Inheritance (2017) Movie Script

(waves crashing)
(gentle music)
- You gonna help me?
- [Aaron] Of course.
Do I need to know
anything about your dad
before we start?
- No.
Dear Dad,
I love you
and thank you so
much for everything.
Happy 70th.
- It's great. It's short.
It's sweet.
- It's perfect.
- Yeah, I know, it's perfect.
Yeah, no, I love it.
(Mara laughing)
I love it.
(dramatic music)
- We're surrounded by pirates.
(bells ringing)
(knocking on door)
- [Aaron] Who is that?
- [Mara] It must be my dad.
(knocking on door)
One minute.
- [Linda] He died in his sleep.
I'm sorry.
(dramatic music)
- Hey, hi.
- Hey.
- I'm Linda.
- I'm Aaron.
(dramatic music)
- Hey.
I'm sorry.
- Okay.
- About your dad, I'm sorry.
It wasn't supposed
to happen like this.
And I know we've only been
together for a few months,
I'm here for you.
- Okay.
Thank you.
- Yeah. Anything.
- We should go inside.
- Yeah, yeah.
- How are you?
- Well, I'm okay.
You're all grown up, huh?
- This is Aaron.
- Hello.
- Oh, hi, Aaron. How are you?
Welcome to Belize.
- Nice to meet you.
- What about Ben?
- Uh, I don't know.
- You haven't reach him?
- No.
I will call him right now.
- [Aaron] So Mara says you're
like a second mother to her.
- [Grace] Yeah, she was just
a tiny little thing, yes.
But I'm glad that
you're here for her.
- [Aaron] Yeah, me too.
(dramatic music)
- So, Ben is
coming in from Placencia?
- Yeah.
- Ben's her brother, right?
- Yes, he is.
- Yes.
- Have you two
been together long?
- Almost a year.
- [Linda] A year?
That's nice.
- Yeah.
(phone buzzing)
- Shit.
You got sosa beans
in the kitchen?
He's a vegan.
- I can fix him a plate.
- Sorry, thank you very much.
- Thanks.
- You're a vegan? Why?
- That's not a good story.
the fact that I am a
vegan is a good thing.
- You're kind of
strange, aren't you?
- Here you go.
- Thanks.
Well, maybe, but
I know myself, and I know
that I need rules, and
I know that with structure,
I can stay away from
all the bad stuff, so,
it's easier.
- I understand.
- Thank you.
- When they first came here,
she was just a little thing.
- Yeah.
- She was small for her age,
her and her little brother.
They were so troublemakers.
- Still a troublemaker.
- [Grace] Used to give
her dad a hard time.
There were many stories for her.
- Didn't you two had a playhouse
somewhere on the tea farm?
- Mm-hm.
- [Grace] Ah, it used
to drive him crazy.
- (clears throat) Mara.
Maybe we can work
out the arrangements
later, like when Ben reaches.
- Sure.
- Yes, but I already made
arrangements with the neighbor
for his wake.
You know what a wake's--
- I don't think Mara and Ben
would wanna, you know,
stay up all night.
I mean, it might be
too much for them, Ma.
But that's how you
can honor your father.
- He's not from Belize.
- Well, he made his life here.
We've got to have a wake.
Remember my uncle?
- Uncle Clarence?
- Yes, Uncle Clarence.
You know, when I was a
little girl and he died,
I didn't go to his wake.
- [Linda] Wakes
here last all night.
It's the way that we take
watch, so the spirits
don't bother us.
- He did not let me rest.
Every day.
At dusk he would come
and knock at the window.
(dramatic music)
- [Mara] I can't believe we're
going to his birthday party.
(somber music)
- My condolences.
- Thank you.
- [Man] Your dad
was a great man.
We worked many years together.
- The hospital?
- [Man] Yeah.
- Okay.
- Nice to see you.
- Nice to see you.
(somber music)
- [Driver] You need any help?
- [Aaron] No,
we're good, thanks.
Come here.
- You okay?
- Yeah.
(Mara giggling)
- Okay.
Hang on.
- I wonder if he
died in that bed.
- We could sleep
in the other room.
Come here.
Wait, wait, wait.
Wait, wait.
I don't think this,
this is hard.
- Why?
- You're wasted.
I think I'm just gonna
put you to bed, yeah?
- Is this
just AA stuff?
- Maybe.
Why do you lie?
Why do you lie about us for?
You lied about me.
Lying doesn't work.
You know that.
- We just lie here?
- Yes.
We just lie here.
Till we fall asleep.
(dramatic music)
- Whoa, whoa, whoa!
- Dad's bed, huh?
- What?
- Get out!
- You could have
fucking told me, Mara.
- You should get dressed.
- Why?
- People coming to set up, but
I think you already knew that.
- Sorry Ben.
I was gonna tell you.
- Yeah.
When, today?
The day of his wake?
I have to find out
in the middle
of the night at a fucking bar
through the fucking
Belizean grapevine.
Can you imagine that, Mara?
"Hey, mon, I'm really
sorry about your dad."
- Well, I don't know why
it's such a big deal.
It's not like you've
spoken in years.
- Who's this?
- Aaron.
This is my brother Ben.
Ben, this is Aaron.
- Hi.
- Would you like a coffee,
or a tea, or anything?
- I'd love some tea.
She didn't tell you about me?
- Not everything's
about you, Ben.
- Ouch.
So, you know how he died?
- Grace wouldn't tell me.
- No?
- [Mara] Said he died in
his sleep, or something?
- Mm-hmm. Alone.
- I don't know, I
would assume so.
- When's the last
time you saw him?
- How are you possibly
gonna use that on me?
- You know, you probably
shouldn't start this right now.
- You fucking live here.
- [Ben] Yeah, and?
- I've been busy.
- Yeah.
I can see that.
Tell me your name again, man.
- Aaron.
- Aaron.
Great to meet you, man.
What's your deal?
Where you from, what do
you do, what do you love?
Tell me everything.
- I'm sorry about
your loss, man.
- It's alright.
- Aaron.
- Yeah.
- I wanna show you something.
- Fucking paradise.
- Wanna come?
(dramatic music)
- [Ben] Whoo!
(water splashes)
C'mon, man, get in the water.
Get in.
In the water.
- Stop it.
- [Ben] Fuck you stop.
- Stop it!
Stop it!
Stop it!
(water splashing)
Fucking stop it!
Fucking stop!
(screaming) No!
Stop it!
- Mara!
- Hey Aaron!
You gotta come here, man,
check out these bats.
Come on, don't be scared.
Got your rabies shot, right?
Cool man, just messing around.
Pretty sure that's why
my dad bought this place.
- [Aaron] Because of the bats?
- Swimming hole, this cave.
It's primordial.
A return to the essential self
and the healing
powers of nature.
You know, that kind of thing.
- What kind of healing powers?
- You don't know, huh?
- I don't know much.
- Mom died when Mara was
11, and my dad lost it.
He moved us down here.
- [Aaron] Sounds like
an interesting guy.
- [Ben] Yeah.
- What's this all about, man?
- Just trying to understand.
(dramatic music)
- Where were you?
- Your brother
showed me the cave.
- [Mara] Did you like it?
- Yeah.
I like bats.
- (giggling) You do?
(Ben knocking on door)
- Mara.
Linda's here with the will.
So, let's speed up whatever
it is you're doing.
- He's right here?
- Yeah.
Mara's busy.
- Well, I guess I can leave
this with you now, right?
- Okay, good.
Well, it could be awhile.
I could make you some tea.
- Well, we have--
(orgasmic grunting)
- Did I hurt you?
- No.
It's like high school.
It's like junior high school.
(Mara laughing)
- Do you mind if
I have a minute?
- No.
Take your time.
- Aaron and I are
going into town.
Can I get anyone anything?
- With what car?
- You don't need yours, do you?
- I think you should
go check out the plot
that me and my mom picked out.
- Cemetery plot?
- Yes.
Tomorrow's the funeral.
- Why does it matter
where he's buried?
He only went to
mom's grave once.
- Yeah, a burial
doesn't make sense.
Just burn me up,
cremate me,
spread me in some compost.
- People will be eating you.
- But I'll be dead.
- I know when my dad died,
my mom just wanted
a place to visit.
But, you see a grave, you know?
You do get a sense of closure.
- Yeah, that's
really good to know.
- People need rituals, you know?
There's a reason why
people come together when
someone dies.
- What's this?
- It's the will.
Linda's the executor.
- Of course.
- She lives her, Mara.
- So do you.
- It's true, but
I'm okay with it.
- I'm okay with it.
Dad bought the tea farm.
- [Ben] What?
- Yeah, I know.
I was shocked when
he first told me.
- Should we go?
- What?
- We don't need to do
everything all together.
- What about the will?
- Ben, quiet.
- People will soon be coming.
- Yeah, what do we need?
Lights? Natural lights.
- You're not driving anywhere,
you're too fucked up.
- What?
- You're on something.
It's obvious to everyone.
- You're not making any sense.
- You're not making any sense.
- I can drive.
- Thank you.
And thank you very much for
taking care of everything.
- What does he mean?
You fucked up?
- I don't know.
I don't know.
- Well, I'm not comfortable
with you driving.
- I took a Xanax.
- Just one?
- Yes, just one.
- I'm not doing this.
Just let me.
Thank you.
- [Mara] I don't need a sponsor.
- [Aaron] You're careful.
- Sorry.
- I understand.
I just can't sit
and watch you do it.
(dramatic music)
Is this the tea farm?
- [Mara] Part of it.
(dramatic music)
- Looks different in here.
- [Linda] This was all his.
I don't know if you or
Mara would want any of it.
(dramatic music)
- [Mara] Turn here.
- [Aaron] What's this?
- So, I took more than
one Xanax or Klonopin.
There are extra pills in there.
I'm just really tired.
- You lied again.
- Yeah, well, I'm
telling you now.
(dramatic music)
- No, no, no, no.
Not like this.
Look at me.
Look at me.
(orgasmic grunting)
(dramatic music)
(tribal drums beating)
- Okay.
- [Mara] How long has it been?
- Two hours, I guess.
- Oh, fuck.
- What the fuck is
wrong with you man?
- [Ben] Don't fucking touch me.
- [Grace] Ben just lie
down, lie down, Ben.
Just lie down.
- [Ben] I'm good.
- Ben, have a seat.
- Stop touching me, man.
- What'd he take?
- I don't know.
I just saw him drinking.
- [Karl] Folks are
arriving any second.
- Where's Mara.
- Look at me.
- Ben?
- [Mara] Come on.
- [Ben] I don't want this.
All these people coming over.
(dramatic music)
(tribal music)
- Hey.
- [Linda] Hey.
- Has this happened
before with Ben?
- [Linda] Yeah, it's
not the first time.
- When are they gonna come back?
- I don't know.
- [Aaron] Do they
usually come back?
- Sometimes, but other times,
my mom have to go after them.
- Mara.
- Hey.
- Hey.
You okay?
- Yeah, I'm gonna take a minute.
I'll come find you.
- Yeah, good.
- Okay.
(tribal music)
- Your father was a great man.
He helped save my son.
He was in an accident.
Your father was a saint.
- Thirsty?
- Yeah.
- I get it, man.
I've been there.
I know what it's like.
- Yeah, I know, man, I
think we covered that.
(tribal music)
- The thing is,
all this pain that you have,
it's gonna kill her, too.
- Yeah, man.
You're right.
You're right.
- [Linda] We have to
worked together now.
- [Woman] How?
- The tea farm.
John left the tea farm for me,
well, for Trowey.
I just wish that they would
have seen him how I see him.
I was once was lost
But now I'm found
Was blind
But now I see
Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
(dramatic music)
(singing echoing)
- To John.
- [All] To John.
- I love that man.
Moved out here to the jungle
with two small children.
your father is exactly--
- Don't forget about Linda.
Karl, don't forget about Linda.
She's 30,
or 31,
so my mother was definitely--
- Mara?
- Yes?
- [Grace] Mara, Mara!
Go and lie down.
- Why don't you say it?
Just say it.
- Say what?
- Mara?
- You and dad?
You, you all, does everybody...
Does everybody here
know my sister, Linda?
Before he moved us down here,
my dad would come
on fishing trips.
He met Grace.
- Mara?
- Stop, please.
- Alright, well, I, you know.
I wanna tell a story.
I'm gonna tell a story.
Here's one.
My dad was gonna
teach us how to drive,
It was Ben's turn,
and he was like 15...
No, he was like 11 or 12, and
he was really nervous, because
my dad always made Ben nervous.
And he (giggling)
tried to put it
in gear, and he keeps
stalling the car,
and it was really
funny at first,
'cause the more,
the more
he'd fuck up, the more
nervous he'd become,
and the more nervous
he'd become he'd fuck up.
My dad didn't--
I'm just telling
a fucking story.
So the,
the more nervous he'd become,
the more he'd fuck up,
until finally, he
just totally fucks up.
He just totally, like,
"Mom, the car won't start."
And Ben's like freaking out.
And then, my dad
loses it, like totally loses it.
- Get yourself together, girl.
- He takes Ben our of the
car, and he just starts
thrashing him on the roof
of the car, just
thrashing him, and I,
I had to get out and get
between them, because I,
because I wanted to protect him.
(crying) Because I love him.
I got this, this happened.
- [Linda] Don't.
- And then--
- That's enough.
- And then every time
it happened, he would
give us stitches
in the kitchen--
- Mara!
- Because he's a
doctor, you know, Linda.
That he's a doctor, and so.
- What the fuck!
Throwing me under the
bus wasn't enough,
you have to fuck
with Linda, too?
- People have to
know what he was really like.
- Why?
He's dead, it's over.
- Is it?
- You don't need to share
this with anyone else.
We have each other.
- Why, because we're
both doing so great?
- What's that supposed to mean?
- Please?
- Do you think,
you think anyone
will understand you like I do?
- Huh?
- Ben, Ben?
- That fucking guy?
Mr. AA Wisdom?
Fucking Earnest Prettyboy, you
think he's gonna understand?
You think he's gonna
fucking save you?
- Stop.
- Huh?
There's no one
- Please, let's go.
(dramatic music)
- It's okay, it's
okay, it's okay.
It's okay.
It's alright.
You're okay, okay?
Okay? Listen.
Look at me.
- No. No, no!
- Look at me!
- No, no!
Look at me!
Listen to me.
Mara, look at me.
Look at me, I see you.
I see you. (Mara crying)
Whatever happened, okay,
it's not your fault.
I'm gonna take care of you.
I'm gonna take care
of you, alright?
I'm gonna take care of you.
I'm gonna take care of you.
Stop kissing me.
Stop, stop, stop!
- It's not right.
It's just not right
what she done.
- What not right?
- He was grieving.
No man's perfect.
- You know?
And you not do nothing?
They not have no ma.
They had you.
(water splashing)
- Hey.
- I don't think he
would wanna be buried.
I don't think he'd wanna
be trapped underground.
- You're all wet.
- We need to let him go.
Let's do it how he would like.
Let's do it how he would like.
Let's honor him, and
we can do it how he would like.
- I've got you.
- You're gonna what?
It's just not done.
It just isn't done.
- We'll sit with him all through
the night, like you wanted.
- But his spirit,
his spirit--
- Spirit will what?
Haunt you?
That's already happened.
I'll help you.
- Great.
(dramatic music)
Well, once I lived the
life of a millionaire
Spending my
money, I didn't care
Takin' my friends out
for a mighty good time
Buyin' boot-legged
liquor, champagne and wine
Then I began to fall so low
Couldn't find me no
friends, had place to go
If I ever get my
hands on a dollar again
I'm goin' to hold on to it
Til the eagle grins
I said, nobody knows you
When you down and out
In your pockets
You ain't got one penny
And your friends,
you didn't have any
Just as soon as I
get up on my feet again
Everybody come
and say that they're
Long-lost friends
For, Lord, without a doubt
Nobody wants you
Nobody needs you
Nobody wants you
When you're down and out
I say
Nobody wants you
Nobody needs you
Nobody wants you
When you're down and out
- What are you doing?
This is,
this is...
This why you do this?
This is what you're doing?
Is this what you want?
- No.
- Say it, say it.
You can say it.
- Say what?
- Don't fucking touch me.
- No, please.
- Don't touch me.
- I can explain.
- You ruined it.
You ruined it.
- I'm sorry.
- What was I then?
You ruined it.
- Please, please.
- This is what you want.
- I'll fix it.
Let me go with you,
let me go with you.
- No.
- 'Cause I want you.
I want you.
- Don't.
- Please take me.
I want you.
I want you.
I want you.
I love you.
- This is not love.
- I love you.
Love you. Please.
Please don't leave, please.
(door slamming)
- Say something.
- Go ahead.
- No, that's not how it goes.
- Come down here.
- [Ben] I love you.
- Then fuck me.
- What?
- You still love me, Ben?
- No.
It's not like that.
- It's what you want.
You love me.
- No! It's not like that.
It's not like that.
I would never do that.
(Mara grunting in pain)
- Do it again.
Do it again.
Do it again like him.
- What are you saying?
- Do it again!
Do it again!
- Stop!
Stop, stop, stop!
(Mara crying)
Please, please, stop.
I'm sorry.
I'm sorry.
- [Mara] It's over.
(fire crackling)
(somber music)
(somber music)