1 EXT. GRAND PLACE - DUSK 1 1
The central square in the small French town of Chalons Du
Bois. It’s late November, and it’s already getting dark.
Torrential rain beats down on the empty streets and
mismatched buildings. The whole place has the air of a ghost
2 INT. LE CENTRAL - DUSK 1 2
A brasserie right on the Grand Place that was probably quite
smart when it was refurbished in the 80’s - but it’s changed
little since then. A fire blazes in one corner, and a few of
the of the booths and tables are occupied by people taking
shelter from the deafening rain.
At one table, we pick out a tired, dishevelled looking man
with a thick beard. In his late forties, dressed in grubby
trousers and an un-ironed grey shirt, he has an intense look
about him. He is quietly drinking coffee and reading from an
English newspaper. This is TONY HUGHES.
At a nearby table, just by the large window facing onto the
Grand Place, a MUM and DAD sit with their two kids - a GIRL
(6) and a BOY (13). The girl is revving up for a bout of
screaming, the parents desperately trying to appease her in
hushed tones. An uneaten ice cream sits on the table.
I wanted chocolate. You said...
Sweetie you asked for strawberry,
you’ve only had one spoonful.
But... you said...
The girl stutters then starts to cry. The parents put their
arms around her, desperate to pacify her. Tony looks over at
the family and notices their little boy sat patiently beside
them, reading. While the parents are busy consoling their
girl, Tony smiles and leans over to him.
What are you reading?
The boy doesn’t answer, just holds up the cover of the book.
‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee.
That’s some heavy reading.
How old are you?
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The mum notices him talking to her boy, staring intensely at
him. Suddenly protective, she puts her arm around the boy
and flashes a polite but fixed smile at Tony. A why-the-hellare-
Sorry. I... I have a son his age.
No, no. It’s fine.
The woman looks out the window. Between the crying kid and
the creepy guy in the corner she’s had enough.
Well look at that. The rain seems
to be easing off. Come on Jim.
We’re going to have to brave it at
A cursory smile at Tony, and she gets their things and
bundles them out of the brasserie, with their girl still
wailing her head off. As they go, the boy turns and waves at
Tony, who waves back. The mum shoots him a look but it
doesn’t seem to bother Tony at all. He doesn’t even notice
her. His eyes remain fixed on the boy.
3 EXT. LIQUOR STORE - DUSK 1 3
TONY walks down the street. The rain has eased off but it’s
still drizzling. He wraps his coat tighter. He stops outside
a liquor store - ‘La Prairie’ - but it’s shut. Looking
through the window he bangs on it hard. No reply. He checks
his watch, looks annoyed, then moves on down the road. As
Tony goes, an old man leans out of the window above La
Prairie, woken by the knocking, and sees Tony walking off.
He shakes his head grumpily and goes back inside.
3A EXT. GRAND PLACE- DUSK 1 3A
TONY walks through the Grand Place in the rain.
3B EXT. CHALONS DU BOIS OLD BRIDGE- DUSK 1 3B
TONY wanders over the bridge in the rain
4 EXT. HOTEL L’EDEN - DUSK 1 4
TONY approaches a hotel. A neon sign spells out the words
‘Hotel L’Eden’. A stock picture of a palm tree on a beach
sits beside it. Tony goes in.