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The Last Hour
by Angel Martinez (portacoeliproductions@gmail.com)

Rated: PG-13   Genre: Film Noir   User Review:
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A woman on her death bed reflecting on her past while going through The Five Stages of Grief. Short Film.


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THE LAST HOUR

FADE IN:

INT. MASTER ROOM - DAY
                                                            
OPEN WITH THE WORD "DENIAL" ON THE BLACK SCREEN.
                                                            
The nurse (Madison, 20's) is sitting next to Chloe (40's)
playing with a cellphone while Chloe seems upset and tired.
The room is dark and the mood is somber.
                                                            
                       CHLOE
I'm thirsty, give me some iced
tea.
                                                            
                       MADISON
The Dr. said no sugary drinks, in
fact, nothing but water.
                                                            
                       CHLOE
Damn it, who cares what the Dr.
said.
                                                            
                       MADISON
I see that you are back to your
old self.
                                                            
Madison stands up and grab a sedative and pour some water.
                                                            
                       MADISON
Try to get some rest, this will
help.
                                                            
                       CHLOE
      (Softly)
Where is my Family?
                                                            
                       MADISON
      (Grabbing her hand)
They should be here any minute.
You need to rest.
                                                            
The nurse exits the room.
                                                            
                       CHLOE
      (in voice over)
I've always been a fighter...This
can't be happening to me! I need
to relax, take this stupid
meds...uff...once I recover I will
get my life back on track, sell a
few properties and the hell with
            (MORE)

2.

                       CHLOE (cont'd)
the rest.
                                                            
She closes her eyes wondering in a deep thought.
                                                            
                                         FADE TO BLACK.
                                                            
FLASHBACK #1
                                                            
 
INT. OPEN HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Chloe is showing a property to a couple (Jennifer and
Carlos), pointing out the amenities. Her Real Estate partner
Charlie (30's, flamboyant)is present. The scene is in COLOR.
                                                            
                       CHLOE
As you can see, there's ample
natural light, recently renovated,
upgraded fixtures and good
location.We are close to the Mall
and you look you love shopping!
                                                            
Chloe slowly and secure walks around the room while the
couple keep attentive.
                                                            
                       CHLOE
The Hospital is just 5 minutes
away, school are not that far
either.
                                                            
                       JENNIFER
How about the neighborhood?
                                                            
                       CHLOE
The neighborhood is fine, is quiet
most days.
                                                            
                       JENNIFER
But I saw in the news that a
shooting...
                                                            
Chloe interrupts abruptly to pick the cellphone, talking
loud and obnoxious. Jennifer and her Husband looks annoyed
and wonder around the room. Charlie comes in with a tablet
in-hand trying to save the day but the couple are fed up and
leaves.
                                                            
                       CHARLIE
Chloe, they left and I don't think
they are coming back.
                                                            
She ignores him, He grows frustrated.
                                                            

3.

                       CHARLIE
Chloe...Chloeee! Are you listening
to me? They left for good!
                                                            
In a burst of anger, she turns around to Charlie.
                                                            
                       CHLOE
They can go to Hell of all I care!
                                                            
With certain sarcasm.
                                                            
                       CHLOE
They probably can't afford it and
they are wasting my time.
                                                            
                       CHARLIE
But "C", They are approved
already, that was an easy $10
grand down the pipe. What are you
thinking???
                                                            
                       CHLOE
Listen, I don't have time for your
shit, so go hide under a rock,
drink a Cosmo or whatever the Hell
you wanna do...OK? Now go away!
                                                            
Charlie exits the room, puts down the tablet along with a
few business cards.
                                                            
                                         FADE TO BLACK.
                                                            
THE WORD "ANGER" APPEARS ON THE BLACK SCREEN.
                                                            
 
INT. MASTER ROOM - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
Chloe is alone in the room, she has difficulty to breath.
Scene is in BLACK AND WHITE.
                                                            
                       CHLOE
Clark! Claaaark! Where the Hell
are you?
                                                            
Gasping for air.
                                                            
                       CHLOE
Clark?...I need you here!
                                                            
She turns to her right side.
                                                            

4.

                       CHLOE
Diana...Diana (breaths) Bruce?
Anybody? Please...
                                                            
Her anger is battling the sedative.
                                                            
                       CHLOE
Goddamn it, Why can't anybody
answer? I know you're here, I can
feel your presence...I'm thirsty.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
FLASHBACK #2
                                                            
 
INT. DINING ROOM - EVENING
                                                            
Chloe, Clark (40's, husband), Diana (12 yrs, daughter),
Bruce (8 yrs, son), Elizabeth (60's, Mother in Law) and
Ricky (40's, Brother in Law) are at the table enjoying
dinner, not everybody is happy. Chloe can't stop bragging
over the phone and the family feels ignored, all but the
Brother in Law who seems not to care. The scene is in COLOR.
                                                            
                       CHLOE
...exactly, and I have seven more
properties ready for sale.
(Pausing) I know right? This week
I have two Closings and one more
next week.(Laughing) I see that
little convertible in the
future!!!
                                                            
                       DIANA
Mom? Mom...
                                                            
Chloe keeps talking on the cell while everybody else look at
each other in sadness, except Rickey, he keeps eating.
                                                            
                       CLARK
Would you put the phone down?
                                                            
                       CHLOE
Who needs Charlie and his
flamboyant ass, right? I'm the
Star of the Company! and soon I
will be a licensed Broker.
                                                            
                       DIANA
Mom!
                                                            

5.

                       ELIZABETH
What do you want sweetheart?
                                                            
Both Diana and Bruce look down their plate, not touching the
food. Clark keeps looking at Chloe very upset while Grandma
tries to diffused the situation. Ricky keeps eating, minding
his business.
                                                            
                       CLARK
      (Upset)
Hang on the phone, this is Family
Time!
                                                            
                       CHLOE
I gotta go, THESE people are
annoying.
                                                            
She ends the conversation, start cutting the food with an
annoyed face. Clark is visibly upset trying to contain his
emotions.
                                                            
                       CLARK
THESE people? Really? What's wrong
with you?
                                                            
Chloe's bubble popped, she slap the table, stands up and let
her feelings out.
                                                            
                       CHLOE
What's wrong with Me? I'll tell
you what's wrong and certainly is
not Me. (Clark) You have a lousy
job, and you-are-boring...BORING!
(Diana) You whine and complaint a
lot and you smell AWFUL...and You
(Bruce)...What a crying baby you
are, you embarrassed Me with your
constant crap. Always running to
her lap...and You! (Elizabeth)
always putting your nose where
it's not invited, enabling him to
be a Mama's Boy...and drinking my
vodka!Don't give that look, I
marked the bottles!!!
                                                            
Everybody is incredulous of her rant.
                                                            
                       CHLOE
And You! (Rickey), You freeloading
piece of Shit, the only thing you
are good at is watching
cartoons...and PORN!
                                                            

6.

                       RICKY
And MASTURBATING!
                                                            
                       CHLOE
You see what I'm talking about? I
have to put up with this crap in a
daily basis...you hold Me back!!!
                                                            
She walks away very upset while everybody feels ashamed
except Ricky, he keeps eating carefree.
                                                            
                       CLARK
Where you think you're going?
                                                            
                       CHLOE
AWAY from all of You!
                                                            
                                         FADE TO BLACK.
                                                            
THE WORD "BARGAINING" APPEARS ON THE BLACK SCREEN.
                                                            
 
INT. MASTER ROOM - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
Half face close up, tears streaming down her face,
struggling to come up with words. Scene is in BLACK AND
WHITE.
                                                            
                       CHLOE
      (Talking to
       herself)
Perhaps if I get better, I can
change things, I mean (pause) I
can ask for forgiveness, after all
they are my family, right? They
love me! Deep down inside they
love me! I just need one chance,
everybody deserves a second
opportunity!
                                                            
FLASHBACK #3
                                                            
 
EXT. BAR/CAFE - EVENING
                                                            
Chloe and her friend Lisa (30's) are having a good time at a
Bar/Cafe, the waitress brings a new round of drinks while
They laugh at Chloe's misfortunes. Scene is in COLOR.
                                                            

7.

                       LISA
      (Laughing)
You're too funny girl! I'm so
happy everything is going well for
you.
                                                            
                       CHLOE
Well not everything, my husband
from the other day, my kids hates
me, my Mother in Law is a bitch
and I can't stand her, and my
Brother in Law...
                                                            
                       LISA
He's so weird so weird!
                                                            
                       CHLOE
I catch him masturbating looking
at a Dollar General flyer. Can you
believe that???
                                                            
                       LISA
      (Loud laugh.)
You got to be kidding me!
                                                            
                       CHLOE
I mean, not even a Victoria's
Secret catalog, but a freaking
Dollar Store!!! That's a $1
handjob, no tax!
                                                            
                       LISA
He's frugal!
                                                            
While they both laugh, Chloe thinks to herself "Why I can't
do this with my family" referring to how never enjoys a good
time with them. As they sip from their drinks, Chloe feels
dizzy, then collapse on the floor. Fades to Black as Lisa is
asking for Help (Voice Over) and other people can be hear in
the background.
                                                            
                                         FADES TO BLACK:
                                                            
 
INT. DOCTOR'S OFFICE ONE YEAR LATER - DAY
                                                            
Dr. Antonio Siffredi is discussing the path to follow after
the diagnostic. The scene concentrates in Close Ups of their
mouths, eyes, Body Language and Objects inside the Office.
Scene continues in COLOR.
                                                            

8.

                       DR SIFFREDI
Have you told your family? (pause)
You need to tell them so
arrangements can be done and for
piece of mind. I will write some
prescriptions that will help
alleviate your pain and if you
need anything don't hesitate to
call.
                                                            
She's not making eye contact, overwhelm with mental
distress.
                                                            
                       DR SIFFREDI
OK, Chloe?
                                                            
A small pause full of imagery from the Room.
                                                            
                       CHLOE
How long do I have?
                                                            
                       DR SIFFREDI
Well...
                                                            
Chloe interrupts.
                                                            
                       CHLOE
How long, Dr?
                                                            
                       DR SIFFREDI
Not much, 5-6 weeks tops.
                                                            
                       CHLOE
Is Clark here?
                                                            
                       CHLOE
No, Clark is not here.
                                                            
Silent tears stream down her cheeks, a few tears are shown
dropping on the desk, slow zoom in as it Fades to Black.
                                                            
THE WORD "DEPRESSION" APPEARS ON THE BLACK SCREEN.
                                                            
 
INT. MASTER ROOM - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
The mood in the room is very Depressing. Montage of pics
with the family ends in a Family Portrait with her next to
Clark and the kids on his side. The pictures shows her love
for her husband but also her distance from her adopted
kids.A sobbing Chloe reflects on her past live and her own
Humanity.
                                                            

9.

                       CHLOE
      (Sobbing, talking
       to herself.)
Please God,don't forsake me. I
know I haven't been the best
mother or wive (pause) I failed as
a person in so many ways, but I
want to LIVE, I want to see my
children grow and go to college.
                                                            
Gasping for air, the end is near.
                                                            
                       CHLOE
I'm SORRY, (muffled crying) Oh
God!
Forgive me, I promise I will
change.
                                                            
As she utters those words the camera pans to the window,
Zooming in and Fading to Black.
                                                            
                                         FADE TO BLACK.
                                                            
THE WORD "ACCEPTANCE" APPEARS ON THE SCREEN.
                                                            
 
INT. CHLOE HOUSE - EVENING
                                                            
Madison is fixing the Master Bed, cleans the cluster on the
table lamp, opens the top drawer and finds her Diary. After
Glancing a few pages, she start reading from one of the
pages. As she reads, various shots of their Home are shown.
The Scene is in COLOR, but dark.
                                                            
                       CHLOE
      (As Voice Over as
       Madison Reads.)
Sunday,February 20th, 1994. Today
I turn 18 years old, finally! Best
of all I just met the Man of my
life!!
CLARK JORDAN, I WILL MARRY YOU!!!
                                                            
As Madison keeps reading from the Dairy, Chloe "Voice"
narrates her "ACCEPTANCE".
                                                            
                       CHLOE
      (Talking to the
       Audience)
I passed away, alone, a fitting
end for the path I choose. But
Life goes on, with or without you.
The old cliché "Life is too short"
is true. Enjoy every moment, every
            (MORE)

10.

                       CHLOE (cont'd)
detail of this journey on Earth,
of this adventure called Life. Now
I'm gone, soon to be forgotten...
                                                            
Multiple shots of the WAKE shows Clark talking to some
guest, Elizabeth drinking what appears to be Vodka, Diana
playing with her phone, Bruce talking to Madison, other
guest including Dr. Siffredi, Lisa, Charlie...and last
Rickey sitting alone reading a Victoria Secret Catalog with
a big smile, everybody is dressed in BLACK except Rickey.
Scene continues in COLOR.
                                                            
                       CHLOE
      (Continues Voice
       Over)
But you're still ALIVE, so go
ahead and embrace your gift, seize
the moment, and don't forget...
LOVE!
                                                            
Everybody seems indifferent of the Moment, looking more of a
casual Black Dressed Party than a WAKE.
                                                            
                                         FADE TO BLACK.
                                                            


THE END


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