– 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)


– Yeah, well, adjust your goals, not the world.

– Is that the same advice you’d give Pen?

– No! She’s young. She should change the world any chance she gets.

(Ralph Fiennes and Matthias Schoenaerts in “A Bigger Splash” by Luca Guadagnino, 2015)


– It’s like this. You wake up. Then you watch TV. You get in the car, then you listen to the radio. Then you go to you little job or your little school but we’re not gonna hear about that on the 6pm news.

Why? Because nothing is really happening

Then you go home and watch some more TV. Or maybe it’s a fun night, and you go out and you watch a movie. I mean it’s got so bad, that half the time the people on TV, inside the TV, they’re watching TV. And what are all these people watching?

People like me.

And what are all you doing right now? You’re watching me. Don’t you think you would have changed the channel by now if all I did was getting “A” in geometry?

(Ezra Miller in “We Need to Talk About Kevin” by Lynne Ramsay, 2011)

A confused patient

– I mean, you’re a doctor, right? Am I dying? Can you tell me that?
– No.
– No, you can’t tell me?
– I can’t tell you.
– You can’t tell me if you can’t tell me?
– No.
– No, you can’t tell me… because you’re not allowed to?
– No.

(Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Synecdoche, New York” by Charlie Kaufman, 2008)

Sing it to me baby…

– Have you got a stutter?
– Y-y-yeah. A b-b-bit.
– OK, fine. Don’t worry, don’t worry. Do you know where they’ve gone?
– Y-y-y…
– Fine, fine. Where?
– The Ca… Hotel.
– Hotel? Which hotel?
– Ca… The Ca… The Ca… The Ca…
– Go on.
– Ca-ca-ca…
– All right. Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. Slowly. Very slowly. Slowly.
– The C… The Ca… The C… The Ca…
– No hurry.
– The C-C-Ca…
– Sing it. Sing.
– # The Ca… The Ca… The Ca… The Ca… Ca…
– Plenty of time.
– # Ca… Ca… The Ca…
– Oh, come on! Sorry. I’m sorry. Um… All right, wait.
– # The Ca… The…
– Here. Write it. Cathcart Towers Hotel?
– Cathcart Towers Hotel.

(John Cleese and Michael Palin in “A Fish Called Wanda” by Charles Crichton and John Cleese, 1988)

The Dude

– All the Dude ever wanted was his rug back.

I’ m not greedy.

It really… tied the room together.


Darkness washed over the Dude. Darker than a black steer’s tookus on a moonless prairie night. There was no bottom.


(Jeff Bridges in “The Big Lebowski” by the Coen brothers, 1998)