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All Quotes by author - Claire Denis
" A career for me is something like building a bridge. You know, where to put the lifts. You have a plan. I have a blueprint for each film, but not for my life. "
" A father who sees his daughter leave in the arms of another man does not feel the same as a mother. It is heartrending for her, too. But it is not the same. "
" A film takes a lot of time, and yet not enough to share with the people you're making the movie with, I think. "
" Africa is no more this poor continent. It's on the march. "
" Because TV is mostly close up, it has to be fast. And because it has to be fast, you don't have time to explain completely, by a sequence shot, what's happening between people. So instead of experiencing what's happening, say, when a couple is dancing, dialogue is used to explain. "
" 'Chocolat' was a sort of statement of my own childhood, recognizing I experienced something from the end of the colonial era and the beginning of independence as I was a child that really made me aware of things I never forgot - a sort of childhood that made me different when I was a student in France. "
" Filmmaking creates a sort of - trust, maybe. It has led me to a group of people I feel good with. We have something in common because of film, when otherwise we might have nothing. "
" For some reason, I have always been interested in the stories of people who are exiled and who are deprived of rights. My main motive to make a film is to keep the society in mind and the hospitality adhered. "
" Growing up outside your own country makes you feel that you don't belong when you return, so you feel free to make friends with whomever you like. "
" I always thought of Djibouti as a place where human history hasn't really begun yet - or perhaps it's already over. There's something in the landscape that's stronger than human civilisation. There's no agriculture, for example, and there are live volcanoes. "
" I always thought Vincent Lindon had a sexy body, a body you can trust, a solid body you can lean on. "
" I am always asked, 'You grew up in Africa?' Every time I introduce a film, or I'm interviewed, 'You grew up in Africa?' "
" I am not at all interested in theories about cinema. I am only interested in images and people and sound. I am really a very simple person. "
" I am the eldest child; it's lonely at the top. "
" I can be unkind to someone in the street or in the subway - I'm a bad-tempered person - but I'm unable to be unkind to a character. They exist because of me, and I have responsibility for them. "
" I can't imagine a society with absolutely no solidarity. For me, it's a nightmare. And I don't want to live in a place like that. "
" I didn't foresee my career. Things happen. "
" I don't know - music in film, for me, is not another part of a soundtrack; it is something that also helps to approach a character, to foresee the type of image - you see what I mean - it's like a part of the process. "
" I don't remember being afraid of anything in making films. "
" I don't think I see the way bodies move in any special way. People say I do, but everybody moves. I don't see why all of a sudden I'm a specialist in the way bodies move. "
" I don't want to be mysterious. "
" I hate family pressures and family responsibilities. I'm more comfortable as a stranger. I always imagined I could just live in a hotel. I'm afraid of family. "
" I hate the idea of growing accustomed to someone and being faithful. "
" I hate the victimization of women, always. "
" I have no relationship to the French bourgeoisie. I don't like connecting with them. "
" I have very strong relationships with my actors when I'm shooting. When you love an actor's work, you always feel you have to go further, and you make several films together. One film just gives you time to get acquainted. "
" I listen to a lot of different kinds of music. "
" I long to make films. I'm dying to be inside the next film. I always hope there will be another film. "
" I'm a very sinister person. "
" I'm not a tacky person, I think. "
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