The Dreamers (2003) Poster


Michael Pitt: Matthew



  • Matthew : Yes, I'm drunk. And you're beautiful. And tomorrow morning, I'll be sober but you'll still be beautiful.

  • Theo : Papa's full of shit.

    Matthew : I think you're lucky. Um, I wish my parents were that nice.

    Isabelle : Other people's parents are *always* nicer than our own, and yet for some reason, our own grandparents are always nicer than other people's.

  • Matthew : I think you prefer when the world "together" means not "a million," but just two.

  • Matthew : I was one of the insatiables. The ones you'd always find sitting closest to the screen. Why do we sit so close? Maybe it was because we wanted to receive the images first. When they were still new, still fresh. Before they cleared the hurdles of the rows behind us. Before they'd been relayed back from row to row, spectator to spectator; until worn out, secondhand, the size of a postage stamp, it returned to the projectionist's cabin. Maybe, too, the screen was really a screen. It screened us... from the world.

  • Matthew : In this big, epic movie - everyone is an extra.

  • Isabelle : We do love you very much!

    Matthew : I don't want to be loved very much, I just want to be loved.

  • Theo : Clapton is God, Matthew.

    Matthew : I don't believe in God; but, if I did, he would be a black, left-handed guitarist. This is not Chaplin and Keaton. This is Clapton and Hendrix.

    Theo : Matthew, Clapton reinvented the electric guitar.

    Matthew : Clapton reinvented the electric guitar? Clapton plugs in a guitar, he plugs in an electric guitar and he plays it like an acoustic guitar. Hendrix plugs in an electric guitar, he plays with his teeth. There are soldiers in the Vietnam War right now. Who are they listening to? Clapton? No, they're listening to Hendrix. The guy who tells the truth.

  • Matthew : [about Theo]  But he has never been inside you?

    Isabelle : He's always inside me.

  • [first lines] 

    Matthew : The first time I saw a movie at the cinématèque française I thought, "Only the French... only the French would house a cinema inside a palace."

  • Matthew : [voice over]  I could hear my heart pounding. I don't know if it was because I'd just been chased by the police or because I was already in love with my new friends. As we walked and talked and talked and talked, about politics, about movies, and why the French could never come close to producing a good rock band... I didn't want that night to ever end.

  • Matthew : I don't believe in God, but if I did, he would be a black, left-handed guitarist.

  • Isabelle : [standing in the doorway, wearing only long black gloves and sheet draped around her hips]  What sculpture?

    Matthew : I always wanted to make love to Venus de Milo.

    Isabelle : I can't stop you. I got no arms.

  • Matthew : I thought you had many lovers. I mean when I saw you for the first time, at the Cinématheque, you and Theo, you looked so cool, so sophisticated. Like a movie star.

    Isabelle : I was. I was acting, Matthew

  • Matthew : As we walked, we talked and talked and talked about politics, about movies, and about why the French could never come close to producing a good rock band.

  • Matthew : You play these little games. I wish you could step out of yourselves and just - look.

  • Matthew : It makes films like crimes, and directors like criminals.

  • [Matthew has had unprotected sex with Isabelle] 

    Matthew : [in the tub, he sees blood] 

    Isabelle : Don't be alarmed. It's good news.

    Theo : It only happens once a month.

  • Matthew : Yes, I'm drunk. And you're beautiful. And tomorrow morning, I'll be sober but you'll still be beautiful.

  • [last lines] 

    Matthew : Listen to me for a second, okay? This is what they do. This is not what we do.

    Matthew : [pointing to his head]  We use this.

    Matthew : We do this. We use this.

    [kisses Isabelle] 

    Matthew : We use this.

    [kisses Theo] 

    Theo : [speaking in French]  Stop it!

    Matthew : Isabelle. Come on. Isabe...

  • Isabelle : Name a film where someone tap dancing drives someone else crazy!

    Matthew : Oh, I know this!

    Isabelle : Come on! Quick! Quick!

    Matthew : Top Hat! Top Hat! Fred Astaire's dancing over Ginger Roger's room. And she's mad because he wakes her up. I'm right.

  • Matthew : It's fucked up. It's all fucked up.

  • Father : You seem to be mesmerized by this tin lighter. I'd like to know why? Well?

    Matthew : George, please. Mathew's our guest.

    Father : No. No, no, no. I'm genuinely curious. I'd like to know why.

    Matthew : I was just fidgeting with Isabelle's lighter. And I wasn't really realizing and I noticed and I thought it was rude so I put it down on the table. But, I put it diagonally across one of these squares. Do you see? Look, that's when I noticed the lighter's length is exactly the same length as the diagonal itself. So, I put it lengthwise, along the outside edge. Look, it fits there too. But, it fits there. And it fits like this. And like this. And this way too. And I bet you, I bet you if I split it in half, wait a minute, it's got to fit somewhere. I mean, it really fits anywhere. Look, you see? I was noticing that the more you look at it, everything, this table, the objects on it, the refrigerator, this room, your nose, the world, suddenly, you realize that there's some sort of cosmic harmony of shapes and sizes. I was just wondering why? I don't know why that is. I know that it is.

    Father : [to Isabelle]  You have an interesting friend here.

  • Matthew : [voice over]  We hardly left the apartment any more. We didn't know or care if it was day or night. We felt as if we were drifting out to sea, leaving the world far behind us.

  • Matthew : You're a big movie buff, right?

    Theo : Oui.

    Matthew : Then why don't you think of Mao as a great director making a movie with a cast of millions? All those millions of Red Guards marching together into the future with the little red book in their hands. Books, not guns. Culture, not violence. Can't you see what an epic, big movie that would make?

  • Matthew : [voice over]  It was Henri Langlois who prayed at the cinematic and it was because he liked to show movies instead of letting them rot in some underground vault, to show any movies: good, bad, old, new, silents, westerns, thrillers; that all the New Wave film makers came here to learn their craft. This is where modern cinema was born.

  • Matthew : [voice over]  Langlois had been sacked by the Government and it seemed like every film buff in Paris had turned out in protest. It was our very own Cultural Revolution.

  • Theo : I've seen you around. You've been coming to all the Nicholas Ray's.

    Matthew : Yeah, I really like his movies.

    Theo : What? "They Live By Night"?

    Matthew : More like, "Johnny Guitar" and "Rebel Without A Cause".

    Theo : You know what Godard wrote about him?

    Matthew : No, what?

    Theo : Nicholas Ray *is* cinema.

  • Matthew : I'm the one who should be apologizing. Please, don't put yourself out on account of me.

    Mother : That's very sweet of you, seeing as you're completely blameless.

  • Isabelle : Didn't you enjoy it?

    Matthew : Was I supposed to?

    Isabelle : Naturally!

  • Isabelle : You know, Matthew, you really have the most beautiful pair of lips. Can I touch them?

    Matthew : You want to touch my lips? Okay.

    Isabelle : They are so red and ripe.

  • Isabelle : Let's see what you look like with lipstick!

    Matthew : I really should be going.

    Isabelle : Oh, you'd make such a pretty girl!

  • Matthew : For me, there's no comparison.

    Theo : Why? Because, Chaplin's incomparable.

    Matthew : No, because *Keaton's* incomparable.

    Theo : Keaton? You think Keaton's greater than Chaplin?

    Matthew : Absolutely, I do.

    Theo : Oh, you're not serious.

    Matthew : Of course I am.

    Theo : You're crazy.

    Matthew : Come on, Theo, in the first place, you can't deny that Keaton is funnier than Chaplin.

    Theo : Yes I can!

    Matthew : You don't think that Keaton is funnier than Chaplin?

    Theo : I don't think anyone's funnier than Chaplin.

    Matthew : Keaton is! Even when he's not doing anything, he's funny.

  • Matthew : Keaton is a real filmmaker. Chaplin, all he cares about is his own performance, his own ego!

    Theo : That's bullshit.

    Matthew : That's not bullshit!

  • Theo : No wonder you never get the point of Jerry Lewis.

    Matthew : Oh, don't even get me started on Jerry Lewis!

  • Isabelle : Name a film where someone tap dancing drives someone else crazy!

    Matthew : Oh, I know this. Top - Top Hat! Top Hat! Fred Astaire is dancing over Ginger Rogers' room. And she's - she's mad because he wakes her up!

  • Theo : She doesn't know how to deal with parents.

    Matthew : What do you mean?

    Theo : I mean, it's not enough to ignore them. They should all be arrested, put on trial, confess their crimes, sent to the country for self-criticism and reeducation!

  • Matthew : If you really believed what you were saying, you'd be out there.

    Theo : Where?

    Matthew : Out there, on the street.

    Theo : I don't know what you mean.

    Matthew : Yes, you do. There's something going on out there. Something that feels like it could be really important. Something that feels like things could change. Even I get that! But, you're not out there. You're inside, with me, drinking expensive wine, talking about film, talking about Maoism. Why?

    Theo : That's enough.

    Matthew : Tell me why? Ask yourself - why? Because I don't think you really believe it.

  • Matthew : How come you're chained to the gates?

    Isabelle : I'm not chained to the gates.

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