A Country Called Home (2015) - full transcript

After rudderless 26 year old Ellie learns that her estranged, alcoholic father has died, her world is disrupted and she begins a journey that takes her to small-town Texas, where she finds direction, family, and friendship in this most unexpected place.

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Hey, where are you going?
I was just coming to see you.

I'm sorry,
I gotta go see Cole.

Wait, why,
what's up with your brother?

Nothing, I just gotta
go see him.

You gonna ask me?

Ask you what?

How I did in the poker game.

Well, you're not
wearing your shirt, so,

I'm guessing you
didn't do too well.

Yeah, only 'cause the guy
who won it from me left early,

so, I didn't get a chance
to win it back.

But about an hour ago,
I turned it around. I won...

over $200.

So, you've got my money.

I kind of had to pay
some back rent.

I gotta go.


Hey, Ellie.

What are you doing?

Sarah wants to start
parking her car in here, so...

All this stuff's
gotta go to Goodwill.

You send your resume in to that
design firm you were talking about?

They're never gonna hire
somebody without a degree, so...

How do you know
without even trying?

I, got a call

from somebody in Texas.

Was it Dad?

I don't know, I haven't
listened to the message,

I'm too scared
to listen to it.

You want me to listen to it?

Wha... What do you think
that he wants?

Booze. Or money to buy booze.

Or money to get out of jail
so he can go buy booze.

Yeah, but do you
think that maybe he...

Erase it, Ellie.

As far as I'm concerned,
we have a mom and dad

and they're both
very much dead.

Except no one's gotten around
to burying Dad yet.

I think that we should hear
what he has to say.

Let me show you something.

I found this,
this morning.

That trip was about the last time I
can remember being a whole family.

Who's to blame for that
except Dad?

This is a message for Ellie.

This is,
your stepmother, Amanda.

I think you may wanna head on
down here to Texas.

Your daddy had a
stroke, and I don't know

if he's gonna be
around much longer.

Anyway, I just thought
I should let you know.

He wants money, right?

Is there anything?

I'm sorry, but this flight
is overbooked.

Yeah, well, I know.
What does that mean?

It means that not everyone
on this flight...

No, I know
what the words mean, but I...

I really have
to get on this flight.

My father is not well.

It's... There just...

We do have another flight
that leaves at 3:30...

No. Please, I...

-I've got to get on this one.
-I don't...

Could you just check for, like, a
last minute cancellation or...


I'm sorry, but the 3:30
is the best that we can do.

But there's...
There's got to be...


-Ellie? We lost him.

Who, what? Lost who?

I'm afraid we lost your daddy.
He died not two minutes ago.

Hey, there you are!


-Wait, you are Ellie, aren't ya?

It's a good thing or I might've
been arrested for being a lesbian.

Can you get arrested?

I'm just kidding.
Is that all you have?

Okay, come on now,
we gotta scoot.

I had no idea
you'd be so late.

-I know. There was a problem...
-Do you drive a truck?

I guess.

I might've had a few too many
cocktails waiting for you,

I'm gonna need you to drive.

There you go.

Hang on,
just a sec.

Before you get in,
I wanna show you something.

How's the light out here?
Can you see okay?

See what?

Well, what do you think?


Well, they're
your daddy's suits.

I mean, I like the brown, but
everyone else seems to like the blue.

Maybe we can buy him
something new.

Like some black.

God, are you...
What a waste that'd be.

Actually, can I be
100% honest with you?


I really don't know that your
daddy wanted to be buried.

Well, what did he want?

I mean, he always said we could
just shove him under the couch.

But sometimes he'd say
he wanted to be cremated.


I know you know your daddy
joked around a lot.

I mean, did he ever tell you or
your brother what he wanted?

I don't think we ever
talked about his death.

Are you kidding? He talked
about that all the time.

Come on, hop in.

What time's
your brother flying in?

-Cole's not coming.
-He's not?

Well, I didn't know
it was quite like that.

It is, and then some.

So, which way am I going?


Tommy, go back to sleep.
We'll be home soon.

That's my grandson, Tommy.

What, he's just been
out in the car the whole time?

I couldn't exactly bring him into
the airport bar now, could I?

I'm hungry, Grandma.

Okay, I'll fetch you something.
Just, when you pull out of here,

make your first right and
head down the road a while.

-Hi, it's me.

How was the trip?

It was a little...

Are you okay?

Did Dad say something
awful to you?

No, Dad's dead.


He died while I was still
at the airport

and this Amanda woman
called to tell me.

I don't understand, so you...
So you're still at the airport?

No, I decided to come
to Texas anyway.


I gotta go,
I'II, I'll call you later.

Come on, get in.

Why can't this just wait
until tomorrow?

It just can't.

Anyway, I thought you might
want to see your daddy

before they take him
over to the funeral home.

I don't wanna be rude, but I think
that I can wait to see him.

Okay, look, can I be 100%
honest with you, Ellie?


Technically, me and your daddy ain't
exactly married on account of

I'm still married
to some no-good son of a bitch

-who lives up near Houston.
-I don't understand.

I need someone to officially
sign some forms

so they can release his body
to the undertakers.

-Someone who's family.
-I see.

I knew you were coming,

I didn't wanna make your
grandparents have to do it.




I thought that might be you, you
look just like your father.

I'm sorry for your loss.

Thank you.

What's this?

Your father asked me to give it
to you if you showed up here.

Amanda, where did you
get that wheelchair?

These things are not toys.

No, I know, Susan,
it's just he's so heavy.

You just about done here?

This is where you live?

This is it.
"Be it ever so humble..."

We had an apartment
down the road,

but your daddy loved to monkey
around with those guitars.

This place suited him
'cause of the garage.

It's my son's place.

Really, it was too big for just
him and Tommy by themselves.

He was still making guitars?

Making 'em,
repairing old ones, sure.

Yeah, he worked on 'em
most days.

Don't think he ever finished
too many,

but he loved working on 'em.

All right, come on, love bug. You
gotta get up, we're goin' in.

Let's see.

And that's my baby boy.

Jack, this is Ellie.

Mark's daughter.

He's a charmer.

No, don't worry,
don't worry about a thing,

I'll put your son to bed.

He works hard, so we cut him a little
slack when he acts like a poo-poo head.

I'll be right back.

There you are.

I can't believe this.

Yeah, well.

That was your daddy's.

No, but he had this piece
of junk when we were kids.

We used to take the worst
road trips in this beast.

And he never got it
to work right.

Well, Jack got it running
for me to drive

but I'm too scared
it'll break down.

Who did he make
the guitars for?

Different folks,
here and there.

He'd sell a few every year,
if he'd finish 'em, anyway.

Did he ever make anything
else, like any violins or...

Violins? No, I don't think so.

Ellie, listen, I... I was
wondering if you could help me

with the announcement
of your daddy's death.

I wasn't really
planning on staying.

I might just even get on the
first plane in the morning.

But you've only been here
two minutes.

And I could really
use your help, please.

At least stay
until after the funeral.

I know, I, I'm sorry...

Isn't this the least
you could do?


Sure, I'll stay
until he's in the ground.

All right.

You know, I'd really like to
just, maybe like go for a drive.

See some of the town.

Well, I don't know if there's
that much to see, but okay.

But the thing is,
Jack needs his truck tonight.

You can try your luck
with that thing.

Is there any other way
of getting into town?

Don't do that again, Billy.

But I'm hungry.

You said you wasn't hungry.


Don't you start.

Don't. Billy, don't do that.

Stop it.

Billy, put... You...

Better put that back on.

You got kids of your own?


Then why don't you
mind your own business,

we ain't some TV show
for you to gawk at.

G.D., woman!

# Well, I'm a wild one
to ramble

# The whole world
out in front of me

# I got places to go

# I got people to see...

Is this fellow lip-syncing
to some woman?

Or is he about two balls
short of a sack?

# I'm headed
for the big town... #

can I get another one?

I really liked your song.

At least what I heard of it.

You know,
it really pisses me off.

He's just wasting
all that beer.

Does this happen a lot?

You mean, bottles getting
thrown at my head?

No, that guy
doesn't come here that often.


What you got there?

It's a key.

Hold on...

Is this the key to my heart?

Hey, I have been looking
everywhere for this.

Yeah, I don't know
what it's for.

My father left it for me.

He... He's just...
He died.

This is familiar.

-Is it?

You know, I can't remember where,
but I saw this kind of key before.

So, you wanna
hear my new song or what?

You're not gonna get
back up there again, are you?

No. No. I think once
is enough for tonight.

Come on, let's go.

That was great.


Who is this?

That is Brenda Thacker.

Also known as my mother.

Yeah, she's been in a diabetic
coma here for three days now.

I'm so sorry,
is she gonna be okay?

I mean, they think so.

But you know.

They're not really sure.

On the plus side,

we never got along so well as
we have these past three days,

have we, Brenda?

Do you come here every day?



I, I don't know
where Amanda is,

but I think
she might be in the back.

We're here to see you.


Well, because
you're our granddaughter.

Why wouldn't we wanna see you?

Yeah, we didn't mean
to step on your beauty sleep.

I carry this picture around
with me everywhere I go.

Yeah, I, I remember this day.

Do you have any?

Any what?

She wants to know if you have any
pictures of our beautiful faces.

Well, I know you wouldn't
carry them around with you,

but at home, I was wondering
if you had any.

The thing is

when Amanda mentioned you,

yesterday, that was
the first time I knew

that you were even alive.



I'll be right back.


Hey, little man.

-How are you?

-Where are you going, Daddy?
-I gotta go to work.

May I please go? No, no,
Daddy's gotta work.

We just picked up some food
before Jack takes the truck.

Yeah, somebody's
gotta work around here.

-What is that supposed to mean?
-He's cranky in the morning.

Well, he wasn't much nicer
last night.

Well, we keep,
sneaking up on you, don't we?

It is so good
to finally meet you.

You too.

I've thought about hugging you and
your brother for so many years.

Hopefully, this is "hello"
instead of "goodbye."

And don't worry, we don't have that
many years left to bother you.

Bruce, will you be quiet?

-Come on, hon.

I let you sleep in, but now,
we gotta shake a leg.

See you got your parking
skills from your daddy.

Can you talk to the
undertaker when we get there?


I just don't like
those kind of folks.

And I don't know what kind
of coffin to get and...

Yeah, I can talk to 'em.

I just don't know
what to do.

I said I'd talk to him,
it's really not a problem.

It's just that I think your daddy
really did want to be cremated.

But everyone says a body's got
to be buried to be at peace.

And I don't know
if that's true,

but it sure
did make me feel bad.

Well, you shouldn't.

I tell ya, it's like
my head is splittin' in two.

I just don't know
how I can face today.

I used to rely on Mark to
make these kind of decisions.

And when he couldn't, 'cause
he was too drunk, Jack would.

He's been
in such a mood lately.

Ever since Mark
and I moved in with him

he's been...

It's all just
too much.

Why don't we just
finish up eating

and you can go home,
get a little more sleep

and I can take care
of all of this?

You will? You'd do that?

I tell ya, that's a
huge load off my mind.

And anyway, he is your daddy.

That's right.

I'm gonna go ahead, have him cremated
and then I'm gonna go back home.

Good, 'cause I think
that's what he really wanted.

I mean that, or for us
to bury him in the backyard.

And I think that's illegal.

We just rent that house.

Did he have a...
A favorite place?

You know, I always saw him crossing
the train tracks in his car.

He'd just stop.
Right on the tracks.

Like he was trying
to speed up the process.

Almost like that
was his favorite place.

I guess his body
took care of that in the end.


Why don't you go ahead
and pay for all this

and I'll just run
to the little girl's room.

And it's always one of them.

-It is, it is.

Excuse me, hi. I was wondering
if you could help me?

Sure can.
What can I do for you?

I'm looking
for the funeral home.

Whoa, what's wrong?
Are you suicidal?

Glen, get in there and stop that
woman from hurting herself.

I'm sorry, miss.

What are you sorry about?

She's looking
for the funeral parlor.

Maybe somebody
she knows has died...

You ought to show
a little more respect.

Somebody die on you, honey?

Yeah, my father.

Mark Edwards.

What's his problem?

I guess not everyone around
here liked your daddy so much.




My number-one fan.

-You get home okay last night?
-Yeah, yeah, I did.

-How's your mom?
-She is, I guess, the same,

or someone
would have called me. Yeah.

Hey, do you know where
the funeral home is?

I think I'm lost.

You've come
to the right person, honey.

I was lost for years. Come on.

What do you think?

I mean, I like how thin
I look in black,

but I don't really think
that's a concern here...

Do you have it
in a different color?

No, ma'am,
it just comes in black.

Okay, well...

Let's just go with the black.

Well, I like the black.
Makes me think of Johnny Cash.

You know, we can do
a nice inscription on the urn.

Perhaps, your father's name?

What would she need
the name for?

You think she has like 20 different
urns around the house...

she might get
all mixed up?

Or perhaps, his favorite poem?

I don't think he had one.

Well, it would look real nice
with a Texas flag,

-or, maybe, a fishing theme?

Or golf?

Just a simple urn, Mr. Harris.

As you wish.

Now, normally, the casket is displayed
at the front of the chapel.

But for a cremation,
what we do

is place a nice framed photo
of your father on the table,

or you can use several photos.

Now, we've recently
redone the sound system there,

we have
a real good selection

of soothing tape music
that you can choose from...

You okay?

I think so.

What next?

I need boxes.

You're not planning on taking
all those boxes?

I was gonna pay for 'em.

Those are all
my big boxes, though.

Well, are these boxes for sale
or not?

-Yeah, but...
-Well, there's no "Yeah, but..."

They're either for sale,
or they're not.

Look, I don't want this
kind of person in my store.

His name is Reno,
he can be here if he wants.

Ellie, let's just go.

God. See, what is that?

What are you talking about?

She's tracking mud
all inside the store.

What are you talking about?
I can't see anything.

Yeah, there's filth,
and dirt, and...

-Okay, crazy.
-Can't we just go?

No, my father is dead,
I gotta pack up his shit.

Yeah, we all know
who your father was, don't we?

Always scheming to get money
out of people.

No wonder he couldn't
stand up straight.

He's lucky he
didn't run over any

innocent kids driving
drunk like he did.

You know what?

I don't want any of your...

-Fucking boxes!
-Okay. Ellie, let's just go.

You guys need to
get out of here.

Fine by us.

You can stay here. You can be
King of the Box World.

And you can stay here
until the day that you die.

And, shit! Look...

My shoes
are fucking dirty too!

Idiot! I wanna burn
his store down.

That seems
a little extreme.

Well, he's just a jerk. He doesn't
like you, he doesn't like my father.

Yeah, well, he probably doesn't like
you too much right now, either.

Come on, I know where we
can get some, used boxes.

Tommy, stop that jumping.

What are we gonna do
with all this stuff?

Well, whatever Reno
doesn't want

I'm gonna take along
to Goodwill.

-Where is your friend?
-Trying something on.

I just don't think I could
wear a dead man's clothes.

Why not?

Well, they're dead.

Doesn't seem right.

Check it out!

These are some
fly threads, man.

-Are you sure I can keep these?

Don't really seem
to fit you too good.

I can take care of that.


And then,
you can clamp it down

and it makes different sounds
on the strings.

Are you going to play?

Hey, you ever play
an instrument?

No. Not really.

But when I was eight,

my dad made me a violin.


I mean, I was too young to
actually play it, but I loved it.

I carried it
with me everywhere.

He sold it when we were broke.

I can't believe
that he kept all this.

Like, all of our
report cards, and...

And, what?

These letters I wrote him
when I left.

I was so harsh.

Tommy, go on in,
get ready for soccer.

Your daddy can't get out
of work in time,

so I'm gonna have
to run you over there.

Come on, git! Let's go.


What is it, hon?

Why don't I take Tommy
to soccer?

You'd wanna do that?

Yeah, yeah,
I, I think it'll be fun.

Great. Yeah, give me a chance
to make some calls.

I think we're gonna have
a full house at this memorial.

Run, run.

Other way, other way.

Let's go, Tommy!

Hey, how's it going out there?

He's doing great, you know,
he's kicking that ball.

Has anybody scored yet?

Hard to say.

You touched it.

You don't know anything
about soccer, do you?


Out of the game!

Where's my mom?

She'd had
a few too many drinks.

You brought him?


I really appreciate it.

She's a handful. She's always
just relying on other people.

-Some tea?
-Yeah, thanks.

Are you gonna come
to the memorial?

Tommy wants to go.

You didn't like
my father much, did you?

Well, he kept my mom busy.
That was something.

That's funny, I don't...

You say that he kept
her busy, rather than...

"He made her happy."

Look, it's tough living
with drunks.

I put up with her
'cause she's my mom, but...

You know, your dad...

He's happy one day,
and mean as hell the next.

He'd throw me some money if he
sold one of those guitars, but...

It was just hard to get him to focus
long enough to finish anything.

Yeah. I mean, I know that
he was tough to live with.

I grew up with him.


But you ain't really been
around much lately.

I thought...

I don't know what I thought.

I never thought he'd die.

Just thought we'd have
some more time.

Was he that bad
when you were younger?

When I was 11,

my parents took us
to this party.

It was, like, a barbecue

at a friend's place
outside of town.


he got really...

You know, drunk, and...

When it was time to leave, he
wouldn't give my mom the car keys.

He drove, and...

You know, we were swerving

and he went to

change the music
on the stereo and we wrecked.

And it seemed like...

forever till
the ambulance got there.

He was friends
with the sheriff 'cause...

he walked.

And we were all fine
except for my mom.

She died the next day.



He was pretty bad back then.

Not much changes with time,
I guess.

I'm really sorry.

Did you, did you live
with him after that?

For a while,


He got a lot worse,
and then when my brother

went off to college, that's
when I moved in with my aunt.

What about Tommy's mom?
She just out the picture?

She's alive,
if you wanna call it that.

She's a junkie.

I never even suspected it.

I knew about alcohol,
obviously, but...

I didn't know anything
about the drugs.

I just...

Seems like I blinked,
and I was married.

I blinked again, and I was
divorced, with a little boy.

I blinked again, that little
boy is almost five years old.

I just wonder how you get things
to slow down a little bit.

I don't wanna blink
and be in the grave.


It seems like that happens
to a lot of people.

# If you lose

# Your horses

# 'Cause they ran off

# When lightning struck

# I will come home

# From wherever

# I am

# Till the last one

# Is rounded up

# If you've got the blues

# I'll stand by you

# If you've got the blues

# I'll stand by you

# I'll stand by you #

What are you laughing at?

You want something
to laugh about? You do?

You do?

Are you ticklish?

You better watch it,
he's gonna wet himself.

I am willing
to take that chance.

So, what does this do?

It's for seniors who have trouble
rising from their chairs.

What you do
is you hit a button,

and then,
the armrests would rise

and it would be like people
on either side of you

helping you up
out of the chair.

-Dang, I'd buy one of those.

Yeah. Heck, I'd buy
two of 'em.

Where do I order?

It's just an idea
that I'm working on.

I have no way of getting
these things made.

Well, you sure won't unless
you show 'em to someone.

Here it is!

I knew I brought it.
I left it in the car.

And here's
something I found.

Your father always loved
to ride.

-Did he?

He wasn't any kind
of a cowboy.

He couldn't rope a steer
to save his life,

but he loved to ride.

And this was some dance
or other.

Your father loved
to cut a rug.

Yeah, he was
a pretty good dancer.

There's this, old gal
that he took to the prom...

And she still talks
about how your daddy

was the best dance partner
she ever had.

That was the last picture

where he was still our boy.

It was...

It was while he was
in the Navy,

that all the drinking
started up.

Normally, you can't squeeze
a tear out of me.

Tell her, Bruce.

Why, she's a tough old bird,

but we're having a tough week.

And I expect it's, not been
too much fun for you, either.

All right, here we go.
Chocolate shake...

Hey, Reno.


What's up?

I got a call
from the hospital.

Is your mom okay?

Well, I guess yes and no.

Well, it's not like
she's a little bitty thing

that you can really misplace
too easily.

Hey, there, Reno,
thanks for coming in.

Hey! Should I have brought
a picture of my mom,

so we can start up
a search party?

We didn't misplace her.

She must have woke up,
got dressed,

and decided
to check herself out.

Should we go in?

In a minute.

You think I look like her?

Not so much.

You know, she's eating herself
to death.

Are you okay?

Ever had a nightmare...

That was so bad, you had
to get up out of the bed

just to try and
walk away from it?


I have this nightmare

where I'm sitting
at a table with my mom,

just feeding her,
and feeding her...

And I wanna get up,
I wanna leave, but...

I can't.

Well, I think there's no use
in just crying our eyes out.

-Hey, Mom.
-Hi, there.

I think they're,

looking for you
back at the hospital.

Yeah, I woke up there this morning.
What was all that about?

I found you passed out in the
kitchen the other night,

and then they said that you
were in a diabetic coma.

I'm sorry.
This is my friend, Ellie.

Hi. It's nice to meet you.

Are you feeling better?

I never felt bad.

I can tell you
I sure was hungry, though,

when I woke up this morning.

Hey, you know, we should just
swing you by the hospital.

I'm not going back there.

Well, they might have
a list of foods

for you to avoid, and
medication for you to take.

You pop on by there
tomorrow and pick that

stuff up for me,
would you, Margaret?


I mean, Reno.

So, who's your friend?

She's in town 'cause her,
her father died.

Mark Edwards?
Did you know him?

I knew him just to wave at.

I know his momma
pretty well, though...

-You feel like doing some sewing?

Let me just grab
a Blizzard to go.

Okay, but make the pants
nice and tight, Mom.

You know how I like 'em.

I reckon I ought to by now.

Hey, so, Ellie thinks I should
record some of my songs.

And move out of town
and become a fancy musician?

Well, I think those songs are
too good to keep to yourself.

No, I'm not gonna leave
this place.

Yeah, well, I gotta go.

Do you need a ride
to the funeral home tomorrow?

I can just meet you there.


Close your eyes,
and just go to sleep.

Does Ellie live here now?

No, she's just here
'cause her daddy passed away.

Would you let her live here
if she wanted to?

I think she's got
a life back where she lives.

Go on, close your eyes,
go to bed.

Go to sleep, okay?

This used
to be my field.

You owned a baseball field?

I used to go to school here.

I was one of the best players
we had.

I had scholarships to play baseball
at three different colleges.

What position did you play?

I was a pitcher, but...

I played third base too.

What college did you go to?

I didn't. I never left.

Why not?

I hurt my arm pretty bad and I
couldn't pitch anymore and then...

I got Tommy's mom pregnant
a couple of years later.


I thought I got her pregnant.

-What do you mean?
-You've seen him.

He doesn't look
anything like me.

I told you his mom
was an addict.

She used to do all kind of shit
behind my back to get drugs.

Thought about getting
one of those paternity tests.

Does it really matter?

What do you mean by that?

Well, Tommy
is such a great kid.

I see your eyes just light up
whenever he walks into the room.

So, does it really matter if
he's not your biological son?

I don't know.

You are 100% the father
that he needs.

And you're much more of a
father than mine ever was.

-Good morning.

You know, I think I might
wanna wear my hair up.

I haven't worn my hair up
in 10 years.

But this is a memorial

and I think it might be
the right thing to do.

Yeah, sure.

You think you could help me?

Well, I met your daddy right
down the road at Charlie's Bar.

But I guess that's not
such a big shock, is it?

No, not really.

Yeah, he bought me a drink and he told
me that he had just moved back here

to his hometown to die.

And that's exactly
what he did.

Of course, it took him a little
over five years to do it,

but he was true to his word.

I don't know. I mean, you
seem like a nice enough girl.

Nice enough for what?


I just don't know
that I'll ever understand

what you and your brother
have done.

-What we've done?
-To your daddy.

I mean, it seems like you all
just left his well-being

in the hands
of complete strangers.

I mean, it so happens
that I care for him

and I found him
this place to live,

but it does seem like y'all didn't
care if he was living on the street,

dumpster-diving for his meals.

You, you have no idea
what you're talking about.

Look, I know
Mark had his problems...

His problems? Do you know how many
different schools I had to go to

because my father got fired and we
had to move to a different town

where nobody knew about him
or his problems?

And I'm sure that was hard.

And walking home from school

with the few friends
that I was able to make

and I see
all of our belongings,

all of my toys

and clothes being sold
in a yard sale

so that he would have enough
gas money to leave town.

Look, Ellie, I didn't mean...

Or seeing my mother being
carried away in an ambulance

'cause he wouldn't give her
the car keys.

-He killed her,

and I still loved him.

So how does that
make any fucking sense?

No. No, that can't be right,
that can't be true.

"Can't be"...
Just forget about it.

Hey. Hey! What about my hair?

Wear a hat!

You're just so selfish.
You and your father, both.

Don't think I haven't noticed.

What about you? You rely on your
son to put a roof over your head,

and you can't even
look after his kid.

Why don't you
have another drink?

Why don't you forget
about it just like my father?

What do you know
about anything?

I had a baby boy and I was married
a week out of high school,

and I have been trying to catch
up ever since, just trying to...

So what do you know?

You come on back here
when you're my age

and you tell me
if you did everything right.

You come on back
and tell me how it went.


Hey, Ellie, what's up?

Hi, James.

Hey, I came by your place
last night.

Did you hear me knocking?

I'm still in Texas.

Yeah, yeah, yeah,
that's right.

I came here
'cause of my father.


So, this is typically
the moment

when a boyfriend
would ask a girlfriend

if her father's
doing okay or not.

You know I don't like to
deal with sick people.

You know that.

James, I think
we should break up.

What? But I love you.
What are you...

No, you're not the kind of guy
who should really date anyone,

you know, you're more like
a fun one-night stand

and somehow I've let this
continue for a year.

You think I'm fun?

James, I don't think
we should date anymore.

Starting when?

When I hang up the phone.

Well, in that case I won't
let you hang up the phone...

Are we early?

I don't think so.

Hello, everyone,
and thanks for coming.

I'd like to say a few words
about Mark Edwards,

who may not have been my
legal husband here in Texas,

but who will be, I know, waiting
for me at the altar of heaven.

Where's the body?

Excuse me?

I said,
"Where's the body?"

I heard what you said, Roger,

and I'm saying
I was still talking.

I'm talking now, ain't I?

And this is
a memorial service, isn't it?

So I hope you're not planning
on rolling out the casket

like a birthday cake.

Roger, if I could
just finish, please?

Would you like to take a step outside?
Get some fresh air?

Something stinks in here,
all right,

but I ain't fixing to move.

Well, maybe
you'd just like to...

Who the hell are you?

I'm Ellie.
I'm Mark's daughter.

So now, the ungrateful
kids show up.

You looking
for a little money, are you?

Roger, you need to button it,
and button it fast.

Drunk as a skunk and the sun
isn't even down yet.

Drunk as skunk!

Okay. You know, I spent a
lot of time thinking about

what I was gonna say up here

and y'all need to sit on
down and get ready to cry!

I'm fixing to cry,
all right.

This whole freak show
is gonna make me cry!

And I'm gonna ask you
one more time,

where is my friend's body?

It was my father's wish
to be cremated

-and that is what we...


Your daddy didn't want to be
burned to a crisp.

Well, apparently he did.

Good God almighty!
Did you hear that?

Did you hear her?

-I see.

So, now you're gonna sic your
goon squad on me, is that it?

It's okay, Jack.

No, nobody is gonna hurt you.

Can you imagine? Getting beat up
at the wake of your best friend?

Christ, he was
hardly your best friend.

I knew him for about 50 years,

that's more than
the rest of you can say.

And you've
done this all wrong.

I can see that you're upset.

You burnt up his body, you got
that picture of him from the Navy,

he hated the damn Navy,

you got this freaking...

Okay, that's it.
You have to get out!

-Get off of me.

-Get off of me.
-Out, now!

No, get out!


Hey, just... Just...

That's right.

All right.

Let's pick up
where we left off, shall we?


You spend more time
in this hospital than I do.

This is the last time,
I promise.

How can you be so sure
it's your last time here?

'Cause, basically, I'm gonna
throw my clothes into a bag

and catch the first plane
out of here tomorrow.

-Reno, hey, are you okay?

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm fine.
Y'all can leave.

I got to wait
for some stitches.

-No, we can wait.
-No, no, no.

I need to go home and check
on my mom after anyway.

-You sure?

How's the cut?
Is it gonna leave a scar?

I hope so.

Not very interesting until
you have a bunch of scars

you can tell
a bunch of lies about.

Go, get out of here. I'm fine.


Can we leave it on,
for a minute?

Yeah, sure.

My father
used to love this song.

My brother thinks
we lost my father years ago,

you know, after the accident.

Is that how you feel?

I think he was still
in there somewhere.

Tell me something about him.

Like what?

First good thing
that pops in your head.

You know, he was
in all kinds of bands.

And then he met my mom and she was
singing in a band in Nashville.

-For real?

So you're like
a show business kid?


I mean, they quit all that by the
time my brother and I came along.


And she used to...

Sing around the house,
and, you know...

I bet she was a great lady.

what are you doing?



Just thought I,
lost something.

What'd you lose?

I don't know.

You don't know
what you might've lost?

Guess that's gonna take you
a while to find that.

Is there anything
that you wanted?

I see you got your bag packed
and waiting by the front door.

-Yeah. I'm, I'm leaving.
-You are.

I mean, I came
to say goodbye to my dad

and that's more or less
what I did.


They called and said that,

they'd have your daddy's ashes
ready if you want to take them.


Thank you, though.

What do you want me
to do with them?

You could keep 'em.

Or you could
scatter 'em someplace.

You know what,
I don't think I could do that.

Well, I'm sure
you'll think of something.


Should you be doing that?

This bandage is just not
really my style, you know?

How does it look?

Not great.

Do you think
anyone will believe me

if I said I got it
in a shark attack?

Hey, what time
does your flight leave?

Leaves at 9:00.

You don't have to stay
if you don't want.

No, no, no.

You know, if we got
all this time

there's something
you could help me with.

Where exactly are we going?

Hold on, I think I saw one
right up here.

One what?

Here, here, here.
Pull up here.

Why do you want this thing?

I have an idea.

Can't we just
buy one of these?

I already got a bunch.

Is this like your thing?

-My thing?

Yeah. Like, you like to
collect stolen bird-feeders?

How could that
be anyone's thing?

Quick now, you
ain't getting any lighter.

-Can you get it or not?
-Yeah, got it.


-What is that?
-Hold this, tools.

Tools for what?

Tools to help us
get into the store.

That is breaking and
entering where I come from.

Yeah? That's what
we call it here too.

Now what?

My plane leaves in 10 minutes.

I don't think
I'm gonna make it.

You're not ready to leave yet.

I'm not?

No, you just got here.

I remember when I saw Amanda
at the airport.

I thought,

"God, would it be really rude

"if I was
to get on an airplane

"turn right around
and go home?"

This place sucks.

I think you should come out
to Los Angeles.

You could record some songs.

I think you need
to get out of this place.

I can't.

My mom, you know.

Anyway, I'd sooner be dead
than set foot on an airplane.


You can get up
and you can sing

in front of a whole bar of people
who are throwing shit at you

and you're too scared
to get on an airplane?

I'm not scared. I'll get on one as
long as it don't take off the ground.


Well, what are you two
doing here?

I'm calling the cops.
That's for damn sure.

I can't even look at all that.
It's everywhere.


Yeah, "Wow!"

Well, I guess this is it.

I guess.

I meant to tell you.

I saw where,
your key came from.

My mom has one like it.

It's for a safety deposit
box at the bank.



Thank you.


Is this key for your bank?

I believe it is. Let me see.

I'll give you some privacy.


Hi, I'm here to pick
up my father's ashes.

Well, yes, but we've run into
a slight problem with the urn.

With the urn?

The one you selected
is not available right now

and we have
completely run out.

Well, is there a different urn
that I can put the ashes in?

The one you purchased is the
most competitively priced urn

that we have and...

Well, if you'd want
to upgrade, we could...

No, I don't want
to do an upgrade.

Is there anything else
that you could use?

They're not home.

Are you the granddaughter?

Yeah, I'm Ellie.

But how do you know about me?

You're all they could talk
about these past few days.

They're at the department store.
Didn't Judy tell you?

Tell me what?

She's modeling today.


I do not do yellow.
And it's in my contract.

What contract?
No one's getting paid.

I do not do yellow

and I don't do purple.

They're just not my colors.
They never have been, I...

Just look at my hair.
Are you crazy?

But, but this is all
that we have left.

then you've got a problem.



Bruce said that you'd gone
and without saying goodbye.

I told him he was wrong.

He said that you got that in
your blood from your father,

and I said, "Well,
she also got some of my blood

"and my blood
is just not that rude."

How are you, dear?

What is all this?

It's not the best timing.

But, but it was planned
months ago.

And well, I was just hoping that it
would take my mind off my troubles.

How often do you get asked
to be a model at my age?

Now, you go find Bruce
and you get a good seat,

and we'll go
to the diner after.


Here we see
the California casual.

Delightful and comfortable.

With this,
you can run your errands...

and still
look like a lady on the go.

Here we see the elegant gray,

which is not
just for winter anymore.

Beautifully cut...

totally comfortable,

she looks so lovely.

Our next model
comes to the stage

bringing a little flash
and glitter.

And here we see midnight blue,

suitable for any
formal occasion...

while allowing for comfort
at the same time.

A beautiful
two-piece ensemble,

in beautiful midnight blue,

with sparkle and bling
to match her beauty.

She's gonna be okay.

Boy, I wish I knew a prayer
right about now.

Do you know any?

No, I'm afraid I don't.

But don't Judy and you
go to church?

I just go for the singing

and she goes
to see all of her friends.

I sleep through
a lot of the praying part.

-You can go in now.
-Thank you.

You go ahead.


My mom told me that Judy
got into an accident.

Yeah, she had a pretty bad
fall at the department store,

but I think that
she's gonna be okay.

I'm glad you're still here.

Can't seem to stay away
from this place.

You're leaving?

Yeah. It, it's not that...

I understand.

It's not that I don't want to.


And Tommy's gonna miss you.

He's wonderful.

Yeah, I don't know
what I would do without him.

What about you?

What's waiting for you
back in LA?

I broke up with my boyfriend.

I'm gonna throw out the
annoying roommate that I have

and probably apply for that job
that I've been dreaming about.

Sounds like you'll be busy.

Well, come on in, sweetheart.

From the height you fell from,
I'm gonna count ourselves lucky.

I thought you said we
wouldn't be seeing you again.

You should leave, dear.

Do you want to sleep?

No, you should go back
to your home.

-No, don't overstay your visit.

If you do that, then you won't
want to come back.

And I want you to come back with your
brother and with my great grandkids.

Why, I've never even
seen them.

But you have a broken knee.

Well, there are doctors here.

Besides, it'll give Bruce
something to do.

You need to get home

and find someone who'll make
that furniture that you design.

Now, give me a hug
and you get out of here.


Where would I stay?

What do you mean?

In Los Angeles, if I came
with you, where would I stay?

You'd live with me.

You'd have to help me throw out my
roommate but she scares pretty easy.


But then, just one thing is,
I'm not gonna get on a plane.

What? You want us to walk?

What's wrong with this thing?