Secret Pop

Apr 13, 2005

I live in the movies.

I'm no big fan of Vanessa Paradis. Not just because she landed Johnny Depp. But sure that's part of it. However, I am a fan of French cinema. Because I am a pretentious jerk. And because much of the time it is good. And also because you can't always tell that a movie isn't good when you're hearing the acting in another language. Especially a language as lovely as French. Which I studied for a number of years but never had much cause to use.

I recently saw The Girl on the Bridge, and I scribbled down a little bit of dialogue from it. Because I loved the sound of it.

Adèle (Vanessa Paradis): I'm not used to it yet.
Gabor (Daniel Auteuil): To what?
Adèle: Saying no. I'll have to control myself. It's like quitting smoking. The first week is the toughest. Then you get over it.
Gabor: Try chewing gum.
Adèle: Somehow I can't stop. Boys attract me like beautiful clothes. I always want to try them on. Am I abnormal?
Gabor: Not especially. You just need some guidance.
Adèle: Where to? Wherever I go, I seem to take the wrong road.
Gabor: There's no wrong road. Only bad company. I'll make you into somebody. Do you know what that means? Somebody who laughs and takes life with ease. You'll be Cinderella, Farrah, Diba, Queen of the Night.
Adèle: What'll I do in the day?
[he smiles]

Gabor is a knife-thrower who needs a human target for his show. Adèle is a girl he finds on a bridge contemplating suicide. Why can't more movies be about such things and fewer of them have Sandra Bullock in them?

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