Good Bye

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Good Bye

In spite of not having anyone to talk with, EL, a little and lonely man, decides to make a random phone call to say goodbye before leaving his adopted country.


Transcripts / Production notes / Scripts

Despedida (Good-bye)

EXT. CURRENCY EXCHANGE OFFICE - DAY

In the distance, we see a little man arriving to an isolated Currency Exchange Office, with a huge suitcase. He is EL, 40 years old, short hair and his face is strange, memorable. He makes a transaction that we cannot see properly.

EXT. SEAPORT - DAY (MOMENTS LATER)

EL walks very slowly in the middle of an old seaport in which there are a couple of big boats.
EL sits down on his suit case, cleans the sweat of his forehead with a handkerchief and checks the time on his watch. Then, he looks around.
EL looks for something into the pockets of his suitcase and he finds by chance a couple of quarters. He looks them with curiosity. He thinks for a while and then he looks to the right... and to the left, looking for something... Finally he stares at something...
EL’S POV: a public telephone.

EXT. SEAPORT (PUBLIC TELEPHONE) - DAY

EL walks with his suitcase in his hands.
He reaches the public telephone. He picks up the receiver. He is going to dial a number but... He hangs up.
EL stays a little disconnected for a while, with a lost stare.
EL picks up the receiver again and dials a number. He listens the waiting tone: piiip, piiip, piiip... Next he listens a weird sound, like a cat answering the phone call: mew, mew, mew...
EL does not understand what is going on and hangs up the phone. He stays with his left hand in the receiver for a while, thinking. Again, he takes the receiver and dials a new number very fast. He listens the waiting tone for a second time. The phone is answered but we only hear deep breathing...

MAN VOICE (O.S.)
Hi. I just found myself but I’m not here. Please leave me a mes...

EL, surprised, hangs up the phone. He cleans the sweat of his forehead once more and looks the time on his watch again. He leaves the frame.

EXT. SEAPORT (A SMALL BEACH) - DAY (MOMENTS LATER)

EL is on a small beach nearby. He is sitting down on his suitcase, thinking. He looks slightly anxious.
Suddenly, He looks down at something out of the frame.
On the beach, in the middle of the sand and some shells, we see a quarter coin. EL’s hand enters to the frame and picks the coin up.
EL examines the quarter with interest.

EXT. SEAPORT (PUBLIC TELEPHONE) -DAY

EL is in front of the public telephone. He looks at it concentrated. He closes his eyes for a few seconds, then, he opens them up.

INT. ROOM - DAY

A telephone. A female hand picks up the phone.
A female mouth speaks through the phone. We see an spectacular view in the background.
WOMAN
Hello.
EL (O.S.)
Ehhh... Hi.
WOMAN
Who do you want to speak to?

INT. SEAPORT (PUBLIC TELEPHONE) -DAY

EL is on the phone.

EL
(Neutral)
Nobody in particular.
I’m leaving and...
I just wanted to call somebody
to say good-bye.

A awkward silence.

WOMAN (O.S.)
Why me?
Do you know me?
EL
No... I don’t think so. I just... dialed a random number...

INT. ROOM. DAY

We see parts of the woman’s face: an eye, her lips, etc.

WOMAN
Where are you? At the airport?

EL(O.S.)
No. I’m in the seaport by the bridge. I’m getting an a boat.
Silence.
WOMAN
Wait for me...

EL (O.S.)
(Nervous)
...What are you going to do?
Are you... tracking this call.

WOMAN
(Smiling)
No. I’m going to pack a couple of things...
...I’m leaving with you.

INT. SEAPORT - DAY

EL moves away his face to look at the phone.
After a few seconds he brings the receiver closer and speaks.

EL
Hurry up. The boat leaves in fifty five minutes.

WOMAN (O.S.)
OK. Wait for me. I’m on my way.

EL hangs up the phone. He walks away. He goes back to the phone. He stops. He turns back and leaves the frame.

INT. SEAPORT - DAY (MOMENTS LATER)

EL walks around the beach. Looks at his watch. We see the seaport in the background.

FEMALE VOICE (O.S.)
Can you tell me what time it is?

EL turns looking for that voice.

EL
(Exciting and curious)
Are you...?

WOMAN 2
Pardon me?

EL
Sorry... You could not be...
(He stops to talk and looks at his wristwatch)
...It’s almost 3.

The WOMAN 2 leaves a little surprised, walking back and looking at him all the time. Suddenly, She crashes with other WOMAN who lets a bag go of her prosthetic left hand.
They look each other. The WOMAN 2 reacts very upset.

WOMAN 2
Watch out!!!...

The WOMAN 1 is crouching down and taking her bag.

WOMAN 1
I’m so sorry... I was distracted.

We see EL between the two WOMEN, turning to them. He gets closer trying to recognize the voice of the telephone conversation in the voice of the woman 1.
The WOMAN 2 realizes about the physical limitation of the WOMAN 1.

WOMAN 2
(Calming down)
Sorry. Let me help you...

WOMAN
Don’t worry. I can do it myself.

WOMAN 2
No. Let me help you.

Both WOMEN fight for the bag. The WOMAN 1 stops and looks at EL who is watching their dispute. She stands up.
The WOMAN 2 does not understand and decides to leave.

WOMAN 1
Hi...

EL (O.S.)
Are you...?

WOMAN
(Interrupting)
...Yes, I’m still myself.
EL smiles at her.

EL
Lets go. This is the boat. Do you have your ticket ready?

WOMAN
No. I don’t. I have no money. Can you buy it for me and I will pay you later?

EL
No, I can’t. I already changed all my money. There is not time to change it back.

WOMAN
Well... why don’t you change your ticket for tomorrow?

EL
It’s late. 10 minutes ago I could have done it but now it’s not possible...
(Pause. Looking around the seaport)
I worked here for many years...

WOMAN
People leave and almost always come back. Strange isn’t it?

He looks at her who is paying full attention.

EL
I remember a man who bought a round ticket, but he never came back. I memorized his face because I saw his picture in the news a couple of days later. The chronicle said that his corpse had been found in a dessert very far away...

Silence.

EL (CONT’D)
...I thought that one day I would buy one ticket for myself...

EL looks to the boat.

EL (CONT’D)
Well, maybe another time.

WOMAN
(Smiling)
Yes. Maybe...

He offers his hand to the WOMAN but...
She hugs he and kisses him on his cheek.
He goes to the boat.

EL
(Turning to her)
It’s good to have someone to say good-bye to.

She nods smiling and waving her prosthetic left hand.

FADE TO BLACK

Details

Language: English

Year of Production: 2008

Length: 9 minutes

Country: Colombia

Directors:

  • Mauricio Montes

Producers:

  • Mauricio Montes Michael Nosanchuk

Actors:

  • John Henry Soto Jaqueline Le Saunier Marca Leigh

Film Festivals:

Bogotá International Film festival 2009
In Vitro Visual (Bogotá, Colombia) 2009. Nominated to best short, best script, best actor and best actress.
Alcalá de Henares Short Film Market 2009
CortoCircuito, the Latino Short Film Festival of New York 2009
Festival de cortometrjaes de Manizales (Best short film prize). 2010.