The Gift

Synopsis: Simon and Robyn are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon's high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn't recognize Gordo at first, but after a series of uninvited encounters and mysterious gifts prove troubling, a horrifying secret from the past is uncovered after more than 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones?
Director(s): Joel Edgerton
Production: STX Entertainment
  2 wins & 12 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

Hi, you must be Casey?

Yes, I am. Hello.

- How you doing? Simon.

- Hi, Simon.

My wife, Robyn.

Sorry we kept you waiting.

No, it's no problem.

It was a little tough

getting up here, but...

- Yeah?

- We made it.

- But worth it.

- Yeah.

Look at the koi pond in the entryway.

I absolutely think it is fantastic.

But no fish?

No fish. You have

to bring your own fish.

- This is a mid-century modern home.

- Right.

- And so it has a very open floor plan.

- Mmm-hmm.

Lots of light, which

I love myself, personally.

- And this fireplace, oversized fireplace.

- Mmm.

So what brings you

to California then?

Well, I've got a new job.

- Oh, congratulations.

- Yeah. Very excited.

So you guys are from Chicago?

My wife is. I actually grew

up a little bit south of here.

We are making a fresh start.

So there's your office.


It's not exactly what we're looking for,

but kind of interesting, right?

Good view?

You like it?

What do you think?

- Yeah.

- Yeah.


Stupid sop.

You want to see the bedrooms?

Yeah, I'm gonna have a look.

A quick shop, and then...

No, no, then we'll

get it done really fast.

A quick shop,

and then the store's closed.

Yeah, because what time does the...


- How is your day today?

- It's good.

All righty. Is that

all for you today then?

Except for one thing my wife's

going to bring down soon, I hope.

No problem.

I'll just look for a delivery date then.

Yeah, please, and is the end

of today too ambitious?

- It's late, isn't it?

- Yeah, our truck already passed.

Tomorrow work?

I have a window from, like, 7:00 to 9:00?

Sounds good to me.

Hey, excuse me.

- Hi.

- Hi.

I'm sorry to bother you.

I'm... I think I know you.

Yeah? I'm sorry,

I don't... Can't place you.

Is your name Simon?

Simon Callem?

Yeah, Simon. Hi.

How do we know each other?

I thought... We went

to school together.

- Really? Huh.

- Yeah.

- Which one? Fairmount...

- Fairmount Park.

- Really.

- Yeah.

Same grade?

What year did you graduate?

Hey, honey.

Excuse me, one second.

They close in 15 minutes.

Okay, sure. We will rush.

This is my wife, Robyn.

This is... I didn't catch your name, sorry.

- Gordon Mosley. Gordo.

- Hi. Gordon.

- Robyn.

- Gordo?

- Right.

- Wow! Buddy, I did not recognize you.

Gordon Mosley.

Oh, my gosh, honey.

Gordo and I went to school together like...

- I don't know, what, 80 years ago?

- Really?

- My God. Wow!

- Almost.

Sorry, excuse me, I just...

You look very different.

Yes, sorry.

Need your address, for the...

Oh, Yeah. 32 Castlewood.

- That is so crazy.

- Just one word.

We just moved here from Chicago.

Oh. Great city.

So he's moved home then?


Well, almost home.

Close to.

Close to, not quite.

- You're going to love it.

- Yeah.

You know.

Well, yeah.

We have to get going,

but we... We should...

- Why don't you get Gordo's phone number?

- Sure.

And we'll call and

we'll catch up, right?

We've got a lot

of ground to cover.

- Right?

- Great, that's perfect.

- Here, do you want to...

- All right.

Gordo, I'm so sorry

we don't have time to catch up.

It's here.


But life good though?

Yeah, you know,

I can't complain.

That's great to hear.

You know? Yes.

Really, really good to see you.

I'm glad you said hi.

- See you.

- Okay. We'll call you.

Nice to meet you, Robyn.

Good to meet you too.

Super awkward.

Whole first half of the conversation,

I had no idea who that guy was.

- Really?

- Yeah.

Seemed like a nice guy.


We're not going

to be late. Stop worrying.

- I'm not worrying.

- Hey. Hi.

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Joel Edgerton

Joel Edgerton (born 23 June 1974) is an Australian actor, director, writer, producer and filmmaker. He has starred in numerous Hollywood films, such as Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002), Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), Warrior (2011), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), The Great Gatsby (2013), Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014), Black Mass (2015), Bright (2017), It Comes at Night (2017), and Red Sparrow (2018).In Australia, Edgerton portrayed Will McGill in the drama series The Secret Life of Us (2001–02), for which he won the AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama. He has also appeared in several Australian films, such as The Square (2008), Animal Kingdom (2010), for which he won the AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Wish You Were Here (2012), and Felony (2013). In 2015, Edgerton received a nomination for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – First-Time Feature Film for The Gift, a psychological horror-thriller film Edgerton wrote, directed, co-produced, and in which he co-starred. Edgerton garnered further critical acclaim for his performance as Richard Loving in the 2016 historical drama Loving, for which he received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. more…

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