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Madame de Tourvel (Character)
from Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

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Cruel Intentions (1999)
Annette: People shouldn't experience the act of love until they are in love.

Sebastian: I read your manifesto.
Annette: You did?
Sebastian: Yes. I must say, I found it rather... appalling.
Annette: That's a first. Most people praise me for it.
Sebastian: Most people are sheep. Who are you to criticize something you've never experienced?
Annette: I wasn't criticizing. I just think people shouldn't experience the act of love until they are in love and I just don't think people our age are mature enough to experience those kinds of emotions.
Sebastian: Are you a lesbian?
Annette: No...
Sebastian: I didn't mean to offend you. I just picked up on a little bit of that lesbian vibe.

Sebastian: Why can't we be together?
Annette: You wanna know why? Because I don't trust myself with you.

Annette: I don't believe you.
Sebastian: There's something I have to tell you.
Annette: Tell me.
Sebastian: This isn't working out for me anymore.
Annette: [not taking Sebastian seriously] Yeah, me neither.
[kisses Sebastian and he doesn't respond]
Annette: What's wrong?
Sebastian: It's not you. It's me... I'm completely fucked up.
Annette: What are you saying?
Sebastian: I thought I was in love with you but it was just a lie.I wanted it to work but unfortunately, I feel nothing.
Annette: Why are you doing this?
Sebastian: I just... I just wanted to see what you were like in bed.
Annette: You don't mean that.
Sebastian: You know nothing. You don't even know me!The fact of the matter is, there is someone I love. You don't even compare to her.
Sebastian: I don't know how to make this any clearer to you. You mean nothing to me!You were just... You were just a conquest.
Annette: You're such a coward.Look at yourself! You're shaking! Is that what you came to tell me?
Sebastian: I'm sorry. I'm completely...
Annette: Yeah, you're completely fucked up!Get out!
Annette: Get out!
Annette: [Sebastian tries to touch Annette] Don't touch me! Don't touch me!
[Tries to touch her again]
Annette: Don't fucking touch me Sebastian!
[Slaps Sebastian around the face]
Annette: Just leave
[after Sebastian leaves Annette starts crying]

Sebastian: I can't win with you.
Annette: It's not all about winning, Sebastian.

Annette: You know what your problem is? You take yourself way too seriously.
Sebastian: I do not.
Annette: You should lighten up.
Sebastian: I am lightened, can we drop this?
Annette: Okay.
[Makes a face at Sebastian]
Sebastian: Will you stop that?
Annette: [Continues to make a face]
Sebastian: Stop, it's distracting
[starts to laugh]
Annette: Are you laughing?
Sebastian: [seriously] No.
Annette: No?
[Makes another face, Sebastian begins to laugh and then regains control]
Annette: Its okay you can laugh, I promise I won't tell anyone.

Annette: I'm impressed.
Sebastian: Well, I'm in love.

Helen Rosemont: Sebastian, I want you to meet Annette.
Sebastian: Well, well.
Annette: Hello.
Helen Rosemont: She'll be staying with me for a while.
Sebastian: I guess that makes two of us. Aunt Helen, why don't you go inside and whip us up some of that iced tea of yours. I'll... tend to Annette.
Helen Rosemont: All right. You two don't get into any trouble.
Annette, Sebastian: We won't.

Annette: I wouldn't expect a man of your experience to understand my beliefs.
Sebastian: [taken off-guard] Uh... what's THAT supposed to mean?
Annette: I've been very well-informed of your reputation.
Sebastian: What have you heard?
Annette: That you promise girls the world in order to get them in bed with you.
Sebastian: [after a pause; more stunned] Who told you this?
Annette: A friend wrote me.
Sebastian: That's a little tacky.
Annette: Why do you sound so surprised? It's the truth isn't it?
Sebastian: [walks away; shrugs] If you say so.

Annette: I don't know. Relationships seem too distracting. I'd rather concentrate on my studies.

Annette: I don't know if this'll help. But sometimes when I'm feeling down, I turn to Jesus and he helps me through it.
Kathryn: Thank you.
Annette: All right, well, I'll see you around campus.
Kathryn: Looking forward to it... Freak.

Annette: [on the phone] What are you reading?
Sebastian: A Tale of Two Cities.
Annette: Oh, I love Dickins.
Sebastian: Me too. Hang on its the other line.
[turns to the two hookers on his bed. One is in a thong the other has her hand on the first one's butt]
Sebastian: Keep stroking.
[talk to Annette]
Sebastian: Sorry, that was my mom.

Annette: How can someone so charming be so manipulative?

Annette: [Reciting lines from the letter written to her warning her to stay away from Sebastian] Even more treacherous than he is attractive, he has never uttered a single word without some dishonorable intention. Every woman he has successfully pursued has regretted it. Stay away from him.

Valmont (1989)
Baroness: Are you hinting that I could be unfaithful to my husband?
Valmont: Not now. But if you were alone...
Madame de Tourvel: Monsier Valmont, you simply don't understand women.
Baroness: You're right. Look, if a woman wants a little adventure, she doesn't need to be alone.
[looking straight at her husband]
Baroness: She can manage it perfectly well right under her husbands nose.

Valmont: You must be an exceptional woman.
Madame de Tourvel: No, not exceptional. Why?
Valmont: Love a husband, and he's never there.
Madame de Tourvel: Do you married, Mr. Valmont?
Valmont: No, I'm in love.
Madame de Tourvel: You're in love?
Valmont: Yes.
Madame de Tourvel: Then why aren't you with her?
Valmont: I am with her. I'm talking to her right now.

Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
Madame Marie de Tourvel: I'm beginning to think you may have planned the whole exercise.
Vicomte de Valmont: I had no idea you were staying here! Not that it would have disturbed me in the slightest if I had known. You see, until I met you, I had only ever experienced desire. Love, never.
Madame Marie de Tourvel: That's enough.
Vicomte de Valmont: No, no, you made an accusation and you must allow me the opportunity to defend myself! Now, I'm not going to deny that I was aware of your beauty. But the point is, this has nothing to do with your beauty. As I got to know you, I began to realize that beauty was the least of your qualities. I became fascinated by your goodness. I was drawn in by it. I didn't understand what was happening to me. And it was only when I began to feel actual, physical pain every time you left the room that it finally dawned on me: I was in love, for the first time in my life. I knew it was hopeless, but that didn't matter to me. And it's not that I want to have you. All I want is to deserve you. Tell me what to do. Show me how to behave. I'll do anything you say.

Madame de Rosemonde: I'm sorry to say this, but, those who are most worthy of love are never made happy by it.
Madame Marie de Tourvel: But, why? Why should that be?
Madame de Rosemonde: Do you still think men love the way we do? No... men enjoy the happiness they feel. We can only enjoy the happiness we give. They are not capable of devoting themselves exclusively to one person. So to hope to be made happy by love is a certain cause of grief.