Off Piste

Synopsis: An ex-military recluse, living in the mountains of France to escape a traumatic past, is hunted down by those whose lives he has destroyed.
Director(s): Glen Kirby
Production: Kite Films
  2 wins.
91 min


(somber music)

- So it's been agreed

the O'Connells will push

the votes in the east, the

O'Donnells in the west.

I would like to introduce

Jimmy to the table.

He's just been released after

six months in the maze itself

and he's been working in

England for us ever since.

- Thank you, Jerry.

There's no need for

any introductions.


- I know who you are.

- Excuse me?

- You're the one who

handled a close friend

of ours, Connor, let's

say pretty poorly.

- Connor?

- Connor McGovern.

He used to sit in that chair

you're sitting in, aye,

always pushing out

the same bullshit

that I don't care to listen to.

The difference is he's

loyal and familiar.

When you was inside,

you beat him,

you beat him like a dog.

Patrick, I think

you got the wrong idea.

- Quiet.

He can talk for himself.

(heavy foreboding music)

What have you got

to say for yourself?

- I'm sorry but he had it...

- You find it funny?

Well, why don't you

try doing that again?

What have you got

to say for yourself?

- I'm sorry for what

I did but he made

an attempt on my

business on the inside.

- His business is my business.

And stand when you talk to me.


(door shatters)

(officers shouting)

(wild music)

- Charlie!

- Now listen to me,

Well, I need you

to get under the bed for daddy.

Come on, Michael,

get down there son.

Get down, don't be scared son.

Look after your brother, Well,

just look after your brother,

and do not come

from under this bed.

Do you hear me?

(tense piano music)

- No, Michael!

(gun fires)

(woeful music)

- He's just a child!

(gun fires softly)

(birds chirping)

(soft piano music)

- That's interesting.

- Sorry?

- The sculpture,

it's interesting.

- How do you find

it interesting?

- Is this how you

diagnose your patients?

Depending on their

answer you know

if they're suicidal or not.

- Are you feeling suicidal?

- No.

Not now anyway.

So why did you chose

that sculpture?

- It was a gift.

A gift?

From who?

- A patient.

- Are you allowed to

accept gifts from patients?

- Not really but I

thought it was compelling

so I accepted it

and there it is.

- Here it is.

(gentle piano music)

It is

Hercules fighting off evil

which can be seen as

anything, fear, depression,

anger, and it

showcases his strength.

- Does that mean I'm evil?

- No.

No. that's not what I'm saying.

I should get going.

- Before you leave, take this.

- A journal.


- Let's just call it

a form of practice.

Write down your thoughts,

draw them, I don't care.

Just do something

before our next session.

- I don't know.

- Just try.


(gentle piano music)

(speaks in foreign language)

(gentle violin music)

- Beautiful.

- Stanley.

Must you always do that?


Now, look at this.

Oh, here you go.

Thank you son.

- Come on, stand up.

- I'm getting old.

I can't even stand up without

getting out of breath.

- You're not old.

- Oh, you.

- Go on, play us a tune.

- Ooh, I couldn't

now, I'm too winded.

Tell me about your day.

- Nothing special.

Went for a ski and

then did the food shop.

- You've been up that foolish

mountain again, haven't you?

Just like your father.

- I do it every

morning, it's fine.

- Ves, and one of these

days you'll take a fall,

flying down there

like a lunatic.

Off-piste is so dangerous.

Why can't you ski in the

resort like everyone else?

You might meet someone.

Away from England

all these years

and you still have

no friends here.

- I have no friends because

this is the life I've chosen.

- Okay.

It's all right,

Stanley, it's fine.

- Is it?

- What's on your mind, son?

- Nothing.

- Tell me what's

troubling you, Stanley.

I don't want you

getting all upset again.

- I just feel.

No, forget it.

I'll go and prepare the dinner.

Where's Rueben?

- He's over there, but I

wouldn't interrupt them.

He is in a bad mood.

- Yeah, so am I.

- What would you rather do?

Talk things through

like men or be a child

and put innocent

people in harm's way?

Have we not all lost enough?

We all know what it feels like

to lose something we care

about, or someone we love.

It's how we handle

that and keep going.

If not for ourselves, then

at least for our families.

My friends, the era

of the gun is over.

- Get us another drink, will ya?


- Logan, not now.

- Why can't I say

hello to a friend?

- Hardly a friend.

- What I'd do to f*** you.

- Oh, f*** off Logan.

- Hey, what you doing here?

- Here to see Rueben.

- Rueben.

What'd you want with him for?

- Not for you to know.

- No?

Why is that, am I not

worthy of such information?

- Ethan, will you just

leave it be please?

- Why?

I thought we told

each other everything.

- Yes, that's not right.

- Am I not making sense to you?

Any of yous?

- Rueben, we need to talk.

- Calm down Well,

we'll talk in a bit.

- I think we should talk now.

- Will you give

us a moment lads?

What couldn't wait?

- How long have you known?

- Known about what?

- Don't play stupid with me.

- Follow me.

- Steady on.

Steady on.

What makes it right for you to

storm over to me, in my bar,

at my table, like a little

girl having a tantrum

and throwing her

toys out the pram?

We were talking serious

business in there.

Did you know that?

- You were talking

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