Washerwoman (2023) Movie Script

You all right, lass?
You need a hand back to town?
Have you seen my wife?
Your wife?
I don't know.
Maybe she's off
dancing in the woods.
Oh no!
Dear husband.
I'm sure you can tell
by now that I've gone.
Please forgive me for
setting off on me own.
I cannot tell you what bad
spirit passed through town
and snatched away everyone but me.
Every soul, including
our doctor, disappeared
without notice or reason.
You and I both know, I
cannot remain here alone.
If I use the path through the forest,
I'll expect a three
day's walk to Silver City
where they're said to house
a midwife named Sarah,
or they did three months ago.
With any luck, she's still there.
With any luck, anyone is there.
And with any luck, I'll make it there
before the snow falls.
I've packed light and smart,
though I'm taking the
rest of our food supply,
candles for the dark,
and your skinner knife for self defense.
I know the water in the wood is no good,
so I'll fill up in the creek
just before passing through Cooper's farm,
or whatever remains of Cooper's farm.
I should have enough if
I drink sparingly, though.
The baby does keep me
parched throughout the day.
I didn't know I could feel
such loneliness so sharply until now.
I find myself talking to you
as if you're just outside,
greeting the furniture,
and making friends with the grass.
Those neighbors would
have thought I'd gone mad.
I know I promised to wait for your return,
but your child is coming into this world
in just a few weeks,
and the first taste of winter
is already in the mountaintops.
I do hope you'll appear,
and save me from disaster,
as you've done time and time again.
May God guide my spirit
and offer me strength during this trial.
Your loving wife, Brigit.
Evil spell ties curses,
evil eye diabolical infestations
of precious possessions,
in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior.
Show yourself!
Where are you?
Come out!
All right.
Now, brace yourself
before you open your eyes.
Now take a look.
What do you think?
Like a regular outlaw, eh?
What is that?
That better not have been a laugh, missy!
Come on!
You know you like it!
What do you think?
You look great.
I'm going out on the range.
Oh, all right.
- No, would you listen to me?
- What?
I got a job.
We're gonna be pushing some cattle
all across the plains to
some place called Wyoming.
Can you believe it?
What's wrong?
I'm proud of you.
Well, I'm quite proud of myself.
That's why we came out here, isn't it?
What's the matter?
I'm with child.
I'm sorry.
Brig, that's-that's fantastic.
It is?
Of course it is.
This is good.
- Yeah?
- Yeah.
I, um.
Oh, I think we're-we're heading out
in the next couple weeks,
but-but we'll be back four or five months.
Sure, but I'll be
back right just in time.
No, I'm coming with you.
Coming with me?
No, you're not coming with me.
Of course I am
No, you're not coming with me.
You want me to be here alone?
You won't be alone.
You got the doctor.
You got our neighbors.
That's alone.
Going out with me, out in the wild west?
- Absolutely not, woman.
- I can
The discussion's over.
All right.
Coming with me.
You idiot woman.
Wild hopes of adventure.
Celebrate a wee bit for that one, huh?
All right.
Beware the witch's water.
What are you doing here?
Get up out of the wet.
Come here, darling.
I've got some water, I can, uh,
just give us a moment.
I'll get you here, and just...
Oh, hold on.
Get our tea.
Wait, where are you,
where are you going?
Wait, hold up.
Just a moment.
Where are you going?
Where has she gone?
Pray you're not a banshee.
Christ and Lord in heaven.
I feel there's death in the air.
Please, Lord.
Please protect the ones I love.
Help my husband, he's on a journey, please.
My father, and my mother,
and the baby I carry, uh,
please Lord, if it be anybody,
please, please let it be me.
If it be me.
Let it be none of us.
Guess I'll be seeing it coming.
Like the dawn that you bring from heaven.
In Jesus Christ's name, I pray.
Help me.
Two days.
Two more days, Brig.
Beware the witch's water.
- Wake up, child.
- Where is she going?
- She's going the wrong way.
- She doesn't know
- where she's going.
- She's lost.
- She's lost the path.
- She watches you.
- Yes.
- Yes.
She doesn't know what she's doing.
Stay close to the trees.
She's watching you.
- We see you.
- We see you.
- She sees you.
- We see you.
- You've gone the wrong way.
- She's watching you.
- A siren.
- You shouldn't be here.
- She's watching you.
- She's watching you.
- You shouldn't be here.
- Run faster!
- Faster!
- Faster!
- Faster!
- Stay close to the trees.
- Trust the trees.
- You've gone the wrong way.
- Beware!
- You've gone the wrong way!
- A siren in the trees.
- You mustn't stand still.
She's watching you... Stop!
- Give in!
- Give in!
- You shouldn't be here!
- Give in!
- You shouldn't be here!
- You shouldn't be here!
Absorb me into your flesh.
- You shouldn't be here.
- Stop it!
- You've gone the wrong way!
- Get out of my head!
You've gone too far.
- Careful.
- Careful.
Oh, I see now.
Yes, yes.
Keep moving.
- Thank you.
- Yes.
Beware the witch's water, Brigit.
Oh dear.
How are you?
Where are you hid?
Come out!
Why are you hiding?
You're here!
Was this whole time,
was he saying that?
I saw you.
What'd you do with him?
Where is he?
Get out of me head!
Get out of me head!
Get out!
Where is he?
No, no, no, no, no!
No, no!
Oh, fuck.
Don't you see where you are?
It's too much, it's too much,
- it's too much.
- Once you've seen a banshee
- You're doomed.
- You're doomed to lose a love
once you've seen a banshee.
- We're free!
- She's in your head.
Doomed to lose a love
once you've seen a banshee.
Go, be careful!
Easy now!
Tell her, someone tell her!
- Over here!
- Come in.
- Come over.
- Come over!
- Come on in.
- Come in!
- Wet your whistle.
- Come on in!
- Come drink.
- Drink with us.
- Drink with us.
- Drink with us!
- Yes!
- Come on!
- Drink with us.
- Wet your whistle.
- Come on.
- Come over!
- Drink with us.
- Watch your step now.
- Come here.
- Dip in your toes!
- Dip in your toes!
- Dip them in.
- Come over.
- Don't be shy.
Who are you?
Where am I?
A camp?
It does bring me mercy, indeed.
What's wrong?
Has the cat got your tongue?
You can't speak none?
Heavens, I'm so sorry.
I didn't know.
You're so kind.
How did you find me?
Over there?
How far off of town, oh no.
Have you seen a man?
You must believe me.
My husband's gone,
and I, I heard a banshee,
and I need to find him.
He's the only one I know.
There can't be anyone else.
I'm all alone.
And me husband's been gone,
and I saw him, and I need to get to him.
All right.
Maybe I'm imagining things.
Oh, I need to find him.
Thank you.
That feels nice.
No, I'm fine.
I'm fine.
I think my strength's come back.
You'll look out for him?
I have to find him.
Hello, is anybody out there?
Hello, is anybody
Come on!
Help me, anybody!
Help me!
Oh my Lord.
My God!
I'll do anything!
Please just get me out of here!
Oh God!
Let this be a dream,
please let this be a dream.
I'll do anything.
Please, Lord.
Come back to me.
Come home to me, Brigit.
Why did you leave me alone?
Can't you see how far you've gone?
What is it you're looking for, Brigit?
You've strayed so far, Brigit.
Why do you keep going?
Wake up, Brigit!
Get that glum look off your face.
Button up.
Brigit, give us a smile on
your wedding day, will ya?
No gems or diamonds on him, fine.
But a ticket to a sure future,
you're lucky to be spoken for
and by such a man.
Don't think this excuses you
from your duties, girl.
You've dallied in that
dreaming of yours long enough.
And what with your age.
You must hasten to make
babies, and boys at that.
Pray to the Lord no lasses for ya.
Girls only bring forth
pain, strife, and suffering.
This world is no place for being a woman.
And you, you should know that.
Or you shall.
Soon enough, girl.
Oh, they're ready.
Remember what I've said.
Now get going, and make us proud.
Say goodbye to your
sweet and simple little life.
Goodbye to your spirit,
goodbye to yourself, and your time.
Most of all, your innocence.
This body does not belong to you.
Truth be told, it never did.
Get her, boy!
Burn that bitch at the stake!
- Get that witch!
- Get her!
Go on and burn that bitch!
Get going!
Hang the witch!
Yeah, here we go.
No, no!
Get her, boy!
Leave her alone!
- Hang her up, boys.
- Yes, sir!
String her up, boys!
I'm sorry!
So sorry.
Let's go, boys.
That's enough fun for today.
Fine day for a hanging, ain't it?
What are you doing out here?
Have you lost your mind?
This is, this is no place to be.
Would you say something?
Something happened to you?
Are you all right?
Let me see you.
Jesus, your hands are like ice.
It's okay.
You're okay.
I'm right here.
I'm right here with you.
It's over.
All right?
What happened to you?
All right, come on.
Hey, let's get you home.
Let's get you home, come on.
I got you.
Let's get you home, all right?
Oh, come on.
I got you.
I've got you.
You surprised to see me?
Of course you are.
Yeah, I told the boys,
my wife's due any day now.
Not sticking with you any longer.
Oh, they threw a fit,
but babe, you know me.
Family comes first.
I'm here for you now.
Not even back a whole day,
and she's got me to
work collecting firewood.
Oh come on, I'm only joking.
Are you warm enough?
Sure you are.
Oh, that's good.
Oh, you wouldn't believe the things I saw.
The American frontiers are like nothing
you could ever possibly imagine, babe.
It's endless.
It goes on and on.
Nothing I saw is quite as beautiful as you.
Where have you gone?
Be careful.
There you are, be careful, she says.
I'm always careful.
How's our little one?
Hey, how's our baby girl?
Is she staying warm?
Is she all right?
She's fine.
You all right now?
I'm sorry I'm late.
But I promised you I'd be back.
Here I am.
I wouldn't miss this for anything.
Is it really you?
What do you mean, is it really me?
Of course it's really me.
Who else would it be?
I heard a wailing.
On me trip home, on my journey,
I heard a wailing woman.
You know what that means.
What are you talking about?
You know what that means.
And you were gone, and I was all alone.
It, it sounded like a banshee.
And you weren't there.
And you have to be careful,
you have to be careful.
A bleeding banshee, do you hear yourself?
Even if there were such a thing,
we're not in Ireland anymore.
That doesn't matter.
Of course it matters.
There are no banshees here.
All right?
There's only me, and you,
and this big giant whale right here.
I'm only joking.
You, you're perfect.
You're perfect.
Are you happy to see me?
Of course.
I missed you.
I missed you something awful.
There's no more crying now.
- Right.
- Right.
What do you want from me?
Just take me.
Just kill me.
Just, just do it already.
I'm so tired.
Just kill me!
Morning on the grave, keener!
Are you alive?
How'd you get here?
I have some water.
How far outside of town
do you think we are?
Not more than a few hours.
Do you think you could make it?
I could, if I wanted to.
There's a beast out there.
Maybe you're losing your mind.
I should've made it to town by now.
This baby's gonna be
here in about a month's time.
I'm worried I'm not
gonna make it out of here.
Got miles, but now that I tried.
I wasn't just
some idiot woman,
with wild thoughts of adventure.
It's poison.
Please forgive me.
I only ever did anything
that I did for love.
I loved her.
She was, she was the love of my life,
and I don't know how to live without her.
They made her the monster she is.
She had no choice.
Me, I'm the real beast.
Nobody forced me to do anything I did,
not steal your water, not poison you.
My love.
She had no choice.
She's just trapped.
Forever in her misery
and in mourning the loss of our child.
Well I don't care about your baby.
What did you do to me?
What did you do to my husband, then?
I poisoned you.
- You couldn't.
- I did.
Just outside the forest.
She can't stop.
And there you were.
Like a gift from the gods.
There to deliver our lost child.
I'm sorry.
You said weeks.
You've been wandering around in circles
for nearly a month.
She needs our baby born alive.
Here's hoping she'll be delivered soon.
Please, please.
Kill me.
I'd rather you die
alone here in the dark.
Don't go out there, you can't go out there.
No, no, no, no.
Leave her alone!
Leave her alone!
We're all dead.
We're all dead here.
I know you're out there!
Where are you?
Where are you?
Turn around.
I'm right here.
Turn around.
Come at me!
Help me, help me.
No, no.
May you wither up by the fire
and have the soot rot up your bones
and fall awaken
at the host in hell
be your pillow forever.
What did she do?
What did she do to my baby?
Answer me.
What did you do?
What did you do to me?
What did you do?
Brigit, no, no, no.
Oh, Jesus Christ.
What have you done?
What have you done?
What have you done!
No, no, no.
No, no.
Oh, Jesus Christ.
You did it.
You did it, love.
Look how beautiful she is.
She looks like you.