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The Birth of America

America, 1780. 73-year old SAYENQUERAGHTA watches, hidden in a hill, a crowd of Hotinoshoni women, men and children who attempt to cross the Susquehanna River. Frozen cadavers cover its shores. Sayenqueraghta blames himself for their fate and takes out one of his eyes.

Philadelphia, 1776. FRANKLIN, WASHINGTON, MADISON and JEFFERSON discuss the role of the Hotinoshoni in their current fight for independence. They have got so far the support of two of the seven Hotinoshoni nations, thanks mainly to the alliance of African-Indian-American warrior AKIATONHARONKWEN. Soon after they attempt to gain the friendship of Sayenquenaghta, Akiatonharonkwen, 30-year old Dutch-Native-American GAIANTWAKE and 24-year old ONEKWA. They say they will submit their request to the Council of the League of Nations.

One year later Sayenqueraghta arrives to the Onaquaga city, carrying the cadavers of near two hundred Hotinoshoni warriors, dead in an action against General SULLIVAN. He punishes two warriors who broke their neutrality, unaware that KANESTIE, a beautiful Huron woman, is present. She swears vengeance.

34-year old British-educated Mohawk warrior THAYENDANEGEA and Akiatonharonkwen dispute the ownership of Kanestie. The Council of the League of Nations gathers in Sayenqueraghta's longhouse and decide to give Kanestie to Thayendanegea . They also ask Sayenqueraghta to share his command with other leader. Finally, they decide to support the British. Akiatonharonkwen reacts angrily and tries to kill Thayendanegea. He fails and escapes with the help of JOGUES, a 40-year old Jesuit Priest who keeps a Catholic congregation in Onaquaga. Jogues is accused of witchcraft by 42-year old shaman GANIODAYO and tries to tomahawk him. Gaiantwake, nonetheless, intervenes and saves him.
Sayenqueraghta gives 14-year old OHEO, his daughter, to Thayendanegea as his wife. He ignores that Oheo loves 17-year old poet and singer ISAAC, who happens to be Thayendanegea's son. At the same time Kanestie fells in love with JEREMIAS, an African-American servant of Thayendanegea. The Council chooses Gaiantwake as their second commander. Soon after an assassin tries to murder ISI, his 34-year old wife and TECUMSEH, his 17-year old son. That very day Jeremias saves Sayenqueraghta of an attack by another assassin.
Soon after, prompted by General Burgoyne, they attack Fort Stanwix and achieve a resonant victory. At the same time Oheo and Isaac get married in secret.

In France, Franklin takes advantage of Washington's victory at Saratoga to get Frances's official recognition of America as a new nation. Washington, who has just lost about three thousand men at Valley Forge, prepares a decisive attack against the Hotinoshoni. CALDWELL, a British commander, persuades the Hotinoshoni, nonetheless, to go on battling the Continental Army. That night Kanestie tells Thayendanegea of Isaac's and Oheo's wedding. Thayendanegea kills his son.

Days later the Hotinoshoni attack and defeat the colonists at Wyoming. A series of massacres ensue the combat: Isi and Tecumseh are scalped, and many colonists are tomahawked. Washington commissions General Sullivan to destroy completely the crops and granaries of the Hotinoshoni. Sullivan scorches the nation, killing thousands of Hotinoshon women and children. Accused of sorcery once more, Jogues is tomahawked.

The Hotinoshoni flee crossing the Finger Lakes. While escaping, Kanestie is accused of denouncing Isaac to his father. Jeremias defends her killing two Hotinoshoni. Kanestie and Jeremias make their way out, killing Sayenqueraghta's wife, ONIATARIO. They fall in the hands of Sullivan, who sells Jeremias as a slave. He attempts to rape Kanestie, but she opposes him and tries to kill him. He murders her

Sayenqueraghta gives orders to fight the Continental Army in an open ground. They are defeated in the battle of Newton. Sayenqueraghta is removed from his post. He prompts then the massacre of Cherry Valley, where thirty Colonists, most of them women and children, are scalped. As a result he is exiled from the Hotinoshoni.
Most of the Hotinoshoni die on their way to Niagara fort. They cross the Susquehanna River just on time before the arrival of Sullivan troops. They meet Sayenqueraghta, who, consumed by remorse, has taken out one of his eyes. Sullivan shoots him.

Hamlet Unbound (2012)

Claudius and Polonious

Hamlet Elsinor has died, leaving his assets to Hamlet, his Colombian-born adopted son. Hamlet meets his father's ghost in a cemetery, where he learns that Claudius, his uncle, murdered his father in order to marry Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother. Hamlet, who has fallen in love with Ophelia -his psychologist, turns ill-mannered as he discovers her pregnancy. He suspects that Polonius, her father, has encouraged her to keep the baby in order to force him to marry her. Hamlet becomes distracted, as he spends his time producing a short-film.

Hamlet screens his film to his family and friends. Claudius gets particularly offended, as Hamlet's short film alludes to him and Gertrude. He hires then two of Hamlet's ex-lovers -Rosencrantz and Guilderstern, in order to find out the cause of Hamlet's resentment.

Meantime, Polonius decides to intervene, just to be brutally murdered by Hamlet. Ophelia loses her mind soon after. Hamlet is then sent to Colombia, escorted by his ex-lovers, who are secretly ordered to execute Hamlet in order to impart 'justice'.

Hamlet, however, manages to get rid of her bodyguards. Back in Philadelphia, Hamlet learns of Ophelia's madness and suicide, though there are rumours that she has been strangled by Laertes.

Soon after, in a tennis court, Hamlet's tragic fate unfolds...

 The Prophetess

19-year-old Lucrecia experiences prophetic dreams in 16th-century, Madrid (Spain.) Three men approach her during the night to warn her about a pest that will decimate the population of Madrid.

As her dreams come true, Lucrecia is called to the court of Phillip the Second, «The Black King.» Francisco Téllez, the royal confessor, intends to control the growing influence of Lucrecia over the crowds of Madrid.

In a reckless impulse Lucrecia warns the Spanish court of the dim consequences of a war against England. She falls in disgrace.

She joins then the secret dissident faction of Héctor Mendoza. There she meets Diego de Quiroga, with who she starts a love affair that challenges her followers belief that her prophetic gifts are enhanced by her virginity.

Lucrecia's dreams, which are secretly published,  prophesize the fall of Phillip the Second and the raise of a new Christian Kingdom, with one single Popess and one single queen: Lucrecia herself.

After de wreck of the Spanish Navy before the English shores, a conspiracy against the King is orchestrated by Héctor Mendoza. Lucrecia realizes too late that Mendoza intends to murder the entire Royal family. As she opposes his plan with remorse, Lucrecia is confined in a remote farm. Diego frees her days later. Lucrecia reveals the conspiracy to Francisco, who dies in a frenetic attempt to save his King. Being pregnant, Lucrecia is prosecuted by the Inquisition. Under torture she confesses to have committed lechery with the Demon. She is lashed and banished from Madrid. After several years of poverty, she migrates to South America, where she marries Diego de Quiroga.


Amongst all the forms of lies, prophesy is the most enjoyable, wrote Carlyle. All human beings are interested in metaphysics, but given our epistemological limitations, we are fallible to be fascinated, mislead or enlightened by the dubious sciences of foretelling and prophesy.

The Prophetess is a screenplay about knowledge and superstition. I must confess, though, that as a screenwriter I have been more interested in the psychology of prophesy, rather than in the prophesies per se.

Sigmund Freud died in the belief that after psychoanalysis people would not be able to interpret dreams as oracles. Nevertheless, such a belief denied the question on dreams' raison d'être. In other words, we cannot dismiss the question on the existence of dreams by merely pondering how they might be triggered, in the same way that we cannot dismiss the question on the existence of the universe by giving a fallible account of how it was created, or on the complexity of a particular man's existence by explaining his social environment, his biology and his psychology. Lucrecia de Leon, a humble maiden who became the unofficial seer of Spain for several years, was able to display the metaphysical nature of dreams in 16th-century Spain.
The Medium
French girls
Angola, 1959. Gagliostro exits a bar after winning a hand of poker. He walks across a cemetery. Two pairs of hands play the Ouija. Gagliostro catches sight of the back of a blonde walking away. She looks briefly at him. He follows her. They arrive to a bridge--bordered by an abysm. Gagliostro touches the shoulder of the woman. She turns around: the face of a skull. Gagliostro staggers and falls from the bridge.

Antonia, a 31-year old medium grasps the Ouija and falls onto the floor as she suffers a convulsion. A group of men and women, amongst them Raimundo, a cold flabby15-year old lad, look at her. With a trembling voice Antonia announces that the Demon of Lust has murdered Gagliostro. She looks at Raimundo, who smiles with scorn. She faces him in horror. «You are praying to them!» Antonia screams in fear. She runs away from the house. Pushed by invisible hands she slips and falls from the bridge—her semi naked corpse lying on the mud besides Gagliostro’s.

Oporto, Portugal, 1998. 55-year Raimundo drives a BMW. He arrives to the main see of the Community Bank, where he works as the local Director. Assisted by his PA, 25-year old blonde baby-face Gerardo, Raimundo interviews Bolivian-born emigrant Sandro Cabargas for an accountant position, asking him whether he will be totally dependent of his job. Sandro answers that he doesn't have the right documents to work in the EU. Raimundo hires him. As soon as Sandro starts working Raimundo asks him whether he would like to earn some extra money. Sandro accepts. He is asked, then, to sign several legal documents in Portuguese, and to hand out a picture of himself to Raimundo.

Sandro meets Italian accountant Dalila, with whom he had had a romance two years ago in Rome. After their first date they decide to get married.

Sandro announces his engagement to his co-workers. Antonia—one of them, reads Sandro's hands. She tells him that he will get marry twice in his life. Sandro dismisses her claims with sarcasm.

Suddenly, Sandro gets involved in a power crisis within the Bank. There is a dispute between Monsignor Alba―the Vice-President of the Bank, and Raimundo. At first, Sandro sides with Raimundo―he sincerely believes in his innocence. But when he the Union denounces the illicit dealings of Raimundo, Sandro decides to confront him. He enters his office, where he discovers Raimundo engaged in sex with 7-month pregnant Paloma, daughter of his secretary. Raimundo insults Sandro for having entering into his office without permission. Raimundo's secretary’s daughter leaves the place. Then Sandro asks him about the laundering affair. Raimundo calms down. He promises Sandro to give him a wonderful bonus for the incoming year. Sandro rejects his proposal. Raimundo reminds him that Portuguese-illiterate Sandro has signed a document that compromises him in a money-laundering operation. Sandro says he gives a damn if he goes to prison as long as Raimundo goes with him. Raimundo eases the situation by promising Sandro to deliven himself to justice.

Things start to go wrong with Sandro's life. He loses his savings in a mysterious online scam. A car almost hits him on the street. He is mugged and badly beaten. Simultaneously he starts finding strange objects in her apartment—bones, hairs, and so on.

Advised by Dalila, Sandro goes to see Monsignor Alba in private. Alba reveals to Sandro Raimundo's uncanny past: a series of deaths that have placed him into power. Alba informs him that the Bank has initiated a process against Raimundo for laundering money. Alba asks Sandro whether he is a spy at the service of Raimundo. Raimundo leaves the room with a humiliated countenance. At the same time Dalila discovers that Raimundo has taken a large amount of money from the bank by forging he signature of Sandro.

At night Dalila visits Raimundo and confronts him. Raimundo replies sarcastically that that was a ‘loan’ and that soon he will return the money to the Bank. He also threatens to take revenge: «I have many powerful friends in Hell». Dalila leaves. Raimundo phones
Gerardo and asks him to bring newly born Paloma's baby to a derelict church. Dalila calls Sandro and asks him to come back home immediately. Sandro meets Gerardo as he exits the bank. Gerardo asks him to finish a job for him. «My mother is sick. She may die this week», Gerard argues, «I must go to get my flight tickets to LA». Sandro accepts to replace him at the bank until midnight. Gerard goes to a hospital then, where a somber nurse delivers him a newly born baby. In the adjacent room a doctor says to Paloma that her son have died. She screams saying they are all liars. In the meantime Dalila writes a letter to the Board of the Bank in which she denounces Raimundo.
Raimundo meets Gerardo and the baby in front of the derelict church. Raimundo officiates a black mass—in which the baby is slay over the pictures of Dalila, Sandro and Bishop Alba.

Dalila sudenly chokes in her own saliva. At the same time Bishop Alba suffers a heart attack. Sandro looses the control of his car and crashes it against a post. Nonetheless, Sandro miraculously survives. When he gets out of his car he faces the serene eyes of a statue of the Virgen and baby Jesus. He kneels down before her and cries.

During the burial of Dalila he meets Antonia, who asks him about his future. He says he’ll be back to Italy. Antonia gives him an image of Our Lady of Fatima: «Pray to her. She will protect you day and night».

That night, on dreams, Dalila appears happy, clothed in light. She asks him to remain in Oporto.

Sandro contacts Antonia and asks her about the meaning of her dream. Antonia reveals him the truth; she is the daughter of the medium Gerardo drove to death many years ago. As her mother, Antonia is a medium, but her principles do not allow her to take revenge on Gerardo. She contacts the spirit of Dalila. «He has buried you alive», Antonia says after a while. She brings him then to Father Maurice, an aged French priest.

Father Mauricio immediately starts an exorcism. The furious voice of the demon who hates babies insults Sandro and father Maurice. He tortures Sandro by revealing his most secret sexual encounters. After a tenacious struggle, the demons are defeated by the intercession of Saint Euphrasia. Sandro vomits a serpent, several insects and a mouse. The floor opens up burping the picture of Sandro covered by fresh blood and maggots.

Raimundo, exiting a bar with Gerardo, is suddenly attacked by a pack of dogs. «We have been humiliated by you», screams a mad beggar to him, «Nobody plays with us». Raimundo’s body is torn apart by the dogs. Gerard runs away in horror, but he suffers a car accident and enters in coma.

Next day Sandro meets Antonia. He tells her that she was right about his second wedding. He has decided to spouse the Church—as a monk.

Suicidal Wedding
34-year-old writer and ex-private detective Ricardo Saint-André and his wife, 25-year-old Gabrielle come to Cheshire to celebrate the wedding of Tracy Baltimore, daughter of their old friend, tycoon Mr. Baltimore.

They maintain a close relationship with Sara Baltimore, the youngest daughter of Mr. Baltimore. Sara introduces them to her boyfriend, Mr. Sousa, a famous Brazilian football player, whom Mr. Baltimore and his second wife, Petra Schreiber, dislike. They are introduced to the groom, Sir Weyden, an eccentric playboy who has already gone through four marriages.

Chatting with Alfred-a dentistry student, Rachel-a Key Property employee and Mr. Lawn-a Bed & Breakfast manager, Ricardo and Gabrielle are informed of the last events in town. Doctor Knox, a famous dentist, has been accused of murdering hundreds of patients for several years. Hours later the party is interrupted by a colliding sound. In the front yard, Mr. Sousa's Mercedes has crashed into a wall. Sara Baltimore's body hangs from a tree nearby. Ricardo discovers a note signed by her in her hand. Three words are written on it: "Don't blame anyone."

After Sara's funeral, Ricardo expresses to Mr. Baltimore his belief that Sara didn't commit suicide. He wants to investigate her death. To his surprise, Mr. Baltimore hesitates. Ricardo insists and Mr. Baltimore offers him full support.

Ricardo and Gabrielle work closely with Scotland Yard inspector F. Zayed, who informs them about the private life of the party guests. He tells them Sara Baltimore underwent a miscarriage after an intruder surprised her and beat her at Sousa's house. They visit Old Trafford stadium and talk to Mr. Bogle, a player of the local football club, and the closest friend of Mr. Sousa. He informs them that Sara had continuous arguments with her father. Mr. Baltimore wanted to sign a contract to exploit South-American oil fields. Sara, influenced by her boyfriend, wanted to be sure that such contract was for the benefit of the local communities, rather than for the mere benefit of few South American politicians.

Gabrielle gets notice of the mysterious vanishing of Monsieur Dupin, a businessman who lived in Mrs. Lawn's Bed & Breakfast. They visit, then, an International Consultant Company, where Dupin used to work. They interview Mr. Perry, the manager-a Mr. Lancaster's employee who bears a deformed face. Mr. Perry doesn't know Dupin's whereabouts. Ricardo is interested, nonetheless, in the character of Mr. Perry, who hates human beings and picks up strays. His former wife, Rachel, abandoned him for his best friend, Doctor Knox. Ricardo discovers in his office several editions of R. L Stevenson's "New Arabian Nights."

Meanwhile Gabrielle visits Tracy at a Tennis Club, where she plays with Alfred. Tracy excuses for being absent at her sister's funeral. Alfred flirts with Gabrielle and invites her to a date.

Sir Weyden meets Ricardo several times and prevents him to go on with his investigation. Ricardo, in response, irritates him even more with remarks about his previous marriages. Tracy supports their investigation, nonetheless, and drives Gabrielle's suspicions on Petra, her gold-digger stepmother.

Ricardo and Gabrielle visit Rachel's Key Property Agency. They want to hire an apartment. They also ask her about the Baltimore family, for whom Rachel worked as a baby sitter several years ago. Rachel answers them with reluctance. She thinks Sara really committed suicide and accuses Ricardo and Gabrielle of creating Havoc in their small community. Gabrielle reminds her of her 1974 trip to Egypt with the Baltimore family and asks her whether she remembers any extraordinary event. She asserts that nothing happened at all.

In their way to their hotel, Gabrielle tells Ricardo that something extraordinary happened in that trip. 4-year-old Sara fell from a boat into the Nile River waters and was rescued by Mr. Perry and Doctor Knox. Mr. Perry, nonetheless, was badly injured-his face got disfigured and Rachel left him shortly afterwards.

Ricardo visits Mr. Sousa at the hospital. Mr. Sousa explains him how he hit his car against the wall. He had an argument with Sara about their future plans-Sara wanted to go to study in the US, but Sousa wanted to continue his Football career in Europe. He left Sara at the party, went to a pub for fifteen minutes and, haunted by remorse, returned to the party. To his arrival he saw Saran kicking the air. He got distressed and pressed the accelerator against his own wish. Based on his testimony, Ricardo persuades Zayed that Sara didn't commit suicide.

Gabrielle goes out with Alfred. She finds out Alfred proposed Sara to marry him, several months ago, but was bluntly rejected. Ricardo, meanwhile, goes to dine with Mr. Baltimore and Petra. They both seem irritated by Ricardo's belief that  Sara was murdered.  Ricardo questions Mr. Baltimore about his personal relationship with his daughter. Mr. Baltimore abandons the dinning room visibly upset. Petra, showing better understanding, is ready to answer to his questions. Ricardo asks her about Eleutheria. Petra is shocked, but still she answers him. Eleutheria is a pro-choice local organisation that believes the world is overpopulated, and animals, rather than children, should be protected.

Zayed informs Ricardo and Gabrielle he has found Mr. Dupin, dead, in a Salford Hotel. His real name was Doctor Philippe, whom Ricardo recognises as a conspicuous French abortion doctor. Ricardo finds a playing card close to his body-the ace of diamonds. He relates the card to the book of R. L. Stevenson. Ricardo and Gabrielle visit Eleutheria's headquarters: a Victorian mansion on the outskirts of Manchester. Gabrielle enters by the main door. She is received by a group of men and women, Rachel, Perry and Petra amongst them. Gabrielle pretends she is pregnant. They treat her with compassion.

Meanwhile, Ricardo sneaks into the second floor. He searches several filing cabinets, until he discovers a piece of paper, where several people wrote and signed "Don't blame anyone." He hears steps approaching and discovers Perry. Ricardo follows him and enters to an immense abortion room, where hundreds of foetuses lie in glass bottles.

Ricardo takes out a gun and surprises Perry. He asks Perry about the murder of Doctor Philippe. Perry confesses that Philippe used to perform illegal abortions for Eleutheria, until someone caught him selling children's organs to pharmaceutical companies from the continent. Eleutheria sentenced him to death. The executor was chosen in secret, through a card game inspired by R.L. Stevenson's short story "The Suicide Club." Next morning Ricardo visits Mrs. Lawn while Gabrielle interviews Sir Weyden. They both have an alibi. In the afternoon Ricardo solves the mystery and asks Zayed to protect Doctor Knox. Too late. Knox has "committed suicide" in jail.

Next day Gabrielle, Ricardo and Zayed attend a community reception organised to celebrate Mr. Sousa's return to the football playground. Ricardo interrupts the celebration to explain the murder of Sara Baltimore... After solving this case, Ricardo and Gabrielle decide to open a Detective office in Manchester.
 Al Qaeda's Wedding Room
22-year old FATIMAH studies in Manchester, where PROFESSOR JOYO proposes her. He harasses her assuring her he will pass her without having to present her final test. Fatima rejects him first. However, Fatimah's friends, 21-year old ANNIE and 22-year old SEAN, snatch her sheet during the test. P. Joyo discovers her and Fatimah decides to marry him for her grade's sake.

Back home 65-year old MAHMET, her stepfather, reminds her that unless she marries him she won't get her Mum's inheritance.  YASMIN, Mahmet’s secret lover, and 60-year old SALIM, Yasmin’s husband, then visit them. Salim, who already filtered with Fatimah, proposes her.  He assures her he will divorce Yasmin on account of her infidelities and of her recent dealings with Al Qaeda.

Fatimah visits P. Joyo and discovers him partying with Sean, Annie and two blonde girls. She is upset and rejects his wedding proposal.  She goes then to Salim and accepts his proposal. She seals her commitment by giving a medal to Salim. Salim lifts Fatimah, suffers a heart attack and gets into coma.

Soon after, Yasmin and Mahmet contact Annie and Sean, who wish to work for Al Qaeda, and order them to bring two bags in the US. P. Joyo comes then after Salim, who has just come back from Coma. They fight and P. Joyo gets the worst part, falling from a second floor onto Mahmet, who instantly dies. Yasmin seduces then P. Joyo, and sends him to the US with an Al Qaeda suitcase.

Two weeks later Fatimah, who studies Opera in Philadelphia, goes with 22-year old DIANE to an audition. Yasmin and 65-year old IMAN OSAMA wait for her. I. Osama has planned to marry Fatimah to a Muslim, and then to use them both to die as martyrs while bombing City Hall.

Yasmin asks Fatimah whether she wants to be the singer of a jazz group conformed by 30-year old TERRY, 35-year old MARTIN and 40-year old STEVE. As she hesitates, Yasmin manages to dismiss Diane. Being brought home by Terry, she discovers on his neck the medal she gave to Salim before. Asked about it, Terry says he got it from a pole dancer. He invites Fatimah her for a date. She accepts.

Annie and Sean arrive then to the US, where they are arrested after customs find cocaine in their luggage. In the meantime P. Joyo smuggles the Al Qaeda suitcase with the help of I. Osama. 55-year old INSPECTOR MACULAY induces Annie to speak. She blames Fatimah and betrays Sean, who goes into prison. Annie gets free and goes straight to Hawaii.

P. Joyo is obliged then to deliver a load of cocaine to the Cancino family, and to switch it in return for a suitcase full of money. Having succeeded, Virginia takes P. Joyo to a hotel. I. Omar takes then P. Joyo's clothes, wears them on and manages to murder 45-year old SEPULVEDA, a gangster from the Cancino family. P. Joyo is wanted then as the main suspect.

Fatimah's date with Terry goes badly, as he brings her to a dangerous place and proposes her. Still Terry manages to save her life from an apparent robber's attack (the robbers are in fact Martin and Steve) and Fatimah, who by then has a liberal view on polygamy, accepts to marry him.

90-year old MRS. CANCINO sets the escape of Sean from prison. Sean is asked to provide then for Fatimah's address. The Cancino family plans to revenge the killing of Sepulveda. They first find P. Joyo, who is saved by a robust NURSE.

Salim agrees with Fatimah's plan to marry two men. Diane, however, opposes to the idea, introducing Martin to Fatimah as a double agent and then revealing her true identity as an FBI agent. At that very moment I. Maculay launches an assault on the house of Fatimah and gets everybody arrested, including the Cancino family.

While questioning Martin, I. Macaulay is informed he has made a mistake by torturing a double FBI agent. I. Macaulay is demoted.

The wedding day arrives and Samantha and Terry step into the upper floor of City Halls' main tower. There they are thrown out from a window by Imam Osama, who runs then and tries to escape with Virginia. They are however captured by the common effort of the FBI, the local police and the Cancino family.

Samantha, who has survived for the moment, hangs from the tower of City Hall. Terry hangs from her dress. P. Joyo tries to save her, but is drawn by the weight. They are saved nonetheless by the Nurse, who after hearing that P. Joyo wants to marry her, takes everybody up to safety. Terry deactivates then the explosive by accident.

Samantha marries Salim and Diane marries Martin.
Son of a Killing

Samuel Field is a 55-year old Colombian-American, veteran of the Vietnam War, who lives in Philadelphia, PA. He shares his life with Beatriz, his mother, who snaps at him continuously for having brought her to the US from her native country.

Samuel gets a visit from Tom, a mysterious man, who proposes him to do a «fine work»: to kill Don Adriano, a gangster of the Puerto-Rican area of the city. Samuel will get money as retribution. But Field is not interested in doing dirty work anymore. He wants to comeback to the battlefield. Tom promises that if he does the killing he will do his best to help him.
 As Samuel plans the killing of Don Adriano he meets Mrs. Monica Tailor, a widow who falsifies documents. Samuel invites her to a date. As he gets ready to go out, his mother nags at him. She is afraid Samuel will forsake her. Beatriz beats him as he leaves the house. That night, Samuel sleeps with Monica.
As Monica gets acquainted with Samuel, she discovers his past. Patricio, Samuel’s father, committed suicide when he was 6-year old. Samuel, then, went to a seminary, where he was raped by a priest. The priest died in an accident days later.

Encouraged by his mother, Samuel decided to learn English and to immigrate to the US. He did so, working as a pizza deliverer for three years. During the Vietnam War he was sized by the emigration authorities, who asked him to choose between deportation or enlistment. He accepted to go to Vietnam for a resident card.
Mrs. Tailor is surprised his country can offer a citizenship in such a way. She wants to write to some journals about it. Samuel asks her to shut up. Certain morning they both go to a n amusing park. A man tries to step over in the row and Samuel beats him with incredible violence. Mrs. Tailor flees in horror.
 Samuel goes to her house, but she rejects her. Back to her house her mother tells him off, asking him to do something with his life. She tells him she was expecting a good son, but instead she got a killer. Samuel leaves her and goes to a bar, where he has sex with a prostitute. He comes back to his house and sleeps on the door hallway, but her mother appears with a belt and whips him. He cries like a child.

Samuel wakes up and wears policeman clothing. He takes a taxi to West Philly and gets out on Chesnut Street with 43rd. He enters to a park, where several dogs run unlashed. A car approaches. An old man goes out with two bodyguards and a dog. While the dog pisses, Samuel greets the bodyguards. They smile at him without suspicion. Samuel takes out his gun and kills the three men. He runs outside. On the path the dog bites him furiously on his arm and his leg. He finally kills the dog. People come around. Samuel enters into the gangster’s car and flees.
He arrives to his house, where his mother asks him why is he bleeding. He meets Mrs. Tailor as well. They reconcile each other. A police siren sounds loudly. Beatriz screams that Mrs. Tailor has betrayed them. Samuel strangles Mrs. Tailor on the spot, encouraged by his mother. The police car goes away.

Samuel, recognizing the innocence of his lover, mumbles against his mother. She demands respect. Her demands become cries of pity as Samuel beats her—amongst flash backs of her beating him when he was a lad. He strangles Beatriz and shoves her cadaver in the oven, which he heats to the highest temperature.
Quiet at his home Samuel cries the whole night. In the morning he takes out the black pieces of his mother’s cadaver. He goes to his bedroom and loads his body with several weapons. He goes to a fast-food restaurant, where he sees people laughing. He shoots his weapon. Fade out.
The police recover Samuel’s cadaver. A TV journalist announces 26 people where slaughtered by Samuel Field, a veteran of the Vietnam War. Apparently Samuel committed suicide when the police surrounded him.


Hugo Santander Ferreira © First Film Productions 2015