The Good Neighbor (2021) Movie Script

[ Water sloshing ]

[ Boat creaking ]

-[ Gasps ]
[ Plane flies overhead ]
[ Exhales sharply ]
[ Indistinct announcement
over PA ]

[ Plane flies overhead ]

- David Stevens?
- Yeah.
[ Clears throat ]

[ Camera shutter clicks ]
You from Riga?
It's my first time.
Love the, uh, the architecture.
It's so beautiful here.

[ Camera shutter clicking ]
[ Whistles ]

[ Trunk door closes ]

[ Chuckles ]
- Good to see you,
you old rattlesnake.
- Ohh!
- David, how you doing?
- Grant!
-Good. How was your flight, man?
- Oh, it was good.
- Good!
So the, uh, painters are
behind on your apartment,
but they assure me
they'll be out in a few weeks,
and then we can get you
closer to town.
-No, it's... it's fine.
Really, Grant.
-But it still needs
a lot of work, the exterior.
-I think it's...
I think it's beautiful, really.
I like it.
- Good. Well, the office
is walkable from the train,
and there's a train station
very close by.
Or else you could use
my other car,
which is in the, uh, garage,
if you need to.
You'll get the lay of the land.
-You know, I just want to say
thank you
for setting this up, Grant,
It's... I'm excited for
some change, you know?
-Well, don't be too excited.
I need you to serve
as a swing writer.
I know it's a step down
for you now,
but, uh, we'll get you
into the system,
and we'll go from there.
- Okay. That's...
Yeah, that's no problem.
I'm here to work.
You know me. Alright.

[ Indistinct conversations,
telephone ringing ]
Excuse me. Sorry, I'm lost.
[ Chuckles ]
Hi. I'm David.
- David Stevens.
-[ Chuckles ] Uh...
-Your desk is over there.
-Thank you.
- Hi.
- Hi.
[ Conversations continue ]
Hey, how you doing, man?
- Good.
-Yeah? Alright.
-So, you met Iris? Hmm?
- Yeah, I did.
- She's amazing.
I mean, if you're looking.
-[ Chuckles ]
[ Bell tolling ]
[ Insects chirping ]
[ Engine sputters ]
[ Sighs ] Come on.
[ Sputtering continues ]
[ Doorbell buzzes ]
- [ Speaks Latvian ]
- Hi.
I'm sorry to bother you. Um...
[ Speaks Latvian ]
[ Both chuckle ]
-Hello. I'm Robert.
-Oh, you're British.
-Yeah, my mom was.
I went to school there.
- Okay.
- And you're a hamster.
-Is that what I said?
-Yeah. [ Speaks Latvian ]
How can I help you, David?
-Uh, I can't seem to
get my car started.
I was wondering if you had
a gas can that I could borrow.
-Oh, I think I can do a little
bit better than that...
Give you some actual gas.
Come in.
- Oh. That's amazing. Thank you.
-Excuse the mess.
Do you want a beer or something?
- Oh, no. Maybe another time.
I just really want to
get the car sorted.
-[ Sighs ]
[ Dog barking in distance ]
[ Door closes ]
[ Footsteps approach ]
-Here you go.
-Alright. Thank you.
Did you catch that?
- Yes, I did.
- Huh.
- You fish?
- Oh, no.
As a kid, uh,
I wasn't very good at it.
Okay, uh, thank you...
- Welcome.
- for this.
Look, I will return this
full tomorrow, I promise.
-No problem.
I know where you live.
- [ Speaks Latvian ] Right?
- [ Speaks Latvian ]
-[ Sighs ]
[ Engine sputtering ]
Come on, you piece of shit.
[ Clicks tongue ]
[ Car door closes ]
[ Sighing ] Alright.
What the fuck?
-[ Knocks on glass ]
David, do you need a hand?
Hey. Um...
- The fuse box is good.
- Mm-hmm.
Are you a mechanic?
- Me?
- Yeah.
-I'm a nurse.
I work for
a mobile nursing unit.
-Wow, that sounds rewarding
-It's an odd job, really.
A lot of people come to Riga
to die. It's nice like that.
What about you?
- I'm a journalist, yeah.
- Oh, really?
- Mm-hmm.
-Have you written
anything I've read?
-No, probably not.
Just mostly U.S. news.
-[ Grunts ] Okay. Try it now.
[ Engine starts ]
- [ Laughs ]
- Take it for a ride,
let the gas go through.
- Yeah.
Hey, uh, I'm not really good
with cars.
You want to go for a spin in
case this bad boy breaks down?
[ Closes car hood ]

[ Engine revving ]
Car sounds good.
-So did you come here alone?
-Yeah, just me.
-No wife, no girlfriend,
No, we're done, you know?
It's kind of the reason
why I'm here.
- I'm sorry. Fuck.
- No, that's alright.
- [ Sighs ]
- Yeah, she...
She dumped me because
I wasn't ready to get married,
and then she ran off
with my best friend.
-I don't think
he was your best friend.
-[ Laughs ] Yeah, I guess not.
-You know, from suffering
comes happiness.
You have to believe
you'll be alright.
The universe will take care
of the rest.
-Or something. I mean,
what the fuck do I know?
-[ Laughs ]
No, I like that, I like that.
Hey, that's good. You know,
you're a good guy, man.

[ Sighs ]
[ Sighs ]
[ Clicks tongue ]

[ Birds chirping ]
[ Horn honks ]
[ Knock on door ]
- Come in.
- Hey.
- Hey!
- So I'm going to head out.
Uh, I sent you that
money laundering piece.
-Great. Great.
I-I'll have a look.
-Okay, cool.
Hey, uh, if you're up for it
later, drinks, my treat.
-Oh, shit. I'm sorry,
I would love to,
but I got this, uh,
phone interview from Boston.
It's probably going to go late.
- Okay. Sure. It's no problem.
- Take a rain check.
- Yeah.
See you tomorrow.
- Pieces of leaves
with their jaws.
The [indistinct] are
transported back to the nest,
where they are processed
into a nutritional substrate
for their subterranean
fungus gardens.
It's this symbiosis between
the ants and the fungus
that appears to be rewriting
the insect evolution.
But we still don't...
-[ Humming ]
[ Man speaking indistinctly
on TV ]

[ Water stops ]
- David.
- Hey.
- Hey.
- What are you up to?
- Watching TV.
- Yeah?
You wanna go grab a drink?
- Now?
-Yeah, I owe you a drink for
helping me with the car, so...
I'll throw something on.
- Okay.
[ Engine revs ]
[ Dance music plays ]

[ Cheering ]

-To the universe.
-Yeah, the universe.
[ Speaks Latvian ]
Hey, listen, I've read
a couple of your articles.
You write well.
- Thank you.
Thank you for reading.
- Yeah.
Doesn't make you feel good?
- No.
[ Glasses clink ]

[ Cheering ]

-I'll have another one.
Thank you.
I'd like a drink. What is it?
-It's called
a short trip to hell.
Short trip to...
I like the sound of that.
-Want a sip?
One's good, but the second,
you might regret it.
-Well, I'll buy the next round,
-This is my... third, I think.
-[ Laughs ]
I'm David.
- Janine.
- Janine?
I like your bracelet, Janine.
-That? Just my cycling ID.
- What?
- It's for my bike.
I cycle everywhere.
It's got emergency contacts
and stuff.
I'm just here for work.
What brings you to Riga?
- Soul searching.
- Ah, soul.
-I'm from London originally.
-Um, are you with anyone?
-I met some friends earlier,
but they've gone.
What about you?
- Yeah.
A friend. He's here somewhere.
- Yeah, sure.
You don't have to make things
up. You're better than that.
- I'm not. I'm not.
- Convince me.
Come on.

You've got my number. Call me.
-I'll buy you another drink...
Water, anything.
-Another time. I have to get up
early in the morning for work.
-Don't go.
-Now you got my number.
-[ Chuckles ] Right.

- [ Speaks Latvian ]
- Uh, yes. [ Speaks Latvian ]
- [ Speaks Latvian ]
- I'm sorry to leave you hanging.
I just met
the most amazing girl.
- Oh, yeah?
- Yeah.
- Did you get her number?
- I did.
-Good. Let's go.
[ Cheering ]
Do you want to go for
another beer or something?
-I got to work tomorrow.
I wish I could.
- [ Sighs ]
- [ Clears throat ]
[ Tires squeal ]
[ Insects chirping ]
[ Engine revving ]
I don't think you should smoke
in this car.
- I'm sorry, man.
- No, it's all good. Here.
[ Radio playing ]
- [ Speaks indistinctly ]
- Mm.
-Do you know how to work this?
[ Static ]
-No, that's the wrong button.
Oh, shit.
[ Radio tuning ]
-Watch out!
[ Tires squeal ]
[ Brakes screech ]
-[ Breathing heavily ]
-David, we hit something.
[ Insects chirping ]
[ Car door opens ]

[ Car door opens ]

[ Car door closes ]

Janine? What the fuck?
What the fuck?
-Move away.
-She's not breathing.
[ Blows ]

Ooh, come on. Come on.
- Robert, what's wrong with her?
- Come on, babe.
[ Blows ]
[ Grunts ]

She's dead, David.
- Shit. Shit.
Shit, shit.
- David, I'm sorry, mate.
- Oh!
- David, David...
David, I'm sorry, David.
- Oh, God. Fuck. Oh, God.
Oh, God, it can't be.
She can't be dead.
Why are you driving your bike
down the middle of the road?
Why is there
no fucking bike path?!
Please. [ Dog barking ]
Why don't you just wake up?
Wake up.
-David, we need to leave now.
- We got to call for help.
- We can't call anybody.
You've been drinking.
This is murder.
[ Dog barking ]
David, we have to go.
Now, David!

-Oh, fuck.
[ Crying ]
-[ Echoing ] David!
-I'm sorry.
I'm so sorry.
I'm sorry.

[ Car door closes ]
[ Engine revs ]

[ Dog barking in distance,
birds chirping ]
[ Sighs ]
[ Breathing heavily ]
[ Sighs ]
We should have
called the police.
-This could have happened
to anyone.
-[ Clicks tongue ] Yeah.
But it didn't.
It happened to me.
And it happened to her.
-It happened to us, David.
I know this girl shouldn't have
been riding her bike in the dark
with no light on.
But if you report this,
nothing's going to change
for that girl.
You can't undo it.
But what you can do is move on.
What's past is past.
Don't let this ruin us.

-[ Exhales deeply ]

[ Slams passport ]

[ Ring ]
[ Cellphone beeps ]

[ Doorbell rings ]
[ Men conversing on Latvian ]
[ Doorbell rings ]
-[ Sighs ]
[ Doorbell rings, dog barking ]
[ Doorbell rings ]
[ Dog barking ]
[ Indistinct talking ]
[ Siren wailing ]

-So where are we?
-Okay. [ Speaks Latvian ]
-Right. Kiel?
-Yes. Police have concluded
the investigation
into the murder of...

-Okay. That, uh, leaves us
with the hit-and-run yesterday.
Cyclist found dead.
Uh, David, that would be you.
Any questions?
-Great. Let's get started.
Happy Friday.
-Thank you.
[ Door closes ]
[ Indistinct talking ]

-[ Retching ]
[ Spits ]
[ Breathing deeply ]
[ Sighs ]
[ Sniffs ]
You speak English?
-You were at
the press conference.
-I'm one of the journalists.
-They're saying
they have no leads.
I-I don't understand.
-Did you know her?
-She's my sister.
I'm not even meant
to be here yet.
We... We have kayaking.
-I'm sorry. I have to go back...
Back to the office.
-Hey! Will you write...
in... in your article,
will you write
that we need witnesses
to come forward?

- You did what?!
- I took care of our problem.
-And what did you do with it?
-Do you really want to know?
It's gone... for good.
-I was at the police station
for the news conference.
- Uh-huh.
- The girl's sister was there.
-Whose sister?
-[ Slams glass ]
Who do you think?
Janine's sister.
She wants to know what happened.
-Of course she does.
What do the police know?
far as I can tell, for now.
[ Sighs ]
- Robert?
- David?
-It's not too late
to turn ourselves in.
-Yes, it is.
Do you know how many years
you'll get for a hit-and-run
in Latvia?
Do you want to go to prison
as an American?
I wouldn't.
-[ Inhales, exhales sharply ]
Goddamn it.
What do we do about the car?
-Wait 'til tomorrow
and report it stolen.
Look suspicious
if you did anything else.
-That night,
you and I went into town.
But we didn't drive.
We went to a bar.
We had a few drinks.
We left the bar at 12:15
and took a tram at 12:30.
Got it?
We have to protect each other.
We have to rely on each other.

Come on.
It's beautiful, isn't it?

-You ready?
Let's get involved.
[ Duck quacking ]

Oh, st-stay calm.
- What do I do? What do I do?
- Let him have the hook.
- Okay, okay, okay.
[ Grunts ] Whoo!
[ Laughs ]
- Whoa!
[ Laughs ]
- Wow!
-Bring it in, bring it in,
bring it in.
Come on.
- You got it?
[ Laughs ]
-You are blessed.
[ Sizzling ]

What are you doing?
-Jamie Oliver trick.
-Oh, yeah.
- You want a drink?
- No, I've tea, thanks.
Sorry about the smell.
- It's alright.
[ Clears throat ]
- I'd have cooked it outside,
but my barbecue's broken.
-Do you collect these?
-Excuse me.
Please... don't do that.
-Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't...
[ Clock ticking ]
-My mother used to
leave them for me.
She went away.
-W-What do you mean, went away?
-You got a drink? Let's eat.

[ Telephone ringing,
indistinct conversations ]
-Yes, Officer, that is correct,
I'm not the owner of the car.
Okay, so he has to be the one
to report it was stolen.
Okay. I will tell him.
Thank you.
- David, you have a visitor.
-Hi. Um,
I don't know if you remember me.
I'm Janine Rafael's sister.
-Yes. How can I help you?
-I'm Vanessa.
You wrote that article
about my sister,
about how the police
have no leads.
-I wanted to speak to you.
The police, they're not moving
very quickly, and, uh...
-You know, I-I really
have a deadline to finish.
-Um, okay.
Uh, maybe a drink after work?
-Um, my schedule
is pretty packed.
-Look, I think I know
how to catch the killer.

This is the highway
from Dzintari to Riga,
which is the fastest route
from the club.
And this is the back road
where my sister died.
- Right.
- What if someone
was deliberately
avoiding the highway?
-You know, most people
have driving habits.
A road they'll
take during the day
they will also take at night.
-What if they'd drunk too much?
-Still could have been
coming from Dzintari
taking the back roads.
- But that's a much longer trip.
- Look, all I'm saying is
that there are many reasons why
someone might take that road.
-So you're not going to help me.
-I'll do what I can. Look,
let the police do their job.
You know,
these things take time.
-[ Sighs ] Yeah.
Is someone [Smacks lips]
helping you through all this?
-My dad died
when we were younger.
[ Clears throat ]
And my mom died
a few years back.
Janine was all I had.
Look, please.
I need answers.
I don't know what else to do.

-I'll see what I can do.

Thank you.

-Do you know what?
The best fishing I've ever done
is in Ludza.
I mean, it's beautiful. It's not
far from here, actually.
Fish just hop out of the water.
Do you know what? I think we
should go together, you and I,
to Ludza.
I've got a mate up there
who rent apartments.
Not expensive or anything.
- Oh, fuck!
- Shit.
Let me have a look at it.
-[ Groans ]
- [ Spits ]
- What are you doing?
- I'm sucking out the infection.
- Stop it!
-I'm sorry.
There's Band-Aids in the box.
Look, I'm sorry.
I didn't mean to upset you.
-It's fine.
-No, it's a problem.
- Robert?
- What?
-I have killed a woman.
But you of all people should
know how this world works.
-What the hell
does that even mean?
-You worked as a journalist
in New York.
-Bad things happen
to good people all the time.
Get over it.
- How about you
take care of your own shit,
and I'll take care of mine?
If I did that, you'd be in jail.

[ Gear shifts,
engine shuts off ]
[ Car door slams ]

[ Clock ticking ]

-Okay, how...
how do you spell...
-You just need that,
that... [ Keyboard clacking ]
-David, you got a second?
-Uh, yeah.
-That's fine. I'll finish. Yeah.
- So you're settling in?
- Mm-hmm, yeah.
Well, I met the guy
who lives next door.
- Oh.
- Do you know anything about him?
- Rob... Robert?
- Mm-Hmm.
-Something like that?
Oh, well, neighbors told me
that his mother
was an airline stewardess,
used to leave him alone
for weeks and weeks as a kid.
He's an odd bird.
Is everything alright?
- I'm... I'm...
Yeah, I'm good.
I'm just working.
-Okay. That's good to hear.
By the way, I'm, uh, thinking
of taking off this weekend.
I'm going to go to the Baltic
Pride Festival in Vilnius.
Probably, uh, need to swap cars
so we can all fit.
-Oh, shit. I forgot to...
To tell you.
I've been having trouble
keeping the car running.
I was going to call a mechanic,
have him come out,
take a look at it.
Uh, just, you know,
a little gift from me to you.
Everything you've done,
you know?
-Don't worry about it. I'll get
one of the boys to drive us all.
No problem.
- Right. Whatever's easiest.
You know?
- No. All good. Okay.
I'm good, by the way.
[ Water running ]

[ Water stops ]

[ Gear shifts,
engine shuts off ]
[ Car door closes ]
- You got a new car?
- Hey.
Yeah, it's just a rental.
- Nice.
-[ Grunts ]
-And you got a new grill.
-This is for you, actually.
- For me?
- Yeah.
[ Chuckles ]
-I know your old one messed up,
so I wanted to apologize
for the other day.
-Oh, please, mate. Forget it.
I mean, I will take the grill.
Can't believe you remembered.
- Yeah.
How about we fire it up tonight
for dinner? Sound good?
- Yeah.
- Yeah?
-I'll fire it up about 8:00.
- Okay.
- Okay. Thanks, David.
- You're welcome.
- Yeah.
Wow. I can't believe
you bought me a present.

[ Cellphone beeps ]
[ Ring ]
-Hi, Vanessa,
it's David Stevenson.
Just calling to see
how you were doing.
-Well, good, actually.
Detective Reine called.
A witnesses just came forward.

- David.
- [ Whispering ] Robert, listen.
A witness came forward.
[ Tires squeal ]
Some old lady who lives
by the road called the police.
-Have they been to see her yet?
-No. I'm sure they will today.
-Listen to me.
There's no need to panic.
You find out what they know.
I'm sure it's nothing.
[ Cellphone beeps ]

[ Doorbell rings ]
[ Lock unlatches ]
[ Footsteps approaching ]
[ Bag unzips ]
[ Keypad rings ]
Thanks for coming so quickly.
Come in.
Take a seat.
-[ Sighs ]
So witness came forward.
-Detective Reine is on her way.
Maybe now they'll catch
the piece of shit who did this.
I don't know how
people sleep at night.
[ Exhales sharply ]
I'm sorry.
Can I get you a drink?
-Yeah. Sure.
[ Cellphone buzzing ]


The witness...
s-she had a heart attack.
She didn't make it.
[ Breathes shakily ]
[ Crying ]

-I'm so sorry.
-[ Crying ]

[ Cellphone ringing, buzzing ]
- David.
- You will not believe this.
The old lady, the witness,
she had a heart attack.
-Okay. That's good.
You okay?
- Yeah, yeah, I'm good.
-What time you coming over?
Hey, I'm really sorry to do
this. I'm way behind at work.
-Yeah, yeah, sure.
Come over whenever you want.
Don't sweat it.
-No, I'm not going to be able
to make it. I'm really sorry.
-Are you sure?
I've got a lot
of really nice food here.
Be a shame to waste it.
-I'm just, uh... I got to
finish this... this piece,
and they pushed my deadline.
So I'm stuck here all night,
-Yeah, yeah. Sure, sure.
Go, go, go, go.
Do your job, mate.
Yeah, no problem.
- I'm really sorry.
- See you later.

[ Cellphone thuds ]
[ Lock clicks ]

[ Car door opens ]

[ Car door closes ]

-[ Knocks on glass ]
I'm looking for David.
-David Stevens?
We were meant to have a barbecue
this evening,
and he called me
and said he had to work late.
So I thought I'd bring
the dinner to him.
-Oh, I'm sorry. I'm Grant.
I'm, uh...
I'm one of the editors here.
You... You look very familiar.
-I don't believe we've met.
I live next door to David.
- Robert!
- Yes.
-Yes. Well, we have met.
I... I own the house.
-Oh, I'm sorry.
I didn't recognize you.
-Yeah. Well, um, David left
about a half an hour ago.
He said he was going to go down
to Main Street,
get some sushi, and then,
uh, come back, finish up.
But, uh, I mean, it...
It smells nice.
[ Chuckles ]
-Why don't you enjoy it,
while it's warm?
-Oh, well,
that's very sweet of you.
-It's my pleasure, Grant.

[ Indistinct conversations ]
-So did you always know
you wanted to be a writer?
-Uh, yeah, sort of.
My mother used to say
she always knew when I was a kid
because I'd have all these
random questions, you know?
Like, here's one...
Why is there a "D"
in "fridge"...
Think about it...
- Mm-hmm.
- And not "refrigerator"
-[ Laughs ]

-So I didn't ask you...
What do you do for a living?
-Mm. Graphic designer.
-Wow, very cool.
-It's good because I can work
from anywhere,
but London is home.
-So you married?
We were together six years,
but it just didn't work out.
-On the mend
from a recent split.
-Sorry to hear that.

Hey, last piece is yours.
-No, it's yours. I insist.

-I insist.
[ Chuckles ]
[ Chuckles ]
[ Laughs ]
Well, thanks for a nice evening.
- Yeah. You're welcome.
- I needed that.
-What the fuck?
-Who would do something
like this?

I'm... I'm sorry.
Can I give you a ride home?
-It's okay. I'm only like
a five-minute walk from here.
Have a good night.
- You, too.
[ Footsteps departing ]
[ Sighs ]
Fuck me.
-[ Breathes deeply ]

-[ Gasps ]

[ Breathing heavily ]

[ Door opens ]
[ Door closes ]
-[ Sighs ]
[ Birds calling ]

-Hey, Robert, it's, uh [Sighs]
it's David again.
Been trying to reach you
Just give me a call
when you get this.
[ Knock on door ]
-Uh, Vanessa. Hi.
-I'm sorry for i-intruding.
I went to your office,
and they said you were here.
I wanted to give you these
to say thank you
for being so helpful,
for listening to me.
-Thank you.
Uh, you really sh-shouldn't...
-Can I come in?
[ Clock ticking ]
Janine and I,
we weren't really speaking.
We got into this huge fight
in Greece last summer.
And she left to come here.
Just so stupid.
I just wish I'd done more
to resolve things.
I feel so guilty.
And I miss her.
I really miss her.
[ Breathes shakily ] God.
[ Exhales sharply ]
I'm... I'm sorry.
-No, it's okay.
-[ Sighs ]
[ Sniffles ]
[ Clock ticking ]

Hey, I didn't know
if you wanted some...

[ Birds calling ]
-So cheerful, bright.
[ Guitar playing ]
Much too early to be called way.
-She was the best chef,
the best colleague,
the kindest person at all.
-May she... rest in peace
and... have freedom... forever.
-Janine and I had been
through so much.
We were always there
for each other.
It's amazing to see
that she found her tribe
in such a beautiful place.
To Janine.
- To Janine.
- To Janine.
- To Janine.
-I'm so sorry, Vanessa.

-Hi. Thank you for coming.
-I'm sorry for your loss.

[ Insects chirping ]
-Where were you?
- What?
- Were you at the memorial?
-Yeah, I had to cover it
for work.
-Why was Vanessa Rafael
at your house last night?
-Are you spying on me now?
-Her Uber turned around
in my driveway and woke me up.
Have you read this?
- [ Sighs ]
The sister, David.
The bloody woman is dead!
And you want to go play therapy
with the sister.
What are you trying to be,
Her rock?
All I've ever asked of you
is your loyalty.
I need to know I can count...
-I'm not going to tell her
a damn thing.
Trust me.
-[ Scoffs ]
Eventually, she finds out
Women always do, David.
Then what?
[ Door slams ]

[ Clattering ]

-Well, that's about it, then,
I guess.
Um, no questions,
uh, have a good weekend.
- Have a nice weekend.
- Thank you. Bye.
[ Indistinct conversations ]
-Uh, Henry, could I speak
to you a second?
How's David doing?
-Well, actually, he missed
a couple of deadlines.
-A couple?
[ Indistinct talking ]
-Hey. How you doing?
-Yeah, you know, I'm just,
uh, really swamped at work.
-You haven't returned
any of my calls.
Are you sure you're okay?
-I don't think we should do this
anymore, Vanessa.
-We met because of Janine.
Don't you think some good
can come of that,
some light
after all this darkness?
Could be a chance
for both of us.

[ Telephone rings ]
-Yeah? Grant here.
-Hello. This is Officer Pavlows.
I'm calling about
your stolen car,
a 1984 BMW.
-My stolen car?

[ Vehicle approaches ]

[ Birds chirping ]
[ Door creaks ]
-Hey, there.
[ Chuckles ]

-So nice.
- I'll go get the kayaks.
- Okay.
- Thank you very much.
- Take care. Have fun.
-There's a really nice point
to stop
if you want to stop
for a romantic lunch,
hang out and have a drink. Yeah.
- Cool.
-Other than that,
the lake is beautiful.
- Thanks.
- What are you doing here?
- You know each other?
- Yes.
How do you know each other?
- This is Vanessa.
We're friends from work.
Vanessa, this is my neighbor.
-Oh, I'd like to think
I'm a little bit more than that.
I'm his friend... Robert.
Pleasure to meet you.
- Have we met?
- Oh, I think I'd remember.
-I think our kayaks are ready.
-Okay. Nice to meet you.
-And you, Vanessa.
-What the fuck
are you doing here?
There you are.
What a beautiful day.
Not too hot, not too humid.
-I somehow imagined this
-Hey, Robert, uh, do you mind
giving us
a little bit of privacy?
-I'll find a good spot,
and I'll leave you two alone.
By the way, special occasion?
-My sister and I used to do this
trick before she passed away.
We thought we'd do it
to celebrate her.
-God, that's awful.
I'm so sorry. What happened?
-She was hit by a car.
-A car?
That's not the girl
in the newspaper?
-They still haven't
caught him, right?
- Robert, please. Please.
- That man's a pig.
I can't believe that bastard.
Leave a beautiful girl like that
dying in the street
like an animal.
Vanessa! Vanessa!
- Vanessa!
-I'm sorry! I'm so sorry.
-Vanessa! Robert!
Son of a bitch.



[ Gurgling ]
[ Pounding ]


Oh, my God.

David! Here!

-[ Gasping ]
-I got you.
I got you.
- Here you go.
- Thanks.
-[ Sighs ]
How you doing? You okay?
I saw...
I thought I saw...
I thought Robert...
-Robert what?
Doesn't matter.
I'm just glad it's over.
-[ Blows ]
How is she? Is she alright?
-She... She almost drowned,
What the hell is wrong with you?
-I have no idea what
you're talking about.
-You know exactly
what I'm talking about.
Do you think this is
some kind of game, huh?
You come down here.
You insult her.
You embarrass me.
-Insult her?
Embarrass you?
You killed her sister.
You're doing the insulting.
-You know, Robert,
why don't you just leave?
-Or what?
- Or what?
- Yeah.
Or what?
-I got this under control.
-I know you do.
Of course.
I'm sorry.

-Mr. Stevens?
I'm Detective Reine.
-Yes, I know who you are.
I was at the press conference.
-Ah. Oh.
What a coincidence.
How are you?
- Good.
Is there news about my sister?
-No. Sorry.
Actually, we are here
to talk with Mr. Stevens.
- Please have a seat.
- Oh, thank you.
-Can I get you
something to drink?
-No. Actually, the reason
we are here
is you reported your car stolen,
Mr. Stevens.
- Yes. Well, technically,
it's not my car.
- Mm.
We know. Our officer
tried to confirm the owner,
but he hasn't returned the call.
-I think he's on a getaway with
some friends for the weekend,
- Huh.
-You reported the theft
on Saturday,
after the hit-and-run
last week, yeah?
-Yeah, on Saturday.
It might have been Friday.
- Small details, right?
- I think it was Saturday, yes.
-Let me ask you something.
-Thursday night, where were you?
- Thursday night?
- Yeah.
[ Clears throat ]
Teritorija bar.
-Was Ms. Rafael there, as well?
-No. No, we... met
at your briefing.
-No, I mean, Janine Rafael.
-I'm sorry. Uh, what...
What is this about?
I don't understand.
- Ms. Rafael's phone records.
You called her that night
at, uh... at 11:28?
-That must be a mistake.
I did make a call that night
at the bar.
There was a woman, and she wrote
on my arm, and then she left.
God, I'm... I didn't know
that was her.
-How long were you at the bar?
-Uh, not very long.
Quarter past twelve.
I took the tram home.
-Can anyone testify to that?
Mr. Stevens,
can anyone testify to that?
Robert, my neighbor,
he was with me all night.
So we'll have a little chat
with him.

[ Doorbell rings ]
-You knew my sister.
-I guess I did,
but it was brief.
I didn't even realize.
-Well, you knew her well enough
to call her.
- [ Speaks Latvian ]
- [ Speaks Latvian ]
-Why didn't you tell me?
-Because I didn't realize
until just now.
-And the car missing?
That doesn't seem odd to you?
-That was stolen from work.
You knew that.
it's a fucking coincidence.
-What do you want me to say?
-I want you
to tell me the truth.
-Did you know my sister?
I... I knew her.
But I didn't realize I did.
What does that change?
[ Door opens ]
[ Door slams ]

[ Doorbell rings ]

[ Doorbell rings ]
-What did you tell them?
-The truth.
We took a tram at midnight.
-Took a tram at midnight.
Come in.
This has to stop.
-What has to stop?
-You at the wheel.
[ Slurps ]
[ Swallows ]
You think you're the only one
with something to lose here?
-They don't have
anything on us, right?
They don't have a car.
They don't have a witness.
Sleeping with the dead girl's
sister puts us at risk.
You have to deal with it...

[ Doorbell rings ]

-What could you possibly
have to say to me?
-What, you're going to
make something up?
I don't think so.

-[ Sighs ]
-Ludza are the best
fishing grounds in the world.
Throughout the year,
from March to October,
fish can be found
in more than 50 lakes.

-It's over. Are you satisfied?
-She'll turn on you.
She'll ruin your life.
You can't trust anyone, David.
[ Door closes ]

[ Clicks tongue, sighs ]

[ Engine revving in distance ]
[ Laughter, indistinct talking ]

- Hi.
- Hi.
- Vodka martini, please.
- Up, rocks?

Did you know her?
She came here a lot.
-And the night she died,
did you see her?
-I saw her.
She looked happy.
So sad to hear the news.
-[ Speaks Latvian ]
-I'm sorry.
I-I don't speak Latvian.
-You need to catch
the shuttle bus heading north.
Tram stop running in the night.
-For how long?
-All night,
from Thursday until Monday.
No trains after 10:00 p.m.
-Since when?
-Over a month now
it's been like this.
-[ Breathing heavily ]
-You must be from out of town.
Thank you.

[ Dog barking ]
[ Insects chirping ]
-I need to speak with David.
-I'm sorry. He's not here.
He's got a deadline.
-Right. Another deadline.
-Can I help you?
-No, thank you.
-The night my sister was killed,
you and David,
you left the bar together.
-By tram.
-We knew we were going to drink,
so we took the tram.
-And you left when?
-Why are you asking me
these questions?
-Answer me.
What time did you leave?
-Around midnight.
-The tram doesn't run
past 10:00.
-They've been out of service
for over a month.
-[ Chuckles ]
I know you're desperate to know
what happened to your sister.
There's no need to lie.
-You lied to the police.
You were in that car,
and you hit her.
You left her there to die!
-Did I? Did I?!
- [ Muffled screaming ]
- [ Grunts ]
-[ Breathing heavily ]

[ Brakes screech ]
-[ Breathing heavily ]
[ Groans ]

[ Gear shifts ]
-How the hell
did you get in here?
- It was open.
- What are you talking about?
It was locked.
- I'm sorry, it was open.
Who cares? Come on in.
Sit down.
You alright?
[ Sighs ]
So what are you doing here?
I know things
haven't been easy for us,
with the accident
and everything,
so I thought
I'd get you a present.
That is two weeks fly-fishing
in Ludza.
Train tickets.
Leaves tomorrow night.
What do you say?
-[ Scoffs ]
Robert, what are you doing?
-You know I can't go.
I have to work.
-You could write an article.
-Shut up. Just shut the fuck up.
-Whoa. I thought I was doing
something nice for a friend.
-Friend. Oh, we're not friends.
We will never be friends.
Get out of my house.
-I'm asking you to leave.
Fucking fishing trip.
Get the fuck... out of my house!
[ Door opens ]
[ Door closes ]

[ Line ringing ]
[ Cellphone buzzing ]

[ Buzzing stops ]
Vanessa, y-you there?
It's David.
[ Clears throat ]
It's really important.
It's about your sister.

[ Line disconnects ]

-[ Sighs ]

-[ Panting ]
[ Breathing heavily ]
[ Doorbell rings ]
[ Doorbell rings ]
[ Indistinct talking ]
[ Sighs ]
[ Cellphone buzzing ]

[ Clatters ]
[ Buzzing continues ]

[ Clatters ]
[ Ring ]
-Hi, it's Vanessa.
You know the drill.
[ Beep ]

- [ Mumbling ]
- David, hi.
Listen, our meeting
was canceled.
- Why?
- Because no one can get
a hold of Grant.
Have you heard from him?
- No.
- Well, he went on that trip,
but still hasn't shown up yet,
so, we're going to postpone
'til noon.
- Okay.
- Okay?
- Yeah.
[ Clears throat ]

[ Gasp ]

Hey, Grant, it's...
It's David again.
give me a call when you get
a chance, okay?
Just checking in.

-[ Sniffling ]

Excuse me. Excuse me, hi.
Sorry to bother you.
Is it possible
I could borrow your phone
for a moment?
Mine's run out of battery.
-You're so kind. Thank you.

[ Tires screeching ]

[ Beeping rapidly ]

[ Cellphone vibrates ]
[ Vibrates ]
[ Beep ]
-Hello, David.
Where's Vanessa?
-She's with me.
-Can you put her
on the phone, please?
-No, not right now.
-Robert, listen to me.
Whatever you're thinking
about doing,
we can talk about this, okay?
Just tell me where you are.
-I'm thinking
of taking her fishing.

[ Slam ]
-[ Indistinct conversations
in Latvian ]

[ Camera shutter clicks ]
[ Machinery whirring ]

[ Camera shutter clicking ]

-Damn it!
[ Grunts, striking wheel ]

[ Zip tie whirs ]

[ Tires screech ]

[ Creaking ]

-Oh, please.
[ Crying ]
Please let me go.
I won't tell anyone.
Please, please,
just let me go!
[ Shudders ]
- Shh.

-[ Gasp ]

-I'm going to tell you
a little story.
-[ Sobbing ]
-Your sister was alive
when I drove away.

I convinced David
that she was dead
and that he was the murderer.

You see...
- [ Sniffle ]

- I've never had a brother.

[ Brush rustling ]

-[ Gasping ]
[ Hyperventilating ]
- Ah!
[ Thud ]

[ Creaks ]
-Oh, my God!

Oh, my God.

Oh, my God.
I'm so...
[ Crying ]
so sorry.


-What have you done?
-What have I done?
What have I done?
Are you thick?!
I've protected you.
That's what I've done.
Isn't it obvious?
Like I've been protecting you
from the day I met you.
-You killed her!
-Oh, no, David.

You killed her.

You killed them both.

And your friend Grant.
Because you're too stupid
to listen.
You ungrateful prick.
I did this for you!
-[ Grunting ]


No! David.
This isn't you!
You're a journalist.
I'm the murderer.
You are a good person.
Don't ruin us.
- Aaaah!
Put the weapon down.
Hands behind your back.

You cannot be serious!
He killed her!
-Then we'll find some
fingerprints, won't we?

-Let's move.

Come on, let's move.

-[ Sigh ]

[ Breathes deeply ]

What a beautiful day.

[ Lighter clicks ]

[ Defibrillator thumps, whines ]

[ Splash ]

-[ Scoffs ]
-[ Breathes deeply ]

[ Laughs ]

[ Monitor beeping ]

[ Creaking ]

[ Splashing ]

[ Water rumbles ]