Woman in the Dunes (1964)
Entomologist Niki Jumpei: Do you shovel to survive, or survive to shovel?
Entomologist Niki Jumpei: The certificates we use to make certain of one another: contracts, licenses, ID cards, permits, deeds, certifications, registrations, carry permits, union cards, testimonials, bills, IOUs, temporary permits, letters of consent, income statements, certificates of custody, even proof of pedigree. Is that all of them? Have I forgotten any? Men and women are slaves to their fear of being cheated. In turn they dream up new certificates to prove their innocence.
Man: It's like building a house in the water when ships exist. Why insist on a house?
Woman: You want to go home too.
Man: It's useless. The sand can swallow up cities and countries, if it wants to.