The Knocking (2022) Movie Script

I found the body.
Forest management
Processing different types of wood.
Father was killed. Mother disappeared.
Why was the daughter in a cage?
The secret has not been revealed yet.
Ten years after the murder.
The mother's body has still not been found.
Give me a pen.
Let's start.
-Thank you.
Here are two copies.
One copy is for you, one for us.
You need to sign both documents.
Unfortunately, your case lasted much
longer than we expected.
Thank you for your patience.
All the necessary details are mentioned in the will, however...
Is this the document we talked about?
Yes, exactly that one.
The documents are exactly the same.
You can check for yourself.
To whom should I hand over the keys?
There is nothing mentioned in the will
about movable property,
so you can distribute it however you want.
Do you have any questions?
Thank you.
Thank you.
Thank you.
For the orphans.
Finally, you arrived.
What's wrong? Are you hungover?
Do you want my beer?
-No, thanks.
Did you go for a walk yesterday?
-No, we were drinking.
When are you leaving?
Have you chosen a date?
I told you I'm going for a few days.
How are your parents?
Nothing special.
Is Klaudija still doing yoga?
Where is the bathroom?
-Around the corner.
How are you?
As usual.
Did you start studying medicine?
Yes, I did.
-I'm happy for you.
I wanted to take another year off,
but I enrolled just for fun.
You're not doing bad, just for fun.
I'm serious.
If you want, I can give you my textbooks?
I do.
Thank you.
We need to decide how we'll
divide the inheritance.
We should assess the movable property too.
I can go there today.
Let's all go together.
I'll go alone.
-I'll come with you.
Do you really want to go?
Don't worry about me.
That was a long time ago.
I'll come with you too.
Don't you have to go back home?
-No, this will be like a vacation for me.
Excuse me.
Can I have the bill?
I'll pay.
Thank you.
Do the forests in Finland
and Sweden differ?
You're asking me?
Of course, you're a dendrochronologist.
Dendro... chronologist. -Dendro...
Emphasize the letter "r."
And what is your job?
And trees have years too.
And wooden objects.
We study how tree growth has changed
over the past ten thousand years.
And we create a calendar based on
the number of tree rings. -A calendar? -Yes.
That's right. By the tree's rings,
we can accurately determine its age
and the age of any archaeological find.
A specific year looks the same
on every tree in that area.
Annual rings look the same.
We compare them.
We take and cut a very, very thick tree,
and we extract a log from an old house
and compare the rings.
We look for similar rings and thereby
determine the age of objects.
In fact, that's how we travel through time.
We can go back eight thousand years
by studying subfossil wood.
You're among us, a subfossil.
-Excuse me?
I'm... -What did you say? -Nothing.
If you want, I'll buy you a hamburger.
No, I don't need that.
Let's stop, get a hamburger, a soda.
You know, it's all very interesting.
-Please, don't...
Don't be mad. It's really fascinating.
-You're just being polite.
I didn't know so much could be learned
from trees.
It's truly incredible.
If you're interested, you'll learn a lot.
And if you're not interested, it'll be boring.
You're right.
Maria. -I'm Jere Gunsberg,
a real estate agent.
Yes? -Today we're putting your parents' house
up for auction.
We want to check if there are many
interested buyers for such a house.
The house is located in a unique location,
so we hope for the best.
-Are you going there now? -Yes.
Great. Don't turn off your phone.
I'll try to be quick.
Okay. I'll wait.
-We'll be in touch. -Thank you.
I brought you some tea.
Today I'm going on a long journey.
What's wrong? -I don't know. It feels like
you're always running away from me. -What's wrong?
I'm just going away for a few days.
We decided that a long time ago.
I have some things to take care of
regarding work.
And it was like this even before Matilda was born.
I promised them.
As always.
When are you leaving?
On the fifteenth.
We'll figure something out.
Thank you.
We'll take this too.
The victim died from a blow to the head with an axe.
The father was found in the backyard.
The mother disappeared.
Yes, I love you too.
I'll call you later. -Say hi to everyone.
Yes, hello.
You didn't say hi to them.
Well, the connection is really bad.
It's cold.
Let's enjoy our vacation a bit.
This isn't exactly a relaxing vacation.
You have no idea what it's like to travel with kids.
I've always loved the sea.
My fondest childhood memories
are from our trips.
We're not children anymore.
Are you worried?
I haven't been here in a long time.
Don't worry, I'll take care of you.
Matilda, bring me the keys.
The gate has always been here.
Let's see if we need anything from here
before we leave the keys with the real estate agent.
You want to set it on fire?
-Exactly. That would be the best.
Did you read the will?
Why do you ask? -Our parents also owned
a portion of the forest. About a hundred hectares.
What does that mean? -If we manage to sell
the forest at market price,
which is several thousand euros per hectare,
each of us will receive... -Around a hundred thousand?
At least.
-Should we sell the forest too?
Well, the money would come in handy.
-For me too. -What do you suggest?
These forests are old.
After everything that happened, I wouldn't
mind getting some money.
Wind turbines have already been installed here,
and a whole weekend resort has been built.
How does that change anything?
We'll sell everything.
We've decided.
If you want to buy our
share of the inheritance, we'll save on taxes.
And what did it say about the cage?
I read it, but I didn't understand anything.
Even today, I can't understand
what happened in this house.
Why do I always find out everything last?
Calm down and stop banging.
Our task is to raise her. -Let
Marija decide for herself. -She's still a child!
Speak more quietly, you'll wake Matilda up.
And stop banging.
Marija, if you had come out right away!
And don't you dare...
Wait a minute... Okay...
-Leave me alone. -Calm down and listen to me.
You can't keep the child.
Do you think your guy can be a good father?
You'll be raising the child alone.
He'll leave you.
Right now, you think you want a child,
but you're wrong.
You'll ruin not only your life,
but our family too.
Don't talk like that.
-Don't interfere.
I know a clinic where everything can be
resolved very safely and discreetly.
And how do you know that?
Excuse me?
What did you say?
I scheduled an appointment at the clinic for tomorrow.
They say that coming back helps you
remember things from the past.
Maybe it's good that we came here.
We'll fry sausages over the fire.
We'll listen to music and enjoy.
I envy your generation.
-Rightfully so.
Do you hear that?
It's too late to build nests.
Birds only nest on living trees.
No, that's not true.
Nests exist even in landfills.
Shall we start a fire?
I'll bring firewood.
What are you looking for?
I'll try to light it.
Do you need matches?
Hello? -This is Jere, your real estate agent.
I have good news.
-Everything has been resolved quickly.
Your post caused a stir,
so everything is going smoothly.
I hope you'll get a buyer soon.
-And I hope so too.
So far, everything is going great.
I hope we can sell the house
within a week.
We can even raise the price
and put the forest up for sale.
We'll organize an auction,
and we'll sell the house separately.
Can you hear me?
I apologize.
I'll call you later.
And where is Miko?
-He's talking to the trees.
I thought so.
I've been going to the psychiatrist for a long time
to somehow recover myself.
You have it much easier, and
I'm really glad about that.
And do you not feel anything special here?
I remember very little.
Dissociative amnesia.
Have you heard of it?
It's a defense mechanism.
-Or maybe everything is just fine with me.
You have to learn to ignore all the negative.
Get rid of everything that's bad,
and everything will be fine.
I remember that everything felt very strange to me at the beginning.
Everyone was asking me how I was.
There was a lot of commotion.
I thought...
I thought a lot about this.
If I had taken you to live with me...
I couldn't do it.
I was feeling bad myself.
-But why was the cage there?
I don't know, Matilda.
I know you're not interested in rings, but...
...we have a serious problem.
I've never seen anything like this.
It's as if the trees died one year
and then continued to grow.
Is that possible?
-No, it's not.
Maybe the soil was poisoned,
or some mineral affected it.
In any case, the forest is worthless.
Nobody needs rotting trees.
Damn it.
-Should I call the real estate agent?
Don't call him.
I need to check some more trees.
Axe murders.
Years - 1974, 1998, 2006
I found my mother's necklace.
Does anyone want to take it?
Miko, maybe Claudia would want it?
-She won't.
This is Maria.
How are you?
Excuse me?
What are you talking about?
I don't understand.
Dad used to hide cigarettes here.
He hid the fact that he smokes.
From mom?
He had plenty of other secrets.
What kind of secrets?
Well, he wasn't exactly a saint.
Why didn't you tell us you got divorced?
-Excuse me?
I talked to Claudia. You didn't tell us.
That's how I decided.
You got divorced two years ago.
Why didn't you tell us?
I won't argue with you
because I care about you.
Don't avoid the answer.
-I don't want to talk about it anymore.
No, I want to know.
I want to know why you didn't tell us.
We came here to divide the inheritance,
not for a therapy session.
We gathered again after many years.
Where the hell did this sudden
interest in other people's problems come from?
Calm down. -You stay out of it!
-Where are your daughters? -Maria...
You haven't seen your daughters in years.
Let's fix this house as soon as possible
and sell it,
so we can go our separate ways
and get back to our lives.
Who were you talking to on the ferry?
-It's none of your business.
What are you hiding from us?
Do you want to talk about secrets?
What's going on between you?
I'm sorry.
Sometimes I think about what would have happened
if I had kept him?
If only I had known then that I wouldn't
get another chance.
I'm infertile now.
That's why I find it hard to understand
why you won't see your daughters.
It's getting dark.
Keep it.
I'll probably lose it.
If you want, I can talk to dad?
-It's already too late.
Happy times.
A boy and a girl stand at a crossroads.
Conquering the big city.
Call me if he mistreats you.
-Don't worry, everything's fine with us.
Thank you for visiting us.
Matilda was happy.
What about Miko?
He didn't tell me anything.
Wait, Maria.
It's open.
Wait, Marija.
It's open.
No, it's good that you all came.
We'll meet Klaudija. Yes.
Good. Yes. Hello. Yes.
I brought some books.
I found these as well.
Let's have a look.
I'll be right back.
Did you manage to start a fire?
We'll roast sausages.
What were you doing in the forest?
Don't tell Dad that we talked about it.
Many years ago, your great-grandmother
used to live here, and even then strange things
happened here.
We're studying it.
Our forest is special.
Millions of ancient forest spirits
live on these trees.
Our great-grandmothers believed in that.
For example, goblins live there.
How scary it is.
You don't have to be afraid of them.
They protect the forests.
Those who don't destroy the forest
don't need to fear them.
How are you?
What is that?
We need to talk about this.
We're always talking about it anyway.
You didn't tell me.
Just look at the forest.
We'll get rich.
We can afford more expensive cognac.
Did you sign?
No, we'll sign everything together.
What do you mean, "no"?
I am the head of the family,
I manage the property.
But you have to understand: it's not just a forest,
it's part of something much bigger.
And it must not be touched in any way.
You take these old legends and superstitions
way too seriously.
Why don't you understand?! - You don't understand
the consequences of your decision at all.
No. Initially, I was reserved
about your foolishness. Give it here!
But this has gone too far.
It hasn't.
What do you mean, "it hasn't"?
You have gone too far.
You know very well that I don't want
anyone to cut down this forest.
This is my family's land,
and I don't want it to be destroyed.
What are you afraid of?
Do you know how much we can earn?
And for you and your hippie friend,
we'll find some sand to play in.
You're wrong.
With all due respect, this is our
family matter and it's none of your business,
so please go home, and my wife
and I will handle it privately.
Very rude of you.
Where are you going?
Your friend is insane.
She'll understand it herself later.
Is that so?
Don't think about it.
I won't let them drag you into it.
Dad wanted to sell this place.
Here's the permit from the relevant ministry.
But he didn't succeed.
Did you know about this?
No, I didn't.
Why were you arguing?
You and Miko.
Not for any reason.
Because of me?
-Tell me.
Miko is right,
now is not the time to talk.
Should I be worried?
You know, I've been pretending.
I didn't even want to come here because you both annoy me.
I didn't want to come here at all
because both of you annoy me.
Hello, son.
-Hello, Mom.
I failed a grade.
How did that happen?
-I just received the results.
I got twos in all subjects.
How is that possible?
-I studied a lot.
And you're easily fooled.
I was just kidding.
I passed everything with excellent grades.
Don't joke with me.
Son, you scared me at first.
Just a little joke. Relax.
You're easily fooled. I was kidding.
My friend is waiting for me. We're going to a bar.
I have to go.
Yes, go, go...
I'm really proud of you.
Would you be proud of me
if you had kept me?
But you listened to grandpa.
And now you regret it.
Come to me.
Hello? Can you hear me?
Hello? Come to me.
Let's close this chapter
and forget about this place.
Matilda, that's not what I meant.
You didn't go to the forest?
-But I...
Did you find out anything new?
I'll continue tomorrow morning.
I don't want to stay here tonight.
-And I have no problem with that.
I want to leave this place.
We're not going anywhere.
What do you mean, nowhere?
The last ferry has already left.
The ferry won't be going today.
They didn't come back?
Three people in a car.
They didn't come back?
I have to cross to the other side.
You know the ferry schedule yourself.
How do you like them? -These are my
old shirts. -Really? -Yes.
You can take them. -Really? -Yes.
I always hated them.
-Really. -Yes.
Why aren't you answering your phone?
Excuse me? -The real estate agent says
you're not answering your phone.
We have a buyer.
At market price.
And what about the rotten trees?
They don't need trees, they need minerals.
Did you see Dad's papers?
-Which ones?
What's wrong with you?
Are you hiding something?
You don't want to sell the property?
I don't know.
-Let's vote.
Who is in favor of selling?
I'll call the lawyer.
Where will we sleep?
Let's take the mattresses upstairs.
The whiskey is well-preserved.
Whiskey generally doesn't last long.
I'm reading Dad's documents right now.
At least once in his life, he did the right thing.
What will you do with the money?
-And you?
I'll go to Bali.
Are you serious? -Yeah.
Why? -Oh, nothing, great.
And you?
I have to patch up some financial holes.
What happened with Claudia?
Divorce is a normal thing.
There's no need to be ashamed of it.
It's not about that.
Sometimes I feel ashamed.
We didn't just get divorced out of the blue.
What happened?
I had an affair, she got pregnant.
-You have a child.
We don't.
Look what I found.
Look at this... -I thought you drew
two suns, but they're tree rings.
That's right.
Do you remember?
How old were you back then?
Judging by this drawing, not very old.
I think you could have easily become
an excellent dendrochronologist like your brother.
Or an artist.
Not with such conceptual solutions.
Damn it.
This mattress is really hard.
You can go upstairs to sleep.
I won't.
I'm thinking...
What if
our lives had taken a different path.
I missed you.
Good night.
Have sweet dreams.
-You too.
Are you sleepwalking again?
Were you outside?
Who were you talking to?
Do you hear it?
Do you hear it?
Where are you going?
Dad, wake up.
Mom is acting strangely.
Are you sleepwalking again?
I remembered.
Come on, come on...
My baby.
Let's bring her back.
Let's bring her back.
Where are we?
-Let's go.
We need to find Matilda.
She's gone missing.
Let's go.
She was upstairs.
She remembered something and ran away.
Go back to the house.
She's not here. -Maybe she went home.
Will you drive?
I will.
I don't understand what happened to me.
It's okay.
Just what we needed.
Wake up, Dad.
Dad, wake up.
Get up, get up! -What?
-Get up! -What?
Mom is acting strangely.
Where is she?
She's in the kitchen. There.
-Stay here.
Where is she?
Where is she?
Damn it!
Matilda! Matilda!
Hide in the cage.
Come on, come on, get in the cage.
Come on, come on...
Come on...
Just be quiet, just be quiet.
Sit there and be quiet.
I'll come for you.
Just be quiet. Quieter.
Daddy loves you.
Answer, answer...
Tree rings...
-Excuse me?
What if they...
...are some kind of danger.
What if Matilda is in danger?
If this forest... -In what danger?
Maybe her parents didn't
keep her in a cage at all? Maybe she hid?
Matilda? -She entered the cage believing
that no one would believe she did it herself.
If this is...
I've watched the tree rings...
And I feel...
...that everything is repeating.
-And what will happen now?
Something bad.
I will protect you.
Watch out!
Are you okay?
I must warn you.
The forest knows how to protect itself from danger.
It doesn't want to die.
Don't threaten it.
She's not to blame.
Don't be afraid...
I will help you.
Come with me, dear.
Matilda has arrived.
Go to her.
Everything will be fine.
Go to Mom.
(watch until the end)
We express our deepest condolences
for the tragic event in the family.
I need to ask you a few questions.
It won't take long.
For many years, your family
has owned a parcel of land
with a pine forest.