Clouds of Sils Maria
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Maria: I read your script.
Young Filmmaker: ... I actually wrote it with you in mind.
Maria: As a mutant?
Filmmaker: I'm trying to consider genetics from a more human point of view.
Maria: When I was reading it, I imagined someone much younger...you were seeing me in movies that were made years ago, I...I've changed. ....Can I be frank? Maybe because I'm working with her, but...as I was reading it, I... I kept thinking about Jo-Ann.... she's smart, and talented. She's modern, just like your character.
Filmmaker: My character isn't modern, not in that way, anyway. She's... outside of time.
Maria: "Outside of time." I don't understand, it's too abstract for me, sorry.
Filmmaker: I don't like this era.
Maria: You're wrong, it's yours.
Filmmaker: Hey, man, I didn't choose it. And if my era is Jo-Ann Ellis and viral internet scandals, I think I'm entitled to feel unrelated, aren't I? I mean, it's nothing against her, I guess I just assumed you'd understand.
Maria: "Excel and to know how to show it, is to be excelled twice." Baltasar Gracian said that.
Valentine: I have no idea who that is, but he was right.
Valentine: At 20, you saw Sigrid's ambition and you saw her violence because you felt this in yourself.
Valentine: So, what I'm saying... it...this text is like an object. it's gonna change perspective based on where you're standing.
Jo-Ann: Well, no one really gives a freak about Helena at that point, do they? I'm sorry, but, I mean, it's pretty clear to me, this poor woman's all washed up. I mean your character, right, not you? When Sigrid leaves Helena's office, Helena's a wreck, and we get it, ya know, it time to move on. I think they want what comes next.
Maria: Honestly, you don't find this ridiculous?
Valentine: Why, because she speaks brutally?
Maria: No, because it's phony, I don't believe it.
Valentine: So you don't think people can be blinded by their own emotions?
Maria: Yes, I do, but not to that extent. Too theoretical. Even a little stupid.
Valentine: It's theater. It's an interpretation of life that can be truer than life itself.
Valentine: Well, don't you want to get that innocence back?
Maria: You can't get innocent twice.
Valentine: You can. If you just accepted Helena the way you accepted Sigrid.
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