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] First Title Card
: In Prague, in 1968, there lived a young doctor named Tomas... Tomas
: Take off your clothes.
[line recurs several times during film
: I must go. Sabina
: Don't you ever spend the night at the woman's place? Tomas
: Never! Sabina
: What about when the woman's at your place? Tomas
: I tell her I have insomnia... anything. Besides, I have a very narrow bed. Sabina
: Are you afraid of women, Doctor? Tomas
: Of course.
: Tomas, what are you thinking? Tomas
: I'm thinking how happy I am.
: [referring to her dog
] Karenin prefers Mephisto to dogs. She thinks other dogs are silly. Tomas
: [Mephisto snorts and Tomas inhales the aroma of the food
] Ha-ha. Pavel
: Do you know why I love Mephisto? Because he's very bright, but, at the same time,
[gesturing for emphasis
: he doesn't know anything! After all, he doesn't know that life is impossible here now. Nothing left here. The church is gone.
: No place to drink beer now.
[he drinks his bottle of beer very quickly
: It's good... very good.
: If you ever change your mind, it won't be easy to leave.
: You can sleep. Sleep in my arms. Like a baby bird. Like a broom among brooms... in a broom closet. Like a tiny parrot. Like a whistle. Like a little song. A song sung by a forest... within a forest... a thousand years ago.