... She falls to the floor, hands clasping the hot sand. She pulls herself up, a red gown clinging to her shivering form. Stares at the tears on her expensive garment, horror- struck. She glances back at the vehicle.
WOMAN (V.O.) (CONT'D) (in French) It can defy a God...
INT. BRETT’S MASTER BEDROOM - THE DAY BEFORE
CLOSE UP on a cherished green masquerade mask resting on a book shelf.
Sophie is sitting in the corner of the room in a chair, biting her curled thumb. Stares at the mask intently. She is wearing a man’s buttoned-up white shirt, the bottom pulled over her knees, supporting her chin. There is a freshly lit cigarette slumped into an ash tray next to her, with the smoke playfully rising up.
INT. BALL ROOM - MASQUERADE PARTY (FLASHBACK) - NIGHT
An elegant array of brightly colored decor looms in the background of a crowded ball room. Costumed PARTY GUESTS are seen networking in the social event of the year. The loud BUZZ OF VOICES are heard mixing with the CLASSICAL MUSIC playing...