FADE in: ESTABLISHING SHOT - NEW YORK CITY STREET - DAY
"Based on actual historical events" appears on screen over a contemporary residential city street. ANDRES struts into view. He seems cocky, and is dressed in stylish clothing. He turns and walks into the doorway of a town house. RAP MUSIC is playing.
INT./EXT. APARTMENT BUILDING STAIRCASE - DAY
Andres walks through the door and closes it. His pace slows considerably as he walks upstairs.
INT. OLDER JESUS'S APARTMENT - DAY
OLDER JESUS (pronounced Hay-Suse) hears the DOORBELL. He is in his late seventies. He gets up slowly, but with dignity. His dress and the apartment's decor are proper, tasteful, and simple. He opens the door.
Older Jesus seems happy and surprised to see Andres, but he acts reserved. He turns and walks back into the living room. Andres closes the door, and follows Older Jesus into the living room. Andres is acting agitated, and does not sit. He speaks in an urban drawl.
Shouldn't you be in class?
No class today.
I'm not stupid, Andres.
You used to be such a good boy.
Don't start busting me. I'm
just here to visit.
(handing him some folded
I brought you a present.
I do not need anything, especially
your ill-gotten money.
I did the best I could after your
Did you really think it would
be that easy?
Maybe I was guilty of the same
Hopefully you will learn that
there are many things you cannot
buy with money. Fortunately,
I am still one of them.
Andres leaves the money, turns and closes the door behind him as he leaves. Older Jesus walks over to a record player, and turns on a SALSA that has a beat and revolutionary theme similar to the rap song. He walks into the kitchen and starts to make some tea. He gets weak. All of the SOUND DIES. He collapses to the ground. The only SOUND is the EXAGGERATED THUD of Older Jesus crashing to the ground. The SOUND DIES again and Older Jesus's hand knocks over the water. The water splashes his face. All the SOUND is DEAD except for the EXAGGERATED noise of SPLASHING. This is followed by the BARELY AUDIBLE SALSA, which continues after fade to black.
EXT. NEW YORK CITY STREET - DAY
The MUSIC has changed to a much LOUDER version of the opening RAP SONG. Andres lights a cigarette and resumes his cocky strut along the city streets. He passes a group of three bums. Andres stops and talks to the stylish blond drug DEALER. Andres arrives at a school, and the MUSIC ABRUPTLY ENDS. He goes into the door.
INT./EXT. SCHOOL HALL - DAY
Andres walks slowly into the hall and closes the door.
INT. CLASSROOM - DAY
OLDER PEDRO is lecturing the class. He is dressed in priest's garb, and is in his mid seventies.
...Several students have joined
me on this trip before, and you
can ask them how fulfilling it
was. Many of you are Hispanic
like myself, and this is a good
way to learn about our culture,
and to serve our people.
Andres enters, and takes the only available seat, which is in the first row. He is slouching and unresponsive.
Oh, what a rare treat. Where
were you this time?
Visiting my grandfather.
Even if that is true it's still
irrelevant. I want to speak with
you after class.
(addressing the class
For those of you who are not Hispanic,
this trip will be a good opportunity
to learn about a different culture.
We all need to live together,
and the more we know about each
other, the easier it will be for
The BELL RINGS. Andres hurriedly leaves before anyone else. Older Pedro does not have a chance to catch him.
INT. OLDER PEDRO'S OFFICE - DAY
Older Pedro is speaking into an intercom microphone.
Please excuse the interruption.
INT. CLASSROOM - DAY
Andres is sitting in the back of another class. He instinctively walks towards the door the instant the announcement starts.
...Andres Fuente is on the premises,
please have him report to the
principal's office immediately.
Andres closes the door as he leaves.
INT. OLDER PEDRO'S OFFICE - DAY
Older Pedro is sitting impatiently at his desk. He looks at his watch several times. After the final glance, he bursts out of the office, and notices a nervous BOY waiting for him. Older Pedro impatiently addresses the Boy.
What do you want?
Nothing, sir. My teacher gave
me this slip for chewing gum,
Older Pedro interrupts the Boy by grabbing the slip, looking at it for about a second, and then crumbling it as he leaves.
Older Pedro opens the door and then slams it shut.
(calling out to the closed
Thank you, Father Pedro. I mean
INT. SCHOOL BATHROOM - DAY
Cut quickly to Andres exhaling smoke. Older Pedro rushes in, grabs the pipe from Andres and throws it into the toilet. The embers in the pipe fizzle out in the toilet water.
At this moment of extreme tension, the Boy walks into the bathroom, and runs out frightened.
You don't know how stupid your
excuse was this morning.
Your only visit was to a dead
Maybe you were too stoned to notice,
but your grandfather was dead
After hearing this, Andres slowly slides downs the wall onto the floor. This is the most visually emotional he has been.
I was going to make a crack about
you murdering him, but you seemed
(sliding near Andres,
his tone softens)
One of the few redeeming qualities
you had left was your love for your grandfather.
Older Pedro pauses. Andres is stunned.
I called to confirm your story.
I knew there was a problem when
he didn't answer. He always stays
in on Tuesday morning to listen
to the Cuban music program on
They both snicker reservedly.
I went over to check on him.
(pauses thoughtfully and
I don't know why I got angry with
you. I don't know what I thought
happened--what you did. Did something
(Shakes his head no,
and then answers)
I mean he was upset, but he has
been for a while. He didn't have
any reason to live.
I don't believe you said that.
You know better. He did a decent
job of raising you. He had to
go through that twice. It was
him who was responsible for making
you tough, and then you went and
used it for all of the wrong reasons.
I was better at being tough than
You have no idea.
What do you know? You never had
to live with him. What would
anyone tell their priest anyway?
I went and did things--made a
life for myself. He just sat
in his room. He never lived.
You have absolutely no idea.
You should know we are...were
cousins. I have literally known
Jesus my entire life, but for
some reason it all seem to start--
almost everything in my life seem
to start around the time he went
EXT. JESUS'S LAWN - DAY
Fade from Older Pedro's face to PEDRO's face. He is at a lawn party with costumes and surroundings that indicate that it is in the early 1930's, and the guests are aristocrats in a tropical nation. JESUS walks on screen. He starts to approach Pedro. They both are elegantly attired and intoxicated.
PULL BACK TO REVEAL
A huge gathering of slightly drunk and formally dressed people, some are wearing elaborate military dress uniforms. There are many servants present. "Havana, Cuba 1933" appears on screen.
(sarcasm to Jesus)
Enjoying yourself, Jesus?
Jesus stares at him with a bitter look.
Pretty soon you will be away from
So. At the University, I will
be dealing with the offspring
of all these disgusting people.
You never had trouble having a
The reason I act this way is because
I do have trouble having a good time.
I'm going to miss you. We are
two of a kind. The only two of
that kind it seems.
Yea, I suppose so.
Take care of yourself, Pedro.
You know what I mean. You got
to slow down. Nobody should act
like that at your age. I didn't,
and look how I turned out. Believe
me. You don't want to be any
I'll be alright.
Did you hear? President Machado
is at this party.
So. I've met him before. He
is usually at the worst parties
not the best.
I know what you mean.
I'm going to walk around a little.
He gets up and walks towards the water. He sees and stares at MARIANA who is sneaking through the woods behind the house. She is extremely dark and beautiful, about Jesus's age, not as formally dressed as the other guests, and her hair is a too long for the event. Jesus accidently walks into the water.
INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
There is a college party in progress. Everyone is formally dressed, and there is a great deal of alcohol. Jesus is drunk and slouching in a couch. There are servants present. Jesus stands up and walks away.
EXT. CAMPUS - NIGHT
Jesus stumbles outside, and stares into a wading pond. He sees the reflection of Mariana behind him. He dashes after her, but it is too late.
INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
Jesus stumbles back into the party, and grabs another drink. The other guests appear to be the sons of the guests at the lawn party in the previous scene. He addresses one person specifically, in the general direction of several others and finally to the crowd, all without any response amounting to more than a polite shrug.
Does anyone know who that girl
was? Who is she? You've seen
(stumbling over to a
phone and dialing)
Operator, get the Castillo-Torre's.
INT. PEDRO'S HOUSE - NIGHT
PEDRO'S FATHER gets out of bed to answer the PHONE. He is stern in his responses. Pedro is able to hear the conversation, but cannot be seen by his father. Pedro is fully dressed, and has a bottle in his hand.
(waits for response)
Yes, I think Pedro is here, but
I am sure he's sleeping.
Is that you, Jesus?
Is there something wrong? You
don't sound good. Are you calling
from the University?
Pedro's Father looks at the receiver as if he's been disconnected. Pedro turns and rushes out the door, and closes it.
EXT. PEDRO'S LAWN - NIGHT
Once outside Pedro jumps on his bike, which is on the ground near the house.
EXT. ROAD - NIGHT
Pedro passes pools of water. It is extremely dark.
EXT. CAMPUS - NIGHT
He stops at the University campus, and addresses several REVELERS.
Do any of you know Jesus
Most look at him strangely and continue walking. Two people slow down, and address him.
Yea, I know the name.
Do you have any idea where he
would be right now?
(quick and sarcastic)
From what I've heard, he should
be at the watering hole. I mean
it is after nine A.M.
(calling after them)
What is that? Is that a bar or
Pedro doesn't receive a response. He forgets his bike, lights a cigarette and runs huffing. He walks up to a place that seems to be holding a party. He walks in and closes the door.
INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
Pedro walks into the house where Jesus was attending the college party. It is later and calmer.
Hello, do you know if Jesus
Castillo-Garcia is here?
Uh...I'm not sure. Is he supposed
to be here?
(pauses and tries to
yes. My name is Pedro
Nice to meet you. Feel free to
look around. May I offer you
Thank you. Actually, I would
like to use your lavatory.
Yes, of course.
The Host gestures up towards the bathroom, and Pedro dashes in that direction.
INT. BATHROOM - NIGHT
Pedro closes the bathroom door. He turns and looks down. Jesus is passed out in the toilet and is wearing an untucked formal shirt without the collar. His suspenders are hanging down. Pedro sighs, bends down with difficulty, looks in, and then FLUSHES the toilet. He starts to finish the drink, and then throws it into the toilet as he passes somewhat backwards.
of the ceiling slowly rotating. There is a LOUD sigh from Jesus followed by a long pause.
SLOW PAN OVERHEAD SHOTS
between Jesus and Pedro as they converse. They don't look directly at each other. The conversation is delayed by a pause after every single phrase.
Is that you, Pedro?
What am I doing here?
You are suppose to be studying
at the University, but until three
minutes ago you were stewing in
your own digestive juices.
Is that you, Pedro?
What the hell are you doing here?
I overheard you talking to my
father. I came to rescue you.
I was talking to your father?
What did I do that? I...why did
I do that?
Rescue me from what?
I don't know. I'm in pretty bad
shape myself. It seemed like
the noble thing to do at the time.
I guess I was just looking for
You don't know what?
You don't know why I called your
father or you don't know why I
needed to be rescued?
Both. Let's get out of here.
Jesus closes the door behind them.
INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
The stuffy guests are staring at Jesus and Pedro with disbelief. Pedro has also unbuttoned his shirt, and he has a towel around his neck. Jesus and Pedro try to remain cool while leaving. The door is shown closing, but not opening. The uptight students are stunned.
Jesus comes back, takes a bottle and leaves again. The door closes.
ANGLE ON THE UPTIGHT STUDENTS
Jesus reenters, and walks with forced dignity into the bathroom. He closes the door. Pedro mechanically follows the same routine after a short pause. The stuffy students watch with unbelief.
INT. BATHROOM - NIGHT
Pedro stares at the toilet, FLUSHES it, and goes over to the tub where he finds Jesus. Pedro stumbles over and turns on the shower.
TIGHT ANGLE ON JESUS'S FACE
The visibility is cut by mist.
EXT. POND - DAWN
Direct cut to the mist resulting from the two of them jumping into a pond, coming out naked and drying off and lounging against a tree. Jesus takes a drink from a flask. They both light cigarettes and relax for a moment.
I think my reputation at that
school is ruined already.
I wouldn't worry about it.
God, I just figured out what you
meant in the bathroom. You were
trying to reach me when you called,
not my father.
I was drunker than you for a change.
I shouldn't do that anymore.
You just said that fifteen minutes
That bike ride really took it
out of me.
Oh damn! I forgot my bike.
It will be there in the morning.
Anyway, we can afford plenty of
That's not the point. I mean,
what else do I forget if I forget
what I was riding?
They both lean up.
It's time for both of us to polish
Yea, I don't want to get started
on the same road all through university
Speaking of which, shouldn't you
be at school in a few hours?
Yea, I guess so.
We could both use a free day in
the city to clear our heads.
I guess it couldn't hurt to sign
one more pass.
We didn't sleep one bit.
That's good. I never sleep any
more. I've been too excitable.
I use to be the same way. Lately
I've been sleeping all the time.
It's good to get back in these
habits. The sun is starting to
EXT. ROAD - DAWN
Pedro and Jesus approach an earthen road that cuts through the beautiful tropical lush, which is beginning to be bathed in red light. Pedro is only wearing underwear and a shirt.
PULL BACK TO REVEAL JESUS AND PEDRO APPROACHING
Jesus and Pedro walking down the road. A cheery SALSA starts. The light, MUSIC and distance all build together.
EXT. CITY STREET - DAWN
They approach the city, which is coming awake. MUSIC is slowly replaced by the SOUNDS of a CITY.
What a great city!
There is the THUNDERING SOUND of an EXPLOSION.
What the hell was that?
I don't know. It probably came
from the docks. We should find
some clothes before we get any
farther into town.
How do we do that exactly?
I don't know. There aren't any
stores near here. By the time
anything opens, half the day will
(pauses and looks around)
I would really rather not get
any closer to the docks until
I cover my butt.
I got it.
Pedro approaches a MAN working with what appears to be laundry or disposed clothing. He addresses him cheerfully and sincerely.
(continuing to the Man)
Hello, sir. My friend and I had
a rough night--fell into a sewer
and that sort of thing. What
would you want for some of those
I don't know. I mean what do
you want? What do you got?
Anything at all, hopefully a pair
of pants for my friend
(searching pockets of
Shit. I guess I left my wallet
in my pants somewhere.
(thinking and then handing
the Man his watch)
Yes, sir. Take what you want.
Take it all.
They go through clothing, and quickly take a piece or two for each of them. They start to walk away towards a side street.
Have a nice day.
They put on clothes that are ridiculously too big for them. Pedro's pants are tied by a rope.
I can't believe you gave him your
watch. These clothes don't fit
very well considering we could
have bought a couple of cheap
suits for what you paid for them.
Who wants cheap suits? These
are more fun.
EXT. DOCKS - DAY
Jesus and Pedro are still exploring around. They come across the harbor area, which is active with sailors and small vendors.
The next necessities are my treat.
I don't think any proper establishments
are open yet so we'll just get a loaf of bread. Something we can carry
around with us all day. I think
these cufflinks should do.
That's the spirit.
They stop and buy a huge loaf of bread and coffee, and Pedro puts pieces of tropical fruit into his pocket. They sit down on the dock and warm their faces with the steam rising from their cups. SIMON approaches. He is casually dressed in his sailor's clothes.
Do you guys want to buy a tooth?
No thanks. I already have some.
It probably came from a political
(placing the tooth up
to his mouth.)
Actually it looks a little too
big. My guess is that it's shark.
They laugh. Pedro addresses Simon.
What do you mean?
Most of the bodies we pull out
of the water are political prisoners
who have committed suicide.
What do they do jump from prison
all the way into the water?
Well the police give them a push
for the last twenty miles or so.
Are you serious?
You guys aren't from around here.
We're university students.
You don't look like it, but you're
acting like it.
We had a rough night.
What's your name?
Simon De La Fuente. How about
You guys related?
(making stabbing motion
You boys take an easy, and make
sure you keep these things out
of your sides.
What was that all about?
I don't know. Don't worry about
The steam rising from the cup
is warming my face.
It feels good.
Jesus leans his forehead against the far rim of the cup, and pauses for a contemplative moment. He then leans up, and stretches his neck.
You know what? I remembered why
I tried to call you last night.
I think I saw that girl again.
I don't know what I was thinking,
but I wanted to ask you about her.
(waits for and does not
Do you know her?
What's her name? How do you know
How do you know her?
Uh...her parents are friends of
Why do you ask?
I think it's obvious why I ask.
Anyway, I find it hard to believe
that your parents have friends
Can we eat?
Let's go to our fathers' club.
Wouldn't that be ironic.
Do you have a death wish?
As much as you do.
Well fine. Let's go.
We are going to need some proper
As they start to walk away. They are stopped by the STUDENT VICTIM. He looks and acts as if he is extremely agitated. He addresses Jesus.
Jesus! Can I stay with you for
a few days?
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