– Valentin, I’m so tired. I’m tired of suffering.

– You’re not the only one they’ve hurt.

– You don’t know. I hurt so much inside.

– Where does it hurt you?

– In my neck and shoulders.

– Why does the sadness always jam up in the same spot?

(William Hurt and Raul Julia in “Kiss of the Spider Woman” by Hector Babenco, 1985)


To ancient evenings and distant music…

Oh, no!

The words were inside of me.

I was wrong, Robert. I was wrong to stay, but I can’t go. Let me tell you again why I can’t go. Tell me again why I should go.

I heard his voice coming back to me: “This kind of certainty comes but once in a lifetime.”

(Meryl Streep in “The Bridges of Madison County” by Clint Eastwood, 1995)


Mes amours,

Où commence votre histoire? À votre naissance? Alors, elle commence dans l’horreur.

À la naissance de votre père? Alors, elle commence dans une grande histoire d’amour.

Moi, je dis que votre histoire commence avec une promesse, celle de briser le fil de la colère. Grâce à vous, je réussis enfin aujourd’hui à la tenir. Le fil est rompu. Et je peux enfin prendre le temps de vous bercer… de vous chanter doucement une berceuse pour vous consoler.

Rien n’est plus beau que d’être ensemble.

Je vous aime.

Votre mère,



(Lubna Azabal in “Incendies” by Denis Villeneuve, 2010)

Renouncing all possible lives

– There is no life without you…

– Shshsh… Go slowly… I have to get used to it… I talked to you so much when you weren’t there it’s so strange for me… to talk to you for real!

   I need some time, Nemo.

  When we were separated at 15, I said I would never love anyone else. Ever. I would never become attached. I’d never see you put anywhere. I’d have nothing for myself. I decided I would pretend  to be alive. And this is what I’ve been waiting for. All this time…

Renouncing all possible lives, for one only … With you.

But I’m not used to it anymore. You know … Love … I mean. I’m afraid of losing you again, I’m afraid of having to do without you again… I… I’m terrified of that.

(Jared Leto and Diane Kruger in “Mr. Nobody” by Jaco Van Dormael, 2009)

Live and Let Die

– Sometimes life can only really begin with the knowledge of death

That it can all end, even when you least wanted to.

The important thing in life is to believe that while you are alive is never too late.

(Adrien Brody in “The Jacket” by John Maybury, 2005)


– I need to know who you are. Why did you help us?

– How can I become king, if king is still in place?

(Naomi Watts and Viggo Mortensen in “Eastern Promises” by David Cronenberg, 2007)

And be loved

Όσλο, 31 Αυγούστου.

Ταινιάρα του 2011 από τον Joachim Trier σε σενάριο επηρεσμένο από το μυθιστόρημα “Le feu follet” του 1931, με έναν εξαιρετικό Anders Danielsen Lie στο ρόλο του αυτοκτονικού καταθλιπτικού πρώην (!) πρεζάκια που παίρνει μια μέρα άδεια από το κέντρο αποτοξίνωσης, για να πάει σε μια συνέντευξη για δουλειά και βρίσκει έτσι την ευκαιρία να συναντήσει παλιούς φίλους και να προσπαθήσει να κλείσει κάποιους λογαριασμούς…. Ο Άντερς σε καποια φάση κάθεται μόνος του σε ένα καφέ και ακούει τούς γύρω του να συνομιλούν, όπου μια κοπέλα λέει σε μια φίλη της τι εύχεται για να πετύχει στη ζωή της:

I want to marry, have kids.

Travel the world. Buy a house.

Have romantic holidays.

Eat only ice cream for a day.

Live abroad.

Reach and maintain my ideal weight.

Write a great novel.

Stay in touch with old friends.

I want to plant a tree.

Make a delicious dinner from scatch.

Feel completely successful.

Go ice-bathing, swim with dolphins.

Have a birthday party, a proper one.

Live to be a hundred.

Stay married until I die.

Send an exciting message in a bottle and get an equally interesting reply.

Overcome all my fears and phobias.

Lie watching the clouds all day.

Have an old house full of knickknacks.

Run a full marathon.

Read a book that’s so great I’ll remember quotes from it all my life.

Paint stunning pictures that show how I really feel.

Cover a wall with paintings and words close to my heart.

Own all the seasons of my favourite shows.

Attract attention to an important issue, make people listen to me.

Go skydiving, skinny-dipping, fly a helicopter.

Have a good job I look forward to every day.

I want a romantic, unique proposal.

Sleep beneath open skies.

Hike on Besseggen, act in a film or play at the National Theatre.

Win a fortune in the lottery.

Make useful everyday items.

And be loved.

Ο Άντερς ρίχνει μια τελευταία ματιά στην κοπέλα και σηκώνεται και φεύγει από το καφέ…

(Anders Danielsen Lie in “Oslo August 31st” by Joachim Trier, 2011)

αγάπην δε μη έχω, ουδέν ειμί

Εάν ταις γλώσσαις των ανθρώπων λαλώ και των αγγέλων, αγάπην δε μη έχω, γέγονα χαλκός ηχών ή κύμβαλον αλαλάζον.

Και εάν έχω προφητείαν και ειδώ τα μυστήρια πάντα και πάσαν την γνώσιν,

και εάν έχω πάσαν την πίστιν, ώστε όρη μεθιστάνειν, αγάπην δε μη έχω, ουδέν ειμί.


Νυνί δε μένει πίστις, έλπίς, αγάπη, τα τρία ταύτα μείζων δε τούτων η αγάπη.

(Juliette Binoche in “Trois couleurs: Bleu” by Krzysztof Kieslowski)

Μαζί ή τίποτα

– How’s the trial going?

– They’ll get their punishment, I promise you.

(Samia Muriel Chancrin and Diane Kruger in “Aus dem Nichts” by Fatih Akin, 2017)