Filmkarakterer snakker om bøker: Molière i Hal Hartleys «The unbelievable truth»

Adrienne Shelly som Audrey og Robert John Burke som Josh i «The unbelievable truth» (Foto: Hal Hartley-Possible Films)
(Foto: Hal Hartley-Possible Films)
En av mine største favorittfilmer noensinne er Hal Hartleys «The unbelievable truth». Her er en dialog mellom filmens to romantiske hovedpersoner Audrey og Josh. 
(Audrey kommer syklende hjem fra skolen til farens verksted. Der møter hun Josh, som ligger under et karosseri og reparerer en bil. Audrey har en stabel av bøker i armene. De begynner å snakke om litteratur.)

Josh:
What`s this one?
Audrey: The misanthrope, Molière. It´s a play.
Josh: What´s a misanthrope?

Audrey:
Someone who doesn´t like people. I star in it. I mean in class. We read it in class.
Josh: Are you the misanthrope?
Audrey: No, I wanted to be but they wouldn´t let me play a man, so instead I play a flirt.

Josh:
Oh, is it an interesting role?
Audrey: Being a flirt?
Josh: Mm…
Audrey: Well sometimes, but the thing about flirting is that it leads to harder things.
Josh: Is that bad?
Audrey: No, it isn´t bad. It´s just that it turns out pretty badly for the woman I play.
Josh: What happens?
Audrey: She can´t stop flirting.
Josh: Ever?

Audrey:
It´s just the way some people are. She flirts herself to death.
Josh: Hmm… It´s a sad play?
Audrey: Well she doesn`t die actually. It´s just that the only man who really loves her has impossible standards.
Josh: Mm… That´s too bad.
Audrey: Yeah it is.

Josh:
Well does it have a happy ending?
Audrey: Nobody gets what they want and they all go away frustrated and sad.

Josh:
A tragedy.


(Audrey nikker)

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