Sooooo…I smoked some weed last night and came up with a fully formed screenplay idea while listening to A Fine Frenzy - One Cell in the Sea (2007).
It’s a queer cottage-core sci-fi romance.
I didn’t want to second guess anything, so below is the unedited and somewhat incoherent synopsis I wrote while high.
My question to you is…would you watch this movie?
Two species of alien live on the same planet. They are biologically incompatible with each other. Competition and a millennia of evolution that has them perfectly matched reinforce the idea that procreation and the survival of their species is sacred above all.
Their biology, religion, and social structures all condemn extra-species and same sex relationships, because they don’t result in procreation. The males of the species actually gestate and carry the children. And because of the competition, the more children a man has, the more respected he is.
They live in a technologically advanced agrarian society - because they need to feed and care for their numerous offspring. Sure, their world is being destroyed by over-population, but neither side will yield, lest they be overtaken and destroyed by “the other”.
Two married females of opposite species fall in love. A doubly condemned pairing. They’re both married to high ranking politicians, which often puts them in each other’s orbit.
They decide to run away with each other, and are quite literally hunted by their husband’s security forces. Deeply closeted people help them along the way, and they make it to a cottage hideout. It’s heaven…until they’re found. They can go back, be constantly monitored, and act like nothing happened to save face, or they can die.
Neither wants the other to give up her life. They decide to survive, and go back to their lives. But they can’t stay apart for long. When one of them learns of a rumored sanctuary island owned by a reclusive billionaire, they decide to risk their lives for a chance at peace.
Surprisingly, one of their husbands helps them. He searched for her because he didn’t know the circumstances of her disappearance. But now that he knows how determined she is to be free, he helps because he truly loves her and just wants her to be happy.
The journey is hard. They are tested in ways they never imagined. They encounter impossible joy and terrible sadness.
But they make it.
They aren’t the same naive women that started the journey. They’ve been through hell, survived, and won their freedom to live.