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Blue Valentine Movie Script

Writer(s) : Derek Cianfrance, Cami Delavigne, Joey Curtis

Genres : Drama, Romance

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                           BLUE VALENTINE



                             Written by

            Derek Cianfrance, Cami Delavigne & Joey Curtis


                         
                                                                  5/14/09


          EXT. RURAL SUBURBAN STREET - DAWN - PRESENT DAY
                         
           A 5-year old girl wearing pajamas wanders alone down the 
           street.
                         
                          FRANKIE
                          (BARELY AUDIBLE)
           Me-gan!
                         
           INT. PERIERA HOME - PRESENT DAY
                         2 2
                         
           FRANKIE crawls through a dog door. She walks into the living
           room where the TV is on loud.
                         
           DEAN PERIERA, 30 years old, hefty, sleeps in a lazyboy.
                         
                          FRANKIE
                          (HUSHED)
           Daddydaddydaddy.
                         
           Frankie uses the footrest to crawl up onto her dad's belly.
                         
                          FRANKIE (CONT'D)
           Wake up Daddy.
                         
                          DEAN (WAKING)
           What time is it baby?
                         
           She sniffles. He notices.
                         
           EXT. PERIERA HOME - BACK/FRONT YARDS - PRESENT DAY
                         
           The back door opens and Dean carries Frankie to the yard. The
           first yellow rays of sunlight hit their faces.
                         
           He looks over the lawn, an empty bowl, water tin and a
           doghouse posting the name MEGAN. He peeks inside the
           doghouse. There's no one home. Dean moves to the fence. The
           gate is open.
                         
           Dean carries Frankie to the front yard. They look around.
                         
                          FRANKIE
           When's she going to get back?
                         
                          DEAN
           She probably just went out for a run.
           She'll be back soon because she's going
           to get thirsty.
                         
                          FRANKIE
           She's going to be thirsty?
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
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                          DEAN
           You know what we should do? We should
           leave her bowl full of water and her dish
           full of food. Because she's gotta get
           hungry and thirsty sometime. You know?
                         
           Dean's optimism is infectious. Frankie nods slowly.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Like me. I'm hungry. I'm so hungry I
           could eat your toes.
                         
           Dean pretends to gnaw at Frankie's toes. Breaks her sadness.
                         
           INT. PERIERA HOME - BEDROOM - 6:12AM - PRESENT DAY
                         4 4
                         
           CINDY PERIERA, 28, sleeps in bed. Sunlight spills through
           translucent yellow curtains into a small master bedroom.
                         
           Dean sets Frankie down on the bed, motions to her to be
           silent. He sniffs the air. She follows. They eye each other
           and pounce. Cindy wakes up with a gasp.
                         
                          CINDY
           I'm sleeping!
                         
                          DEAN
           We're hungry! We're going to eat you.
                         
           They pin her arms above her head and 'furber' her armpit.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Don't laugh. Come on, don't laugh!
                         
           Cindy doesn't laugh, she screams.
                         
           INT. PERIERA HOME - VARIOUS - MORNING - LATER - PRESENT DAY
                         5 5
                         
           Cindy, nursing a weight-loss drink, scans through digital 
           photos on the computer. We see - family on vacation,
           Frankie's first day of school, Frankie and a black and white
           Border Collie mutt - Megan. Cindy exports the picture when...
           A tea kettle whistle blows.
                         
           Dean and Frankie sit at the table. He plays a song for
           Frankie on a ukulele. Cindy gets up, turns off the kettle.
                         
                          DEAN
           What happened to the flute?
                         
           Cindy pours the hot water into a bowl with instant oatmeal &
           raisins. She blows on the food and places it at the table.
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
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                         5 CONTINUED: 5
                         
                         
                          CINDY
           C'mon, eat, you can't be late today.
                         
           Frankie takes a tiny bite and makes a sour face.
                         
                          FRANKIE
           I don't like it...
                         
           Cindy turns on the faucet over a pile of dishes, returns to
           the computer to e-mail herself the missing dog flyer.
                         
                          DEAN
           Here... we can make it taste better.
                         
           Dean spoons the raisins out of her bowl onto the table.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           This is how a leopard eats.
                         
           He laps up his coffee like a cat. She mimics. Dean laughs.
                         
                          CINDY
           Come on Frankie, use a spoon. You know
           how to use a spoon.
                         
                          FRANKIE
           Lepers don't use spoons.
                         
                          DEAN (WHISPERS)
           Are you gonna listen to your mother? I
           think you better.
                         
           Frankie reluctantly takes a tiny bite. Her face sours and she
           lets the food fall out of her mouth and back in the bowl.
           Cindy returns to the dishes.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           How old are you?
                         
                          FRANKIE
           Five.
                         
                          DEAN
           Okay, eat five bites.
                         
           Dean gets up, goes to Cindy at the sink.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           We gotta get a dishwasher...
                         
           Tries to take the dish sponge away from her. She resists.
                         
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
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                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           I'll do it. Come on let me do it.
                         
           She drops the sponge, dries her hands.
                         
                          CINDY
           Frankie! We're leaving in 15. Eat!
                         
           Frankie ignores her.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           Alright...
                         
           She pulls Frankie out of her seat and carries her under one
           arm to the back room. Frankie protests.
                         
           Dean watches, shakes his head. He sees the computer on,
           Cindy's e-mail is still open. He shuts off the running water.
                         
           He scans through messages from a bunch of names of people
           Dean doesn't know. He sweats, clicks open a return message
           from a real estate company - apartment now available.
                         
           INT. PERIERA HOME - BATHROOM - MORNING
                         6 6
                         
                          CINDY
           Look up for mommy... come on Frankie!
           We're gonna be late... look up.
                         
           Frankie is propped up on the sink. Cindy draws cat whiskers
           on her cheeks. Frankie tips her head back.
                         
           CINDY (softens) (cont'd)
           Don't blink... leopards don't blink...
                         
           EXT. PERIERA HOME - MORNING - PRESENT DAY
                         7 7
                         
           Cindy backs their minivan out of the garage. Frankie is
           strapped in her carseat. Dean comes up to the window, knocks.
           Cindy brakes. Dean hands Frankie her backpack.
                         
           DEAN (to Frankie)
           You be good today for Miss Alex, okay?
                         
           Frankie, dressed like a little leopard, nods.
                         
           DEAN (to Frankie) (cont'd)
           Love you.
                         
                          FRANKIE
           I love you.
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
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           DEAN (to Cindy)
           Love you.
                         
           He kisses her on the corner of her mouth. A hesitation.
                         
                          CINDY
           ...Love you.
                         
           Dean pulls his head out of the window.
                         
                          DEAN
           Put your seat belt on.
                         
           She starts to back up.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           C'mon. What's the big deal?
                         
           Cindy does as she's told, looks over her shoulder, scrapes
           the curb.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Watch...
                         
           Cindy cranks the wheel straight, puts on the gas and burns
           down the road.
                         
           Dean stands there in his driveway, muttering to himself. He
           watches the car disappear down the street.
                         
           Another car, headed the opposite direction, barrels down the 
           road, past the Periera home. 
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D) 
           Slow that piece of shit down! 
                         
           INT. CLINIC - DAY - PRESENT DAY
                         8 8
                         
           Cindy clicks the "print" button on a computer, moves to the
           printer. It spits out a "Missing Dog" flyer.
                         
           DR. SAM FEINBERG - handsome, well-groomed, unshakable
           confidence - appears at the door, with coffee.
                         
                          FEINBERG
           There you are.
                         
           Cindy places the flyers in her folder in a rush.
                         
                          CINDY
           Sorry...I'm almost done.
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
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                         8 CONTINUED: 8
                         
                         
                          FEINBERG
           You got a second? Did you get a chance to
           talk it over with your family yet?
                         
                          CINDY
           Yeah... I'm going to.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
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                         8 CONTINUED: (2) 8
                         
                         
                          FEINBERG
           I don't have to tell you, it's a huge
           opportunity...
                         
                          CINDY
           I know I know. I should know for sure by
           Monday.
                         
                          FEINBERG
           All right, Monday's our day. I want the A
           team up there with me. Talk it over.
                         
           Feinberg walks away down the hallway.
                         
                          CINDY
           I will.
                         
           INT. VAN - DAY - PRESENT DAY
                         9 9
                         
           Dean drives with a beer in a koozie and a cigarette. He has a
           coughing fit, rolls down his window and spits.
                         
           CHARLEY - late 30s, hefty, African American - sits in the
           passenger seat. He pops the top to a Styrofoam coffee cup.
                         
           They talk about sex, women and broken fantasies. But Dean's 
           attention is on the side of the road, scanning the
           neighborhood for Megan. He whistles sharp and loud.
                         
                          CHARLEY 
           Cheer up man. God wants you to be happy.
                         
                          DEAN
           God's a woman and she's pissed off at me.
                         
           INT. CLINIC - DAY - PRESENT DAY
                         10 10
                         
           An ultrasound monitor, the abstracted image of a 20-week
           fetus. Cindy watches Feinberg perform an ultrasound.
                         
           DR. FEINBERG (to Cindy)
           Do you want to take over from here?
                         
           Cindy places her hand on the sensor. Feinberg places his hand
           over hers. They gently glide it over the abdomen.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
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           DR. FEINBERG (cont'd)
           Easy.
                         
           Feinberg releases Cindy's hand and removes his latex gloves.
                         
           DR. FEINBERG (cont'd)
           Very good, Cindy. You're in good hands.
           Cindy is one of our favorites.
                         
           Cindy blushes. She is transfixed on the monitor.
                         
                          CINDY
           Do you want to know the sex?
                         
           INT. SUBURBAN HOME - UNFINISHED HOUSING TRACK - PRESENT DAY
                         11 11
                         
           Dean smokes, works in the soon to be living room. He paints a
           picture on the wall before covering it up with the roller.
                         
           INT. CINDY'S CAR - LATE AFTERNOON 
                         A11 A11
                         
           She drives through a drive through and orders fast food. 
                         
           INT/EXT. CINDY'S CAR- AFTERNOON
                         A12 A12
                         
           Cindy drives, fast food wrapper in hand, sees something out 
           the window. She slows down, waits for opposing traffic to
           pass, then pulls a wide u-turn. She rises up out of her seat
           to look at something.
                         
                          CINDY
           Oh no...
                         
           She pulls the car to a stop, puts on the hazzards, takes a
           moment to compose herself, unbuckles her seatbelt. Gets out.
                         
           ELLIPSE: A blanket covers a dead Border Collie mutt in the
           gutter. Cindy puts Megan's body into the back of her van.
                         
           INT. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GYMNASIUM/DAY CAMP PROGRAM - AFTERNOON12 
                         12
           - PRESENT DAY
                         
           FOURTH OF JULY music recital. The Pre-K classes are lined up 
           on small bleachers. Led by their teacher, the kids sing "I'm 
           A Yankee Doodle Boy." 
                         
           Frankie, steps out of her line of pre-kindergarteners to see 
           if her parents are in the bleachers. She spots her father, 
           jumps a little, and wonders if he can see her. 
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
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                         12 CONTINUED: 12
                         
                         
           Dean sits alone, picks paint off his hands. He does not fully 
           watch the children - he watches the door for Cindy to enter. 
           He wonders where she is - every possible scenario passes
           through his mind. looks at the clock - 3:35.
                         
           Cindy arrives with haste, purse open, holding a big set of 
           keys in her right hand and a water bottle in her left. She
           props her sunglasses on her head, looks around for Frankie.
           She waves to her, but Frankie doesn't see her.
                         
           Dean spots Cindy by the base of the bleachers - relaxes. He
           picks up his jacket, puts it on his lap, making room for her.
                         
           She looks around for Dean, spots him near the top of the
           bleachers. Little waves. She climbs the crowded bleachers,
           stopping to talk with parents along the way. She comes up
           next to Dean, takes her purse off. They say "hi" but neither
           one makes eye contact. Dean takes the water bottle from her.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
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                          DEAN
           Didn't think you were gonna make it.
                         
                          CINDY
           Did I miss her?
                         
                          DEAN
           Almost. Her class is coming up.
                         
           Dean kisses her cheek. Cindy settles, arranges her things.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           You have a good day?
                         
                          CINDY
           It was alright... Busy.
                         
                          DEAN
           Anything good happen?
                         
           Cindy shakes her head "no." She drops her keys into her
           purse, but they miss the target and she fumbles after them.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Is something wrong?
                         
           Cindy shakes her head. Takes the water from Dean. He stares
           at her. She concentrates on closing the clasp on her purse.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Why don't you tell me?
                         
           She doesn't want to start crying. Dean gets visibly
           frustrated. He's sick of prying everything out of her.
                         
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Why do you gotta make me beg? I know
           there's something wrong. It's gonna come
           out eventually. Just tell me.
                         
           The song ends. A patter of applause. The teacher introduces 
           the next song "THE BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC". 
                         
                          CINDY
           I found Megan.
                         
                          DEAN
           That's great, where?
                         
           Cindy doesn't answer. She can't. She tries to keep from
           crying. He quickly realizes what she's trying to tell him.
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
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                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Where?
                         
                          CINDY
           Over on Urbandale... near Spur.
                         
                          DEAN
           I told you you gotta close that fucking
           gate.
                         
           Cindy wipes tears. She has to look up and blink to keep them
           from rolling down her cheek. Dean puts his arm around her,
           holds her close. She tries to pull away. He won't let her.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           I'm sorry. It's not your fault.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
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           Frankie sees her Mother and Father huddled together. She 
           sings louder. 
                         
           EXT. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL/DAY CAMP PROGRAM. AFTERNOON. 
                         A13 A13
                         
           Cindy sits in her car, checking her eyes in the rear view
           mirror. They are puffy. Frankie runs full speed into Dean's
           arms. He picks her up and walks her to Cindy's car.
                         
                          DEAN
           You were great.
                         
                          FRANKIE
           Did you find Megan?
                         
                          DEAN
           No. But... I was thinking... Maybe she
           got a job or something... You know? So
           she could make some money and buy some
           food. Or maybe she moved out to Hollywood
           to become a movie dog!
                         
           Frankie nods. Dean gets her to the car. Straps her in.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           I was thinking...you should have some fun
           tonight1 Don't you think?
                         
                          FRANKIE
           Yeah!
                         
           Cindy listens in the front seat. She doesn't approve.
                         
           EXT. HELLER HOME - AFTERNOON - PRESENT DAY
                         13 13
                         
           The door opens to a grandpa in shorts and a bathrobe wearing
           navy scuba gear, JERRY HELLER - early 70's. He has a tube
           under his nose attached to an oxygen tank. His porch and
           front yard are overloaded with Fourth of July decorations. 
                         
                          FRANKIE
           Pa!
                         
           Jerry growls at Frankie. She screams, scared but delighted. A
           yapping dog named SAMMY jumps on her. Jerry nods at Dean who
           keeps his distance by the van.
                         
                          CINDY
           Aren't you coming up?
                         
           Dean gives a sour look and lights a cigarette.
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
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                         13 CONTINUED: 13
                         
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           He's an old man.
                         
                          DEAN
           What? I can't smoke around his oxygen.
                         
           Cindy gives Dean a slow look of contempt, grabs the backpack
           and walks toward the house. Jerry stands over the hose spigot
           with Frankie at his side.
                         
                          JERRY
           ...Want me to show you a magic trick?
           Here's how you turn the grass green. You
           can teach it to your dad.
                         
           The sprinkler jets on. Cindy comes up and kisses her dad on
           the cheek. She straightens Frankie's ears.
                         
                          CINDY
           Go say goodbye to Daddy. You're not going
           to see him until tomorrow.
                         
           Jerry holds Frankie back.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
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                          JERRY
           Wait...! OK...one, two, three GO!
                         
           Frankie runs to Dean, dodging the water stream. She hugs his
           leg. He picks her up.
                         
                          DEAN
           Hey leopard. You be good now. You
           remember what to do when Pa snores?
                         
                          FRANKIE
           Cover his mouth and hold his nose.
                         
                          DEAN
           That's my girl. Gimme a squeezer.
                         
           Dean hugs her and she squeezes back as hard as her arms
           allow. Dean plays as if his neck was being pinched off. He
           sets her on the ground running back to the porch. She gets
           caught in the diameter of the sprinkler spray. She screams as
           the water chases her.
                         
                          JERRY
           It got you! Go right! OTHER RIGHT!
                         
           Dean and Cindy both laugh. Their eyes meet for the first time
           in days, maybe weeks. They exchange a brief smile, filled
           with mutual love, pride and respect - connected by their
           little girl. Frankie stands in front of Cindy, water drips
           from her bangs.
                         
                          CINDY
           Come on silly. Let's go in and get dry.
                         
                          FRANKIE
           I don't wanna take off my costume!
                         
                          CINDY
           You don't have to. Let's just go in.
                         
           Cindy leads Frankie with one hand and pulls Jerry's oxygen
           tank with the other. Jerry takes Frankie's free hand.
                         
           Dean smokes and watches... Cindy hold the screen open with
           her foot and maneuver father, tank and child inside. The
           screen door closes. Sammy barks at Dean through the screen
           door. He tugs his smoke, memories flood. He drifts...
                         
           EXT. CITY STREETS. DOG WALKING. DAY. 6 YEARS EARLIER.
                         14 14
                         
           The sound of barking. A YOUNGER DEAN, 24, walks 10 dogs.
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           INT. DEAN'S FRIEND'S APARTMENT - LATE DAY. 6 YEARS EARLIER.
                         15 15
                         
           Dean comes inside from the cold. He tries to walk in quietly -
           not disturbing Jake who's watching TV in the back bedroom. He
           goes to say "hi" but decides he'd rather not disturb him.
                         
           Dean sits on the couch which he uses as a bed. He pulls his
           travelling bag from underneath the coffee table, digs around
           for a long sock where he keeps his money. He stuffs his day's
           pay ($45), in the sock with the rest of his $ (about $100).
                         
           In the kitchen, he opens the fridge. There is a pie tin with
           one last slice of pumpkin pie. Walks to Jake's room. Stands
           in the doorway. Jake doesn't acknowledge him.
                         
                          DEAN
           Hey man... Can I have a slice of that
           pie?
                         
           EXT. CITY STREET - DOG WALKING - MORNING. 6 YEARS EARLIER.
                         16 16
                         
           A dog poops on the sidewalk. Dean gets his little bag ready.
           Sees - a light post with flyers taped to it. Dean reads - MEN
           WANTED-$22/hr. He tears it down.
                         
           EXT. BUS STOP. MORNING.
                         17 17
                         
           Dean waits for the bus to come.
                         
           INT. STORAGE FACILITY/MOVING COMPANY - DAY - 6 YEARS EARLIER 18
                         18
                         
           Dean enters, hair combed, still wet, with fresh teeth marks.
           JO - 36, receptionist sits beyond a scratched window. Dean
           pulls out the folded flyer and asks if they have any work.
                         
                          JO
           You're gonna have to speak with Mr.
           Saned, honey. Wait just a minute, okay.
                         
           Dean sits on a chair, smooths his hair, smells his clothes.
                         
           INT. GARAGE - LATER - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         19 19
                         
           Saned - huge hands, the boss - leads Dean through a large,
           open garage, lined with many sizes of moving trucks.
                         
                          SANED
           Normally we are busiest at the beginning
           of the month. You break your back for two
           weeks, you get 2 weeks to rest. That's
           normal. Days start early.
                          (MORE)
                          (CONTINUED)
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           You'll work on a crew of 4. The rate for
           4 men is $122/hour.$40 goes to the truck.
           You split the rest. Plus tips. Policy on
           tardiness; you work for the day you don't
           get paid. You're late two times; don't
           bother coming back. Any questions, talk
           to Curtis. He's your supervisor.
                         
           WORKERS eye Dean. He introduces himself. Shake hands.
                         
           INT. TRUCK - EARLY MORNING - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         20 20
                         
           Dean rides in the back of a 20 foot truck. The wind is cold.
           He warms his hands with his breath.
                         
           INT. HOME #1 - MORNING - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         21 21
                         
           Dean lifts two large boxes and moves toward the stairs.
                         
                          CURTIS
           Whoa whoa. You gonna break your neck
           homey. Look down.
                         
           Dean does. All he sees is brown box.
                         
                          CURTIS (CONT'D)
           Can't see your feet. If you can't see
           your feet, how you gonna know where the
           step is? You goin' bust your ass.
                         
           Curtis takes the boxes from Dean and demonstrates.
                         
                          CURTIS (CONT'D)
           Turn around.
                         
           Curtis hefts the boxes on Dean's back. He pulls his arms
           around the back to hold onto them in an awkward position.
                         
                          CURTIS (CONT'D)
           You gotta be a mule. Always carry on your
           back. Give `er a try.
                         
           Dean is unsure. He proceeds, imbalanced down the stairs.
                         
           He makes it to the truck where Saned waits to help him get
           the boxes in. Dean can't quite manage a 30-pound, behind the
           back hand-off. He ends up spilling up the boxes and their
           contents all over the sidewalk. Saned gets pissed. Dean gets
           down on his hands and knees and packs up the boxes - quickly.
                         
           MOVING MONTAGE: HOME #2
                         22 22
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           - DEAN POURS HIMSELF A GLASS OF MILK FROM A CLIENT'S
           REFRIGERATOR. HE CHUGS IT.
                         
           - DEAN STACKS BOXES LIKE BLOCKS AND TAP DANCES TO KEEP WARM. 23
                         23
           HE SINGS A SONG TO HIMSELF.
                         
           - DEAN HOISTS A 6' TALL DRESSER WITH DRAWERS ON HIS BACK.
                         24 24
           CURTIS TIES A BLUE BLANKET AROUND HIM TO SECURE HIS LOAD.
           DEAN WALKS OUT OF THE TRUCK AND INTO A NEW APARTMENT.
                         
           - CURTIS HANDS OUT THE DAY'S MONEY, PLUS TIP. DEAN COUNTS HIS25
                         25
           CUT - $327. NOT BAD. BUT HIS BACK FEELS BROKEN.
                         
           INT. DEAN'S FRIEND'S APARTMENT. DAY. 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         26 26
                         
           - Dean puts $300 in an envelope, seals it, and writes "THANKS
           PAL." He slides the envelope under Jake's door.
                         
           - He lays on the couch, wrapped up in a white sheet, smoking
           a cigarette. Tries to stretch his back.
                         
           INT/EXT. HOME #1. TRUCK. 6 YEARS EARLIER.
                         27 27
                         
           LUNCH-TIME. Dean, Curtis sit in the bed of the truck, legs
           dangling. They eat hamburgers and talk about girls.
                         
           INT. DEAN'S FRIEND'S APARTMENT - BATHROOM. MORNING.
                         28 28
                         
           Dean showers, tries to stretch his aching back.
                         
           EXT/INT. BROWNSTONE. (HOME #3) MORNING. 6 YEARS EARLIER.
                         29 29
                         
           A fifty something MAN helps an ELDERLY MAN navigate his
           walker down the stairs of his neglected Brownstone. Dean
           holds a ream of unfolded cardboard boxes and can't help but
           stare. Curtis slaps him on the back.
                         
                          CURTIS
           Gonna happen to you someday too.
                         
           INT. BROWNSTONE. MORNING.
                         30 30
                         
           INSIDE. Dank, dark home. 0 upkeep. The smell makes Dean hold
           back a gag. Curtis climbs the stairs to the 2nd floor.
                         
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
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                         30 CONTINUED: 30
                         
                         
                          CURTIS
           I don't think that old man's been up here
           in 10 years.
                         
           Saned elbows in with rolls of tape and contractor bags.
                         
           SANED (TO DEAN)
           Box up everything on the first floor.
           Toss everything else.
                         
           - Dean finds jars of yellow liquid everywhere. "What's this?"
           He opens a jars and is overwhelmed by the stench of urine.
                         
                          DEAN
           It's fucking pee!
                         
           - He runs to the toilet and pukes in to a shit stained
           porcelain bowl. Saned berates him for wasting time.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           How could you live like this?
                         
           - He ties a bandana around his nose. Gets back to packing. -
           boxes full of the old man's life (religious items, framed
           pictures, old cameras and reams of polaroids). - Boxes are
           packed, taped and stacked.
                         
           EXT. BROWNSTONE. MORNING.
                         31 31
                         
           Bags of garbage dump into a 20' rented dumpster out in the
           street. - Dean and Curtis heft an old couch into the
           dumpster. - Barren home reveals a sagging floor. Ghostly
           impressions on walls where pictures used to hang. - The truck
           takes off, leaving a full dumpster behind.
                         
           EXT/INT. TRUCK/ROAD. AFTERNOON. 6 YEARS EARLIER.
                         32 32
                         
           - Dean and crew cut out of the city. It's the first time Dean
           has seen nature in the longest. Breathes deep.
                         
           INT. RETIREMENT HOME. LATE AFTERNOON. 6 YEARS EARLIER.
                         33 33
                         
           - The crew carries boxes down a hallway to a single room. A
           sign on the door reads, "Welcome home Walter!!!"
                         
                          CURTIS
           How we s'posed to fit all this in here?
                         
           - Dean and Curtis move a dresser against the wall. - He
           hammers a nail in the wall. Places a framed picture up. -
           Unpacks the old man's clothes, folds them, puts them in
           drawers. - Replaces the light bulb on a burned out lamp.
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 15.
                         33 CONTINUED: 33
                         
           - Wipes clean old pictures and knickknacks using toilet
           paper,. - Saned carries in a box of food - cans of soup, etc.
                         
                          SANED
           Last one. Lets get a move on. Gotta make
           it home for the game.
                         
           Dean holds up the man's wedding picture.
                         
                          DEAN
           Look how handsome he was.
                         
                          SANED
           What are you fucking queer?
                         
           Saned hands Dean a wad of bills.
                         
                          SANED (CONT'D)
           Finish up, we gotta 2 hour drive back.
                         
           Saned walks down the hall, calling out to hurry up. Dean sets
           the bills down on the dresser. Continues to arrange the
           things. He stares at a picture of old man and his wife.
                         
           ELLIPSE - A nurse wheels Walter down the hallway and
           introduces him to his new room.
                         
                          DEAN
           Wait up. We gotta do this right...
                         
           He takes the wheelchair from the nurse, wheels Walter out of
           the room, picks him out out of his wheelchair, and carries
           him back into the room across the threshold of his new home.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           You are gonna be the new stud in this 
           place.
                         
           Dean sets him down in a recliner, then gives him a tour of
           his room - tells him which drawer his socks are in, where put
           the aftershave, etc. Curtis pokes his head around the corner.
                         
                          CURTIS
           Boss says we gotta go. We gotta go.
                         
           Dean cuts the tour short, wishes the old man luck and tells
           him he'll come visit him someday. He backs out of the
           doorway, grabs his money off the dresser, and says goodbye.
           Dean turns and is frozen in his tracks. Something or someone
           makes his expression change to that of wonder, eyes fill with
           love... he puts the money in his pocket.
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 15A.
                         
                         
                         
                         
           INT. MINI VAN. DRIVING. AFTERNOON. PRESENT DAY
                         34 34
                         
           Cindy pulls into the driveway behind Dean's van. He walks
           around her mini van and directs her to open the back hatch.
           She presses the button from inside. Hatch opens. She gathers
           the stack of missing dog flyers in the seat next to her.
                         
                         
           EXT. PERIERA HOME- BACKYARD- PRESENT DAY
                         A35 A35
                         
           Dean buries Megan by the fence. He places a stone on the
           mound as a marker. He stands over it, smoking a cigarette.
           Cindy looks on from the porch, arms hugging her body. Dean
           walks to her and wraps his arms around her. Her arms fall and
           move up to touch his side.
                         
                          CINDY
           What are we going to tell her?
                         
                          DEAN
           We'll tell her Monday. After the weekend.
           Let's not ruin her Holiday. 
                         
           Dean turns Cindy around, closes his eyes, and hugs her.
                         
                          CINDY
           She would have wanted to say goodbye.
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 16.
                         
                         
                         
                         
           INT/EXT. PERIERA HOME - CONTINUOUS
                         35 35
                         
           - Cindy washes dishes, straightens up the house.
                         
           OUTSIDE - Dean sits in Frankie's little rocking chair,
           smoking a cigarette. He looks out over his lawn. - Picks up
           frozen dog poop with a little shovel, rinses out Megan's
           bowls with the hose. - He watches Cindy inside, cleaning. He
           looks at his house. Remembers something.
                         
           INT/EXT. PERIERA HOME - CONTINUOUS
                         36 36
                         
           He comes in through the sliding glass door and steps over
           Cindy who is on the floor picking up Frankie's Hotwheels. He
           yanks open a junk drawer and pulls out items.
                         
                          DEAN
           You remember where we put...
                         
           Cindy stops and watches him. He holds up a gift certificate
           in an old anniversary card.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Here! Let's get the fuck out of here.
                         
           Dean grabs the phone and dials.
                         
           DEAN (on phone) (cont'd)
           Hello, I want to see if I can reserve a
           room for the night... tonight. I have a
           gift certificate but I don't know if it's
           still good. Can I give you a number?
           7G263?...
                         
                          CINDY
           What are you doing?
                         
                          DEAN
           Taking us away. We gotta get outta this
           house.
           (Back to phone)
           It's still good? Good... Well, what rooms
           do you got?...Hold on a minute...
                         
           Dean lowers the receiver to his neck.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           What room do you want? The North Pole,
           the Moon Room or Cupid's cave. Which one?
                         
           Cindy shakes her head.
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 17.
                         36 CONTINUED: 36
                         
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           I don't want to hear any excuses. We're
           going. We deserve it. One night. Because
           we belong to each other. Pick a room.
                         
                          CINDY
           You're crazy.
                         
                          DEAN
           You're not going to decide? I'll decide.
           That's how decisions get made.
                         
           Dean gets a shit-eating grin.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Come on let's go get drunk.
                         
           He returns to the phone.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Give us the moon room. Periera. P-E-R-I-
           E-R-A... 2... Great...
                         
           Dean hangs up.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Pack our bags. We're going to the moon!
                         
           EXT. LIQUOR MART PARKING LOT. AFTERNOON. PRESENT DAY.
                         37 37
                         
           They argue about who's gonna go in.
                         
           INT. LIQUOR MART - AFTERNOON - PRESENT DAY
                         38 38
                         
           - Cindy jerks out a grocery cart, pushes it, scans the aisles
           of the massive liquor store. - Tucks two large bottles of
           champagne under her arm. - she tries on different pairs of
           sunglasses at the display. She assumes the character that
           each pair suggests. She is a tough guy cop when...
                         
           BOBBY (O.S.)
           Is that Cindy Heller?
                         
           Cindy turns and sees BOBBY ONTARIO, her college sweetheart.
           She lifts the glasses on her head, blood rushes to her face.
                         
                          CINDY
           Bobby Ontario?
                         
           EXT. GAS STATION - AFTERNOON - PRESENT DAY
                         39 39
                         
           Dean fills his tank.
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 18.
                         
                         
                         
                         
           INT. LIQUOR MART - AFTERNOON - PRESENT DAY
                         40 40
                         
           Cindy pushes her cart down the aisle along side Bobby, 30
           years old, fit. TAYLOR, a small toddler sits in his cart
           wearing overalls and a backward baseball cap like his daddy.
                         
                          BOBBY
           ...So, you been faithful to him?
                         
                          CINDY
           That's a strange question to ask someone
           you haven't seen in forever.
                         
                          BOBBY
           I'm a strange person.
                         
           Cindy laughs.
                         
                          BOBBY (CONT'D)
           No seriously.
                         
                          CINDY
           Yes.
                         
                          BOBBY
           Yes you have or yes you haven't?
                         
                          CINDY
           Yes...I haven't. I mean I have...I have
           been...Why are you looking at me like
           that?
                         
                          BOBBY
           I'm not looking at you like anything.
                         
                          CINDY
           Oh OK.
                         
                          BOBBY
           It's hard to be faithful. I don't know if
           monogamy is possible, especially if
           you're a man...
                         
                          CINDY
           Who's this?
                         
                          BOBBY
           This is Taylor. He's two. Got a little
           girl at home. Irene.
                         
                          CINDY
           Wow...
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 19.
                         40 CONTINUED: 40
                         
                         
                          BOBBY
           Kids are great. They pick up on things so
           fast. Like watch... Hey Spence, give me
           five... Give me five, buddy.
                         
           Drooling, and with a toothless smile, Taylor gives his daddy
           five. Bobby beams.
                         
                          BOBBY (CONT'D)
           Give Cindy five.
                         
           Taylor holds up his hand limply so that Cindy has to give him
           an awkward five. Bobby laughs. They reach the register.
                         
                          BOBBY (CONT'D)
           To see yourself in your kid's face... I
           never experienced anything like that.
                         
                          CINDY
           I know...
                         
           There is an uncomfortable silence between them. Cindy starts
           to unload her purchases.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           I'm really happy for you.
                         
                          BOBBY
           How's your kid?
                         
                          CINDY
           She's good.
                         
           Pause. They speak at the same time.
                         
                          BOBBY
                          WHAT'S HER-
                         
                          CINDY
                          SHE'S GOT-
                         
           They stop. Cindy concedes.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           You go...
                         
                          BOBBY
           No, you go...
                         
                          CINDY
           Oh... I was going to say, you ask her
           what kind of hair she's got and she says,
           a bob. It's pretty funny.
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 20.
                         40 CONTINUED: (2) 40
                         
                         
           Cindy smiles at the ground. Bobby eyes her purchases - a
           bottle of vodka, cheap champagne, mixers, snacks.
                         
                          BOBBY
           What's her name?
                         
                          CINDY
           Frankie.
                         
           Fumbling, she starts bagging her groceries.
                         
                          CHECKER
           That's $58.42.
                         
           Cindy hands the CHECKER a fifty. The Checker holds it out.
                         
                          CHECKER (CONT'D)
           $58.42.
                         
                          CINDY
           Oh...I'm sorry.
                         
           Cindy searches her wallet, goes into her change purse.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           How much was the vodka?
                         
           The Checker looks at the receipt.
                         
                          CHECKER
           $11.99.
                         
                          CINDY
           Can I put that back? I'm sorry...
                         
           Bobby holds out a twenty dollar bill.
                         
                          BOBBY
           I got it.
                         
                          CINDY
           Nothankyou.
                          (TO CHECKER)
           Just take it off please.
                         
           Bobby drops the bill on the scanner.
                         
                          BOBBY
           You can get me back.
                         
           EXT. LIQUOR MART - PARKING LOT - AFTERNOON - PRESENT DAY
                         41 41
                         
           Cindy pushes the cart hurriedly, stolen shades on her head.
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 21.
                         41 CONTINUED: 41
                         
                         
           Dean blows on a hot cup of coffee. Cindy moves fast, loads in
           the bags next to their luggage, slams the hatch closed and
           snatches the keys from Dean's hands.
                         
                          CINDY
           Let's go.
                         
                          DEAN
           You're drivin'?
                         
           Cindy hops in the driver's seat. Dean rides on the end of the
           buggy and crashes it into the buggy corral. She fires up the
           engine and honks. He throws his hands up.
                         
           INT. MINI VAN - LATE AFTERNOON - PRESENT DAY
                         42 42
                         
           Cindy drives the car along a windy, mountain road. Dean keeps
           a lidless cup of coffee from spilling.
                         
                          DEAN
           Alright, lead foot. It's not a race.
                         
           Cindy is zoned into the road. She turns off the radio.
                         
                          CINDY
           Isn't it funny how you can be driving for
           20 minutes and it feels like you've only
           been driving for 20 seconds. The time
           just gets swallowed up somewhere...
                         
           Dean places his hand on Cindy's hand that rests on the car
           seat. A small squeeze. She squeezes back. Dean looks at her
           with tenderness. Her eyes are on the road. She lifts her hand
           to the wheel. Dean reaches for the radio.
                         
                          DEAN
           Do you mind if I turn this back on?
                         
                          CINDY
           I was kind of enjoying the silence.
                         
                          DEAN
           Let's just see if there's something on...
                         
           He scans through the low stations.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Anything? Fuck it.
                         
           He turns it off.
                         
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 22.
                         42 CONTINUED: 42
                         
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           That's better. You're right. It never
           gets to be just quiet. You know?
                         
           Cindy nods. Dean rolls down his window, spits his gum as far
           as he can. He rolls it back up.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           What are you thinking about?
                         
           Dean looks at Cindy, waiting for her to respond.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Did you get everything?
                         
                          CINDY
           Think so.
                         
                          DEAN
           Where d'you get these?
                         
           Dean reaches for the glasses on top of Cindy's head. She
           feels the dangling tag - "woops." She tears off the tag and
           tosses the glasses on the dashboard.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Try em' on.
                         
           Cindy shakes her head "no." Dean puts them on his face. He
           poses for Cindy. She grabs the glasses and puts them on. She
           looks at Dean. He holds in a chuckle.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           You look like your mom.
                         
           Cindy takes them off. Back on the dash.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           You get any snacks?
                         
                          CINDY
           There should be some fig newtons back
           there.
                         
           Dean unbuckles his seatbelt, crawls to the back of the van
           digs through the bags. Cindy can't see out of the rear-view.
                         
                          DEAN
           Which bag?
                         
                          CINDY
           You have to look.
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 23.
                         42 CONTINUED: (2) 42
                         
                         
           Cindy enjoys a moment alone, straightens her back, crosses
           the dotted yellow lines and passes a car, then relaxes. Dean
           crawls back up to the front seat. They both eat a cookie.
                         
                          DEAN
           Mmm. These are good.
                         
           He offers her another one. She shakes her head.
                         
                          CINDY
           I have to pee.
                         
           The car stops on the shoulder of the two lane highway. Cindy
           gets out of the car.
                         
                          DEAN
           You can't wait? We're almost there.
                         
           EXT. ROADSIDE - DUSK - PRESENT DAY
                         43 43
                         
                          CINDY
           I gotta go.
                         
           Cindy jogs across the road. Dean sees traffic coming.
                         
                          DEAN
           Goddamnit Cindy!! Pay attention!!!
                         
           On the side of the road, she stares into the woods. Cars pass
           behind her, headlights flood the night. She descends into the
           thicket until the sound of the highway is faint. Wind through
           the leaves. She drops her pants and pees. Something rustles
           and she looks into the woods.
                         
                          CINDY
           ...Hello?
                         
           She stands up and zips up her pants. Eyes search the shadows.
           ...Cindy is ALONE. A leaf falls to earth. She stares at it and
           her mind drifts back to...
                         
           EXT. SUBURBAN STREET/COLLEGE - DAY - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         44 44
                         
           A YOUNGER CINDY - 22, smart - wheels herself down suburban
           sidewalks. Faces of passing people look at her with pity -
           what a shame that such a pretty girl be in a wheelchair.
           Cindy wheels herself across the campus quad. Students hurry
           by clutching schoolbooks.
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 24.
                         
                         
                         
                         
           INT. GYMNASIUM - DAY - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         45 45
                         
           Wrestling practice. Bobby - 22, svelte - gets into the
           defensive position. TROY LEANER, his buddy, gets on top of
           him in the offensive position. Bobby looks up, sees Cindy by
           the door attempting to pop wheelies in her wheelchair.
                         
           Whistle blows! Bobby escapes the position and wraps Troy up
           in a double grapevine. Quickly pins him, stands up, takes off
           his ear guards, bumps fists. He walks over to Cindy.
                         
                          BOBBY
           What are you doing?
                         
                          CINDY
           Research.
                         
                          BOBBY
           You're supposed to be a quadriplegic?
                         
                          CINDY
           Quads can't use their arms. I'm a
           paraplegic.
                         
                          BOBBY
           Don't I give you enough attention?
                         
           He presses himself into her and mauls her with a wet kiss.
                         
                          BOBBY (CONT'D)
           Wonder what people would think if they
           saw me making out with a paraplegic?
                         
           He lifts her expensive necklace out from under her dress -
           looks at it admiringly. Then, Cindy.
                         
           BOBBY (close (cont'd)
           Can you come over?
                         
                          CINDY
           I can't. I have to go get gramma.
                         
           Cindy rolls the wheelchair back.
                         
                          BOBBY
           Gimme a sec.
                         
           Bobby tries to hide the erection trapped in his wrestling
           singlet.
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 25.
                         
                         
                         
                         
           INT. HELLER HOME - FOYER - EVENING - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         46 46
                         
           The front door opens and Cindy pushes GRAMMA FRANCIS - 80's,
           Alzheimer's - into the middle class home. NAPOLEON - an ill-
           trained dog - greets them with jumps and licks
                         
                          CINDY
           Get down Napoleon! Get down!
                         
           GLENDA HELLER - 50's, desperate - peeks her head out of the
           kitchen. She holds a coffee mug filled with gin on the rocks.
                         
                          GLENDA
           Ope - I thought you were your Dad.
                         
                          CINDY
           Just us.
                         
           Cindy kisses her mom on the cheek, can smell the alcohol.
                         
                          GLENDA
           How was the beauty shop?
                         
           INT. HELLER HOME - FOYER - LATER - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         47 47
                         
           The front door opens and COLONEL JERRY - 65, wound tighter
           than a navy knot - enters. Glenda, rushes to greet him.
                         
                          JERRY
           Get that fucking dog out of the kitchen!
                         
           INT. HELLER HOME - DINING ROOM - EVENING - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         48 48
                         
           GLENDA, JERRY AND GRAMMA
           Come lord Jesus, be our guest, and let
           Thy gifts to us be blessed. Amen.
                         
           Glenda, Jerry, Gramma Francis and Cindy sit around a dining
           room table. Glenda slices a knife through a greenish
           meatloaf. She serves a watery slice to Gramma.
                         
                          GRAMMA
           Thank you.
                         
           Glenda averts her eyes. She cuts another slice. Cindy offers
           Glenda her plate. The meat breaks apart and half of it lands
           on the table cloth. A brownish-green oil.
                         
                          CINDY
           It's OK mom.
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 26.
                         48 CONTINUED: 48
                         
                         
           Cindy picks up the fallen particles with her fork. Jerry's
           eyes burn into Glenda. She won't look at him.
                         
                          GLENDA
           Can I have your plate Dad?
                         
           He pushes it across the table an inch. Glenda lowers a slice
           onto Jerry's plate with a SPLAT. Jerry looks at his dinner.
           Glenda serves herself. Cindy cuts Gramma's meat with her fork
           and looks over at her dad. His face is turning beat-red...
                         
           Suddenly, Jerry pounds his fist into the mound of meatloaf,
           obliterating it. Particles of ground meat fly everywhere.
           Glenda won't look up, her shoulders tremble. Jerry raises his
           steaming fist. Bits of ground beef stick to his knuckles.
                         
                          JERRY
           What'd you do to meatloaf? Huh?!
                         
                          GLENDA
           They had it ready-made in the deli. I...
           thought it looked good.
                         
                          JERRY
           Are you kidding me? How long does it take
           to make a meatloaf? Five minutes? You
           mean to tell me that you didn't have five
           minutes to make a meatloaf? I been up
           since six this morning busting my fucking
           ass and you don't have five minutes to
           make a meatloaf?
                         
                          GLENDA
           I thought it would be nice.
                         
                          JERRY
           Nice?
                         
                          GLENDA
           ...for a change...
                         
                          JERRY
           Well, what gave you the idea that any of
           us needed a change? Did you ask for a
           change? Cindy? She doesn't ask for
           anything... She doesn't talk. You didn't
           ask for a change, did you mom?...She
           can't hear! And I don't remember asking
           for a change. So, it was you, wasn't it?
           You wanted a change. I work all day so
           you can sit on your fat ass, thinkin'
           about yourself. How you'd like a change.
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 27.
                         48 CONTINUED: (2) 48
                         
                         
                          GLENDA
           Sorry.
                         
                          JERRY
           Sorry? What good is sorry now?
                         
                          GLENDA
           Do you want me to make you some eggs?
                         
                          JERRY
           I want you to enjoy your fucking dinner.
                         
           He storms out of the dining room. Glenda, Cindy and Gramma
           sit in silence. Cindy takes a bite.
                         
                          CINDY
           It's not bad.
                         
                          GLENDA
           Oh bullshit.
                         
           Glenda retreats into the kitchen. Gramma and Cindy eat.
                         
           PROFESSOR (O.S.)
           ...When I was a young physician, I used
           to leave the hospital everyday in tears.
                         
           INT. HELLER HOME - BATHROOM - NIGHT - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         49 49
                         
           Gramma sits in a chair in the bathtub. Cindy squeezes a sudsy
           washcloth over her body. Uses a plastic cup to rinse.
                         
           PROFESSOR (O.S.)
           Just broken down from seeing the
           suffering of my patients.
                         
                          GRAMMA FRANCIS
           Don't get my hair.
                         
           INT. HELLER HOME - MASTER BEDROOM - NIGHT - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         50 50
                         
           Fully clothed, Glenda is passed out on the bed. Framed family
           portraits sit on the mantle.
                         
           PROFESSOR (O.S.)
           ...As a result, I began to suffer. Not just
           in my work but emotionally and
           physically...spiritually...
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 28.
                         
                         
                         
                         
           INT. HELLER HOME - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         51 51
                         
           Shirt off, hand stuffed into his underwear - Jerry holds a
           remote and flicks through channels. Nothing holds.
                         
           PROFESSOR (O.S.)
           ...There's a choice we all have to make
           in the medical profession - whether to be
           sympathetic or empathetic with our
           patients...
                         
           INT. HELLER HOME - CINDY'S ROOM - DAWN - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         52 52
                         
           SOUND of TYPING. An open medical schoolbook on the PSYCHOLOGY
           OF PATIENTS sits on a well-organized desk. Cindy stares at
           the screen, hits "enter."
                         
           PROFESSOR (O.S.)
           ...Imagine your patients as being in a
           hole. To be sympathetic means you throw
           them a rope to help pull them out...
                         
           Pages print on an old printer. Outside the window, the sun
           has begun to rise.
                         
           PROFESSOR (O.S.) (cont'd)
           ...To be empathetic means you jump in the
           hole with them...
                         
           EXT. CITY BUS - MORNING - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         53 53
                         
           Cindy sits near the back of the bus. She hugs her backpack.
                         
           PROFESSOR (O.S.)
           ...Now you're both stuck.
                         
           INT. AUDITORIUM CLASSROOM - AFTERNOON - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         54 54
                         
           The PROFESSOR stands in front of the class. There are grids
           and diagrams illustrating DOCTOR-patient relationships. It is
           a big class - students, sitting in steep rows.
                         
                          PROFESSOR (CONCLUDING)
           I want you to think about that when
           we go into the next section. Please
           pass in your reports.
                         
           Cindy passes her paper down. Bobby, the TA, collects the
           reports. Cindy can feel him staring at her as she packs her
           backpack.
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 29.
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           She tries not to give him the satisfaction, but she can't
           help it - his cockiness is magnetic. She looks, notices
           something new - his belt buckle has his name on it.
                         
           INT. BOBBY'S BEDROOM - AFTERNOON - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         55 55
                         
           A gold necklace dangles from Cindy's neck. Her arms secure
           her weight on the bed. Bobby stands behind her. His hands
           caress her back as he looks down at himself inside of her. He
           closes his eyes tight, trying to control himself. But the
           ecstasy is too much - he comes inside of her, moaning, and
           lets his body weight smother her onto the bed.
                         
                          BOBBY (BREATHLESS)
           Shit.
                         
           She stops moving, feels him shrinking inside of her.
                         
                          CINDY (REALIZING)
           Shit!
                         
                          BOBBY
           I couldn't help it.
                         
           She gets out from underneath him.
                         
                          BOBBY (CONT'D)
           I couldn't help it... You felt too good.
                         
           Cindy is white, tries to contain her terror. She disappears
           into the BATHROOM. Bobby sits up.
                         
           BOBBY (calls out) (cont'd)
           Don't trip. It'll be OK...OK?
                         
           Bobby lies back, frustrated, and buttons his pants.
                         
           IN THE BATHROOM - BOBBY'S
                         56 56
                         
           Cindy sits on the toilet, pees; hoping gravity will pull
           Bobby out of her. She runs her hand under the faucet and
           scrubs her crotch, hoping that this will wash him out of her.
                         
           Cindy comes out, shirt stretched over her waist. Bobby sits
           up, asks her what's wrong? She can't look.
                         
                          BOBBY
           It's your fault. You felt too good.
                         
           She sees her underwear lying by the base of the bed. She goes
           to grab them, but Bobby snatches them away.
                         
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 30.
                         56 CONTINUED: 56
                         
                         
                          CINDY
           Give em!
                         
           Cindy presses her lips together. She leaps at Bobby and
           squeezes his crotch and gets her underwear back. Bobby's face
           turns vicious. He snatches them back aggressively.
                         
                          BOBBY
           Say you're sorry!
                         
           Cindy picks her pants up off the floor - pulls them on.
                         
                          CINDY
           Take a deep whiff, you fucking douchebag!
                         
           She tears off his necklace, throws it at him, slams the door.
                         
                          BOBBY
           I was just joking! God!
                         
           EXT. SUBURBAN STREET. DAY. 6 YEARS EARLIER.
                         57 57
                         
           Cindy walks briskly, hoodie pulled low, pushing her Gramma in
           a wheelchair. Gramma protects her hair from the breeze.
                         
                          OMITTED
                         58 58
                         
           EXT/INT. RETIREMENT HOME - LATE AFTERNOON. 6 YEARS EARLIER.
                         59 59
                         
           Cindy pushes her Gramma in. Piles of moving boxes line the
           hallway.
                         
           INT. RETIREMENT HOME. LATE AFTERNOON. 6 YEARS EARLIER.
                         A60 A60
                         
           ELLIPSE - Cindy sits down for dinner with Gramma and the
           other elderly residents. Cindy notices a group of men moving
           boxes into the home.
                         
           INT. GRAMMA'S BEDROOM. LATE AFTERNOON. 6 YEARS EARLIER. 
                         B61 B61
                         
           - Cindy helps gramma with bedtime rituals.
                         
           - Cindy reads to Gramma... but she keeps getting distracted
           by the commotion across the hall - movers carry boxes and
           furniture down the hallway. One in particular, tall,
                         
           handsome, catches her eye. It is Dean. She cranes her head to
           see - him decorating the inside of the old man's room.
                         
                          GRAMMA
           What is it?
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 30A.
          B61 CONTINUED: B61
                         
                         
                          CINDY
           It looks like you have a new neighbor.
                         
           Cindy returns to the book, but there is something about the
           mover that has captured her attention. She can't stop
           watching him every time he passes her door.
                         
                          GRAMMA
           Glenda... I mean Cindy... can I have a
           cigarette?
                         
                          CINDY
           No, Gramma, you're in bed now. It's
           bedtime. Do you want me to keep reading?
                         
           Gramma nods. Cindy turns the page, looks up, sees Dean lift
           the old man over the threshold and into the room.
                         
                          GRAMMA
           Cindy. Have you got a cigarette!
                         
                          CINDY
           Okay, shhh. But you gotta be quiet.
                         
           Cindy gets up and opens the window. She turns on the fan,
           digs in Gramma's purse, gets a cigarette and a lighter. Cindy
           walks to her gramma's door, sees Curtis walking away from the
           old man's room.
                         
           CURTIS (O.S.)
           Boss says we gotta go. We gotta go.
                         
           She starts closing the door, then sees Dean backing out of
           the old man's room. He puts a roll of money in his pocket,
           turns to leave and sees Cindy watching him.
                         
           DEAN (LOOKS DOWN AT HIS MONEY)
           I didn't just steal that.
                         
           Cindy doesn't know what this guy is talking about.
                         
           DEAN (CONT'D) (cont'd)
           You think I just stole that money?
                         
                          CINDY
           No.
                         
                          DEAN
           You do. No, you do. I know that you do.
           And the reason that I know that you do is
           - I have stolen money before... a lot of
           it. And I know what it feels like to have
           someone look at you like that...
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 30B.
          B61 CONTINUED: (2) B61
                         
                         
                          CINDY
           Like what?
                         
                          DEAN
           The way your lookin'. Just so you know, I
           have a job where I make money. Money that
           I can take girls out on dates with.
                         
                          CINDY
           Are you trying to pick up on me?
                         
                          DEAN
           Maybe...
                         
           SANED (O.S.)
           Pack it up Periera. Bus is leaving.
                         
           Dean looks toward the door, then back at Cindy. He sees that
           he has kind of went to far with his rant.
                         
                          DEAN
           Can I give you my number or something.
                         
           He feels inside his shirt pocket, pulls out a business card.
           Finds a pen. Dean writes his name across the card. Hands it
           to Cindy.
                         
           DEAN (CONT'D) (cont'd)
           I'm Dean. Just call and you can ask for
           me. I'll get it.
                         
           Cindy looks down at the card, at his name. Then back up to
           him. Dean run out, chasing after his ride. He looking behind
           before he leaves. Cindy watches him go out the door.
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 31.
                         
                         
                         
                         
           INT. ROMANTASUITES - MOON ROOM - NIGHT - PRESENT DAY
                         60 60
                         
           Door opens revealing Dean and Cindy holding groceries and
           suitcases. Dean flicks on the light, illuminating the Moon
           Room - a hotel room decorated like the lunar surface.
                         
                          DEAN
           Wow. Where are we?
                         
           He sets down the suitcases, transfixed by the room, a kid in
           a candy shop. Cindy moves to the small kitchen that looks
           like a control room. She makes herself a drink.
                         
           INT. ROMANTASUITES - BATHROOM - NIGHT - PRESENT DAY
                         61 61
                         
           Dean walks into the bright BATHROOM, turns on the shower, a
           sparse tinkle of water.
                         
           DEAN (yells out)
           I could piss harder than this!
                         
           The dual mirrors multiply his reflection. He looks at himself
           and removes his coffee-stained shirt. A neglected body. But
           something else distresses Dean. A fallen hair on the T-shirt
           he holds. He runs his hands through his hair, looks in horror
           at twelve fallen hairs in his palm. He washes them down the
           drain and leans to the mirror, inspecting his hairline.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Cynthia!
                         
           INT. ROMANTASUITES - MOON ROOM - NIGHT - PRESENT DAY
                         62 62
                         
           Cindy dials the telephone, drink in hand. Shirtless, Dean
           walks out of the BATHROOM with his empty palms open.
                         
                          DEAN
           Now watch.
                         
           He runs his hands through his hair then shows her his palms -
           three fallen hairs. His magic trick.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           See. I tol' ya. It's falling out!
                         
           Cindy ignores Dean who is mesmerized.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Oooooooooh shiiiiiiit!
                         
           Cindy waves him away. Jerry picks up the line.
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 32.
                         62 CONTINUED: 62
                         
                         
           CINDY (into phone)
           Hi Dad. We're here... It's kind of crazy.
           I don't know, should I feel bad?
                         
           Dean trots back into the BATHROOM. He is screaming like a
           hyena.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           ...it's just Dean... he's losing his
           hair. What are you guys doing?
                         
           INT. ROMANTASUITES - BEDROOM - NIGHT - PRESENT DAY
                         63 63
                         
           Dean tosses his suitcase onto the circular spaceship bed,
           watches the graceful way it rebounds. He shoves the suitcase
           aside, falls backwards onto the bed. He sighs with pleasure.
           There is a box with a button next to the bed. He presses it.
           The bed rotates. He looks up at his spinning reflection in
           the mirror above the bed.
                         
           CINDY (O.S.)
           Lemme talk to the little one.
                         
                          DEAN (SHOUTS)
           Is that Francis? Hey!? Don't hang up
           until I talk to her!
                         
           INT. ROMANTASUITES - MOON ROOM - NIGHT - PRESENT DAY
                         64 64
                         
                          CINDY
           Did Pa make you something to eat yet?
           ...Frankie? ...What'd you and Pa eat?
           ...Was it cooked all the way through? No
           pink in there? ...
                         
           Dean walks up from behind, putting on a clean, white T-shirt.
           He snaps his fingers at Cindy. Cindy swipes his hand away
           with more force than necessary.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           Okay sweetheart, your daddy wants to talk 
           to you. I love you... love you... Don't
           forget to brush your teeth tonight okay.
           Okay? Here's your dad.
                         
           Cindy sets down the receiver and walks away. Dean snacks on
           tortilla chips and picks up the phone.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 33.
                         64 CONTINUED: 64
                         
                         
           DEAN (disguised voice)
           Who's this? ...How do you know I'm your
           father?
                         
           A faint scream of joy is heard through the phone.
                         
           INT. ROMANTASUITES - BATHROOM - NIGHT - PRESENT DAY
                         65 65
                         
           Steam accumulates on mirrors. Cindy takes her clothes off,
           tests the temperature of the water and steps in the shower.
                         
           INT. ROMANTASUITES - MOON ROOM - NIGHT - PRESENT DAY
                         66 66
                         
           Dean paces, improvising a bedtime story. It comes from the
           well of creativity in him. Frankie loves to hear him talk.
           And he loves to make her happy. He finishes. She is happy.
                         
                          DEAN
           Are you ready to go to sleep now? I'll
           call you first thing in the morning, OK?
                         
           He walks into the living room, stretching the phone cord,
           grabs the remote and turns on the television - animal doc.
           Dean turns the channel. Tennis.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           How much?
                         
           CLICK. The news.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           ...Well, I love you more. Sleep tight.
                         
           Dean hangs up and returns to the living room. He changes the
           station. A porno. He turns the volume down and watches. He
           hears water running in the BATHROOM. CLICK. A show on space.
                         
           INT. ROMANTASUITES - BATHROOM - NIGHT - PRESENT DAY
                         67 67
                         
           Dean cracks open the door to the steam-filled room. Cindy
           lathers her hair with her eyes closed.
                         
                          DEAN
           What are you doing?
                         
                          CINDY
           What does it look like I'm doing?
                         
                          DEAN
           Do you like the place?
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 34.
                         67 CONTINUED: 67
                         
                         
                          CINDY
           It's fine.
                         
                          DEAN
           I'm gonna go order dinner now.
                         
                          CINDY
           Fine!
                         
                          DEAN
           Any special requests?
                         
                          CINDY
           Close the door!
                         
           Dean closes the door, remains in the BATHROOM, watches his
           naked wife, removes his clothes. Cindy does a double take.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           What are you doing?
                         
           Dean pulls back the shower curtain and steps in.
                         
                          DEAN
           What does it look like I'm doing?
                         
                          CINDY
           Dean.
                         
           The small shower presses them close. Dean's smile infects
           her. He leans over, they kiss. Brushing lips at first. Dean
           presses closer. Cindy pulls back and pivots him around until
           the stream of water catches his body. He leans his head back,
           the water pours over his hair and face. He places his hands
           on Cindy's hips and pulls her close to him. Cindy hands him a
           bar of soap. He builds a gentle lather. Cindy inches back,
           turns around. Dean lathers her back, slow and languid.
                         
                          DEAN
           I remember the first time I saw your
           back.
                         
                          CINDY
           What do you remember?
                         
                          DEAN
           Everything.
                         
           He lowers his hands from her back to her behind. Cindy turns.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           I wasn't done.
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 35.
                         67 CONTINUED: (2) 67
                         
                         
           He washes her shoulders and neck. His hands sculpt her body
           and move to her breasts. No longer washing her, but molding
           her. Cindy looks up. His hands move to her belly. He kneels
           down. Cindy reaches down and lifts him up by the arms. But
           Dean remains where he is. He begins, on his knees, to wash
           the entire surface of her left thigh, knee, calf, foot. Then
           he moves to her right foot and up her calf, knee and thigh.
           Cindy releases her breath. Then, Dean's hands move up between
           her legs.
                         
                          CINDY
           Okay.
                         
           Cindy grabs under his armpits. He refuses, but she wins. She
           pivots them around again. Standing in the stream of water,
           Cindy washes the soap off her body, eyes closed, head back.
           Dean reaches for her and follows with his fingertips the flow
           of water down the front of her body.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           Give me the soap.
                         
           She forms a quick lather in her hands. She rubs it into his
           chest, her strong hands making circles of suds. Dean is a
           tranquil participant. She lifts up his left arm, scrubs his
           armpit, then his right. Her hands build a lather and wash his
           penis. Dean catches his breath.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           Turn around.
                         
           Dean obeys. She continues wash his back, buttocks and legs
           and stops. Dean turns around to Cindy who holds a squirt of
           shampoo in her hands. She reaches up and scours his head.
                         
                          DEAN
           Getting thinner, isn't it?
                         
                          CINDY
           Your hair is not falling out.
                         
           Cindy pivots him around into the water and rinses him.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           You're crazy you know...
                         
                          DEAN
           I know. I love you.
                         
           She pecks him on the lips.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 36.
                         67 CONTINUED: (3) 67
                         
                         
                          CINDY
           Okay, get out. I have to finish washing
           myself.
                         
                          DEAN
           I'll do it.
                         
                          CINDY
           No. Go order dinner. I'm hungry.
                         
                          DEAN
           Wait, I didn't wash your hair...
                         
           INT. ROMANTASUITES HALLWAY - NIGHT - PRESENT DAY
                         68 68
                         
           Ice dumps into an ice bucket. Music and laughter emanate from
           other rooms. Dean wears a hotel robe and carries a full
           bucket of ice. He swipes his key. A TEENAGE boy in a tuxedo
           shirt and swim trunks chases a girl in a bikini down the
           hallway behind him.
                         
           INT. ROMANTASUITES - MOON ROOM - NIGHT - PRESENT DAY
                         69 69
                         
                          DEAN
           We have neighbors.
                         
           Cindy stands in a towel at the bar, waiting for the ice.
                         
                          CINDY
           Grump. Grump. 
                         
           She makes 2 drinks - vodka on the rocks. She hands Dean his
           drink.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           Why don't you put some music on Dean?
                         
           She pecks him on the cheek, walks to the bedroom to change.
                         
                          DEAN
           Thanks.
                         
           He takes a big drink, sifts through cassettes in his bag. In 
           the bedroom, Cindy buttons up one of Dean's big flannel
           shirts.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 37.
                         69 CONTINUED: 69
                         
           She hears the music begin from the other room, knows the song
           - (Penny & the Quarters or Dynamite Four) It sounds really
           good right now. Drink in hand, she begins to sway to the
           rhythm. Dean peeks his head around the corner with a shit-
           eating grin. He starts to awkwardly dance to the music and
           make his way down the hallway to the bedroom.
                         
           It's been years since they danced in front of each other, and
           it makes them a little embarrassed to be doing it now. The
           closer they get to each other, the less they can be seen, the
           less they are exposed. Soon, they are slow dancing, still
           holding drinks. They don't feel as vulnerable now. The cotton
           on Dean's robe feels good to Cindy's fingertips, she traces
           invisible pictures on his back. Dean burrows his nose into
           Cindy's neck, inhales deeply.
                         
           There is a knock at the door. They both wish it would go
           away. It doesn't. 
                         
           DEAN (YELLS) (cont'd) 
           Coming!
                         
           Something about this makes Cindy laugh, Dean too. He backs
           away from her, slowly, as if pulled by some unseen force. The
           song continues as Dean opens the door and pays the ROOM 
           SERVICE MAN. Cindy sets the table. 
                         
           INT/EXT. TRUCK - CITY - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         70 70
                         
           A torn and tattered teddy bear, tied to the grill of the
           truck, cuts through the early spring morning.
                         
           CURTIS (V.O.)
           Yeah. I can tell what's happening
           already. You see this person... you think
           it's love at first sight, and the course
           of your life will be forever changed.
                         
           EXT. HOME #2. STREET - DAY - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         71 71
                         
           Dean straps a weight-lifting belt around his waist. He lifts
           a TV on his back.
                         
           DEAN (V.O.)
           Maybe...
                         
           INT. HELLER HOME - BATHROOM - NIGHT - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         72 72
                         
           Cindy gives Gramma a bath, runs her hair under the faucet.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 38.
                         72 CONTINUED: 72
                         
                         
           CURTIS (V.O.)
           It's like when two streams are flowin'
           down opposite sides of the mountain,
           mindin' their business.
                         
           INT. HELLER HOME - GUEST BEDROOM - NIGHT - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         73 73
                         
           A hand tucks sheets under Gramma's chin, kisses her forehead.
                         
           CURTIS (V.O.)
           They're doin' fine until they hit the
           bottom and run into one another...
                         
           EXT. COLLEGE CAMPUS - GYMNASIUM - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         74 74
                         
           Bobby trains, 200 sit ups, his abdomen taught.
                         
           CURTIS (V.O.)
           At that point they got no choice but to
           become one river.
                         
           EXT. STREET - LATE AFTERNOON - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         75 75
                         
           Dean counts his pay, opens his wallet - packs it with bills.
                         
           CURTIS (V.O.)
           Sure, it's a great feeling at first, all
           this new water flowing together. But then
           you travel down a little ways and the
           land levels out. The current starts
           moving a little slower.
                         
           INT. AUDITORIUM CLASSROOM - DAY - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         76 76
                         
           Papers are passed back. Cindy's reads "98% Great Insight!"
           She doesn't look happy though. She looks a little green.
                         
           CURTIS (V.O. CONT'D)
           People start drinking the water. Pissin'
           in it. Putting up dams to stop the flow.
                         
           In the corner of the room, Bobby stares at Cindy from behind.
                         
           EXT. HELLER HOME - LATE AFTERNOON - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         77 77
                         
           Cindy pushes Gramma Francis up the driveway. Bobby stands on
           the porch holding a bunch of red roses. Cindy ignores it.
                         
           CURTIS (V.O. CONT)
           In other words, life interferes, you
           know.
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 38A.
                         77 CONTINUED: 77
                         
                         
           Cindy struggles to get Gramma up the ramp of the porch.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 39.
                         77 CONTINUED: (2) 77
                         
                         
                          BOBBY
           Hasn't anyone ever been nice to you?
                         
           She takes the flowers, pushes Gramma into the house. The
           screen door closes between them.
                         
                          BOBBY (CONT'D)
           Don't make me give up on you...
                         
           CURTIS(V.O.)
           And there's not too many of these rivers
           that'll make it all the way to the ocean
           without splitting off eventually.
                         
           INT/EXT. TRUCK - AFTERNOON - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         78 78
                         
           CURTIS (V.O.)
           It's just nature, that's all.
                         
           Curtis - with harmonica - and Dean - with ukulele - eat
           hamburgers on their lunchbreak.
                         
                          CURTIS (CONT'D)
           And instead of thinking about it you
           gotta just do something about it. Action,
           not thought.
                         
           INT. STORAGE FACILITY - MORNING. 6 YEARS EARLIER. 
                         A79 A79
                         
                          DEAN
           Anyone call for me?
                         
           Dean peeks into Jo's office. She shakes her head "no."
                         
           INT. DEAN'S FRIEND'S APARTMENT. NIGHT. 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         79 79
                         
           Dean leans near the window, smoking, looking out at the moon.
                         
           DEAN (V.O.)
           I just keep replaying it in my head.
           Thinking about other things I coulda
           done. Other things I coulda said.
                         
           INT. HELLER HOME - CINDY'S BEDROOM - NIGHT - 6 YEARS EARLIER 80
                         80
                         
           Cindy pours over textbooks but she is distracted. She opens
           her window and breathes in the night air.
                         
           DEAN (V.O.)
           You wait your whole life for something to
           happen...
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 39A.
                         
                         
                         
                         
           INT. COLLEGE - BATHROOM - DAY - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         81 81
                         
           Cindy pukes in the toilet.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 40.
                         81 CONTINUED: 81
                         
                         
           DEAN (V.O.)
           ...And you have all these ideas in your
           head about how you'll act and what you'll
           say and what you'll do, who you'll be...
                         
           She washes the taste out of her mouth and looks at herself in
           the mirror. She flicks water at her reflection.
                         
           INT. MOVING TRUCK - DAY - 6 YEARS EARLIER 
                         82 82
                         
           Dean sweeps the bed of the truck. The broom catches something
           in the corner. Dean reaches - a locket.
                         
           DEAN (V.O.) cont'd
           ...And then the opportunity comes, it
           presents itself to you, living and
           breathing in the flesh, and you puss out.
                         
           INT. MOVING TRUCK - DAY - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         83 83
                         
           Dean holds up the locket and stares at it, twirling. He opens
           the latch - sees a picture of the old man and his wife - 60
           years ago. Dean puts it in his pocket, finishes sweeping up.
                         
           INT/EXT. TRAIN/TRAIN STATION. AFTERNOON. 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         84 84
                         
           Still wearing his work clothes, Dean rides the train out of
           the city, pulls out the locket. Reads the inscription on the
           back - "you are my sunshine."
                         
           Dean gets off the train. Asks some people for directions.
                         
           INT. BUS - DAY. 6 YEARS EARLIER.
                         85 85
                         
           A feeling of anticipation. Dean pulls the lever - his stop.
                         
           INT. RETIREMENT HOME. LATE AFTERNOON. 6 YEARS EARLIER.
                         86 86
                         
           Dean walks to the old man's room. The door is open, lights
           are off, room is empty. All the furniture, pictures, gone -
           just an empty bed. Dean is at a loss for what to do. He hears
           the TV coming from across the hall. He knocks, waits, then
           opens Cindy's Gramma's door. She is lying in bed. Tries to
           recognize Dean. He pulls up a chair next to her.
                         
                          DEAN
           Hi. I was looking for your neighbor...
           the man who moved in last month. Across
           the hall. Do you know what happened to
           him?
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 41.
                         86 CONTINUED: 86
                         
                         
                          GRAMMA
           He went out for groceries.
                         
                          DEAN
           What about the girl that was with you?
                         
                          GRAMMA
           Who?
                         
           The conversation moves in circles. Not much information is
           gained. Dean ends up just holding her hand.
                         
           INT/EXT. BUS - LATE AFTERNOON 
                         87 87
                         
           The bus drives away. Inside, Dean stands. He is a little
           down. He feels around in his pocket. Finds the locket. He
           puts it on. The bus comes to a stop. A few passengers get on.
           One of them is Cindy. Dean watches her pay her fare and move
           to the back of the bus without noticing him.
                         
           She finds a seat, pulls her hoodie low, anonymous. She
           underlines passages from a textbook using a highlighter. Dean
           is frozen. He gathers the courage to walk toward her. The
           moving bus throws his balance. He stands over her for a
           moment. Cindy senses somebody in her space. She looks up.
           Recognizes him, but can't place it.
                         
                          DEAN
           Hi.
                         
                          CINDY
           Hi.
                         
                          DEAN
           I just had a long talk with your
           gramma... is that, is that your gramma?
                         
           Cindy remembers him now - he's just dressed nicer - he
           doesn't look like a mover
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           I was looking for that old guy who moved
           across the hall, you know? Do you know
           what happened to him?
                         
                         
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
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                          CINDY
           I think he passed away.
                         
           Dean feels for the locket around his neck. He shakes his
           head.
                         
                          DEAN
           That's exactly what happened to my dog.
           My parents moved out of our house and
           three days later she was a goner.
                         
           He pulls the locket out from behind his shirt. He unclasps
           it. Shows her the pictures.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           He was so handsome, wasn't he? I was
           trying to give it back to him.
                         
           Cindy looks at it.
                         
                          CINDY
           She was pretty too..
                         
           Dean thinks about the old man. The bus drives.
                         
                          DEAN
           She must have been crazy.
                         
                          CINDY
           Why do you say that?
                         
                          DEAN
           Cause there's one thing I know... the
           prettier a girl is the more nuts she is.
           I mean, look at you... you must be
           insane.
                         
                          CINDY
           Excuse me?
                         
                          DEAN
           It's okay, I mean, I get it. It's not
           your fault.
                         
           Cindy pulls the chain to stop the bus.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Where you going?
                         
                          CINDY
           Home.
                         
           The bus slows. She gets up to leave. Doors open.
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
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                          DEAN
           Can I walk with you?
                         
           Cindy thinks about it.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Just for a little bit... And when you
           don't want to walk with me no more, then
           just speed up.
                         
           Doors to the bus open. Cindy thinks about it.
                         
           EXT. TOWN STREETS - DUSK TO DAWN
                         88 88
                         
           Dean and Cindy wander side by side down the sidewalks and
           streets of the town. They walk and talk about - small towns
           and big cities, school and work, dreams and nightmares, being
           old and being young, etc.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
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                          DEAN
           Where's you house?
                         
                          CINDY
           We passed it.
                         
                          DEAN
           Where?
                         
                          CINDY
           Back there...
                         
           Dean looks back. He sees a bunch of houses that all look the
           same. They keep walking.
                         
           ELLIPSE: Cindy smokes one of Dean's cigarettes, calls her dad
                         A89 A89
           on a pay phone and tells him she won't be home for dinner
           because she is studying.
                         
           ELLIPSE. DEAN tells Cindy about his childhood, the
                         B89 B89
           sexualizing of his mother, and his fascination with women's
           purses. It makes Cindy a little uncomfortable.
                         
                          DEAN
           Do you think it would be okay if I looked
           in your purse?
                         
                          CINDY
           No.
                         
                          DEAN
           Why?
                         
           Cindy thinks about it for a moment. Against her better
           judgement, she hands over her bag. It weighs a lot.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Jeez... What you got in here?
                         
                          CINDY
           Books. Mostly.
                         
                          DEAN
           Lot of books. You doing good?
                         
                          CINDY
           We'll see.
                         
                          DEAN
           What are you gonna be when you grow up?
                         
                          CINDY
           I'm trying to get into med school.
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
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                          DEAN
           You going to be a doctor?
                         
                          CINDY
           Someday.
                         
                          DEAN
           Oh yeah? What should I do about this?
                         
           He pretends to bump into a pole. Cindy laughs.
                         
                          CINDY
           Don't do it.
                         
           DEAN (rubbing his head)
           You're gonna be a good doctor. I can
           tell.
                         
           He digs through text books, pens, a wallet, asthma inhaler.
           Then he comes to a bottle of lotion. Opens the cap, sniffs.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Mmm. This is what you smell like?
                         
           Cindy nods, "I guess so."
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           I wanna smell like you. Can I?
                         
                          CINDY
           You wanna put on my lotion?
                         
           Dean nods, applies a little lotion to his fingertips, rubs it
           in circles on his hands, applies it to his forearms, neck,
           face. He enjoys the feeling of it, offers her some. She say's
           no. He digs through her purse and finds lip balm, smells it.
                         
                          DEAN
           This is what your lips smell like? They
           must smell good.
                         
           He puts some on his lips.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Mmm. Your lips must taste good.
                         
                          CINDY
           Are you fucking with me?
                         
                          DEAN
           No.
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           DEAN FINDS A LITTLE BAG INSIDE THE PURSE. SHE SNATCHES IT.
                         89 89
                         
                          DEAN
           What's in there?
                         
           She takes her purse back.
                         
                          CINDY
           Okay enough...
                         
                          DEAN
           Why?
                         
                          CINDY
           Because.
                         
           Throughout the rest of the night Dean tries to continually
           steal Cindy's purse from her. It is a game. Innocent.
                         
           ELLIPSE. DEAN TRIES TO GIVE CINDY THE LOCKET. SHE REFUSES.
                         90 90
                         
                          CINDY
           Aren't you gonna miss your train?
                         
                          DEAN
           Probably. I think I... I think I already
           did. It's okay. There's an early one.
                         
                          CINDY
           You are just gonna stay up all night?
                         
                          DEAN
           Until you get tired...
                         
           ELLIPSE: MORE WALK AND TALK.
                         91 91
                         
                          DEAN
           Where'd you grow up?
                         
                          CINDY
           Here.
                         
                          DEAN
           Here?
                         
           Cindy gives him a grimace.
                         
                          CINDY
           Same streets. Same people. Everything
           here is the same. You walk down the
           street, you can't get lost... you know.
           .
                          (CONTINUED)
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                         91 CONTINUED: 91
                         
                         
                          DEAN
           Where do you want to go? I mean, if you
           could go anywhere..
                         
           They walk to an old playground. Cindy gets an idea.
                         
                          CINDY
           There!
                         
           Cindy runs to an old, creaky merry-go round, jumps on.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           I used to love these things.
                         
                          DEAN
           Oh God... I hate these things.
                         
                          CINDY
           Push me.
                         
           Dean is tentative, but goes along with her. He starts slow,
           but she eggs him to go faster. He runs in circles picking up
           speed until he is in a breathless, circular sprint. He can't
           keep up with the centrifugal force.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           Get on!
                         
           Dean does as he's told. They both hold on for dear life. The
           world spins in a frenzy. The dread on Dean's face builds to
           insane laughter. It is super fun. Cindy screams. Her hair
           snaps in her face. Then, a look of sickness steals her smile
           away. She wants it to stop, which, slowly, it does. She gets
           off first, tries to walk, but is too dizzy. She just keeps
           falling to the ground. Dean crawls off the merry-go round on
           all fours, laughing.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
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                         91 CONTINUED: (2) 91
                         
                         
                          DEAN
           What happened, tough guy?
                         
                          CINDY
           Make it stop.
                         
                          DEAN
           You gotta puke... it's the only way.
                         
           She refuses.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           It's the only way. It will make you feel
           better. Don't be embarrassed. I'll do it.
                         
           He sticks his finger down his throat and forces himself to
           vomit. The sound of it is too much for her. She gags. Side by
           side, they puke into the gravel. They finish their business
           and end up on their backs and out of breath, side by side,
           looking up at the stars. They are both covered in sweat. We
           see their breath.
                         
                          CINDY
           I'm still spinning.
                         
                          DEAN
           Me too.
                         
                          CINDY
           Maybe it's just the Earth that's
           spinning.
                         
                          DEAN
           Yeah. We're flying.
                         
           They laugh. Birds begin to awaken and fly.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           You should come visit me in the city
           sometime.
                         
           The morning air chills their bodies. Dean takes off his
           jacket and uses it as a blanket. They get close together to
           get warm and watch the stars spin above them.
                         
           INT. ROMANTASUITES - MOON ROOM - NIGHT - PRESENT DAY
                         92 92
                         
           The dining room table is set for two. A single champagne 
           glass is raised.
                         
                          DEAN
           To honesty...
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
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           They sit across from each other. Cindy drinks premature.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Hey! Wait up.
                         
                          CINDY
           We're toasting tonight?
                         
           Dean makes his toast. CLINK. Dean quaffs his glass.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           Sometimes you don't make any sense. You
           might as well be speaking Chinese.
                         
           Dean imitates a Chinese man - it goes on too long.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           Happy belated anniversary.
                         
           Cindy starts to eat a spread of Indian food and booze.
                         
                          DEAN
           How is it?
                         
                          CINDY
           Good. How did Frankie sound? 
                         
                          DEAN
           Great. She's the best.
                         
                          CINDY
           She didn't sound sad?
                         
                          DEAN
           Naw. She's the champ. She's the best
           parts of you and the best parts of me put
           together. Everyday she gets more and more
           amazing.
                         
           Dean chews a bite of meat and washes it down with a shot of
           vodka. He refills both their glasses.
                         
                          CINDY
           Daddy's little girl.
                         
                          DEAN
           She's not mine. I'm hers.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
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                         92 CONTINUED: (2) 92
                         
                         
           Cindy slows down.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           I'm her father. She isn't there for me...
           I'm there for her. That's the way I look
           at it.
                         
                          CINDY
           That's beautiful.
                         
                          DEAN
           It's the choice I made when she was born.
                         
           Silence. They chew. Cindy stares through Dean.
                         
                          CINDY
           Why don't you do something...
                         
                          DEAN
           Like what?
                         
                          CINDY
           I don't know... isn't there anything you
           want to do?
                         
           Dean thinks about it. Shakes his head.
                         
                          DEAN
           What am I supposed to want to do?
                         
                          CINDY
           I don't know... You have so many things
           you could do. You're good at everything.
           You could do anything you wanted.
                         
                          DEAN
           I just wanna be with you.
                         
           Silence. Cindy tries not to look disappointed.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           You look like an animal right now. Your
           eyes look like an animal. Like a bear's
           eyes.
                         
                          CINDY
           Like right before the bear eats the man?
                         
                          DEAN
           Yeah... You do. It's true. That's what
           you look like.
                         
           Dean is amused but fearful. Cindy's confidence surges.
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
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                         92 CONTINUED: (3) 92
                         
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Whatchu thinking about?
                         
                          CINDY
           How different we are. You and me.
                         
                          DEAN
           Different?
                         
                          CINDY
           It's a good thing.
                         
                          DEAN
           You think that's good that we're
           different?
                         
                          CINDY
           Absolutely. We don't have to get in each
           other's way.
                         
                          DEAN
           And that's the way you like it, don't
           you? You don't like me to bother you.
                         
                          CINDY
           I didn't say that. What I meant is that
           it's important for us to have our space.
           That's all. We're grown people.
                         
                          DEAN
           Well there's not much space here. So I
           guess you won't be able to get away from
           me will ya?
                         
                          CINDY
           You know, we rarely sit down and have a
           conversation. An adult conversation.
           Because every time we do, you turn
           something that I say around and make it
           mean something that I didn't mean to say.
           You just blab. Blab.
                         
                          DEAN
           If you're not interested in hearing what
           I think I just won't say anything.
                         
                          CINDY
           Good luck. I just want you to think about
           what you say sometimes instead of saying
           what you think all the time.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
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                         92 CONTINUED: (4) 92
                         
                         
                          DEAN
           OK. I'm going to say something. And what
           I'm about to say I've thought long and
           hard about. I'm the luckiest person alive
           because I'm living my dream - you, her,
           this, us, all of it.
                         
           Cindy lifts up her empty wine glass to the light.
                         
                          CINDY
           I think my glass has a hole in it.
                         
           Cindy cuts around her food and pushes a piece aside.
                         
                          DEAN
           What's wrong with that?
                         
                          CINDY
           It's fat.
                         
                          DEAN
           That's the flavor. Eat it.
                         
                          CINDY
           I don't want to. You eat it. 
                         
           Dean stabs a piece of fat and pops it into his mouth.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D) 
           That's going straight to your tits.
                         
                          DEAN
           My tits? I got tits?
                         
           Dean opens his shirt and peers down at his chest. 
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D) 
           I could still kick yer ass.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
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                         92 CONTINUED: (5) 92
                         
                         
                          CINDY
           Shiiit. I bet you a nickel you can't even
           beat me at arm wrestling.
                         
                          DEAN
           A dime and you're on.
                         
           Cindy gulps more champagne. They scoot dishes out of the way
           and clasp hands in the middle of the table.
                         
                          CINDY
           Ready?
                         
                          DEAN
           I'm always ready, baby.
                         
                          CINDY
           On the count of three... One... Two...
                         
           Cindy flexes and starts.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           THREE!
                         
           Dean, acting as if he isn't trying at all, holds Cindy's hand
           at a stand still.
                         
                          DEAN
           Come on. Go! Start.
                         
           Cindy ignores his taunts and pushes as hard as she can.
           Slowly, she begins to push Dean's hand down. Dean groans, 
           letting her win a little. Cindy presses down with all her
           weight. His hand is centimeters from hitting the table. Then,
           he turns the tide. Cindy battles back with all the strength 
           she can muster. Dean laughs, realizing her passion for
           victory. Dean pounds her hand into the table. He stands
           kisses his flexed bicep. Cindy lifts her hand. A fork is 
           stuck in the back of it. She looks at it with curiosity.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D) 
           Oh fuck.
                         
                          CINDY 
           I'm alright.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
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                          DEAN
           Hold still.
                         
           He plucks the fork from her hand, leaving four vampire bites.
                         
                          CINDY
           Ow ow ow.
                         
           Dean leads her to the kitchen, holds her hand under the
           faucet. 
                         
                          DEAN
           You think we should rush you to the
           hospital before you bleed to death?
                         
           Cindy shoots him a look. Dean wraps her hand with a dishrag. 
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Does it hurt?
                         
                          CINDY
           It stings a little.
                         
           Dean tries to pick up Cindy. She struggles against it.
           Finally he cradles her like a squirming baby.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           No, no... Put me down. It's okay...
                         
           Dean huffs a little. Cindy adjusts her weight, self-
           conscious. He hefts her down the hallway to the bedroom.
                         
           INT. ROMANTASUITES - MOON ROOM - NIGHT - PRESENT DAY
                         93 93
                         
           Dean awkwardly sets Cindy down on the circular spaceship bed.
                         
                          DEAN
           Wait wait wait.
                         
           He flicks the switch and the bed starts spinning. He runs out
           of the room. Cindy watches the room around her spin. Dean
           returns with the vodka bottle and two shot glasses. He kneels
           above her and pours them two shots.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
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                         93 CONTINUED: 93
                         
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           To numb the pain. Doctors orders. I'm an
           anesthesiologist. 
                         
                          CINDY
           I'm spinning.
                         
           She sits up. They toast. Dean gulps his. Cindy takes a sip.
                         
                          DEAN
           Drink up. We haven't gotten loaded
           together in years.
                         
           He tops off her glass, refills his own, and quaffs it. 
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           I gotta take a piss. Don't fall asleep.
                         
           He kisses her on the forehead, stumbles. Cindy hears Dean 
           urinating. She is sickened by it. She tries to set her full 
           glass on the floor that spins beneath her. The toilet
           flushes. The drink tips over. A loud crash comes from the
           BATHROOM. Cindy sits up.
                         
                          CINDY
           What are you doing in there? ...Dean?!
                         
           An agonizing moan comes from down the hall. Cindy staggers 
           off the spinning bed and stumbles to the bathroom door.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           Are you all right? Dean...
                         
           She pushes the door but it is blocked. Dean moans louder. 
           Cindy pushes again and inches it open. She sticks her head 
           in, sees him laying on his back looking up at the ceiling. 
                         
                          DEAN (SLURS)
           I fell over.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
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                         93 CONTINUED: (2) 93
                         
                         
                          CINDY
           Ew. Come on, get up.
                         
                          DEAN
           Nope, I want you to come here first. I
           want you to laugh.
                         
           Cindy opens the door and Dean scoots, making room for her. He
           lets out an "ow" before extending his hand.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Come close. I want to hear you... I want
           to tell you... Shh, come here...
                         
           Cindy reluctantly joins him on the bathroom floor. Their
           faces are close, eyes locked.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           You want to hear a joke? OK. What's
           better than winning a gold medal at the
           Special Olympics?
                         
                          CINDY
           What?
                         
                          DEAN
           Not being retarded.
                         
           Cindy looks down.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Hey...that's not funny? How come you
           don't think I'm funny any more? I tell
           you something funny. You laugh. I see you
           laugh. But you don't really laugh so
           much. You don't laugh anymore Cindy.
                         
                          CINDY
           Dean... Come on, it's time for bed.
                         
                          DEAN
           No I want to make you laugh.
                         
           Tears well up in her eyes. Dean rolls on top of her. He cups
           her face in his hands and stares long into her watery eyes.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Hello...
                         
                          CINDY
           You're drunk.
                         
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
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                         93 CONTINUED: (3) 93
                         
                         
                          DEAN
           No, I'm just still in love with you.
                         
           After a moment, their lips meet in an awkward rejuvenation.
           She moves her head away and pats Dean on the shoulder in a
           gesture of friendship. Dean kisses her neck.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Do you... you want to have another baby?
           ... I want another child.
                         
           Cindy bites her lip. He slides his hand between her legs.
                         
                          CINDY
           No... Dean... Wait a second.
                         
           She removes his hand and places it on her hip. Dean continues
           to kiss her neck. He slides his hand up to her breasts. Cindy
           turns her head in the other direction. She pushes his hand
           away. He brings it back aggressive. Again. Cindy squirms 
           underneath him. He grabs her wrists and holds her arms over
           her head. His tongue licks Cindy from her breasts to her
           face. She worms her arms away and grabs onto his hair. She
           arches her back, looks at him through slit eyes. His pelvis
           pulses and he moans. He looks up at her over his brow into
           her desperate eyes. He springs up. Sweat beads on his
           forehead.
                         
                          DEAN
           What!? I can't have sex with my wife!?
                         
           Cindy covers her face with her hand.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Do I repulse you that much? I'm good to
           you. I'm good to Frankie. I deserve a
           little affection. Do you want me to stop
           loving you? Do you want me to fuck other
           women? Do you want me to beat you?
                         
                          CINDY
           Stop... stop... stop...
                         
                          DEAN
           Is that what you think you deserve? Would
           that make it easier on you so you can
           treat me like this?
                         
           Cindy raises her hips and slips off her panties. She lifts
           the shirt up over her head, positions her feet on the door
           jam. Her arm falls over her eyes. Breathless, Dean awkwardly
           moves one hand up and down her bodice.
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
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           He unbuckles his belt, pushes his pants and underwear down to
           his knees, holds himself in his hand. He lowers onto her.
           Cindy adjusts her legs higher. He rotates his hips, looks
           away in concentration. Cindy's arms move around him, grabbing
           the small of his arching back. His pelvis humps in a feeble
           performance. A small moan. Cindy's eyes press closed harder.
           The erratic motion slows... stops. Dean's raspy breathing.
           His weight covers Cindy. She opens her eyes to the ceiling. 
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           I'm sorry...I'm sorry...I'm sorry...
                         
           She looks at him. His head faces away. She rolls out from
           underneath and stands. She wraps her dress around her and
           slips into the bedroom.
                         
           INT. ROMANTASUITES - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS
                         94 94
                         
           Back against the closed door, Cindy turns the lock. Her eyes
           shift from despair to relief. Her gaze grows more wild. The
           doorknob jiggles. A secret, crazy laugh builds in Cindy that
           she suppresses. Dean presses his face into the bedroom door. 
           He talks to her. 
                         
           On the other side of the door, Cindy listens. Dean's voice
           cracks. A wave of confusion backs Cindy away from the door.
           She searches the room for an escape. There are no windows,
           the only way out is through the locked door. Trembling, she
           wraps her arms around herself. She tries to make herself as
           small as possible. The spaceship bed is the only place where
           she can disappear. She crawls underneath the covers, curls
           into a tight ball. Sadness lets loose. Cindy's body pulses
           with faint, painful tears. The black walls of the room
           twinkle with stars suspended in space. The cries get lost.
                         
           EXT. CITY. NIGHT. 6 YEARS EARLIER.
                         95 95
                         
           Drunk, Dean and Cindy make out on the street corner. It is
           cold enough to see their breath. Their hands caress each
           other, feel what is underneath the layers of clothes. Cindy
           makes a move. She unbuttons Dean's Pea-Coat, feels the shape
           of his chest, his abdomen, his back.
                         
                          CINDY
           Are my hands cold?
                         
                          DEAN
           Yes.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
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           Dean follows suit, reaching up under her jacket to touch the
           skin on her lower back. She recoils from the icy touch.
                         
                          CINDY
           You wanna go somewhere.
                         
                          DEAN
           Sure.
                         
                          CINDY
           Where can we go?
                         
           INT. TAXI. NIGHT.
                         96 96
                         
           They make out in the back of a cab. But the cab driver won't
           allow it. But they can't keep their hands off each other.
           They try not to get caught.
                         
           INT. DEAN'S FRIEND'S APARTMENT. 5AM. EARLY LIGHT
                         97 97
                         
           The door to Jake's room is cracked open and the TV is on.
           Dean and Cindy tiptoe in the apartment as quietly as they
           can. They can't keep their hands off each other. Dean makes a
           bed for them on the couch where he sleeps - straightening out
           a couple white sheets. They crawl under with clothes on.
                         
                          CINDY (WHISPERS)
           Is your roommate awake?
                         
                          DEAN (WHISPERS)
           I don't know. Let me go check.
                         
           Dean tiptoes over to Jake's room. Peeks in his door. Returns
           to the couch where Cindy is taking off her jacket. He crawls
           back under the sheet.
                         
           DEAN (WHISPERS) (cont'd)
           He's just watching TV.
                         
           They start to make out while listening for Jake.
                         
                          CINDY (WHISPERS)
           Do you think he's gonna come out?
                         
                          DEAN (WHISPERS)
           I don't know... Should I go see if he
           brushed his teeth?
                         
           She nods. He throws off the sheet and goes into the bathroom,
           touches the bristles of Jake's tooth brush. Cindy takes off
           her socks and waits for Dean to return.
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 59.
                         97 CONTINUED: 97
                         
                         
           DEAN (WHISPERS)(cont'd)
           It's still dry.
                         
           He gets back on the couch. They kiss. Slowly. Silently. Their
           hands search each other under the blanket. Clothing is
           removed and there is alot of movement, but the details of
           what occurs under that single sheet remain largely a mystery.
                         
           Jake's bedroom door opens and Jake walks out into the living
           room and into the kitchen. Dean and Cindy pantomime sleeping.
           They listen and hear Jake opening the refrigerator, pouring
           himself a bowl of cereal, crunching. They feel like he's
           watching them. Cindy tries her hardest not to laugh. Jake
           stares at the trembling sheet with contempt before returning
           to his room. Cindy releases her laugh. Dean tries to shush
           her, but he can't help laughing himself.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Be quiet! Seriously. He's gonna kill me.
           He already hates me.
                         
                          CINDY
           You think he's gonna go to sleep now?
                         
           They hear Jake changing channels in the other room. As
           quietly as possible, they have sex under the sheet.
                         
           INT. COLLEGE CAMPUS - BATHROOM - DAY - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         98 98
                         
           A red plus sign bleeds onto the result area of a home
           pregnancy test. Cindy sits on a toilet in a stall holding the
           positive test stick. A knock on the BATHROOM door.
                         
                          CINDY
           Just a second...
                         
           She wraps the test in toilet paper and buries it in the trash
           receptacle. A moment while the door swings closed. Silence.
           Cindy opens the stall and confronts herself in the mirror.
                         
           INT. AUDITORIUM CLASSROOM - DAY - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         99 99
                         
           Cindy writes a note to Dean, his business card sits next to
           an envelope.
                         
           The note reads: I don't know if I can trust you. Can I trust
           you? I'm in trouble.
                         
           Bobby places a test paper in front of Cindy. Her grade, "D."
           She covers up her note. He leans in and swipes the business
           card.
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 59A.
                         99 CONTINUED: 99
                         
                         
                          CINDY
           Give it back!
                         
           Bobby crushes the card in his fist. She tries to pry it open.
           She can't. She's not gonna get it back.
                         
           EXT. STORAGE FACILITY - PARKING LOT - DAY - 6 YEARS EARLIER 100
                          
                         100
                         
           Dean and his buddies, file out of the garage, he notices
           Cindy across the street, he looks both ways, crosses the
           street toward her. The closer he gets to her, the more
           nervous she gets.
                         
                          DEAN
           Are you okay?
                         
           Cindy nods.
                         
           CURTIS (O.S.)
           See you later, Elvis!
                         
           Dean turns around and sees his work buddies busting him for
           being a Romeo. He waves goodbye to them, turns back to Cindy,
           embarrassed but happy. She smiles, concealing something.
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 60.
                         
                         
                         
                         
           EXT. BRIDGE - DAY - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         101 101
                         
           Dean and Cindy stand a distance away. Cars beneath them roar.
                         
                          DEAN
           Is it mine?
                         
           Cindy looks Dean in the eyes.
                         
                          CINDY
           I... I don't know... It might be...
                         
                          DEAN
           You let that asshole knock you up?
                         
                          CINDY
           ...I'm sorry...I'm sorry...
                         
                          DEAN
           When'd this happen?
                         
                          CINDY
           Before us.
                         
                          DEAN
           What do you want to do?
                         
                          CINDY
           I don't know.
                         
                          DEAN
           (after a pause)
           We'll keep it. We'll take care of it.
                         
           Cindy nods. Silence.
                         
                          CINDY
           It's not the right time.
                         
           Dean looks down, pauses and looks back to Cindy.
                         
                          DEAN
           Do you want to take care of it?
                         
           INT. ABORTION CLINIC - DAY - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         102 102
                         
           A female DOCTOR sits on a wheeled chair in the corner of the
           room and looks through Cindy's file.
                         
                          DOCTOR
           You can put your clothes on the chair.
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 61.
                         102 CONTINUED: 102
                         
                         
           Cindy does.
                         
                          DOCTOR (CONT'D)
           How are you doing?
                         
                          CINDY
           Okay...
                         
           The DOCTOR wheels over to the table in the center of the
           room. She pulls out a clean sheet of examination table paper.
                         
                          DOCTOR
           I'm going to have you lie up here, and
           put your feet in the stirrups.
                         
           Cindy gets on the table, looks over at a tray of instruments.
           The Doctor pulls a mask up over her face - the vacuum
           aspirator on a wheeled base. Cindy focuses her gaze at the
           corrugated ceiling, dim light.
                         
                          DOCTOR (CONT'D)
           Are you okay?
                         
                          CINDY
           Yeah.
                         
           The Doctor touches Cindy's knee to spread her legs, picks up
           an instrument off the table.
                         
                          DOCTOR
           I want you to try and relax. This is
           going to be a little cold.
                         
           The Doctor inserts a speculum into Cindy's vagina.
                         
                          DOCTOR (CONT'D)
           There, take a deep breath... What do you
           do?
                         
                          CINDY
           I'm a student...
                         
                          DOCTOR
           What are you studying?
                         
           The Doctor dips a long swab into a solution, inserts it into
           her vagina.
                         
                          CINDY
           I'm studying to be a DOCTOR...
                         
                          DOCTOR
           That's what I studied.
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
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                         102 CONTINUED: (2) 102
                         
                         
           She laughs. Cindy doesn't know what to do with her eyes. The
           Doctor picks up a syringe.
                         
                          CINDY
           What's that?
                         
                          DOCTOR
           This is a mild anesthetic for your
           cervix. You're going to feel a pinch and
           then it's going to feel like electricity.
                         
           Cindy looks back up at the ceiling. She steady's her breath.
                         
                          DOCTOR (CONT'D)
           Can you cough for me.
                         
           Cindy coughs.
                         
                          DOCTOR (CONT'D)
           Good... Why do you want to be a Doctor?
                         
           Wheels move across the linoleum floor. The Doctor positions
           the vacuum aspirator.
                         
                          CINDY
           Because... I always thought... it would
           be wonderful to take a sick child and...
                         
           Cindy cuts herself off. The Doctor holds a hose.
                         
                          DOCTOR
           And what?
                         
                          CINDY
           ...heal them...
                         
                          DOCTOR
           Cindy, I'm going to begin the procedure.
           It won't take long. You may feel a little
           cramping.
                         
           The Doctor turns on the vacuum. Panic flushes Cindy's face.
           Her eyes widen.
                         
                          CINDY
           Wait... wait.
                         
           INT. ABORTION CLINIC - WAITING ROOM - DAY - 6 YEARS EARLIER 103
                         103
                         
           A plastic model of a womb and fetus on the magazine-laden
           coffee table. Ashtrays overflow. Dean, wearing his work
           clothes, sits among several would-be fathers.
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 63.
                         103 CONTINUED: 103
                         
           He snuffs his cigarette and studies the fetus in the plastic
           uterus. TROY, Bobby's wrestler friend, sits nearby.
                         
           The waiting room door opens, Cindy comes out. Dean puts the
           model back and stands up. They stare at each other. Dean nods
           slightly. Cindy shakes her head "no." A flush of realization
           across Dean's face, then a smile. He goes to her and wraps
           his arms around her.
                         
           TROY (O.S.)
           Cindy?
                         
           Cindy looks over Dean's shoulder to Troy, who gazes at her
           over a magazine. Dean looks back and forth between them.
           Cindy looks ahead and walks out with Dean.
                         
           INT. BUS - NIGHT - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         104 104
                         
           Darkness passes. Cindy lies against Dean in the back of the
           bright bus. Her head rests on his chest, arms holding his
           encircling arms. She is wearing the locket around her neck.
           Dean caresses Cindy's earlobe. Her eyes are closed.
                         
                          DEAN
           You're not in this alone. This baby is
           ours. It's us. Let's start a family.
                         
                          CINDY
           Your eyes ever wide open, and you're
           dreaming?
                         
           Cindy breathes deep & settles into him. Dean hums a lullaby.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           You smell like you.
                         
           INT. ROMANTASUITES - BEDROOM - EARLY MORNING - PRESENT DAY
                         105 105
                         
           Darkness disturbed by beeping. Cindy awakens, dishevelled
           from the night before. She lifts her cell phone off the
           bedside table and squints to make out the text.
                         
                          CINDY
           Shit.
                         
           She drops it and rolls over. The digital clock reads 4:52...
           Moments later... she is on the phone.
                         
           CINDY (on phone) (cont'd)
           Hi it's Cindy... I have this weekend off.
                         
           Cindy unwraps the bandage on her hand. She presses the four
           vampire bites to her lips.
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 64.
                         105 CONTINUED: 105
                         
                         
           CINDY (cont'd on phone)
                          (CONT'D)
           ...Who didn't show?...Meredith again? How
           long can she keep doing this?... Did you
           try Janet?...She's your first call....I'm
           out of town too...Yes I know, I know all
           of it. Yes...It's going to take me a few
           hours.
                         
           She hangs up, eases the door open. Dean is passed out in the
           middle of the hallway. She tries to wake him, but he's
           hibernating. She steps over his fallen body.
                         
           INT. ROMANTASUITES - VARIOUS - PRESENT DAY
                         106 106
                         
           - Cindy washes her face in the shower. She looks at the
           vampire holes on the back of her hand.
                         
           - her hair in a towel, Cindy flicks on the coffee maker. She
           eats a banana. - she throws on jeans and a sweater. - inhales
           from an inhaler for her asthma. - holds her eye open and
           drops eye-drops. - vigorously brushes her teeth. - drinks
           coffee and writes a note on Fantasuite stationery. - washes
           the mug in the kitchen sink. - tapes the note to the
           television screen. - She stands over DEAN.
                         
                          CINDY
           Goodbye.
                         
           No response. She closes the door behind her.
                         
           INT. ROMANTASUITES - LATER - PRESENT DAY
                         107 107
                         
           The phone rings. Dean's eyes struggle open, drunk. He listens
           annoyed to the ring. After the eighth ring, he hollers.
                         
                          DEAN
           Cynthia!
                         
           No response. He struggles up and stumbles to the phone.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Hello?
                         
           A prerecorded message.
                         
                          MESSAGE
           Good morning. This is your...11:30
           a.m...wake up call.
                         
                          DEAN
           OK.
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 65.
                         107 CONTINUED: 107
                         
                         
           He hangs up the phone and looks around the room.
                         
           DEAN (confused) (cont'd)
           Cynthia?
                         
           He wanders to the bedroom, the door is open. Cindy's bags sit
           next to a made bed. He calls out for her again. - He walks
           into the bathroom and urinates, finds only a damp towel
           hanging over the shower door. He touches the bristles of
           Cindy's toothbrush, flicking up a spray of water. - He walks
           to the kitchen and lights a cigarette. He coughs a little as
           he pours himself a cup of coffee. Zaps it in the microwave.
                         
           EXT. ROMANTASUITES - PARKING LOT - CONTINUOUS - PRESENT DAY 108
                         108
                         
           A plane cuts through the sky. Dean stands in front of an
           empty parking space. He stares at where her car should be. A
           Chrysler Aspen is parked with its back opened. KARINA and
           BILLY, two high school kids, toss in luggage.
                         
           INT. ROMANTASUITES LOBBY - CONTINUOUS - PRESENT DAY
                         109 109
                         
           Dean leans on the concierge desk.
                         
                          DEAN
           Was she with a guy?
                         
                          CONCIERGE
           Like I said, I couldn't say. I just got
           here, so maybe she left before I came in.
                         
           He types on the computer.
                         
                          CONCIERGE (CONT'D)
           And, she didn't check out. You're still
           booked until...Monday morning. 11 am. Is
           there anything else I can help you with
           sir?
                         
           INT. ROMANTASUITES -HALLWAY/MOON ROOM- CONTINUOUS - PRESENT 110
                         110
                         
           Dean puts his key in the door to his room. Across the
           hallway, Billy calls into a room.
                         
           BILLY (O.S.)
           Hurry up Randy!
                         
           Dean walks in to his room, sits down, heavy. His stare is out
           of focus. He turns on the TV. Volume comes up loud. The TV
           illuminates the note left by Cindy. Dean stares at it for a
           moment. He plucks the note from the screen and reads it.
           "Dean - I got called in.
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 66.
                         110 CONTINUED: 110
                         
           I was going to wake you but I knew you wouldn't understand.
           I'll be back this afternoon to get you. We have to talk. I'm
           sorry...-C"
                         
           Dean eyes search for something. He sees the vodka bottle and
           takes a drink. Pacing, he lets out a few angry weeps and
           reaches in his front shirt pocket for a cigarette. He's out.
           In the ashtray, he grabs a snuffed out butt. He searches for
           a lighter. He lights his cigarette on the stove. He hears the
           kids in the hallway.
                         
           He opens the door and Randy, a hungover high school kid, and
           AMANDA, large-chested, short, walk down the hallway, arm and
           arm. They slow when see a frighteningly dishevelled Dean,
           vodka in hand, cigarette in mouth, framed in the door jam.
                         
           INT. BILLY'S CAR - DAY - PRESENT DAY
                         111 111
                         
           Dean rides in the back seat of a Jeep Cherokee wedged in
           between Amanda and Randy. Billy and Karina sit in the front
           seat. Amanda offers Dean a glass pipe.
                         
                          AMANDA
           You want some of this?
                         
           Dean accepts the pipe and takes a monster toke, holding it in
           until his face turns purple.
                         
           EXT. NEIGHBORHOOD - EARLY MORNING - 6 YEARS EARLIER 
                         112 112
                         
           Spring sky.. Trees blossom. Cindy walks alone down the street
           from the train station.
                         
           INT. HELLER HOME - EARLY MORNING - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         113 113
                         
           The front door squeaks open, Cindy slips in. Glenda is passed
           out on the couch. She tiptoes up the creaking staircase. A
           shower runs. She heads down the hallway to her room.
                         
           INT. - CINDY'S ROOM - EARLY MORNING - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         114 114
                         
           Cindy opens the door to her bedroom, falls on her bed and is
           about to close her eyes but is distracted by the blinking
           lights of the answering machine. Cindy presses play.
                         
           ANSWERING MACHINE VOICE
           You have twenty five new messages. BEEP
                         
           Cindy sits up. Bobby voice is heard - drunk.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 67.
                         114 CONTINUED: 114
                         
                         
           BOBBY (on answering machine)
           I just want to say to you thanks for
           making all bets off and freeing me of my
           human decency. All your shit's going in
           the trash, your books are gonna be ripped
           up. We'll go to war see who'll win. I
           know who the fucker is and I'm gonna
           destroy him. BEEP You probably don't know
           what you did. I want it all to come out.
           It'll be beautiful, It'll be sweet, it'll
           be awesome. BEEP
                         
           Glenda's bloodshot eyeball appears in the doorway.
                         
           Bobby (V.O.) (cont'd)
           BEEP Well, what I was really trying to
           say before your machine cut me off is you
           created me, I'm your child... You created
           the person that I am now, and now you
           have to deal with this person.
                         
           A SOUND - Cindy turns around sees her mom in the doorway.
                         
           INT. TROY'S CAR - DAY - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         115 115
                         
           The car drives down a highway toward the city. TONY powers
           down beers in the back. Underwear hangs from the rearview.
                         
           BOBBY (V.O.)
           ...And I got nothing better to do than
           destroy you both. BEEP If you think I'm
           being evil, you have no idea, no idea at
           all... I'm growing very impatient and I
           really don't give a fuck anymore...
                         
           Bobby shotguns a beer in the passenger's seat. Speed metal
           music and adrenaline. The car blasts down the street to the
           storage facility. The three bound out of the car, fists
           clenched, geared up for ultraviolence.
                         
           INT. STORAGE FACILITY - CONTINUOUS - 6 YEARS EARLIER 
                         116 116
                         
           They storm the reception. The office is empty - Jo is on her
           lunch break. Troy tries the door leading to the garage, it is
           locked. So he squeezes through the receptionist window, feels
           underneath the desk for the door release button. Tony yanks
           on the door. The door buzzes open and the gang, Bobby in the
           lead, rush into the cacophonous garage.
                         
           INT. HELLER HOME - MORNING. 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         117 117
                         
           Cindy presses the telephone to her ear - waiting...
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 68.
                         
                         
                         
                         
           INT. GARAGE - CONTINUOUS
                         118 118
                         
           Dean is all alone in the garage, loading up a truck with
           reams of cardboard boxes for a big job tomorrow. Bobby and
           gang search through a maze of yellow trucks.
                         
                          BOBBY
           Hey faggot!
                         
           Dean continues his work.
                         
                          BOBBY (CONT'D)
           Is your name Dean?
                         
                          DEAN
           Who's askin'?
                         
           Bobby rushes him, throws a shoulder into his stomach. They
           both flail to the floor. The two lock. Everything is quick.
           Bobby sends a flurry of punches to Dean's ribs and guts. Dean
           pummels the back of Bobby's head with blind overhead rights.
           It becomes clear that Bobby has the upper hand. He holds
           Dean's bloodied head in some kind of jiujitsu headlock.
                         
                          BOBBY
           Think I'm dumb? Think I'm that dumb?
                         
           Dean struggles to breathe but manages to say...
                         
                          DEAN
           I think you're a fucking idiot.
                         
           Bobby hits him again, harder. Harder.
                         
                          BOBBY
           Fucking faggot!
                         
           - Troy and Tony watch the door and egg Bobby on. - THE PHONE
           RINGS OFF THE HOOK in the EMPTY OFFICE.
                         
           INT. HELLER HOME - MORNING. 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         119 119
                         
           Cindy's mind is taking her to bad places. She hangs up. Tells
           herself that everything is all right. Paces her room... Picks
           up the phone and dials again.
                         
           INT. GARAGE - CONTINUOUS - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         120 120
                         
           Troy whistles sharp, warning Bobby that Jo has just arrived.
           Bobby kicks Dean while he's down. Dean is beat and Bobby is
           running out of breath and strength.
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 69.
                         120 CONTINUED: 120
                         
                         
                          BOBBY
           Stay away from her!
                         
                          DEAN
           Never.
                         
           Bobby looks at his bloodied hands. He lacks the strength to
           lift he arms. Gives one last weak kick into Dean's bloodied
           face. Troy and Tony pull Bobby out. The gang leaves,
           victorious yet somehow defeated. The office phone, which has
           been ringing incessantly, stops.
                         
           Dean is on the floor in the fetal position. It takes him a
           while, but he manages to sit up. He feels the inside of his
           split lip with his tongue. He doesn't feel pain as much as he
           feels tingling and ringing - all over. Jo comes in. She
           freezes when she sees him.
                         
                          JO
           Dean... Telephone.
                         
           It takes Dean a while to get up, but he does. And it takes
           him a while to get to the office where his phone call awaits.
           Once there, he holds the receiver in his hand for a beat...
                         
                          DEAN
           Hello?
                         
           INT. CLINIC - WAITING ROOM - DAY - PRESENT DAY
                         121 121
                         
           Cindy wearing scrubs, picks up the ringing phone.
                         
                          CINDY
           Mediplex... You are going to need to come
           in... We're going to need to see him... I
           can't diagnose over the phone... About 20-
           30 minutes... Okay? ...okay, bye...
                         
           Cindy hangs up. She holds a clipboard.
                         
           CINDY (reading) (cont'd)
           Maria?
                         
           A Hispanic women, MARIA GUEVARA - robust, 50's - clutches her
           purse and rises off a waiting area chair. Cindy smiles.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           Right this way.
                         
           INT. CLINIC - EXAMINATION ROOM - CONTINUOUS - PRESENT DAY
                         122 122
                         
           Cindy opens the door and gestures to the examination table.
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 70.
                         122 CONTINUED: 122
                         
                         
                          CINDY
           Have a seat on the table, Mrs. Guevara.
                         
           Maria has a blank look.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           Do you speak English? Hablas Ingles?
                         
           Maria holds her fingers up, indicating an inch.
                         
                          MARIA
           Small.
                         
                          CINDY
           Poquito?
                         
                          MARIA
           Si.
                         
                          CINDY
           Yo tabien. De donde eres tu?
                         
                          MARIA
           El Salvador.
                         
                          CINDY
           So...Tu famalia esta aqui? Here?
                         
                          MARIA
           No no.
                         
                          CINDY
           They're in El Salvador?
                         
                          MARIA
           Si....Yo...sola. How you say en Ingles?
           Sola?
                         
                          CINDY
           Uh...Sola...Alone.
                         
                          MARIA
           Si. Alone.
                         
                          CINDY
           But hopefully not lonely.
                         
           Maria hides her face with her hand and lets out a self-
           pitying giggle. Cindy looks at her clipboard.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           So you're feeling some pain in your left
           breast. Uh...Tu dueles en tu chiche?
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 71.
                         122 CONTINUED: (2) 122
                         
                         
                          MARIA
           Si Si.
                         
                          CINDY
           Well let's take a look.
                         
           Cindy hands her a paper robe.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           Can you take off tu ropas and pongas...
           put this on? Okay? Comprende?
                         
           Maria nods and takes the robe. Cindy turns to leave.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           Lo siento mi Espanol es muy mal.
                         
           INT. CLINIC - HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS - PRESENT DAY
                         123 123
                         
           Cindy leaves the room and gets a drink of water from the
           fountain. Dr. Feinberg approaches her from behind.
                         
           DR. FEINBERG
           Busy. Haven't sat down yet. Walk with me.
                         
           Cindy's holds her clipboard to her chest. He tilts it down
           with his finger.
                         
           DR. FEINBERG (cont'd)
           What do you have?
                         
                          CINDY
           A woman in 215. Hispanic. 53. Lives
           alone. Complaining of pain in her left
           breast.
                         
           DR. FEINBERG
           Uh huh. I'll be in in a minute. By the
           way, I was thinking about you.
                         
                          CINDY
           Oh yeah?
                         
           DR. FEINBERG
           Yeah, well I can understand how you might
           not be able to relocate your whole family
           up to Riverdale, with your daughter being
           in school and everything. But, I was
           thinking, maybe, you could get an
           apartment. Work during the week, drive
           down on weekends.
                         
           They arrive at a door, Room 220.
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 72.
                         123 CONTINUED: 123
                         
                         
           DR. FEINBERG (cont'd)
           You wouldn't have to worry about being
           alone... We could hang out together. Grab
           some dinners sometime.
                         
           Cindy blushes and then her brow furrows.
                         
                          CINDY
           I'm married.
                         
           DR. FEINBERG
           It's not a proposition, I'm just trying
           to help.
                         
                          CINDY
           I don't remember asking you for help.
                         
           He holds up his hands and leaves Cindy alone in the hallway.
           She looks at the ground, turns around and walks to Room 215.
                         
           INT. CLINIC - EXAMINATION ROOM - CONTINUOUS - PRESENT DAY
                         124 124
                         
           Maria sits, still clothed, on the table clutching the robe.
           Cindy walks into the room and looks at her.
                         
                          CINDY
           What's the problem, Maria? Tu sabes?
                         
           Cindy pantomimes undoing her shirt.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           No comprende? Necessita take off tu
           comisitas. Your shirt. Understand?
                         
           Maria nods and undoes her blouse. Cindy turns her back. Maria
           sits slumped with her blouse opened. Cindy pantomimes
           removing her shirt fully. Maria does so and sits with her
           hand covering her face. Cindy gestures to her bra.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           Por favor, Maria. Come on.
                         
           Maria unhooks her bra. A purplish cantaloupe-size abscess
           grows on her left breast. Cindy's covers her mouth.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           Oh my God. Jesus Christ. Maria...
                         
           Maria puts back on her blouse.
                         
                         
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 73.
                         124 CONTINUED: 124
                         
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           Maria! Que eso? Why didn't you come in
           sooner? Why did you wait this long?! Eso
           es muy mal. Very bad.
                         
           Maria starts to cry.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           How could you look at yourself in the
           mirror and pretend it's not there? How
           long have you been pretending?
                         
           Dr. Feinberg walks into the room.
                         
           DR. FEINBERG
           Cindy. What's going on here?
                         
           Cindy points to Maria.
                         
                          CINDY
           Her breast. Her breast!
                         
           Dr. Feinberg takes Cindy's clipboard from her hands.
                         
           DR. FEINBERG
           I can take over from here.
                         
           He talks to Maria calm and clear.
                         
           DR. FEINBERG (cont'd)
           Hello Mrs. Guevara. I'm Dr. Feinberg. I'm
           your DOCTOR. Let me see. It's OK.
                         
           He reaches for the trembling Maria's blouse. Maria flinches.
                         
                          CINDY
           It's probably been growing for years!
                         
           Dr. Feinberg turns to Cindy.
                         
           DR. FEINBERG
           Out!
                         
           He turns back to Maria and places his hand on her shoulder.
                         
           DR. FEINBERG (cont'd)
           It's going to be alright, Mrs. Guevara.
                         
           Cindy backs out of the room.
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 74.
                         
                         
                         
                         
           EXT. CLINIC - DAY - PRESENT DAY
                         125 125
                         
           Dean gets out of the Aspen. The kids honk as they drive off.
           Drunk and stoned, he walks to the entrance of the clinic
           carrying their suitcases.
                         
           INT. CLINIC - CONTINUOUS - PRESENT DAY
                         126 126
                         
           Dean walks through the lobby and approaches Mimi at the
           reception desk. He drops his baggage.
                         
                          MIMI
                          (ON PHONE)
           Ma'am you're going to have to bring him
           in...you have to bring him in...
                         
                          DEAN
           Where's my wife?
                         
           She hands him an in-patient form. Dean looks at it.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           I'm not sick.
                         
           Mimi cups her hand over the phone.
                         
                          MIMI
           You need to fill that out, sir. You can
           go over there.
                         
           Mimi returns to the phone.
                         
                          DEAN
           There's nothing wrong with me.
                         
           Dean hands her back the clipboard.
                         
                          MIMI
           No, you need to fill it out, sir. Bring
           it back up to me when you're done.
                         
                          DEAN
           Where's my wife?
                         
           Mimi lowers the phone.
                         
                          MIMI
           Who's your wife?
                         
                          DEAN
           Cynthia. Where is she?
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 75.
                         126 CONTINUED: 126
                         
                         
                          MIMI
           Are you Dean?
                         
                          DEAN
           Yeah, are you deaf or are you just dumb?
                         
           She puts the phone on hold and disappears into the clinic.
           Dean turns around and looks at the people in the waiting
           room. He has a slight confrontation with a gang banger.
                         
           Cindy approaches from the hallway.
                         
                          CINDY
           Dean?
                         
                          DEAN (TURNS)
           Saved you a trip.
                         
                          CINDY
           I can see that. How'd you get here?
                         
                          DEAN
           I got a ride.
                         
           Mimi appears behind Cindy.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           - I was going out of my mind. I didn't
           know if there's an emergency. I didn't
           know if Francis was hurt. Did you think
           about that?
                         
                          CINDY
           Frankie's fine...
                         
           Dean nods. He looks over Cindy's shoulder at Mimi.
                         
                          DEAN
           Taking pictures?
                         
           Mimi sits down at her desk and picks up a ringing phone.
                         
                          CINDY
           We're not going to do this here.
                         
           Cindy crosses the counter, grabs the bags by Dean's feet.
                         
           CINDY (to Mimi) (cont'd)
           Give me a few minutes.
                         
                          MIMI
           I'll be right here. Don't let him
           brainwash you again.
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 76.
                         126 CONTINUED: (2) 126
                         
                         
                          CINDY
           Live your life.
                         
           Cindy walks out of the clinic hefting her bags.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           Help me.
                         
           Dean grabs the remaining luggage and follows, throwing back a
           look to both Mimi and the Gang-banger.
                         
           EXT. CLINIC - PARKING LOT - CONTINUOUS - PRESENT DAY
                         127 127
                         
           Dean follows behind Cindy.
                         
                          DEAN
           Last night got fucked up, OK? I know it.
           I know I'm lazy, I eat too much, I drink
           too much, I drive you crazy with all my
           jealous bullshit. I fuck up. I know I'm
           clumsy. But you're not trying anymore.
                         
           Cindy hurls the bags into the back of the car. Dean helps.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Please don't make me be alone.
                         
                          CINDY
           Are you drunk?
                         
                          DEAN
           I'm OK.
                         
                          CINDY
           Can you drive?
                         
                          DEAN
           Yeah. Let's go.
                         
                          CINDY
           No, you go. Take the car home.
                         
           She hands him the keys.
                         
                          DEAN
           You don't think about anyone but
           yourself. Do you?
                         
           Cindy walks back to the clinic. Dean follows close behind.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           You got no time for me anymore. It all
           goes to this fucking job.
                          (MORE)
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 77.
                         127 CONTINUED: 127
                         
           You give it all to them. All these people
           who don't give a shit about you. They get
           the beautiful version of you. What does
           your family get? Nothing. You come home
           and you're empty. You think I don't
           notice? You think Frankie doesn't notice?
           Her mom walking around like a ghost?
                         
                          CINDY
           You know how many sacrifices I make every
           day.
                         
                          DEAN
           You! What about me? I gave up everything
           for you.
                         
                          CINDY
           I never asked you to! I can't take this
           shit anymore.
                         
           Cindy enters through the electric doors.
                         
           INT. CLINIC - CONTINUOUS - PRESENT DAY
                         128 128
                         
           Dean follows Cindy down the hallway to the employee's lounge.
                         
                          DEAN
           Take what? What can't you take... The
           truth? I know you can't... You never
           could.
                         
                          CINDY
           You're right Dean, I can't take the
           truth...I've had it with the truth or
           whatever it is you make up along the way
           and label as truth... You win. I give
           up... I've been lying to you for a long
           time.
                         
                          DEAN
           Who is it?
                         
                          CINDY
           It's me, Dean. I didn't want to hurt you.
           But I'm not the person you fell in love
           with. And you won't let me be anything
           but that person. That's why I can't look
           at you. Because every time I do I can't
           stop thinking about how much I want you
           to hate me. But you're too stupid to see
           it, and too chicken shit to do anything
           about it.
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 78.
                         128 CONTINUED: 128
                         
                         
                          DEAN
           Wait a second...
                         
           He grabs her in a hug. Her arms are pressed into her side.
                         
                          CINDY
           I don't love you anymore... Why can't you
           stop loving me?
                         
           He pulls back his fist and swings, hitting the metal locker
           behind Cindy's head. He repeats the blows with thunderous
           rage. Feinberg enters the room.
                         
                          FEINBERG
           What the hell is going on!?
                         
           Dean turns and takes a blind swing at Feinberg. One blow and
           Feinberg reels against the metal lockers. He hits the ground
           with a thud. His nose gushes blood. Dean paces around
           Feinberg like a caged animal. He pulls down a locker with his
           hand. It crashes to the floor. Cindy kneels over Feinberg.
                         
                          CINDY
           I'm sorry. I'm sorry. Let me see.
                         
                          FEINBERG
           You're done. Leave.
                         
           Dean jerks Cindy up off the floor.
                         
                          DEAN
           Get up.
                         
           She hits Dean with a flurry of flailing fists.
                         
                          CINDY
           You son of a bitch!
                         
           Punches catch him in the nose. Cindy bullies Dean backwards
           with repeated shoves to the chest. He backs up down the
           hallway. Mimi stands in the hallway.
                         
                          MIMI
           Oh my god. Call 911. I'm going to call
           911.
                         
           The doors slide open and Dean backs outside.
                         
           EXT. CLINIC - CONTINUOUS - PRESENT DAY
                         129 129
                         
                          CINDY
           Give me the keys.
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 79.
                         129 CONTINUED: 129
                         
                         
           She digs into his pocket and fishes them out. She marches to
           the car, gets in the driver's seat, starts the car - the
           radio blasts at high decibels. Dean bangs on the passenger
           side window. Cindy flips the lock. Dean gets in the car.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           I want a divorce!
                         
           She has emptied herself. Her whole body is numb and it feels
           as if she is floating in space. Anger overcomes Dean. He hits
           the dashboard with concrete fists.
                         
                          DEAN
           I know!
                         
           He grabs the suitcase next to him and opens the door. He
           throws it through the air into a FIELD - trying rid himself
           of pain, longing, and desperation. He clutches his wedding
           ring, but can't yank it off of his fat finger. Finally, he
           gets it off and tosses it into the field. The moment he
           releases it, he wishes he hadn't.
                         
           MOMENTS LATER - Dean and Cindy search for the ring. It is
           lost. Music begins to play in reverse.
                         
           INT/EXT. HOME VIDEO MONTAGE:
                         130 130
                         
           Various Scenes of the Periera family together...
                         
           EXT. FLOWERSHOP. AFTERNOON. 6 YEARS EARLIER.
                         131 131
                         
           All kinds of flowers. Colors, smells. Freshly arranged. Dean
           studies them. Finds the one's he likes. And steals them.
                         
           EXT. STREET - DUSK - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         132 132
                         
           We follow Dean from behind - walking down the middle of the
           street. He holds the flowers. Meanwhile, we hear Cindy asking
           her gramma questions about love and life. "What's it like to
           be old?" - "when did men stop looking at you?" She confides
           her feelings for Dean. (The responses will be real responses -
           a real conversation).
                         
           INT. HELLER HOME - KITCHEN - NIGHT - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         133 133
                         
           Cindy and Gramma sit at the dinner table. The sound of
           boiling. Steam rises out of the pots and pans. They continue
           their conversation.
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 80.
                         
                         
                         
                         
           EXT./INT. HELLER HOME - NIGHT - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         134 134
                         
           Dean finds the house. He straightens himself, walks to the
           front door, rings the BELL, checks the smell of his hands.
                         
           Jerry, bourbon in hand, opens the door. Dean's face is purple
           and swollen from the fight.
                         
                          DEAN
           I didn't know if it was pot luck so I
           brought an eggplant.
                         
           He points at his face. Behind Jerry, Cindy peeks out from the
           kitchen at the end of the hallway. It is the first time she
           has seen Dean since the fight. She is shocked.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Face looks like an eggplant, don't it?
           How you doing sir, I'm Dean.
                         
           Dean holds out his hand. Jerry looks Dean up and down.
                         
                          CINDY
           Oh God.
                         
           Cindy squeezes by her father to Dean. The expression on her
           face says it all. Dean hands her the flowers, leans in and
           kisses her. While he's there he whispers.
                         
                          DEAN
           I stole these for you.
                         
                          CINDY
           Are you okay?
                         
           Dean nods. She leads him down the hall. Jerry stops, turns.
                         
           JERRY (to Cindy)
           Tell him to take off his shoes.
                         
           Dean removes his boots. A toe wiggles out of a holey sock. He
           gathers the hole and tucks it between his big toe and his
           second toe. Cindy leads him by the hand to the kitchen.
                         
           INT. HELLER HOME - DINING ROOM - CONTINUOUS - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         135 135
                         
           The Heller family and Dean sit around the table. Jerry,
           Glenda and Gramma bow their heads, saying grace.
                         
           ALL EXCEPT DEAN
           Come lord Jesus, be our guest, and let
           thy gifts to us be blessed. Amen.
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 81.
                         135 CONTINUED: 135
                         
                         
           Glenda continues with a little speech about choices, and
           needing to be able to make mistakes with our choices. Her
           speech continues over the next images...
                         
           - They eat. Dean compliments the meal. Glenda is self
           depreciating. Jerry is judgemental. Gramma wants to go home.
           Cindy can't take her eyes off of Dean - she has fallen.
                         
           LATER - Cindy leads Dean upstairs to her room.
                         
           INT. CINDY'S ROOM - NIGHT - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         136 136
                         
           Dean follows, obediently. Cindy closes her door behind him.
                         
           She begins gently kissing Dean's wounds. Whispers.
                         
                          CINDY
           Does that hurt.
                         
                          DEAN
           No. It feels good. Keep doing it.
                         
           She does and is interrupted by... The FAINT SOUND of her
           parents fighting downstairs.
                         
           JERRY (O.S.)
           ...She's going to struggle the rest of
           her Goddamn life with that fucking loser.
           And that's okay with you. Sit there...sit
           there on your fat ass don't do a goddamn
           thing.
                         
                          DEAN
           Maybe I should go.
                         
                          CINDY
           Why? They'll stop soon.
                         
                          DEAN
           I'm going to miss my train.
                         
                          CINDY
           Good.
                         
           Cindy goes over to her stereo and turns on some music, low -
           it is the same song that Dean and Cindy listened to in the
           moon room. It drowns out some of the fighting. She approaches
           him, starts unbuttoning his shirt.
                         
                          CINDY (CONT'D)
           Promise me one thing... you'll never let
           me become an adult.
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 82.
                         136 CONTINUED: 136
                         
                         
                          DEAN
           Okay.
                         
           She kisses him. Opens up his shirt. Reveals a severely
           bruised torso. He winces a bit from the movement. She
           redresses his wounds, nursing him back to health.
                         
                          CINDY
           That motherfucker.
                         
           She kisses his chest. Dean starts getting underneath Cindy's
           clothes. He places his palm on her belly.
                         
                          DEAN
           I love you.
                         
                          CINDY
           I love you too.
                         
                          DEAN
           Really?
                         
                          CINDY
           Yeah.
                         
           From here on out, their actions increase with urgency. Each
           moment that goes by makes them more and more desperate to
           feel the other's skin. They are down to their underwear when
           they hear a door slam downstairs.
                         
                          DEAN
           Are your parent's gonna walk in on us?
                         
                          CINDY
           They never come in here.
                         
           They make sweet love.
                         
                         
           EXT. HELLER HOME - DAY - PRESENT DAY
                         137 137
                         
           The front door bursts open and Frankie, still in her leopard
           costume, charges down the walkway.
                         
                          FRANKIE
           Daddy! Daddy! Mommy!
                         
           Cindy's car sits in the driveway. Cindy gets out, grabs her
           suitcase. Jerry emerges from the house. Cindy kneels down and
           hugs Frankie. She is electricity in her arms.
                         
                          CINDY
           Who had candy for breakfast?
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 83.
                         137 CONTINUED: 137
                         
                         
           Frankie doesn't answer and squirms out of Cindy's arms. She
           runs to Dean who gets out of the car like a wounded soldier.
                         
                          DEAN
           Hey sweetheart.
                         
           Frankie leaps into Dean's arms. Cindy walks up to the house.
                         
                          CINDY
           How was Frankie?
                         
                          JERRY
           She was good. Are you OK?
                         
                          CINDY
           I'm OK.
                         
           Cindy kisses her father on the cheek, closes the screen door.
                         
           DEAN (holding Frankie)
           I can't play right now, okay?
                         
           He releases his wired daughter who runs circles around him.
           Dean walks up to the porch. He and Jerry stand face to face.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Do you want to get out of my way.
                         
           Jerry backs away. Dean walks past him into the house.
                         
                          JERRY
           I don't know what happened up there. But
           please Dean, come on. Don't push it. Let
           it be...
                         
           Dean closes the screen door behind him and locks it. Jerry
           pulls on the door.
                         
                          JERRY (CONT'D)
           Hey! You can't lock me out of my own
           house!
                         
           Dean calls back.
                         
                          DEAN
           Keep an eye on Francis.
                         
                          JERRY
           I don't have my oxygen! Hey!
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 84.
                         
                         
                         
                         
           INT. HELLER HOME - DAY - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         138 138
                         
           Cindy puts on a simple yellow dress. She checks herself in
           the mirror. Her hand traces the bump on her belly.
                         
           INT. HELLER HOME - KITCHEN - CONTINUOUS - PRESENT DAY
                         139 139
                         
           Cindy pours a glass of water. She gulps down aspirin. Dean
           keeps his distance at the edge of the room.
                         
           In the backyard, Frankie makes herself dizzy by twirling.
           Jerry cranes his neck to look into the window of his house.
                         
                          CINDY
           I'm not coming home.
                         
           Fear strikes Dean. He presses the base of his palms into his
           eyes, rubbing until he sees stars.
                         
                          DEAN
           We're not alone here Cynthia. We have a
           little girl. We need to think about her.
                         
                          CINDY
           I am thinking about her.
                         
                          DEAN
           All you're thinking about is yourself.
           You. Francis is gonna grow up in a broken
           home and that's OK with you.
                         
                          CINDY
           I can't let her grow up in a home where
           her parents don't love each other.
                         
                          DEAN
           Don't love each other? I've only ever
           loved you.
                         
           Dean approaches her from behind. Reaches out...
                         
           INT. DEAN'S FRIEND'S APARTMENT - DAY - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         140 140
                         
           Dean wears his baby blue tux. He looks himself up and down in
           the mirror. Takes a deep breath.
                         
           INT. HELLER HOME - KITCHEN - CONTINUOUS - PRESENT DAY
                         141 141
                         
           Cindy flinches from Dean's touch. A look of terror in her
           eyes. Dean hushes her. He leads her to a chair and sits her
           down. He kneels by her side and repeats her name.
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 85.
                         141 CONTINUED: 141
                         
                         
                          DEAN
           ...Cynthia...Cynthia...
                         
           He holds her hands and gropes her arms, legs, shoulders
           whatever she will let him touch. Cindy has tears in her eyes
           but she is focused. There is nothing to say.
                         
           INT. MUNICIPAL COURTHOUSE - DAY - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         142 142
                         
           Dean takes a quarter, places it in a gumball machine, turns
           the crank. A plastic box rolls out. He takes it, shakes it -
           inside is a plastic ring. She takes a quarter and follows
           suit, buying another plastic ring.
                         
           INT. HELLER HOME - VARIOUS - CONTINUOUS - PRESENT DAY
                         143 143
                         
           In THE KITCHEN, Frankie climbs in through the old dog door.
           She sees her father kneeling on the floor at her mother's
           feet. Perplexed, she pulls at her bottom lip with her finger.
           Cindy releases herself from Dean's grip and goes to her
           suitcase. She carries it up the stairs.
                         
          A144 INT. MUNICIPAL BUILDING - DAY. 6 YEARS EARLIER. A144
                         
           Dean and Cindy wait together in a room filled with other
           people about to get married. They observe these other people
           and create fictional narratives about them and their lives
           for each other.
                         
           INT. CINDY'S ROOM- CONTINUOUS, 
                         144 144
                         
           Cindy opens the door and sets her suitcase on the dusty bed.
           The room is just like it used to be.
                         
           BACK INT THE KITCHEN- CONTINUOUS
                         145 145
                         
           Dean is defeated. He sits back against the cupboards and
           hangs his head down low between his knees. Frankie touches
           his shoulders. She gives him a massage.
                         
                          FRANKIE
           I want to stay at Grampa's house next
           time for fifty nights.
                         
           Dean looks up. He has tears in his eyes. Frankie touches one
           as it streams down his face.
                         
                          FRANKIE (CONT'D)
           Why you crying?
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 85A.
                         145 CONTINUED: 145
                         
                         
           Dean can't answer. Frankie slides a chair over to the sink.
           She steps up and fills the glass with water. Balancing it
           still, she brings it to Dean. She takes a sip and hands the
           glass to him. He drinks.
                         
                          DEAN
           Thank you...
                         
                         
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 86.
                         145 CONTINUED: (2) 145
                         
                         
           Cindy comes down the stairs.
                         
                          DEAN (CONT'D)
           Daddy's gonna go now, OK.
                         
           Dean stands and picks up Frankie. He walks to Cindy and hands
           her over.
                         
           INT. MUNICIPAL COURTHOUSE - DAY - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         146 146
                         
           Cindy and Dean stare into each other's eyes. The JUSTICE OF
           THE PEACE reads them their vows.
                         
           EXT. HELLER HOME - LATE AFTERNOON - PRESENT DAY
                         147 147
                         
           Frankie tries to squirm out of her mother's arms.
                         
                          FRANKIE
           Daddy!
                         
           Dean walks out the front door where he passes Jerry who
           stands on the porch. He moves across the lawn to the
           sidewalk. Vermillion light falls in the sky.
                         
           Cindy sets Frankie down and she runs out the door. Jerry
           catches the little girl by the arm and holds her tight.
                         
           Dean walks toward the horizon.
                         
           FRANKIE (SCREAMS) (cont'd)
           Daddy!
                         
           Dean stops and turns. Cindy walks to the porch.
                         
                          CINDY
           Let her go, Dad.
                         
           Jerry releases her and Frankie runs fast to Dean. She jumps
           at him to go into his arms. He doesn't pick her up. From the
           porch Cindy and Jerry watch Dean as he points to them.
           Frankie doesn't move. Dean yells for her to go back. Frankie
           heads back to her mother, confused. Cindy kneels down and
           takes her in her arms.
                         
           Families light fireworks off in the middle of the streets. 
                         
           EXT. HELLER HOME STREET- CONTINUOUS
                         
           DEAN continues down the street that connects with other
           streets, all lined with pretty houses.
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 86A.
                         
           The houses form neighborhoods that join with other
           neighborhoods forming towns. Beyond the towns, hills stretch
           far into to the horizon. Fireworks explode against dark blue 
           on blue. 
                         
                         
                         
                         
                          (CONTINUED)
           Blue Valentine Official Green Script as of 6/9/09 87.
                         148 CONTINUED: (2) 148
                         
                         
                         
                         
           INT. MUNICIPAL COURTHOUSE - DAY - 6 YEARS EARLIER
                         149 149
                         
           Dean and Cindy consecrate their vows. The ceremony lasts all
           of 45 seconds.
                         
                          JUSTICE
           ... you may now kiss the bride.
                         
           Dean and Cindy kiss. We hold on the kiss for as long as it
           takes. They stop kissing and look at each other in the eyes.
           Then, they start to hug. And hug... and hug...
                         
           The title BLUE VALENTINE superimposes on top of the image.
           Credits start to scroll over...
                         
           A SERIES OF PORTRAITS/DOCUMENTS OF MARRIAGES. REAL PEOPLE
                         150 150
           REALLY GETTING MARRIED. WE PLAY WITNESS TO THEM ALL.