BEGIN ACT ONE:
Every Human Being has a destiny.
EXT. STREET - DAY
A young man is walking down the street, with a backpack on
his back, torn up shoes, and a look that says he could get
through anything. This is PO (18).
And no matter what anyone tells
you, it can't be taken away.
INT. PO'S BEDROOM - DAY - ANOTHER TIME
Po sits in his small bedroom. There are no beds, simply two
mattresses sitting on the ground. A few movie posters
decorate the wall, and a dresser which is presumably full of
clothes stands in the corner. Po sits on his mattress,
holding a small boy who we'll come to know as Po's Brother;
DAVID (5). They both appear frightened. Po has his hands over
David's ears protecting him from the torment that can be
heard outside Po's bedroom door. Domestic abuse.
But that doesn't mean that a
destiny can't be shared with
INT. BALLROOM - DAY - FANTASY
Po dances with a girl in a beautiful Ball Room. Po is at the
happiest point in his life. We don't get a good look at the
face of the girl Po is dancing with.
The music is classic ballroom music. In good timing with the
music, Po dips the girl. He smiles. This is the perfect
picture of a shared destiny.
YELLOW 05/24/2017 2.
But that doesn't make it easy.
INT. PO'S LIVING ROOM - DAY
Po opens the front door to his house, and walks inside. This
is the living room; small, one coffee table in front of two
couches that should have been replaced years ago. A small TV
at the front of the room. The walls are painted white, made
ugly by the scuff marks all over all four walls. There are no
Po lays his bag against the wall near the door, then walks
over and sits on the couch closest to the door.
Po pulls something out of his pocket; a REPORT CARD. He
smiles at it.
Almost as if on que, his MOM (who we'll know as Mary) yells
Po! Come here, and bring your
Po gets off of the couch, and walks toward the door to the
INT. PO'S BASEMENT - DAY - CONTINUOUS
The door to the basement swings open and Po walks down the
The basement is also small, and unfinished. Everything is on
shelves, so compact that it looks like none of these things
have been used in a while.
Po sees his mother, MARY (45) near the back wall. She is
attempting to get the washer machine running. She has already
put duck-tape over the lid, and due to the two large rolls of
it on the nearby shelf, it seems that that is a necessity
when it comes to using the washer. She sighs.
Jesus. I'm right here.
She turns around to see him. That's when we see that Mary has
bruises on her skin, but she does her best to hide them with
make-up. She smiles at Po. Looks down at the report card in
Let me see that.
Po hands it to her. Her smile drops, expecting the worst. We
get the sensation he doesn't usually do very well.
After Mary looks at it for a second, Po smiles. Mary looks up
You didn't fail anything!
Yeah... Apparently, when I study, I
Mary smiles, handing the report card back to Po.
I got a call from the school today.