door]

[knocking on door]




Just come on in.

Ottoman is an odd choice.

It's hard to break an ottoman.

Tell that to Dick Van Dyke.

I don't know what that means.

I saw you at the park.

[male 1]

So you're following me?

In a way.

[male 1]

Why? Who are you?

Before you get comfortable,

let's skip to the part

where you tell me what

you're doing in my house.

- Apartment.

- Uh, sure.

Had you said home,

I wouldn't have

felt the need to correct you.

Yeah, enough already.

Who put you up to this?

You and I have business

to be discussed.

- Business?

- A transaction.

I didn't make

any purchases today.

Your actions at the park.

It's a public space.

- You see, I keep to myself.

- As to why?

Then you understand

why I'm here.


The photograph?

- Yeah.

- No sale.

- I'm sorry.

- Hand it over.

No, the photograph

is my property.

It's staying with me

no matter what.

It's, it's an aggressive stance

to take with a stranger

no less a guest.

It's my profession

how I make my living.

No one profits from me

unless I intend it.

You're not the subject

of the frame.

I don't need to ask

for your permission.

And you seemed like

the reasonable type.

You can leave now.

Once I have the negative film

and any prints you made

in my hand.

I'm gonna ask you to leave now!

You already have

and it won't work again.

I'll call the police.

With your rotary phone,

your finger

wouldn't even spin nine.

Well, now who's

bein' aggressive?

- Where is it?

- Uh, no, forget it.

It's a great photo.

I'm keeping it. You...


You have 19 seconds before the

spasm you feel in your windpipe

'causes your throat to close.

The oxygen depravation

will lead to paralysis

similar to a stroke.

Fourteen seconds.

Tell me where it is

and I will make it stop.



Deep breaths.

Count to five between each one.

[breathing heavily]

[door lock opens]

[door shuts]

[scissors snap]

Not the subject of the frame?

It's a percentage.

You're upset. I get it.

It really is the better photo

you took today.

That's it?

Sorry I took your breath away.


[tires screeching]

- No.

- What's going on?

F*ck. I thought

this would have gone quicker.

[male 1]


Listen, I'm gonna tell you

my name to establish trust.

I think it's a little

too late for that.

Well, that's up to you,

but these men

headed up this way

will seriously harm you.

- For what?

- Talkin' to me.

Are you serious?

I'm Natalie. You?

- Uh, Ho-Hollis...

- Listen, Hollis.

You and me and this photograph

need to leave right now.

- I-I believe you.

- Good. Let's go.

- Uh, w-what about my stuff?

- There's no time.

Well, where are we going?

[intense music]

[vehicles honking]

[indistinct chatter]

[music continues]

[music continues]

[train chugging]

[indistinct chatter]


Gotta get outta town.

I, uh, I'm not getting

on a train with you.

Train's a death trap

in situations like this.

A few exits and you

can't control the stops.

But then why are we here?

Just do what everyone else

does. Just look around.

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