Vivre Sa Vie (1962) Poster


Anna Karina: Nana Kleinfrankenheim



  • Nana : The more we talk, the less the words mean.

  • Nana : Why must one always talk? Often one shouldn't talk, but live in silence.

  • Nana : Shouldn't love be the only truth?

    The Philosopher : For that, love would always have to be true.

  • Nana : Suddenly I don't know what to say. It happens to me a lot. I think first about whether they're the right words. But when the moment comes to speak, I can't say it. Why must one always talks? I think one should often just keep quiet, live in silence. The more one talks, the less the words mean.

  • Nana : I think we're always responsible for our actions. We're free. I raise my hand - I'm responsible. I turn my head to the right - I'm responsible. I'm unhappy - I'm responsible. I smoke a cigarette - I'm responsible. I shut my eyes - I'm responsible. I forget that I'm responsible, but I am. I told you escape is a pipe dream. After all, everything is beautiful. You only have to take an interest in things, see their beauty. It's true. After all, things are just what they are. A face is a face. Plates are plates. Men are men. And life, is life.

  • Nana : Words should express just what one wants to say.

  • Nana : What do you care? What do you care? What do you care? What do you care?

    Paul : Something bothering you?

    Nana : No, I just wanted to deliver that line a specific way. I didn't know the best way to say it. Or I did know, but I don't anymore. Just when I should know, too.

  • Nana : What do you think about love?

    The Philosopher : The body had to come into it, and indeed, Leibniz introduced the contingent. Contingent truths and necessary truths make up life. German philosophy show us that in life, one thinks with the constraints and errors of life. One must manage with that. It's true.

  • Nana : It's exhausting loving you. I always have to beg. I exist too.

  • Nana : I'm not giving up. In fact, that guy's going to take pictures of me. Maybe I"ll get into the movies.

  • Dimitri : How much?

    Nana : 3,000. 5,000 if I undress.

  • Dimitri : What's your name?

    Elisabeth : Elizabeth. Like the Queen of England.

    Nana : Shall I strip too?

    Dimitri : Actually, don't bother.

    Nana : So you don't need me anymore?

    Dimitri : I don't know. Like that.

  • Nana : It's funny. Suddenly I don't know what to say. It happens to me a lot. I know what I want to say. I think first about whether they're the right words. But when the moment comes to speak, I can't say it.

  • The Philosopher : Have you read, "The Three Musketeers"?

    Nana : No. But, I saw the movie. Why?

    The Philosopher : Because in it, Porthos - actually, this is from "Twenty Years Later" - Porthos is tall, strong, and a little dense. He's never had a thought in his life. He has to place a bomb in a cellar to blow it up. He does it. He places the bomb, lights the fuse, and starts to run away. But just then he begins to think. About what? How it's possible to put one foot in front of the other. I'm sure that's happened to you. So he stops running. He can't move forward. The bomb explodes and the cellar caves in around him. He holds it up with his strong shoulders. But after a day or two, he's crushed to death. So the first time he thought, it killed him.

  • Jeune homme : I'd like to go to the Louvre.

    Nana : No, I don't like looking at paintings.

    Jeune homme : Why? Art and beauty are life!

    Nana : I adore you.

  • Raoul : I'm suddenly thinking of those essays by dad's students write.

    Nana : What about them?

    Raoul : He read us some great ones last night over dinner. They're just kids. They had to describe their favorite animals. One little girl of eight chose a bird. How did it go? "A bird is an animal with an inside and an outside. Take away the outside and the inside is left. Take away the inside and you see its soul."

  • Nana : What about Judy Garland?

    Nana : Judy Garland? No.

    Record Shop Customer : Do you have a guitar recording by Roméo - - ? What's his name? Rafael Roméo.

    Nana : Rafael?

    Record Shop Customer : Rafael Roméo.

  • Nana : Do you really think I could get in films?

    Journaliste : I think so. Look, I brought you a composite sheet. I'd like to do something like that.

    Nana : What's this for?

    Journaliste : You send it out to people in films, and a few days later maybe they call you.

    Nana : I'm a bit shy about undressing.

    Journaliste : Just a little. What can it hurt?

  • Premier client : How about it?

    Nana : Okay.

    Premier client : Is this the place?

    Nana : You've been here before?

    Premier client : Yes.

    Nana : Yes, it is.

  • Yvette : Life is cruel. I'd like to get away, escape to the tropics.

    Nana : Escape is a pipe dream.

    Yvette : Why?

    Nana : It just is.

  • Nana : So tell me.

    Yvette : One evening, Raymond came home with train tickets to Brest. He said he had a job, so we took the kids and moved and went to live in a hotel by the harbor. He'd disappear for the entire day. He was "working." I'd take the children out, buy them ice cream. I was worried, because I couldn't figure out how he earned his money. One evening, after three weeks of that, he just never came back. I had to manage on my own with the children that my mother-in-law wouldn't look after because she didn't like me. I gradually became a prostitute. It was the easiest way. Then, two years later, I went to the movies one night and saw him acting in an American movie.

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