Feature | English | USA
Production Status: In Development
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Tagline: Destiny doesn't happen by accident.
Logline: What if you were able to extend your allotment of time on this earth forever? CHARLES and MARIE DUBOIS have been given this opportunity and when they accidentally meet JIM BROOKS, a pilot/architect, they offer him a chance at eternal life and love. Will he take it? Would you?
Production Company: MediaFusion Entertainment & Airworthy Films
Writer/Executive Producer: Robert Pelt
Producer: Carol Bidault de l'Isle / MediaFusion Entertainment
Executive Producer: Diane Pelt
Associate Producers: Nancy Puetz, Susan Axton
Similar films: BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY & BEGUILED
Budget: $2.5 million USD
This story comes from out of the blue, literally. On a Friday afternoon in the skies over Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin, JIM BROOKS is confronted with a massive thunderstorm and decides to land in a remote tobacco field.
Following a safe landing, Jim seeks assistance at a nearby antebellum home where he meets siblings MARIE and CHARLES DUBOIS, owners of the tobacco field and thousands of the surrounding acres. Both Dubois are hospitable at first; Marie is welcoming yet mysterious. But Charles turns from gracious to belligerent when he determines the extent of the damage to his tobacco crop; the sailplane, having landed within days of the harvest, has destroyed over $40,000 of tobacco. Charles demands full payment, and in cash. Jim’s sailplane will be held “hostage” until payment is made.
Marie isn’t so concerned about the tobacco; she sees Jim’s accidental landing as her destiny and a fortuitous opportunity, for she quickly falls in love. Jim is mutually attracted to Marie, but he’s more preoccupied with retrieving his sailplane. In an effort to change Jim’s focus from the sailplane to her, Marie shares a family secret with Jim: she and her brother make and take an elixir that has kept them alive since the mid-nineteenth century and may do so indefinitely. After listening to Marie’s strange tale, Jim becomes incredulous and believes that Charles and Marie are out to swindle him.
Jim refuses to pay Charles the ransom or to believe Marie’s story of eternal life. Instead he enlists the help of a friend, HARRY JACOBS. Harry is a former Army Ranger and Vietnam vet; together they devise a brazen plan to extract the aircraft from the Dubois farm by force. However the plan ultimately fails, leaving Jim in more trouble with the Dubois and realizing that his chances of recovering the sailplane are slipping away. But just as all seems lost, fate steps in when Charles suffers a farm accident. While her brother is hospitalized, Marie calls Jim and asks him to remove the sailplane -- with ransom payment waived. Back at the Dubois farm, a neighbor tells Jim that the Dubois will need help in harvesting the remaining tobacco. Jim and Harry volunteer to help.
When Marie learns of this act of kindness, she is deeply touched and convinces Charles to make Jim the offer of a lifetime. So Charles confides with Jim that after 160 years of life he now seeks eternal rest. The bargain is simple marry Marie, take their mysterious elixir, and live forever on the Dubois farm. Although Jim’s relationship with Marie has been short and tenuous, he has also fallen in love. Jim accepts the bargain, but as with many bargains, you can get more than you bargained for. The truth is that Charles is miserable, and we all know misery loves company.
The Allotment is a film that explores the mysteries of flying sailplanes and growing Perique tobacco, with the themes of eternal life, family and love - and with a very unusual humor.