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The Rose: An Adaptation of A Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale (Short)
by Shaun Hill (shaun_t_hill@live.ca)

Rated: PG-13   Genre: Drama   User Review: ****
A classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm written for the screen.


This screenplay is copyrighted to its author. All rights reserved. This screenplay may not be used or reproduced without the express written permission of the author.



THE ROSE: AN ADAPTATION OF A BROTHERS GRIMM
FAIRY TALE (SHORT)


FADE IN:

EXT. HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
A small run down house sits on the outskirts of the forest.
                                                            
 
INT. HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
MOTHER, poorly dressed,35, is walking about the house doing
daily chores. She walks over to the pantry. She opens it.
Inside is a few scraps of bread and some rotten food. MOTHER
sighs.
                                                            
Two poorly dressed, sick looking children; EMILY,7, and
DAVID 12, walk out of a room and towards MOTHER.
                                                            
                       EMILY AND DAVID
Good morning Mother
                                                            
                       MOTHER
      (turning to the
       children)
Good morning my dears. Did you
sleep well?
                                                            
                       EMILY AND DAVID
Yes
                                                            
                       MOTHER
I am glad. But now it is time for
your chores.
                                                            
EMILY and DAVID sigh. MOTHER smiles.
                                                            
MOTHER kneels down in front of EMILY.
                                                            
                       MOTHER
You my little one, your job will
be to fetch wood from the forest,
for your brother will be going to
town for a few days. So while he
is gone it will be up to you to
            (MORE)

2.

                       MOTHER (cont'd)
fetch the wood.
                                                            
                       EMILY
Yes Mother.
                                                            
                       MOTHER
But do be careful and do not stray
too far into the forest.
                                                            
MOTHER, DAVID, and EMILY walk to the front door. EMILY and
DAVID put on their worn out shoes. DAVID grabs a carrying
bag.
                                                            
 
EXT. HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
The front door opens. MOTHER, DAVID, and EMILY walk outside.
                                                            
MOTHER kisses DAVID and EMILY on the forehead.
                                                            
DAVID walks off down the road.
                                                            
EMILY heads into the forest.
                                                            
 
EXT. FOREST - DAY
                                                            
EMILY is skipping through the forest. It's a beautiful day.
                                                            
She stops and picks up some wood.
                                                            
She keeps walking, stopping occasionally to pick up more
wood.
                                                            
She walks deeper into the forest. She struggles to hold on
to the pile of wood.
                                                            
CHILD, strong, healthy boy,10, slips out of the bushes and
startles EMILY. EMILY drops the pile of wood.
                                                            
                       CHILD
Please, do not be frightened. I
did not mean to startle you.
                                                            

3.

                       EMILY
      (taking a few
       steps back)
What do you want?
                                                            
                       CHILD
I was walking through the forest
when I saw you struggling with
that pile of wood.
                                                            
CHILD walks over and starts picking up the wood.
                                                            
                       CHILD (CONT'D)
And I wanted to help.
                                                            
EMILY smiles and walks over and helps CHILD pick up the
wood.
                                                            
                       EMILY
My name is Emily. I am not very
strong and this wood is heavy. But
it is my job because my brother is
in town and I have to help mother
until he gets back.
                                                            
                       CHILD
I see. Well I am glad to help. It
is the least I can do.
                                                            
They finish picking up the wood.
                                                            
                       CHILD
There we go. You lead the way back
to your house and I will carry the
wood.
                                                            
EMILY nods. She starts heading back through the forest.
CHILD follows behind her.
                                                            
 
EXT. HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
It is sunset.EMILY and CHILD come walking up to the front of
the house. CHILD puts the wood down by the house. He walks
over to EMILY.
                                                            

4.

                       CHILD
Well, there you are
                                                            
                       EMILY
Thank you very much. Would you
like to come ins...
                                                            
                       MOTHER (O.S.)
      (interupting)
Emily is that you?
                                                            
EMILY looks away from CHILD and towards the house.
                                                            
                       EMILY
Yes mother it is me. Come outside
and meet my friend from the
forest.
                                                            
EMILY looks back at CHILD. CHILD is gone.
                                                            
MOTHER comes outside. She looks around. She sees only EMILY.
                                                            
                       MOTHER
Oh, and just where would that
friend be?
                                                            
                       EMILY
      (confused)
He was right here, a boy, he
helped me carry the wood back.
                                                            
                       MOTHER
      (teasing)
Is that so? Well I think you have
been out in the sun too long.
                                                            
                       EMILY
      (crossing her arms)
I am telling the truth. He was
real and he was right here.
                                                            
                       MOTHER
Alright enough of this. Come
inside and will fix you something
to eat before bed.
                                                            

5.

EMILY sighs and walks into the house. MOTHER follows behind
her.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT.
                                                            
FADE IN.
                                                            
 
INT. HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
MOTHER is walking about the house.
                                                            
EMILY walks out of a room yawning and stretching.
                                                            
                       EMILY
Good morning mother.
                                                            
                       MOTHER
Morning my child. Are you ready to
go collect wood.
                                                            
                       EMILY
Yes. Maybe I will meet that boy
again and he will help me, and
this time I will show you that he
is real.
                                                            
                       MOTHER
Maybe, anything is possible.
                                                            
 
EXT. FOREST - DAY
                                                            
EMILY is walking along gathering wood.
                                                            
CHILD slips out of the bushes and startles EMILY. EMILY
drops the wood.
                                                            
                       CHILD
Sorry I did not mean startle you
again.
                                                            

6.

                       EMILY
That is okay. Where did you go
yesterday? I tried to tell my
mother about you but she would not
believe me.
                                                            
CHILD walks over and picks up the wood. EMILY helps him.
                                                            
                       CHILD
It was getting late and I had to
go.
                                                            
EMILY and CHILD walk off into the forest.
                                                            
 
EXT. HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
It is sunset. EMILY and CHILD come walking up to the house.
CHILD puts wood down.
                                                            
                       CHILD
There you go. I wish I could stay
but I must be off.
                                                            
                       EMILY
But why? I want you to meet my
mother so that she will believe
me.
                                                            
CHILD pulls out a rose not fully bloomed from his jacket and
hands it to EMILY.
                                                            
                       CHILD
Here take this rose and place it
in water. When it is in full bloom
I will return.
                                                            
EMILY takes the rose and heads toward the front door. She
stops and looks back. CHILD is gone. She walks in the house.
                                                            
 
INT. HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
MOTHER is cooking supper. EMILY comes running up to her,
holding out the rose.
                                                            

7.

                       EMILY
Look mother. I met that boy again
and he gave me a rose.
                                                            
MOTHER turns around and sees the rose.
                                                            
                       MOTHER
      (humoring EMILY)
Well that was nice of him. But the
rose is not blooming.
                                                            
                       EMILY
He said to put it in water and
when it was fully bloomed he would
come back. Then you can meet him.
                                                            
                       MOTHER
      (taking the rose)
Very well, now go wash up for
supper.
                                                            
EMILY runs off. MOTHER places the rose in a vase and fills
it with water. She places the vase on the windowsill in the
kitchen.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT.
                                                            
FADE IN.
                                                            
 
INT. HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
MOTHER is walking about the house.
                                                            
                       MOTHER
Emily my child it is time to get
out of bed and do your chores.
                                                            
MOTHER hears no reply. She walks over to the room and opens
the door.
                                                            
                       MOTHER
Come now child time to get up.
                                                            
EMILY is lying in her bed dead. She has a peaceful smile on
her face.
                                                            

8.

MOTHER rushes over and drops at her bedside. She checks
EMILY. She begins to cry.
                                                            
CAMERA SHOT: camera moves back to the kitchen windowsill. In
the windowsill is the vase with rose. The rose is fully
bloomed.
                                                            


FADE OUT.


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From Redd Date 4/27/2009 ****
I love it, something new a little short but that can always be stretched out a bit. Reminds me just how dark those fairy tales can keep up the good work.


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