Three Days in August

Synopsis: An adopted Irish American artist confronts her past when both sets of parents come together over a weekend for her to paint a family portrait.
97 min


- I am stretched on your grave

and I'll lie there forever

if your hands were in mine

I'd be sure they could not sever

my apple tree, my brightness

it's time we were together

for I smell of the earth

and am worn by the weather

when my family thinks

that I'm safely in my bed

from morn until night

I am stretched out at your head

calling out to the earth

with tears hot and wild

my grief for the girl

that I loved as a child

do you remember

the night we were lost

in the shade of the blackthorn

and the chill of the frost

so I'm stretched on your grave

and will lie there forever

if your hands were in mine

I'd be sure they could not sever

my apple tree, my brightness

it's time we were together

for I smell of the earth

and am worn by the weather

my apple tree, my brightness

it's time we were together

for I smell of the earth

and am worn by the weather

- um, maybe right down there?

- Yeah.

- Okay.

I'm so sorry.

- Shannon, thanks for coming.

- You okay?

- Ah, hanging in there.

Sam, good to see you again.

- I'm sorry, Aiden.

- And look at this one here.

A man before my eyes.

She'd be pleased to

know that you were here.

- You must be Liam.

I hear you're quite the Irish


- Yeah, I guess so.

- I'm Sam.

This is my wife Shannon.

- Of course!

Maggie's daughter.

Aiden told me so much about you.

- Is it okay if I take this down


- Of course, please.

- Hey, there's grandma and


- Thank you for coming.

- Aiden, I'm sorry for your


If there's anything we can do.

- John, thank you.

Thanks for coming, Maureen.

Thanks for making the trip down.

I appreciate it.

- And where should we sit,


- Why not just join Sam.

He's right up front.

- Okay.

- Can I talk to you?

- Is everything all right?

- Yeah, I just want to

talk to you for a minute.

- Okay.

You know, I fell in love

many times in my life.

Trouble was, it was always

with the same woman.

- I know you loved her, Aiden.

- That wonderful, wicked woman.

- I'm so sorry.

- Shannon, I know I'm only your


and really have no right to ask


but will you please say a few


to honor your mother?

- Oh, I don't think I'm

the right person for that.

- Of course you are.

- I have no idea what I would


- It would mean the

world to me if you'd try.

Shannon, I can't go up there

and talk about her right now.

I'm asking you, please,

would you do this for me?

- Sure, okay, yeah.

I'll say something, yeah.

I'll say something.

- Liam, please put the phone


What was that all about?

Is everything okay?

- He wants me to say a few


- Are you okay with that?

- Yeah.

- Welcome to all on this blessed


as a child of god returns

to the kingdom of heaven.

Before proceeding to the

cemetery for the burial service,

Maggie's daughter Shannon

is now going to come up

and say a few words.


- Did you know she was gonna


- No.

Didn't know that.

- It's making me most


- Let's just try to be

supportive, okay?

- Oh, supportive.

I think we're supportive

just by being in here.

- Shh!

Three Irishmen were adrift

at sea, terribly thirsty.

Suddenly a mermaid swims up and


"I shall Grant you one wish."

Without thinking, one

of the Irishmen says,

"turn the sea to beer."

The mermaid says, "let it be!"

And the sea was turned to beer.

Then one of the other

Irishmen stands up and says,


Where are we gonna piss?"

For those of you who don't know


I am Shannon, Maggie's daughter.

I was given up for adoption at


I guess it was so I wouldn't

have to listen to her jokes.

Funny thing is that I

didn't get to know Maggie

until recently.

Those of you who know her,

you know how tough she was.

Had to be.

But what most of you might not


is she was a great artist,

an artist that was never

given the opportunity

to pursue her passion.

In addition to my blue eyes


God, her eyes, and my fair skin,

I too am an artist.

About a year ago I

decided to rent a place,

send out invitations because I

was going

to paint a family portrait.

My whole family.

- Hurry up!

Let's go, c'mon.

C'mon, c'mon, c'mon!

C'mon, c'mon.

Hurry up!

Come on!


After you.

- Whoa!

Oh my god!

- Yeah.

- Think it's big enough?

Yeah, over here.

- Mom, how did you find this


- Oh, a friend recommended it to


You'll appreciate this.

I had the canvas delivered a few

days ago.

- Yeah, what is with the canvas?

- I wanted to paint the family,

and get us together for a few


away from the house.

- Cool.

- Remember, take plenty

of photos this weekend.

- Okay.

Yeah, no problem.

I'll just, ah, I'll do that.

- You little!

- C'mon, c'mon!

- Oh, shut it!

I'll get you.

- Hey, I brought the bags in.

How's the studio?

Because it cannot be any

better than this kitchen

and there is a smoker

and a barbecue out back.

- It's perfect.

What did I say?

- You're right.

- I love you.

- I love you.

- All right you.

- Wait before you pull in here.

- Oh just sh-sh-sh.

I think this is it.

What do you think?

- Well...

Yep, those are the longhorns on

the gate.

- Uh-huh.

- Yep, this is it.

- Okay.

This is nice.

- A little rustic, huh?

- Wow.

- Daddy?

- Your parents are here.

- Yeah.

They're here!

Uh-oh, I can't miss.


- Hey!

- Oh, momma!

- Well, we got the right place.

- Yes you do.

- It's so pretty.

- Ooh, I'm so happy you're here!

- Me too.

- Oh!

- Give me some!

- Oh, you'll get some.

- Good to see ya, kid!

You look great.

My god, look at you!

Oh my god, you look amazing.

I can't believe you did all


- Yeah, you proud?

- Mmm, proud!

- C'mon inside.

- Okay!

- Hey, Francis, good to see you!

Hey, I got the list.

We're gonna head out to the


Anybody need anything?

- Yes!

We need bottles of wine, vodka,


- Wife's a lush!

- Shut it.

Oh, get something for dessert

too, please.

- Ice cream?

- Ah, see what they have.

- All right, I'll leave it up to


We'll stop at the dairy

mart on the way there.

- Mm-hmm!

- All right.

- If it's okay, I'm

gonna put you down here.

That way you don't have to

deal with too many stairs.

- Stairs don't bother me none.

- He's wearing one of those

watches that records your steps.

- Yeah, it counts my steps,

measures my heart rate,

it even notifies me when my

subscription to playboy arrives!

- Sh, sh, stop it.

- He's in better shape than I


- Oh, don't say that.

- I'll wake you for cocktails.

- Okay.

- All right.

I'm putting you two upstairs.

- Are there more stairs?

- Oh!

- What did you bring,

your whole closet?!

- Oh, this is great!

You know, you could

have stuck us anywhere.

- Oh, speak for yourself.

- There's plenty of closet

space, a big balcony,

private bathroom down the hall.

- Oh!

- Dad?

- Uh-huh?



- Look at that view.

- Oh, that's perfect.

Oh my god.

But, honey, you gotta

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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