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And no matter what lies ahead 

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This film cuts between reality and memories as a woman drives along a road. Within the film use the device of the woman getting older to show life’s journey. The journeys we see are separate, individual ones, that make up life’s continuous journey. This is not one continuous car drive or journey through the night.

Open on a contemporary architecture firm at night. The office is mostly empty, besides a few people working late. We focus on LEILA (31) Ambitious. Soulful. Her mind wanders as she scans the blueprints of a building. The pulse of light from the large-format scanner triggers a memory – Visceral fleeting moments (1st person POV): Sunlight pulses through long grass. An eager dog runs in circles through a meadow. A girl and a boy (6 & 8) play in a nearby stream. They shriek with laughter as they splash their father (36). An old man (70) watches from a kitchen garden where he tends a vegetable patch. He gives a warm smile, amused by the scene.

We cut back to Leila in the office. A reflective smile, it’s a memory she holds dear. After a beat she picks up her jacket and leaves. It’s a calling.

Cut to an alleyway as a car, driven by Leila, emerges from an underground car park and pulls away into the night. She drives through the city streets and we cut to Leila driving through the night along an endless highway. Her eyes are fixed on the road ahead as thoughts run through her mind. The rhythmic pulse of amber streetlight and shadow play across her face. We cut back to her fleeting memory –

Sunlight pulses through long grass. An eager dog runs in circles through a meadow. A girl and a boy play in a nearby stream. They splash their father and shriek with laughter. Then...

Cut back to Leila as streetlight continues to play across her face and we realize she’s aged slightly.

Back on the road, Leila drives through the countryside. We notice that she’s aged further; crows-feet and a few strands of grey.

Her memory again, but it’ s becoming less vivid: A girl and a boy play in a stream. They shriek with laughter as they splash their father.

Cut to an epic wide (drone shot). We follow Leila’s car as it snakes its way through a majestic Highland valley. Up ahead an electrical storm pulses through leaden clouds. Cut to – Rain pounding the windscreen. Leila’s hands grip the wheel and they’re noticeably more wrinkled.

Cut to Leila pulling over to the side of the road. And steps out into the rain. She looks up to the heavens and closes her eyes, enjoying the sensation of the raindrops on her face. Lost in a moment of calm acceptance.

Her memory again, but it’ s becoming less vivid: A girl and a boy play in a stream. They shriek with laughter as they splash their father.

Cut to a flooded village street. A piece of furniture floats by, then we see a boy-racer sitting on the roof of his submerged car. Then...

A boat rows past, carrying an elderly woman and her worldly possessions. She’s wrapped in a blanket, clutching a framed family photograph and has tears in her eyes. They share a compassionate look and Leila wells up herself; triggering her now faded memory... We see Leila in darkness as her memory plays out again, but it’s becoming less vivid.

Cut to a figure appearing through the dawn mist. It’s Leila, ambling up a hill, hunched against the cold. Her breath is visible in the crisp morning air. She stops and looks around but doesn’t seem worried. She pauses at an old stone wall.

As Leila rounds the side of the house she sees her memory play out before her in reality...

... An eager dog runs in circles through long grass. A girl and a boy play in a nearby stream. They shriek with laughter as they splash their father. On seeing Leila they wave a heartfelt hello and she embraces and plays with them. The old man hugs her. We realize that this is Leila’s husband, son and grand children. We hold on her reaction, a moment of deep gratitude, and love. Leila wasn’t travelling further away from her past, but closer to her future.

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