The Free Fall (2021) Movie Script

[eerie instrumental]
[Sara] You're lying.
[Julie] You know I can't, Sara.
[Sara] Can't or won't?
- [Julie] That's not fair.
- [Sara] C'mon,
I know I don't need
to tell you this,
but Mom and Dad
aren't getting any younger.
And lately, Mom...
I don't know.
She's not the same. She...
[Julie] Mom is just fine.
And so is Dad and so am I
and all is right and well
in the universe, Sara.
Stop creating issues
where there aren't any.
Julie, it's their anniversary.
I just know
they'd love it if you came.
- [Julie] I got them a bouquet.
- [Sara scoffs]
They're renewing
their wedding vows, Julie.
Mom's wearing a wedding gown
and you're sending flowers
in your place?
[Julie] I'm not.
I'm sending you
to send flowers in my place.
Well, that's convenient.
- Julie.
- [Julie] Oh, sorry.
Uh, Sara, actually...
I'm gonna need you
to pick 'em up for me.
What? Your flowers?
[Julie] Oh, hang on.
Yeah. Yeah.
Okay. Hold on.
Sara, I gotta run.
Are you serious?
- [Julie] Yup. We'll talk soon.
- [smooch-smooch]
- Bye.
- Okay, I love...
[phone clicks]
[somber horn instrumental]
[Sara] Hey!
Sorry, I'm late.
Got Julie's flowers.
Took me forever.
The girl at the flower shop
was having issues
with her boyfriend
and she wanted advice,
well, you know...
Oh, my God.
This looks amazing.
[wind gently howls]
Where are you guys?
[clock bell chimes]
- [door slams]
- [gasping]
[mysterious quirky
[soft tinkling]
[Sara] Mom?
What's wrong, darling?
It's okay,
it's what he wanted.
Don't be scared.
Everything's gonna
be different now.
[Sara] Mom?
- [hyperventilating]
- No.
[morose classical instrumental]
[whispering] Sara?
How you feelin'?
[Sara] Uh...
I don't know.
But I still can't
remember anything.
Everything just seems...
Can you remember your name?
I don't know if I remember
or if it's because
that's what you called me.
They said that might happen.
You lost a lot of blood.
You don't remember?
Remember what?
I have to tell you something
and it's not easy.
But I need you to know that
you are completely safe now.
[Nick] I found you
in the tub, Sara.
You tried to kill yourself.
No, I didn't.
I wouldn't.
It's okay.
- I wouldn't.
- Honey.
I'm sorry,
[whimpering] I'm so sorry.
[Nick] Sara, take a breath.
[Sara] This is off.
- Everything's just off.
- [Nick] Just try to breathe
and we'll go through it.
I don't remember anything.
Go slow.
[shallow breathing]
They prepared me for this.
He said you'd more than likely
lose any recollection.
- I would remember...
- Sara.
It happened.
This doesn't make sense.
[Nick] I am so sorry,
I feel terrible.
And I was so busy with...
my writing
and I knew that you were down
but I never thought...
It's okay now.
I'm here for you.
I'm scared.
Just rest.
I love you so much.
Everything is going
to be different now.
[crickets chirping]
[clock bell chimes]
[shallow, eerie breathing]
- Hey!
- [screaming]
It's okay. Come here.
- Hey.
- [Sara] I had the worst dream.
Nah, it's okay. I'm here.
It was just a dream, all right?
It was just a nightmare.
[Sara] It seemed so real.
You take one of these.
Doctor gave them to me for you.
- Help you relax.
- [eerie instrumental]
I'll get you some water.
[shallow breathing]
[clock bell chimes]
[classical instrumental rises]
[phone ringing]
[Julie] Sara?
Yes. This is Sara.
[Julie] Are you there?
Are you there?
I'm so sorry...
- [Julie] Sara. Are. You...
- Nick!
Stop bothering my wife!
- Oh, God, you scared me.
- I'm sorry, darling.
I just couldn't let them bother
you like that, not right now.
- I didn't not what to do...
- No, it's all right.
It's all right.
I mean, I should have ripped
that old phone
from the wall years ago.
- None of that matters now.
Just happy to see you up.
How's your memory?
I only remember little things.
[Nick] Oh yeah? Like what?
I know I have a sister.
And my parents.
Do you remember your parents?
I think so.
Have they come to see me
since I've been home?
You don't remember?
[Sara] No, I don't.
[Sara] Mom...
[Nick] Sara,
your parents are gone.
They died last October.
It's your sister. She...
My parents are dead
and so is my sister?
No, she's not dead,
she's just...
All right, look,
I'm not gonna say
I blame her entirely
for your accident
but the way that
she handled your parents' will,
she manipulated them
into giving her
almost everything
and leaving you with nothing
but this big, empty house. I...
I just can't imagine
a more selfish,
deplorable thing to do
and to you,
her flesh and blood.
You spiraled down from there.
You spiraled and yes,
I blame her,
I blame her for a lot of this.
She is not to be trusted, Sara.
But that,
all of that is in the past.
From now on,
we're moving forward,
not looking back.
You understand?
[Sara] Nick, you startled me.
I'm sorry, darling,
that certainly
wasn't my intention.
Who was that woman?
I think I saw you
talking with her yesterday.
Oh, Rose?
I hired her to help me
take care of you
while doing my writing.
She's been here?
- [this room with me.
- Nick] Yes, of course.
She's been taking
great care of you.
You've been sleeping...
which is a good thing.
Are you okay?
I... I think I remember
you're my husband
but I don't remember
any of our experiences.
I'm sorry.
What about our trip
to Costa Rica?
Christmas dinner in Ojai?
Your mum's drunken confession?
You were scarred for weeks.
The day that
we moved in together
was the best day of my life.
I'm so sorry, Nick.
It's okay,
It'll all come back to you.
Gotta get back to work.
I love you.
[Nick] I love you, too.
[clock bell chimes]
[Rose] What are you doing?
The third floor is off limits.
I... I was...
Nick gave explicit orders
to keep this door locked.
But why?
The third floor
has access to the roof.
I've put fresh sheets
on your bed.
You must continue to rest.
Where's the clock?
- The clock?
- The grandfather clock.
I've been into all these rooms
and I can't find it.
There's no grandfather clock.
Perhaps you were dreaming it.
No, I've heard it
when I've been awake,
I heard it just now.
I've been through
all the rooms in this house
and if there was
a grandfather clock,
I would have seen it.
Now you must rest.
That's all you need to do.
I'll tend to you soon.
You smell good.
I took a shower.
[typewriter clacking]
Nick, where there photographs
in the hallway?
There were.
But I had them removed.
You don't have to think
about those things right now.
But I'd like to see them,
they might help me rememb...
[Nick] Sweetheart,
you just went through
a very intense experience.
Your sister, your parents,
I just want you to clear
your head of all of that.
Just give it some time.
We'll put 'em back up.
And what tub?
What's that?
You said you found me
in the bathtub when I...
There's no tub in the bathroom.
[Nick] Oh, that.
I had it removed.
There was no need
for that bad memory
to cement itself in this house.
[Nick] What's wrong, Sara?
Don't you believe me?
No, it's not that.
This all just feels
like a strange dream.
I don't know
what's wrong with me.
[Nick] You're so beautiful.
I'm sorry.
Give it some time, okay?
If you need me,
I'll be right here.
[Nick sighs]
[typewriter clacking]
[typewriter ringing]
[paper crumpling]
- [clock bell chimes]
- [water drips]
[water drips]
[Rose's voice]
You must continue to rest.
[Julie's voice] I just don't
know what's wrong with her.
What is wrong with you...
[distorted howl]
[Julie] There she is.
See, it's so strange.
[doctor] My God.
[Julie] I told you.
[heart beats steadily]
[Julie] What is it?
[Julie] What's wrong with her?
[Julie] What is wrong with you!
[Nick distantly] Go.
[Nick] Sara, [indistinct].
Who was that?
That was your sister.
The other person...
They were in here and
- he was like, examining me...
- [Nick] Wait, what?
- I met them at the door.
- Then how did they get up here?
No, I didn't let them in, Sara.
They were here.
I know that you've been having
very vivid dreams, Sara,
but I'm not gonna
ignore this one.
Your sister has gotten
herself into some things.
She's done things
behind my back in the past,
things that I don't agree with.
That's why I headed them off
at the door.
But I can assure you, darling,
they were not up here.
And they won't be
as long as I'm around.
Dr. Simms, let's just say...
I don't agree with his
practices and leave it at that.
My face looked horrible.
You're so fragile, Sara.
I can't find you
like that again.
I won't let it happen.
I need you.
Do you understand?
We have each other.
We don't need anyone else.
I love you.
I will never leave you.
[piano plays]
[Sara] You're good.
I didn't know
you can play the piano.
Yeah, well, you...
[light chuckling]
How are you?
What do you mean?
How are you?
I miss you.
Who was I?
I just feel like such a burden
trying to find out.
You were everything.
You were funny.
And kind, honest.
Everything I could never be.
But you still are,
still will be...
even if you don't
get your memories back.
What if we could start again?
A new life
with new memories.
I would love that.
Like a second chance.
That's exactly what this is.
We're lucky
I didn't know
you could play the piano.
Well, there's a lot about me
you don't know.
I can't wait to find out.
[clock bell chimes]
[Julie whispering]
I can hear you with me.
Give her strength.
[steady scratching]
[Nick] Hi.
How you feeling?
I think I feel good.
Why good?
I don't know.
Something about you.
That look you give me.
[Nick] What look?
Like, I belong here.
With you.
You know what I think?
You're feeling it.
Your power.
which is why I was thinking...
you're ready.
Ready for what?
What would you say
to a dinner party here?
A few of our closest friends?
A simple evening.
Some wine, some laughs.
It'd be good for you.
They've been asking about you.
They're concerned about you.
Just want to see you well.
I think this
will be really good.
[romantic classical
Oh, Rose, let me get that.
No, it's okay. I've got it.
- Let me help you.
- Nah, it's nothing.
It's nothing.
I'm s-sorry, Rose,
I just wanted...
When a woman says
she doesn't need help,
she doesn't need help.
It looked heavy.
[Sara] Is something
the matter with Rose?
[typewriter clacking]
I don't think so.
Well, we were outside
and I was trying to help her
and she just...
Snapped at me.
I didn't know what to do.
- Snapped?
- [Sara] Yes.
She snapped at me.
Snap back.
No, that's not me.
Sara, you can't let people
walk all over you.
That's the anger
boiling inside.
I mean, if you're gonna
get healthy, Sara,
you have to,
you've gotta let it out.
- But not at Rose.
- Why not?
She's the hired help.
Not your mother.
She's an employee.
To be perfectly honest,
it doesn't sound like
something she'd do but if
you say she snapped at you,
- I believe you..
- It wasn't that big of a deal.
- I just...
- [Nick] I'll tell you what,
the next time she gives
you shit, you let her have it.
Let's practice right now.
What are you smiling at?
You think I'm joking?
Are you gonna let
that old bitch
get the best of you?
- Nick, I can't...
- Can't?
Can't is a word
for weaklings, Sara.
- Are you a weakling?
- Please don't call me that.
I didn't call you anything.
I asked if that's what you are.
- You're being mean.
- The world is mean, Sara.
You can't survive the world.
- You almost didn't...
- [loud slap]
[wings fluttering]
[typewriter clacking]
[eerie instrumental]
[typewriter clacking]
- Sara?
- I...
I woke up
and you weren't there.
What are you doing down here?
Oh, my God. I'm so sorry.
Hi, Sara.
[Tom] You are Sara Wright.
Who are you?
My name is Tom and I'm
a friend of your sister's.
She thought
I could maybe help you.
She's worried about you,
quite worried.
We could all use a little help
from time to time.
Sometimes we get so lost,
we don't
even realize we need help.
But there's always crumbs,
always leading us home,
you just have to find them.
the voices in our head
are there to guide us.
Follow us, Sara.
Follow us.
- [Nick] What are you doing?
- [gasping]
There was a knock
and you weren't there and...
There was a man.
No, there wasn't.
I came downstairs
and you were standing there
- with the door open.
- But this was real, Nick.
There was no one there, Sara.
You saw it for yourself.
I can't do this.
I'm trying to help you.
But if you don't trust me
- then I ca-
- No, no... I trust you.
Just please,
please don't leave.
[Nick] Sara?
You understand that I'm
doing this for your benefit.
The world...
has always taken advantage
of your kindness, Sara.
This is what the world does.
It takes people like you
and it sucks the marrow out
and it leaves the rest to rot.
I love you...
I love you too much to lift you
out of another fucking tub.
Do you understand?
I'm sorry.
I'm so sorry.
I have something for you.
- Do you like it?
- Oh, my goodness.
It's beautiful, Nick.
Oh, my goodness.
I was thinking
you could wear it
to the dinner party
tomorrow night.
The party.
We'll be ready.
[Julie] Sara?
You there?
[distorted growl]
[Tom] Who are you?
[Julie] Sara.
[Tom] Listen to me.
You know you.
Stay with me.
Stay with me, you little bitch!
Everything's going
to be all right.
You're with me now.
[distorted voices]
[Sara] No, no!
[Nick] Sara, Sara, it's over.
It's over. It's over.
[Sara panting]
[Nick] I'm here.
[Rose] You're looking well.
[Sara] I don't feel well.
[Rose] Nick told me
to prepare a ham.
I hope you're well enough
to receive guests.
How do you get here?
I take the bus.
I've never seen
a bus pass this house.
[Sara] It drops me off
down the road
and then I walk up.
- Where do you live?
- In town.
[Sara] Do you live alone?
I'm a widow.
Rose, I'd like you to make sure
the dining room
is spotless tonight.
I believe that the dining room
is up to Nick's standards.
What about my standards?
Well, if you're
so concerned about it,
maybe you should
do it yourself.
All I'm saying is
if you want it done right...
I could do it, Rose.
Nick would never fuck you then.
What did you just say?
- Rose.
- [Rose] As a matter of fact,
you're not looking well at all.
Perhaps you should lie down.
Rose, what did you just say?
I watch him in
the shower sometimes,
when you're sleeping.
He's caught me a few times.
He doesn't seem to mind.
Just keep lathering chest.
- Stop.
- I think he enjoys it.
Are you all right, dear?
You're not looking well at all.
Perhaps you should lie down.
Don't ever talk about
him like that.
About who, dear?
What are you talking about?
Please, please just go.
Are you all right, dear?
Please go.
What about the laundry?
You're fired.
[eerie instrumental]
[Nick distantly] Sara!
[Nick] We can call
the whole thing off.
Just say the word.
I went out to the garden.
I couldn't find...
it was that you described.
It was just a pile of weeds.
I'm sorry about Rose...
[Nick] Don't apologize
about Rose.
You are the woman of the house
and you did what needed
to be done.
I'm proud of you.
I'm nervous.
Pre-dinner courage?
Thank you.
That's strong.
Like you.
I'm gonna head downstairs.
You'll be fine.
I may show off
a little tonight.
Just been so long
and I want everyone
to think that
we're back to normal.
Or at least close to it.
I hope that's okay.
I understand.
I love you.
I love you, too.
[delicate piano plays]
You look fantastic.
Thank you.
Friends, I would like
to reintroduce you
to Mrs. Sara Wright.
Um, thank you.
Thank you all for coming.
I may not remember who you are
but I'm glad you're here.
[eerie instrumental]
What's that?
Well, that's for you.
After dinner.
Here, sit right here.
Sara, why don't you get
reacquainted with everybody?
I'm gonna go check on the pork.
It's so good to see you, Sara.
You are looking very fine.
- Thank you...
- Is it true?
You don't remember a thing?
Things are slowly
coming back to me.
Surely, you remember
Madeleine and I.
[woman] Wow.
Is that the first...
Nick, that looks amazing.
[woman 2] Sure does.
It's gonna taste even better.
- [chuckling]
- Isn't that right, Bobby.
[Rose] I think
I deserve a little credit.
- Hi.
- [smooch]
Sara, she said that
she didn't say anything to you.
Plus, I had no idea
how to cook the pork.
[man] Mm, pork.
I'd eat my own body weight,
if I could.
You know, it's funny,
you put it like that, Bobby.
I was reading something earlier
for this thing I'm working on
about cannibalism.
Do you know what cannibals
call human flesh?
They call it long pig.
[snaps] That's it, Bobby.
And they say
human flesh tastes like pork.
Now, apparently,
cannibals do what they do
to acquire the power
of the person they're eating.
They don't eat
the whole person, mind you,
just the important bits.
The Korowai tribe of New Guinea
still practice it.
I mean, really, people have
been practicing cannibalism
since the beginning.
Neanderthal eating Neanderthal
then modern man shows up
and eats Neanderthal.
And obviously modern man
eats modern man.
When you think about it,
nothing's really changed.
Your husband has a gift
for dinner conversation,
doesn't he?
Well, I would like
to propose a toast
to our lovely Sara.
May your recovery be swift
and may this night
mark a rebirth for you.
- [man 3] Salud.
- [Bobby] Salud...
[man 4] Oh, and to Nick
for cooking
this extravagant meal
and hosting this...
very special evening.
- Salud.
- [Nick] Salud.
To all of you for coming up
and supporting us.
It has not been an easy process
but I feel confident
that we're on the homestretch.
But mostly to my wife...
without whom
I wouldn't have a home.
Or purpose.
Watching you strengthen lately
has really filled my heart.
To never looking back.
[group] To never looking back.
[Tom whispering] Sara.
Someone's outside.
Sorry, what did you see?
- I thought...
- [Nick] Sara.
There's nobody outside.
How many of these have you had?
- [laughing]
- Sara, maybe you saw
your reflection in
the glass or something.
[Madeleine] Sara,
where did you get that dress?
It's spectacular.
Um.... Nick.
Oh... Handsome,
charming and great taste.
[Nick] Come on.
What are you waiting for?
Dig in.
Can I help you, Rose?
[Tom whispering] The key.
[Nick] Mm.
Yeah. Everybody,
we need to loosen up.
Drink. I want to see
empty glasses. Come on.
Somebody get me another drink.
Now, that's the spirit.
I mean, this is a party, right?
It's a party.
Get your hand off my leg.
[music rises]
Don't you ever touch me again,
you filthy, fucking pig.
- I hate you!
- [group] I hate you!
There she is.
- [Nick] Inappropriate.
- Too much to drink, Bobby.
Come on. Get him out of here.
[accordion instrumental]
This is what I call a party.
[distant laughter]
[Tom] Sara.
[low chattering]
[instrumental rises]
[chaotic instrumental]
[raspy voice] Look.
What you've done.
So beautiful.
[Sara] I didn't.
[ominous voice] You did.
[Sara] No. I didn't.
[raspy voice]
You took the final step.
Now, we can truly begin.
You bit the apple, Sara.
This is your Eden.
Your baptism,
the place of your rebirth.
- What's going on?
- [raspy voice] Do you remember
sitting in this very tub
and letting go?
Do you remember calling to me?
[raspy voice] I have never
heard music sweeter than
the sound of the razor
kissing your wrists.
But you...
don't worry about anything.
I didn't kill him.
I just wanted him
to stop touching me.
You don't have to be scared.
Just let me get you home
and I'll explain it all.
I am home.
[high-pitched eerie music]
No, please.
What's wrong, darling?
Oh, honey, you can't leave us.
[eerie distorted accordion
[music stops]
[Nick] Sara, open the door!
What are you?
[Nick] I'm your husband.
[low distorted music]
[floorboards creak]
Sara, you're not well.
You just stabbed Bobby
in the neck with a fork.
Get out!
[determined footsteps]
[distorted music fades]
[shrill mysterious music
[indistinct whispering]
[indistinct female voice]
[mysterious indistinct voices]
[Tom] Follow us.
[audio suddenly stops]
[shrill mysterious music
[Tom prays in other language]
[distorted music]
[Julie] Sara?
[Tom prays in other language]
[muffled cry]
[loud gasp]
[pulsing musical beats]
[typewriter keys clacking]
[clacking continues]
[Tom] Sara.
[music quiets]
Listen to me.
Listen to me.
She thought
I could maybe help you.
[Nick] Do you
really want to die?
Is that what you want?
[Tom] Sara.
[Tom] Sara! Follow us.
The key's in your hand!
You wouldn't do it, would you?
[Tom] Sara, Sara,
just listen to me,
my voice. No one else.
[Nick] Sara. What do you see?
You can hear him.
Don't let them do this to you.
[Tom] Sara, just listen to me.
I won't pick up
your dead body again.
I can't.
The voices led
the razors to your wrists.
Sara, he's lying.
I'm your husband.
I love you.
So, please, please
don't do that to me again.
This is exactly what they did
to you the last time.
[praying in Latin].
[Latin prayers in background]
You are seeing things
that aren't there, Sara.
[speaks Latin]
Sara, hey.
I'm with you now.
[splatting and squelching]
[praying in Latin]
I love you so much.
[Tom praying in Latin]
[ominous voice]
Trust me, I'll keep you safe.
Everything is going
to be different now.
[thud then knife clatters]
[Tom] [ praying in Latin].
[pained hissing]
[Tom] Sara, he's lying!
Leave her now!
Leave her now!
Leave this earth!
In the name of God Himself!
Take me!
I cast you out.
Out, demon!
[yelling and growling]
I cast you out!
[demon screams]
[low calm music]
It is done.
[birds tweeting]
Her vitals are fine.
seems to be okay, here.
Thank for your help, Mike.
[Tom] Well, I've never heard
of anything like this before.
Victims of possession
don't usually
remember being possessed.
It seemed so real. He...
felt like my husband.
It, Sara. Not he.
You mustn't continue to give
strength to its illusions.
This isn't over yet.
The entity is purged
but you're still vulnerable.
When a demon,
or in this case demons,
exit the host,
they don't leave the soul
as it was before the invasion.
A hole is left behind, a void,
a pocket of darkness.
You can feel it, can't you?
It will eventually go away.
Be cautious, Sarah.
Strengthen your faith.
Fill that hole
with light.
And, Julie, watch over her.
Take care of her.
Be her lighthouse.
[delicate horn instrumental]
[clock bell chimes]
[Julie] Sara,
I'm gonna make some tea.
You want some?
That sounds good, actually.
[Julie] Doc gave me
these to give to you.
I was the one who found you.
In the bathtub
with a razor blade.
I can't even begin to
describe what that did to me.
I know living here
must be a constant reminder
of what happened to Mom and Dad
but, you know,
you can always talk to me
about whatever,
whenever, right?
Come to me
when you're feeling sad.
Let's talk it out together,
Julie, I am so sorry.
I know. Don't apologize.
- I never...
- You don't need to apologize.
Just know from now on
everything is gonna be alright.
[slow ominous music]
You're with me now.
[Nick] The doctor gave them
to me for you, help you relax.
Take me!
gonna be different now.
[dramatic instrumental]