– 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)

Ich kann nicht wählen!

– Shut up, enough! I told you to shut up. Make a choice.

– Don’t make me choose! I can’t!

– I’ll send them both over there!

– I can’t choose!

– Take both children away! Move!

– Take my little girl! Take my baby!

(Karlheinz Hackl and Meryl Streep in “Sophie’s Choice” by Alan J. Pakula, 1982)

Eternally yours

– Joely? What if you stayed this time?
– I walked out the door… There’s no memory left.
– Come back and make up a good-bye, at least. Let’s pretend we had one… Bye, Joel.
– I love you.
– (whispering) Meet me in Montauk.

(Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” by Michel Gondry, 2004)

So longed for and deserved

– But what sense of hope, or satisfaction, could a reader derive from an ending like that?
So, in the book, I wanted to give Robbie and Cecilia what they lost out on in life.
I’d like to think this isn’t weakness or evasion, but a final act of kindness.

I gave them their happiness.

(Vanessa Redgrave in “Atonement” by Joe Wright, 2007)

All the voices in your head…

“Gloria, faltas en el aire
falta tu presencia, cálida inocencia
faltas en mi boca, que sin querer te nombra
y escribiré mi historia, con la palabra Gloria
Porque aquí a tu lado
la mañana se ilumina
la verdad y la mentira
se llaman Gloriaaaaa…”

(Paulina García in “Gloria” by Sebastián Lelio, 2013)

You always deal in appearances?

– You’re all flops. I am the Earth Mother, and you are all flops. I disgust me. You know, there’s only been one man in my whole life who’s ever made me happy. You know that? One.
– What, the gym instructor or something?
– No, no, no, no. George. My husband?
– You’re kidding.
– Am I?
– You must be! Him?
– Yep.
– George, sure!
– You don’t believe it.
– Well, of course I do!
– You always deal in appearances?
– Oh, for God’s sake.
– George, who is out somewhere there in the dark. Who is good to me. Whom I revile. Who can keep learning the games we play as quickly as I can change them. Who can make me happy and I do not wish to be happy. Yes, I do wish to be happy. George and Martha — sad, sad, sad. Whom I will not forgive for having come to rest, for having seen me and having said, “Yes, this will do”. Who has made the hideous, the hurting, the insulting mistake of loving… me. And must be punished for it. George and Martha — sad, sad, sad. Some day, hah! Some night, some stupid, liquor-ridden night, I will go too far and I’ll either break the man’s back or I’ll push him off for good which is what I deserve.

(Elizabeth Taylor and George Segal in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” by Mike Nichols, 1966)