- 1. MY NIGHT AT MAUD'S
- 2. Have mercy on us all.
- 3. With the Virgin Mary,
blessed mother of God,
- 4. the apostles and all the saints,
- 5. may we share eternal life
and glorify you
- 6. through your beloved son
- 7. Through Him, with Him, and in Him,
- 8. in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
- 9. all glory and honor is yours,
Almighty Father, forever and ever.
- 10. Let us pray.
- 11. Mindful of our savior's bidding,
we take heart and say:
- 12. Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name...
- 13. Deliver us, we pray thee, Lord,
from every evil,
- 14. past, present and to come,
- 15. and through the intercession
- 16. of the blessed
and glorious ever-virgin Mary,
- 17. of thy blessed apostles Peter and Paul,
of Andrew and all the saints,
- 18. grant peace in our day,
- 19. so that, with thy merciful help,
- 20. we may be ever free from sin
- 21. and safe from all disquietude.
- 22. Through Jesus Christ,
thy Son, our Lord,
- 23. who lives and reigns with thee
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
- 24. God for ever and ever.
- 25. The peace of the Lord
be always with you.
- 26. And with your spirit.
- 27. Lamb of God...
- 28. who takes away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
- 29. Behold the Lamb of God,
who takes away the sins of the world.
- 30. Lord, I am not worthy
to receive thee under my roof,
- 31. but only say the word
and my soul will be healed.
- 32. It's 6:30!
- 33. We came to a tight curve.
- 34. We were doing over 100,
despite the speed limit.
- 35. The car zigzagged back and forth,
but we made it somehow.
- 36. See what's in store?
- 37. Where do you live?
- 38. In the Chanturgue hills.
- 39. I was lucky enough to find a place
to build a little house there.
- 40. - Among the vineyards?
- That's right.
- 41. And where do you live?
- 42. We're almost neighbors.
I live just south of you.
- 43. No, northwest.
- 44. It's just a small apartment,
but it's quiet.
- 45. It's impossible to live
here in Clermont these days.
- 46. What about you?
- I live in Ceyrat.
- 47. Isn't that a bit far?
- 48. - Not really.
- Nice place, Ceyrat.
- 49. The roads get real icy up there.
- 50. Not since I've been there.
- 51. It's actually a friend's place.
He's working abroad.
- 52. That Monday, December 21st,
- 53. I suddenly knew without a doubt
- 54. that Françoise would be my wife.
- 55. "They began as though they did believe,
with holy water and masses, etc.
- 56. You too may follow that way
to unthinking belief.
- 57. - That's what I fear.
- Why? What have you got to lose?
- 58. It's the way to diminish the passions,
which are your stumbling blocks."
- 59. - You staying here for Christmas?
- 60. But I'll be visiting family
for New Year's.
- 61. Come skiing.
They're forecasting snow.
- 62. - It never snows at Christmas.
- My friends have already been skiing.
- 63. I was joking.
I spent some time in Canada —
- 64. Ah, right. Protestant countries
make a big thing out of Christmas.
- 65. Families stay indoors
and don't even know if it's snowing.
- 66. - Are you Protestant?
- Yes. And you?
- 67. Catholic. My family was Catholic,
and I kept it up.
- 68. - Vidal! You're here in Clermont?
- You too?
- 69. - Let's get together sometime.
- How about now?
- 70. Good-bye.
Have a nice vacation.
- 71. - Are you teaching at the university?
- Yes, philosophy.
- 72. What about you?
- May I?
- 73. I've been with Michelin since October.
I'm just back from South America.
- 74. Strange we haven't
bumped into each other.
- 75. I go straight home
to Ceyrat at night.
- 76. I eat out occasionally,
but I prefer to cook at home.
- 77. Social life abroad was hectic.
I need a little solitude.
- 78. I can leave.
- 79. No, I meant I'm not trying
to meet new people.
- 80. - People here are like anywhere else.
- I'm delighted I ran into you.
- 81. - You're not married?
- No. You?
- 82. No. I mean... no.
- 83. I'm in no hurry.
- 84. But a bachelor's life in the provinces
isn't terribly exciting.
- 85. What are you doing tonight?
- Nothing. How about dinner?
- 86. I'm going
to Léonide Kogan's recital.
- 87. Come along.
I have a spare ticket.
- 88. I don't feel like listening
to music tonight.
- 89. All Clermont will be there.
Lots of pretty girls.
- 90. Your students?
- 91. There are very pretty girls here,
but you don't see them around much.
- 92. I'm sure you'll knock 'em dead.
- 93. I've never knocked anyone dead.
- 94. Very well.
I'll go, but just to prove you wrong.
- 95. - Mineral water.
- Orange juice.
- 96. You come here a lot?
- 97. Almost never. You?
- 98. Never been in here before.
- 99. And yet our paths crossed here.
- 100. On the contrary.
Our ordinary paths never cross.
- 101. Therefore, the point of intersection
must be outside those ordinary paths.
- 102. I've been dabbling
in mathematics in my spare time.
- 103. It'd be fun to calculate our chances
of meeting in a two-month period.
- 104. Is that possible?
- 105. It's a matter of data
and how you handle it.
- 106. Provided the data exists.
- 107. Obviously, if I don't know
where a person lives or works,
- 108. I can't work out the odds
of running into them.
- 109. Are you interested in math?
- 110. It's increasingly important
for a philosopher.
- 111. In linguistics, for example.
But even basic things.
- 112. Pascal's arithmetical triangle
is connected to his wager.
- 113. That's what makes Pascal
so amazingly modern.
- 114. Mathematician
and philosopher are one.
- 115. - Good old Pascal.
- You surprised?
- 116. Funny you mention him.
I've been reading him again.
- 117. And?
- 118. I'm very disappointed.
- 119. Go on.
I'm really interested.
- 120. Oh, I don't know.
- 121. I feel I know him almost by heart,
yet he tells me nothing.
- 122. It all seems so empty.
- 123. I'm a Catholic,
or at least I try to be,
- 124. but he doesn't fit in
with my notion of Catholicism.
- 125. It's precisely because I'm a Christian
that his austerity offends me.
- 126. If that's what Christianity is about,
then I'm an atheist.
- 127. Are you still a Marxist?
- 128. Absolutely. For a Communist,
Pascal's wager is very relevant today.
- 129. Personally, I very much doubt
that history has any meaning.
- 130. Yet I wager that it has,
so I'm in a Pascalian situation.
- 131. Hypothesis A:
Society and politics are meaningless.
- 132. Hypothesis B:
History has meaning.
- 133. I'm not at all sure
B is more likely to be true than A.
- 134. More likely the reverse.
- 135. Let's even suppose B has
a 10 percent chance of being true,
- 136. and A has 80 percent.
- 137. Nevertheless...
- 138. I have no choice but to opt for B,
- 139. because only the hypothesis
that history has meaning...
- 140. allows me to go on living.
- 141. Suppose I bet on A, and B was true,
despite the lesser odds.
- 142. I'd have thrown away my life.
- 143. So I must choose B
to justify my life and actions.
- 144. There's an 80 percent chance I'm wrong,
but that doesn't matter.
- 145. Mathematical hope.
Potential gain divided by probability.
- 146. With your hypothesis B,
- 147. though the probability is slight,
the possible gain is infinite.
- 148. In your case, a meaning to life.
In Pascal's, eternal salvation.
- 149. It was Gorky, Lenin,
or maybe Mayakovsky
- 150. who said
about the Russian revolution
- 151. that the situation
forced them to choose
- 152. the one chance in a thousand.
- 153. Because hope
became infinitely greater
- 154. than if you didn't take it.
- 155. Let's get together tomorrow.
- 156. It's Christmas Eve. I'm going
to midnight mass. Want to come?
- 157. Why not?
- 158. I was to spend it with a friend,
- 159. but she has some family problems.
- 160. - It was just an idea.
- No, I'd really like to.
- 161. I can't see her before midnight anyway.
She has to go get her daughter.
- 162. She's divorced.
- 163. We could both call
on her after mass.
- 164. The happiness
I wish for you this Christmas,
- 165. the happiness I seek for you
with this mass
- 166. that we celebrate together,
- 167. is a new and profound joy.
- 168. It's not the joy of times past,
of childhood memories,
- 169. of Christian customs
- 170. but a living joy,
- 171. a joy for today.
- 172. This birth we celebrate
- 173. is not only the birth of Jesus.
- 174. It's our birth.
- 175. Something should be born
in each of us tonight.
- 176. Every man and every woman
is asked tonight to believe
- 177. in a fresh, pervasive joy...
- 178. for at this night's core
lies the guarantee of our hope.
- 179. We can't visit her tonight.
- 180. Her ex was in town.
They had financial matters to settle.
- 181. She's exhausted
and went to bed.
- 182. We'll go tomorrow.
- No, I don't know her.
- 183. You'll get to know each other.
- 184. She's a remarkable woman.
There aren't many like her.
- 185. You'll be delighted
to meet each other.
- 186. Don't get ahead of yourself.
- 187. She's lived a secluded life
since her divorce.
- 188. She feels out of place
in her own crowd.
- 189. She's a pediatrician.
Her ex is a doctor too.
- 190. He was a professor here.
Now he's in Montpellier.
- 191. She's...
- 192. very beautiful.
- 193. Marry her.
- 194. No.
I mean, we discussed it.
- 195. But we don't get along well
on a day-to-day basis.
- 196. But we're still the best of friends.
- 197. I asked you along because otherwise
I know she and I will make love.
- 198. Then I won't go.
- 199. No, do.
- 200. We'd only make love to pass the time,
and that's no solution.
- 201. Besides, I'm a puritan.
You know that.
- 202. More than me?
- 203. Much more.
- 204. Good evening, Teresa.
- 205. Such affection!
You're in rare form.
- 206. - We haven't seen other in ages.
- A whole week.
- 207. Have a seat.
- 208. So you haven't seen
each other in 15 years?
- 209. About 14, really.
- 210. - And you recognized each other?
- At once. He hasn't changed.
- 211. You neither.
- 212. Two cases
of protracted adolescence.
- 213. Is that a criticism
or a compliment?
- 214. Neither.
A simple statement of fact.
- 215. But we've led very different lives.
- 216. He's had lots of adventures.
- 217. Tell me more.
- 218. No, it's just that I spent
a long time abroad.
- 219. In the wilds?
- 220. No, in very bourgeois cities.
Vancouver and Valparaíso.
- 221. Valparaíso is bourgeois?
- 222. At least, the people I mixed with
were as bourgeois
- 223. as people in Lyons or Marseilles.
- 224. Or here.
- 225. One's always condemned
to the provinces.
- 226. I shouldn't say "condemned."
I actually prefer them.
- 227. But you want to leave Clermont.
- 228. Not the place — the people.
I'm tired of the same old faces.
- 229. Even mine?
- 230. I've decided to leave.
If you love me, follow me.
- 231. - What if I did?
- I'd be very upset.
- 232. Is this any way
for a professor to behave?
- 233. Fine. Let's be serious.
- 234. How was Christmas?
- 235. My daughter was in seventh heaven
with all her presents.
- 236. What did you do?
- I went to midnight mass.
- 237. - I knew it. You'll end up a priest.
- He dragged me there.
- 238. - Not really.
- No, I went willingly.
- 239. Are you a Catholic?
- 240. I mean, a practicing Catholic?
- 241. - He doesn't look it, does he?
- Yes, he does.
- 242. - I can picture you as a boy scout.
- I was never that.
- 243. Yet I was a choir boy.
- 244. You'll end up a priest, I tell you.
- 245. I must say,
you both reek of holy water.
- 246. How about a drink?
- 247. What about you?
- A little scotch.
- 248. I was never baptized.
- 249. She comes from a great family
- 250. But Maud, your sort of irreligion
is another form of religion.
- 251. I know that,
but I have the right to prefer it.
- 252. Had my family been Catholic,
I might have lapsed, like you,
- 253. whereas I'm faithful.
- It's easy to be faithful to nothing.
- 254. It's not nothing.
It's another way of looking at problems.
- 255. It has its principles,
sometimes very strict ones.
- 256. But it's free of preconceived notions —
- We know the spiel.
- 257. Don't be rude.
- 258. Girls like you turn me papist.
I don't like people without problems.
- 259. Because you're abnormal.
You should get psychoanalyzed.
- 260. Besides, I do have problems.
Very serious ones.
- 261. I understand being an atheist.
I'm one myself.
- 262. But Christianity's inherent
contradictions are fascinating.
- 263. Dialectic does nothing for me.
- 264. You've read Pascal, at least.
- 265. "Man is a thinking reed."
- 266. "The two infinities."
- 267. - "Cleopatra's nose."
- He's certainly not my favorite.
- 268. - Then I'm the odd man out here.
- Why? Haven't you read Pascal?
- 269. I've read him.
- 270. He hates Pascal...
- 271. because Pascal lashes out
at phony Christians like him.
- 272. Really?
- 273. - He's the quintessential Jesuit.
- Let him defend himself.
- 274. I don't like Pascal
- 275. because he has a very particular
conception of Christianity,
- 276. condemned by the church,
by the way.
- 277. His Pensées wasn't condemned.
- 278. But Jansenism was.
And he hasn't been canonized.
- 279. Good point.
- 280. Let someone else get a word in!
- 281. You're such a pain!
- 282. You were saying?
- 283. Nothing.
- 284. No, I think there's another way
to look at Christianity.
- 285. As a scientist I respect Pascal,
- 286. but his condemnation
of science shocks me.
- 287. - He didn't condemn it.
- At the end of his life he did.
- 288. It wasn't exactly a condemnation.
- 289. I mean, he didn't say —
- 290. I'm not expressing myself well.
- 291. For instance...
- 292. our talking distracts us
from what we're eating.
- 293. Like this excellent Chanturgue wine.
My first taste of it.
- 294. Drunk only by the best
- 295. If you say so.
- 296. - Old Catholic and Freemason families.
- Lay off it!
- 297. Pascal probably drank Chanturgue,
since he was born here.
- 298. I wouldn't criticize him
if he'd abstained.
- 299. I'm in favor of abstinence.
- 300. You could say
I'm against giving up Lent.
- 301. It's just that Pascal paid
no attention to what he drank.
- 302. Even when he was ill and had
to follow a diet of the finest food,
- 303. he never remembered
what he'd eaten.
- 304. His sister Gilberte wrote how
he never said, "This is good."
- 305. Well, I say, "This is good!"
- 306. As a Christian, I say
not acknowledging what's good is evil.
- 307. - Your argument's a bit thin.
- Not at all. It's very important.
- 308. Another thing about Pascal
that shocks me deeply:
- 309. He said marriage was
the lowest state in Christianity.
- 310. I find it pretty low too,
- 311. but not for the same reasons.
- 312. But Pascal's right.
- 313. You probably want to get married.
I do too.
- 314. But as a sacrament,
marriage ranks below priesthood.
- 315. I thought precisely of that
at mass the other day.
- 316. There was a girl in front of me —
- 317. I should go to mass to find girls.
- 318. They can't be any worse
than at Communist Party meetings.
- 319. Your words reveal your true nature
as a petit bourgeois.
- 320. That's right.
- 321. What about the pretty girl?
- 322. I didn't say she was pretty.
- 323. But she was.
- 324. Quite pretty.
- 325. Actually, it was a young woman,
with her husband —
- 326. - Or lover.
- Stop it.
- 327. - They wore wedding rings.
- You took a good look.
- 328. Well, you see,
- 329. it's hard to find the proper words.
- 330. I'll stop now. You're laughing at me.
- Not at all.
- 331. I think it's great
to be obsessed with marriage.
- 332. It's entirely a function
of your age — our age.
- 333. That Christian couple was sublime.
- 334. What you mean is:
Religion enhances a woman.
- 335. And I see nothing wrong in that.
- 336. Religion enhances love,
but love enhances religion as well.
- 337. What are you doing out of bed?
- 338. All right, come over here.
- 339. This is Marie.
- 340. What do you want?
- Can I see the lights on the tree?
- 341. Now?
- 342. Give me a kiss.
- 343. See?
- 344. Are they pretty?
- 345. Is that enough?
- 346. Happy now?
- 347. Good. Now back to bed.
- 348. Come on, sweetie.
- 349. Good night, everyone.
- 350. There must be
some Pascal around here.
- 351. Even in a Freemason's home.
- 352. What did I tell you?
- 353. Isn't there a specific reference
- 354. in the part about the wager?
- 355. "If there are not infinite chances
of losing compared to winning,
- 356. do not hesitate.
Stake it all.
- 357. You're obliged to play,
- 358. so renounce reason
if you value your life."
- 359. Exactly.
That's mathematical hope.
- 360. It's always infinite with Pascal.
- 361. "Unless the probability of salvation is nil,
since infinity times zero equals zero."
- 362. So the argument is meaningless
for a confirmed nonbeliever.
- 363. But with the slightest grain of belief,
it becomes infinite again.
- 364. Then you must back the odds.
- 365. Yes, if I believe there's any probability
and that the gain is infinite.
- 366. And do you believe that?
- 367. Yet you stake nothing.
You give up nothing.
- 368. - Sure, I give up some things.
- Not the Chanturgue wine.
- 369. That's irrelevant to the question.
Why should I give it up?
- 370. What I don't like about Pascal's wager
is the calculated exchange,
- 371. like buying a lottery ticket.
- 372. Let's call it choosing. You have to choose
between the finite and the infinite.
- 373. When I choose the Chanturgue,
I'm not rejecting God.
- 374. That's not the choice.
- 375. What about girls?
- 376. Girls, maybe.
- 377. But not women in general.
Not the way I see it.
- 378. You still chasing after girls?
- 379. You used to.
- 380. When I met him,
he was quite the ladies' man.
- 381. You met me when I was ten.
- 382. I meant when we parted ways,
- 383. - You're full of it!
- Am I?
- 384. What about Marie-Hélène?
- 385. What a memory!
- 386. I have no idea
what became of her.
- 387. She became a nun.
- 388. - Who's this Marie-Hélène?
- A friend of mine.
- 389. - His mistress, to be precise.
- 390. I won't deny I've had "mistresses,"
to use his term.
- 391. So there've been several?
- 392. I'm not here to tell my life story.
He's not my confessor.
- 393. I'm 34, and I've known
quite a few girls.
- 394. I don't claim to be
a model for anyone.
- 395. Besides, that proves nothing.
- 396. I'm not out to prove anything.
- 397. Yes, you are.
I shock you, I know.
- 398. I've had affairs with girls I loved
and thought of marrying,
- 399. but I've never just
slept with a girl.
- 400. It's not a moral stance.
I just don't see the point of it.
- 401. Yes, but let's suppose
- 402. that on your travels
you met a lovely girl
- 403. whom you knew
you'd never see again.
- 404. There are circumstances
in which it's difficult to resist.
- 405. I won't say God, but fate has kept me
from such circumstances.
- 406. I've never been lucky
with amorous flings.
- 407. Remarkably unlucky.
- 408. I'm generally unlucky,
but I've had my share of one-night stands.
- 409. Once in Italy
with a Swedish girl,
- 410. once in Poland
with an English girl.
- 411. Those two nights are perhaps
the most beautiful memories of my life.
- 412. I'm all for affairs on journeys
or at conferences.
- 413. At least they're free
of bourgeois clinging.
- 414. In principle I'm against them.
- 415. But since no such thing
has ever happened to me —
- 416. But it could.
- 417. Be serious now.
- 418. If it did happen,
I take it you'd play along.
- 419. I was talking about the past.
- 420. You're really pushing me
to dredge up the past.
- 421. I chased some girls,
but the past is the past.
- 422. But if tomorrow, or tonight,
a woman as lovely as Maud...
- 423. an amorous woman,
suggested or made it clear —
- 424. - You're not funny.
- Let me finish.
- 425. He's completely drunk.
- 426. Must be the Chanturgue.
- 427. Let's hear your answer anyway.
- 428. In the past, yes. Now, no.
- 429. Why?
- 430. I told you: I'm a convert.
- 431. Conversion really does exist.
- 432. I may be tactless,
but I trust my intuition.
- 433. This conversion of his strikes me
as highly dubious.
- 434. I sensed something
odd about him.
- 435. Sometimes he seems miles away.
- 436. As if he were thinking
- 437. Not something.
- 438. Someone.
- 439. I wouldn't be surprised
if he were in love.
- 440. That's news to me.
- 441. - Blonde or brunette?
- I believe he prefers blondes.
- 442. Tell us.
It's nothing to be ashamed of.
- 443. I'm not in love.
- 444. Tell us.
- 445. In return
I'll tell you my life story.
- 446. - That could take a while.
- Over several sessions.
- 447. There is no one.
I love no one. Period.
- 448. - Is she in Clermont?
- 449. Which implies
she exists somewhere —
- 450. I said no
because she doesn't exist!
- 451. Even if she did,
I have every right not to tell you.
- 452. We're not being very nice.
- 453. No, I'm enjoying this
more than you imagine.
- 454. Stop drinking.
I don't want to drive you home.
- 455. You wouldn't have to anyway.
He'd do it.
- 456. My friends, here's what I propose:
- 457. As I've been quite exhausted,
- 458. the doctor has ordered
plenty of rest in bed.
- 459. - The doctor being you?
- Who else?
- 460. But I'm not throwing you out.
Please stay. That's an order.
- 461. I'm not sleepy, and I enjoy
company around my bed.
- 462. - What about in it?
- Not you, that's for sure.
- 463. It'll be like a salon
from the olden days.
- 464. That's why I sleep in here.
I hate bedrooms.
- 465. I'm going. I'm tired.
- 466. - You can't do that to me.
- She wants to sleep.
- 467. Are you kidding?
It's all part of her little game.
- 468. I think she's up to something.
- 469. - Such as?
- You'll find out.
- 470. Stay.
- 471. You're drunk.
I don't want to be rude. I'm leaving.
- 472. I admit they dressed
more elegantly for salons.
- 473. You just wanted
to show off your legs.
- 474. Precisely.
My only means of seduction.
- 475. "Only means"? Come now.
Let's say your principal means.
- 476. I'm a terrible exhibitionist.
It just comes over me.
- 477. Look all you like. It's all real.
- 478. Careful you don't break your neck.
- 479. Is that a sailor's shirt?
- Yes, the real thing.
- 480. Practical and warm.
- 481. But I take it off before I go to sleep.
I always sleep naked.
- 482. I don't see how people can wear things
that get all twisted around.
- 483. You need to sleep more soundly.
Take a sedative.
- 484. They're very bad for you.
- 485. I only prescribe them
as a last resort.
- 486. Let me stretch out my legs.
- 487. I love feeling your toes
through the bedspread.
- 488. It should make you feel better too.
- 489. Sit down.
- 490. - Now, what were we talking about?
- 491. His girls.
- That's right.
- 492. He was going to tell us his adventures.
- No, you were.
- 493. You really shock me.
- 494. Me? He's the one
who told all these stories.
- 495. - Say it's all lies.
- No, it's not —
- 496. I thought a true Christian
remained chaste until marriage.
- 497. I don't claim
to be a good example.
- 498. Anyway, between theory
and practice —
- 499. I know boys
who've never slept with a girl.
- 500. - Bald men or hunchbacks.
- Not necessarily.
- 501. I don't set myself up as an example,
and it was in the past —
- 502. Don't get angry.
- 503. The fact is, I like you a lot.
- 504. No, really.
I like your frankness.
- 505. Such as it is.
- 506. - Do I really shock you?
- Very much.
- 507. It bothers me
to hear you say that.
- 508. My Christianity and my love affairs
are different, even conflicting, matters.
- 509. Yet they coexist
in the same person.
- 510. It's a rather stormy coexistence.
- 511. This may come as another shock,
- 512. but pursuing girls
does not estrange one from God
- 513. any more than pursuing
mathematics, for example.
- 514. Oh, but it does!
- 515. Coming back to Pascal,
not only did he condemn good food,
- 516. but at the end of his life,
he even condemned mathematics.
- 517. I'm actually more — No.
- 518. You're more Pascalian than me.
- 519. Perhaps.
- 520. Mathematics
turns you away from God.
- 521. It's a useless, intellectual diversion —
worse than other diversions.
- 522. Why worse?
- 523. Because it's completely abstract,
and thus inhuman.
- 524. Whereas women...
- 525. I'd like to write
about Pascal and women.
- 526. He was very interested in women,
- 527. but in fact we don't know if his
Discourse on Love is apocryphal...
- 528. Could you open the window?
It's smoky in here.
- 529. or whether he even "knew" women.
- 530. "Knew" in the Biblical sense,
- 531. though I find that
a stupid expression.
- 532. "To know someone
in the Biblical sense."
- 533. It's snowing.
- 534. It looks phony.
- 535. I don't much care for snow.
- 536. It's phony kids' stuff.
- 537. I detest things
that remind one of childhood.
- 538. Because you have
a deeply twisted mind.
- 539. Back to bed.
You'll catch cold.
- 540. Go to bed yourself, you brute.
- 541. It's late. I'll be going.
- 542. - Where do you live?
- Ceyrat, but I have my car.
- 543. - You'll get killed.
- I'm not afraid of a little snow.
- 544. It's most dangerous
when it's falling.
- 545. A friend of mine died that way.
- 546. It left me traumatized.
- 547. You can sleep in the next room.
- 548. Please, or I'll worry
and never get to sleep.
- 549. I think I left my window
open at home.
- 550. The snow must be pouring in.
I should go.
- 551. - I'll go with you.
- No, you stay.
- 552. - I'll give you a call.
- Did you forget about tomorrow?
- 553. - That's right. What time?
- 554. - What about your daughter?
- She'll be with her father.
- 555. Will you come with us?
- 556. A trip with friends to the mountains.
Lunch at an inn.
- 557. It'll be even nicer in the snow.
- 558. I really am used to driving in snow.
There's absolutely no danger.
- 559. This type of snow
is very treacherous.
- 560. - I'll go so you can get some sleep.
- Stay a bit.
- 561. Please.
- 562. You really want me to?
- 563. All right, go home. Good-bye!
- 564. I'm really sorry.
- 565. I was told —
- 566. Don't be angry...
- 567. but I was told
people here are overly polite.
- 568. There's some truth to that,
- 569. but at the moment
that describes you.
- 570. When I say something, I mean it.
- 571. If I want you to go, I'll say so.
- 572. You did say so.
- 573. But I'll stay just a moment.
- 574. - You really do shock me.
- So you've said.
- 575. No one's ever disturbed me
as much as you have.
- 576. Religion has always left me cold.
- 577. I'm neither for nor against it.
- 578. But people like you keep me
from ever taking it seriously.
- 579. All you're really worried about
is your respectability.
- 580. Staying in a woman's room
after midnight — that's just terrible.
- 581. The fact your staying
might comfort me
- 582. when I'm feeling a bit lonely,
- 583. the fact we might set aside convention
and make real contact,
- 584. even if we were
never to meet again —
- 585. none of that
would ever occur to you.
- 586. I find that stupid...
- 587. and not very Christian.
- 588. It has nothing to do with religion.
- 589. I just thought you might be tired.
- 590. Do you still think so?
- 591. No. You see I'm still here.
- 592. What bothers me about you
is that you dodge the issue.
- 593. You refuse to take responsibility.
- 594. You're both a shamefaced Christian
and a shamefaced Don Juan.
- 595. That's a bit much.
- That's not true.
- 596. I was in love.
That's very different.
- 597. I've loved two or three women in my life.
Okay, maybe four.
- 598. I lived with each of them
for several years.
- 599. Maybe I wasn't madly in love.
- 600. Actually, maybe I was.
- 601. And they loved me back,
though I don't mean to boast.
- 602. No false modesty.
- 603. I mean, I don't think love
can be real unless it's mutual.
- 604. That's why I believe
in a certain predestination.
- 605. My affairs were fine,
and it's fine that they fizzled out.
- 606. - Did you end them?
- No. And neither did they.
- 607. It was circumstances.
- 608. You should have risen above them.
- 609. These you couldn't rise above.
- 610. I know, you can
always rise above things,
- 611. but it would have been pointless,
- 612. No, it was impossible.
- 613. Sometimes it's better
that things be impossible.
- 614. You understand?
- 615. Very well.
- 616. That's all very human,
but not very Christian.
- 617. But as I said before,
Christian or not is not what matters.
- 618. Let's set religion aside for now.
- 619. Women have taught me a lot,
- 620. I know "women" sounds —
- A bit vulgar.
- 621. It would be idiotic
to generalize from individual cases,
- 622. but each girl I met posed
a new moral challenge
- 623. that I'd been unaware of
or never had to face concretely before.
- 624. I was forced to assume certain attitudes
that were good for me,
- 625. that shook me
out of my moral lethargy.
- 626. You could have concentrated
on the moral and ignored the physical.
- 627. But the moral aspect would
never even have arisen if —
- 628. Oh, sure,
you can always do anything.
- 629. But let's face it: The physical
and the moral are inseparable.
- 630. Perhaps it was a snare
set by the devil.
- 631. Then I fell right in.
Yes, in a way I fell right in.
- 632. Otherwise I'd be a saint.
- 633. - Don't you want to be a saint?
- Not at all.
- 634. Now I've heard everything!
- 635. I thought every Christian
was to aspire to sainthood.
- 636. What I mean is, I can't be a saint.
- 637. What a defeatist attitude!
What about grace?
- 638. I ask grace to allow me to glimpse
the possibility of being one.
- 639. Rightly or wrongly...
- 640. since not everyone can be a saint,
- 641. I'm apparently
among those who cannot.
- 642. Given my nature,
my hopes, my potential...
- 643. even my mediocrity
- 644. and my halfheartedness —
which I know God spurns —
- 645. I can achieve, if not bliss...
- 646. at least a certain justness
- 647. in the scriptural sense of the term.
- 648. I'm a man of the times,
- 649. and religion acknowledges
- 650. I'm by no means a Jansenist.
- 651. - I never said you were.
- You or Vidal did.
- 652. - He talks rubbish.
- To get a rise out of me.
- 653. He was really smashed tonight.
I've never seen him like that before.
- 654. Would you pass me my cigarettes?
- 655. Do you know each other well?
- 656. We hadn't seen each other
in 14 years,
- 657. but we were very close once,
even after high school.
- 658. You weren't very nice tonight.
- 659. Not very nice?
- 660. Oh, I can be mean too.
- 661. Very mean.
- 662. The poor man will lie awake brooding
about the two of us together.
- 663. - He insisted on leaving.
- Pure bravado.
- 664. You can be a bit dim sometimes,
- 665. Didn't he tell you
he was in love with me?
- 666. He said he admired you
and felt great friendship for you.
- 667. He's very discreet.
- 668. He's actually a very good man.
- 669. But he lacks humor —
in how he lives his life, I mean.
- 670. I know I make him suffer,
but I can't help it.
- 671. He's not my type at all.
- 672. I was stupid enough to sleep
with him once casually.
- 673. I'm very hard to please
when it comes to men.
- 674. It's not just the physical aspect.
And he's smart enough to know that.
- 675. I know why he brought you
- 676. To test me? No, I doubt it.
- 677. No, it's more that
- 678. he wanted some reason
to hate and despise me.
- 679. He likes to look
on the black side.
- 680. Anyway, where were we?
- 681. You're really not sleepy?
- 682. Not at all.
- 683. And you?
- 684. You're really sure?
- 685. I'd tell you if I were.
- 686. It's been ages
since I talked like this to anyone.
- 687. It feels good.
- 688. Still, it strikes me that you have...
- 689. a very tortuous mind.
- 690. Tortuous?
- 691. I thought a Christian
was judged by his deeds.
- 692. You don't seem to attach
much importance to them.
- 693. Oh, but I do.
- 694. Enormous importance.
- 695. But for me what counts
is not one deed
- 696. but an entire life.
- 697. Every life is made of whole cloth.
- 698. By that I mean
I've never had to ask myself...
- 699. "Should I sleep
with this girl or not?"
- 700. I simply chose ahead of time
a certain way to live.
- 701. Could you please get me
a glass of water?
- 702. Although it's disappearing now,
one thing I dislike about the church
- 703. is this bookkeeping aspect
- 704. of good deeds versus sins.
- 705. Purity of heart
is the important thing.
- 706. If you really love one girl,
you don't want to sleep with another.
- 707. There's no problem.
- 708. Why do you laugh?
- No reason.
- 709. So it's true then.
- 710. You're in love.
- 711. In love? With whom?
- 712. I don't know.
- 713. The blonde.
The one and only.
- 714. Have you found her?
- No. I already told you.
- 715. Stop being so secretive.
Do you want to get married?
- 716. - Like everyone else.
- More. Admit it.
- 717. Why are you so anxious
to marry me off?
- 718. Maybe I'm a matchmaker at heart.
Some women are.
- 719. - And I flee them like the plague.
- So how will you meet your wife?
- 720. I don't know.
- 721. A personal ad.
- 722. "Engineer, 34, Catholic,
- 723. "... nice-looking, has car,
seeks blonde, practicing Catholic."
- 724. You've given me an idea.
- 725. Lots of people
get married that way.
- 726. No, I'm just kidding.
I'm in no hurry.
- 727. - You want to sow more wild oats.
- No, certainly not.
- 728. So if you found her today,
- 729. you'd marry her on the spot
and swear eternal fidelity.
- 730. Absolutely.
- 731. - You sure you'd be faithful?
- Of course.
- 732. - What if she wasn't?
- If she loved me, she'd be faithful.
- 733. Love isn't eternal.
- 734. My sort of love is.
- 735. If there's one thing
I can't understand, it's infidelity.
- 736. Perhaps it's just pride,
but I couldn't go back on my word.
- 737. When I take a wife,
my love will stand the test of time.
- 738. If I stopped loving her,
I'd despise myself.
- 739. - There's a lot of pride in that.
- I said perhaps it was.
- 740. Not "perhaps." It is!
- 741. So you don't allow for divorce?
- 742. So you damn me outright.
- 743. Not at all.
You're not a Catholic.
- 744. I respect all religions,
even people who have none.
- 745. I'm speaking for myself, that's all.
- 746. I'm sorry if I offended you.
- 747. You didn't offend me.
- 748. Why did you get divorced?
- 749. I don't know.
- 750. Actually I do.
We just didn't get along.
- 751. It became clear very quickly:
a simple matter of temperament.
- 752. Maybe you could have
worked it out.
- 753. My ex is a good man
in every respect.
- 754. I'll always have
the highest regard for him.
- 755. But he really got on my nerves.
- 756. In what way?
Was he like me?
- 757. No, you don't get
on my nerves at all.
- 758. It would never have occurred
to me to marry you,
- 759. even in my wildest youth.
- 760. But you lived together.
You had a daughter together.
- 761. So? You think bickering parents
are good for a child?
- 762. Besides,
there was something else.
- 763. You sure you want
to hear my life story?
- 764. I had a lover...
- 765. and my husband had a mistress.
- 766. Curiously enough,
she was your type:
- 767. very upstanding, very Catholic.
- 768. Not hypocritical or calculating.
- 769. Very sincere.
- 770. Even so, I hated her like poison.
- 771. I think she was crazy about him.
He has that effect on women.
- 772. I was crazy about him too.
- 773. I tried everything to break it up.
It was my one good deed.
- 774. I don't think she would
have married him.
- 775. That's why I was amused
- 776. when you spoke
of insurmountable circumstances.
- 777. I suspect she felt the same way.
- 778. And your lover?
- 779. Ah, well.
- 780. It just proves how unlucky I am.
- 781. When I have a chance
at something good, it falls apart.
- 782. I was sure I'd found
the man of my life.
- 783. Someone attracted to me...
- 784. whom I found attractive
in every way.
- 785. Another doctor, brilliant,
- 786. full of passion for life.
- 787. I've never known anyone...
- 788. whose sheer presence
was such a joy.
- 789. He died just like that,
in a car accident.
- 790. He skidded on the ice.
- 791. That's fate for you.
- 792. Is it still snowing?
- 793. That's all in the past.
- 794. What's done is done.
- 795. That was a year ago.
- 796. You've turned pensive.
- 797. I'm sorry if I spoke lightly earlier.
- 798. I'm always taking
a wretchedly selfish point of view.
- 799. Your point of view interests me.
- 800. Otherwise I'd have said
good night long ago.
- 801. It's late.
Where's this room you mentioned?
- 802. Nowhere.
- 803. - There's no other room?
- Sure there is.
- 804. My office, my waiting room,
my daughter's room, the maid's room.
- 805. The maid is Spanish
and very prim.
- 806. Did Vidal know this?
- 807. Of course.
That's why he left in a huff.
- 808. Don't be childish.
Lie beside me.
- 809. On the spread.
Or under it...
- 810. if I'm not too repulsive.
- 811. - I'll take the armchair.
- You'll end up twisted in knots.
- 812. Are you afraid?
- 813. Of yourself? Or me?
- 814. I swear I won't brush against you.
- 815. Besides, I thought
you had self-control.
- 816. May I take this blanket?
- 817. Would you please
turn out the lights?
- 818. Idiot.
- 819. You'll be cold.
- 820. I'll see.
- 821. No! I like people
who know what they want.
- 822. Leaving with no good-bye?
- 823. Just getting my coat.
- 824. Don't see me out.
You'll catch cold.
- 825. Will you come along this afternoon?
- 826. Please do, or Vidal will chatter on.
Be a sport.
- 827. You really want me to?
- 828. Besides, it won't just be us.
A girl you might like will be there.
- 829. A blonde.
- 830. So you'll come then?
- 831. I'll try.
- 832. Good-bye.
- 833. Coffee, please.
- 834. - Did I wake you up?
- How are you?
- 835. Wanna come skiing?
- 836. I'm leaving in half an hour.
- 837. No, I'm meeting —
- 838. I know I should have some line,
but they always sound so stupid.
- 839. How can I get a chance
to know you?
- 840. You'd know better than me.
- 841. No, otherwise I wouldn't have
followed you against all my principles.
- 842. One shouldn't go
against one's principles.
- 843. Yet I do sometimes. Do you?
- 844. - Yes, but I'm sorry afterwards.
- I'm not.
- 845. And if I abandon my principles,
it's for something really worthwhile.
- 846. Anyway, I have no principles.
I mean, about —
- 847. How to get to know people?
- 848. It's silly to miss out on meeting
someone just because of principles.
- 849. Assuming the person in question
is worth meeting.
- 850. We'll find out.
- 851. You're not the type
to leave things up to chance.
- 852. Actually, my entire life
is nothing but chance.
- 853. - I don't get that impression.
- It's true.
- 854. That thing looks dangerous
in this weather.
- 855. I'm used to it, and I only use it in town.
I take the bus home.
- 856. - Where do you live?
- Saulzet, near Ceyrat.
- 857. When can I see you again?
- 858. - Next time we meet.
- Our paths never cross.
- 859. They certainly do!
- 860. How about tomorrow?
I didn't see you last Sunday.
- 861. I stayed home to work.
That was an exception.
- 862. Good. And we'll have lunch
- 863. All right.
- 864. Maybe. We'll see.
- 865. Good-bye.
Hurry now, or you'll catch cold.
- 866. - We're going!
- Meet you at the car!
- 867. Okay.
- 868. You look Ukrainian!
- 869. - I hope those two hurry up.
- You never know.
- 870. Good thing you came.
- 871. Otherwise I'd have been
a third wheel.
- 872. - Did you think I'd come?
- Why wouldn't you have?
- 873. I almost didn't...
- 874. but I keep my promises.
- 875. - Are you sorry you came?
- Not at all.
- 876. I've never had such a good time.
- 877. - Really?
- Can't you tell?
- 878. - I feel so good with you.
- You'd feel better with the blonde.
- 879. Who? Vidal's blonde?
- 880. Absolutely not.
- 881. The lesser of two evils.
- 882. Your lips are cold.
- 883. So are yours. I like it.
- 884. In keeping with your feelings.
- 885. True.
That was a strictly friendly kiss.
- 886. If only it were.
- 887. Don't you believe in my friendship?
- 888. I don't know you.
- 889. True, we haven't even spent
a full 24 hours together,
- 890. yet I feel like
I've known you for ages.
- 891. Don't you?
- 892. Maybe. We got down
to intimacies very quickly.
- 893. I can't seem to stop talking
these last few days.
- 894. Like I need
to pour my heart out.
- 895. You need to get married.
- 896. To whom?
- 897. Your blonde.
- 898. - She doesn't exist.
- Is that so?
- 899. What if I were to marry you?
What do you say?
- 900. - I don't meet the requirements.
- What requirements?
- 901. Blonde, Catholic.
- 902. - Who said blonde?
- 903. - He doesn't know.
- Catholic, in any case.
- 904. - Yes.
- 905. - I might convert you.
- Fat chance. Especially you.
- 906. Is the answer yes?
Look how well we get along.
- 907. We're perfectly at ease
with each other.
- 908. Why not?
You're as good as Vidal.
- 909. But you wouldn't marry him.
- 910. God forbid! Though I've done
stupider things in my life.
- 911. He seems resigned to the situation.
- 912. He'd better be.
- 913. I wonder what got
into him yesterday.
- 914. Actually, he pushed you
into my arms to protect himself.
- 915. But I'm not in your arms.
- 916. A mere detail.
You've cured him.
- 917. You did a good deed.
That way your conscience is clear.
- 918. It is anyway.
- 919. There they are.
- 920. How about a drink?
- 921. No, I have shopping to do.
It's the maid's day off.
- 922. Come shopping with me?
We can have dinner afterwards.
- 923. - I have to leave by 10:00.
- 9:30. I need my sleep.
- 924. I'll call you.
- 925. Shall we get that drink?
Are you in a hurry?
- 926. It was nice of you to call.
- 927. Are you leaving tonight?
- 928. You still have some pajamas
and things here, you know.
- 929. Okay, I'll keep them.
They could come in handy.
- 930. Know who that was?
- 931. My husband.
- 932. He's really very nice.
He's found me a practice in Toulouse.
- 933. A very attractive offer.
- 934. Did you know I'm leaving Clermont?
- 935. Yes, you mentioned that.
- 936. Sooner than I expected.
In about a month.
- 937. Wasn't that nice of him?
- Of your husband?
- 938. My ex-husband.
- 939. He's a very good man.
Too bad we couldn't get along.
- 940. He's here on business
and to see our little girl.
- 941. Did he remarry?
- 942. - Why do you ask?
- No reason.
- 943. So you're leaving me?
- 944. Know what I'm thinking?
- 945. These 24 hours
we've now spent together
- 946. are both a long time
and no time at all.
- 947. Not even a whole day.
- 948. You were unfaithful this morning.
- 949. I hate leaving people.
I'm faithful, even to you.
- 950. Ideally one should never have
to leave people.
- 951. One shouldn't be forced to forget.
- 952. One should love one girl
and no other, not even platonically.
- 953. Especially not platonically.
- 954. Thanks to you, I've taken a step
on the path to sainthood.
- 955. As I said, women always aid
my moral progress.
- 956. Even in the brothels of Veracruz?
- 957. I've never been to a brother there,
or in Valparaíso, or anywhere.
- 958. - I meant Valparaíso.
- You have a match?
- 959. Anyway, it might have done you good
both physically and morally.
- 960. You think so?
- 961. You idiot.
- 962. What bothers me
is your lack of spontaneity.
- 963. I've laid my heart bare.
What more do you want?
- 964. I don't care for this business
of love with conditions attached.
- 965. I didn't specify any conditions.
- 966. I said one should love one woman only.
That's not a condition.
- 967. It's not that.
- 968. I mean your way of calculating,
planning ahead, classifying.
- 969. "Above all, my wife must be Catholic.
Love will follow in due course."
- 970. Not at all.
- 971. I just think it's easier to love
if there are shared beliefs.
- 972. For example, I could marry you,
but love would be missing.
- 973. Thanks a lot!
- 974. From your side...
- 975. as well as mine.
- 976. You'd really marry me?
- 977. Were you married in church?
- 978. Then in the eyes of the church
it didn't count.
- 979. We could marry in grand style.
- 980. It'd make me a bit uneasy,
- 981. but no need
to be holier than the pope.
- 982. You're such a Jesuit.
- 983. - So I'm not a Jansenist?
- I don't get that feeling.
- 984. Good. Jansenists
are a mournful bunch.
- 985. You're a happy soul,
in spite of appearances.
- 986. I'm happy around you.
- 987. - And around others?
- A drag. Really.
- 988. I'm happy with you
because I know we'll never meet again.
- 989. Now I've heard everything!
- 990. The future needn't depress us,
since you and I have no future.
- 991. Yes, but surely
we'll meet again sometime?
- 992. Maybe not... or very rarely.
- 993. Is that a premonition?
- 994. Just a logical deduction:
- 995. Not right away.
- 996. And I'll be very busy.
- 997. Business or love?
- 998. Love, of course.
- 999. So it's true.
- 1000. I love teasing you.
Anyway, you'll be the last to know.
- 1001. So there's something to know.
- 1002. If it makes you happy.
- 1003. Shall we talk on the phone?
- 1004. - You call me.
- All right.
- 1005. See? Just this morning
we spoke of chance.
- 1006. You recognized me
from that far off?
- 1007. Even with 10-to-1 odds against,
I'd have stopped.
- 1008. Well, it is me.
- 1009. - You going home on that?
- I missed my bus.
- 1010. - I'll take you.
- No need.
- 1011. I insist. It's too dangerous
in this weather.
- 1012. Besides, it's on my way.
- 1013. Get in.
- 1014. - What do you study?
- 1015. But I work in a lab too.
That's why I'm not off on vacation.
- 1016. You like the work?
- 1017. I was good at math, but I couldn't see
teaching or being an engineer.
- 1018. - What about medicine?
- No, that's not for me either.
- 1019. You really live in the country.
- 1020. No, it's in a village,
a house rented to students.
- 1021. There on the right.
- 1022. Careful. It's sure to be icy.
- 1023. You're right.
- 1024. - Can we make it?
- I'm afraid not.
- 1025. What shall we do?
- 1026. - Don't be afraid.
- Watch out for the wall.
- 1027. I'm afraid I'll get stuck.
- 1028. - I'm stuck. I can't move.
- We can walk the rest of the way.
- 1029. Everyone's away.
You can sleep in a spare room.
- 1030. Will you come?
- 1031. - Is it far?
- No, right there.
- 1032. Think I can leave the car like this?
- 1033. No one can get through anyway.
We'll get help tomorrow.
- 1034. Careful. It's slippery.
- 1035. This is my place.
- 1036. So...
- 1037. - Do you smoke?
- No, but go ahead.
- 1038. I don't have a match.
- 1039. Care for some tea?
- 1040. I'd love some.
- 1041. - Can I help?
- No need.
- 1042. There's nothing to it.
- 1043. I make very good tea.
One of my rare talents.
- 1044. All right. Go ahead.
- 1045. Where's the tea?
- 1046. Don't put it in yet!
- 1047. I thought it had to boil.
- 1048. It's nice here.
- 1049. It feels homey.
- 1050. I have a furnished place...
- 1051. with a kitchen I hardly ever use.
- 1052. Think I could rent a room here?
- 1053. It's full.
And it's students only.
- 1054. - Boys?
- Boys and girls. It's not boarding school.
- 1055. Then I'll enroll at the university.
Save me a room for next year.
- 1056. Have you been in Clermont long?
- 1057. Three months. I work at Michelin.
- 1058. Before that
I was in Canada and Chile.
- 1059. I had doubts about coming here,
but I like it.
- 1060. Clermont's not a depressing place.
- 1061. - The town or the people?
- The town. I don't know the people.
- 1062. Are they nice?
- Yes, the few I know.
- 1063. Otherwise I wouldn't know.
- 1064. Do you see them often?
- 1065. At the moment I'm a bit lonely,
but that's just circumstances.
- 1066. Why?
- 1067. External circumstances.
Friends who went away.
- 1068. It's of no interest.
- 1069. - To you or me?
- 1070. But you must have colleagues at work.
- I do.
- 1071. I don't make friends easily.
- 1072. I think it's silly
being friends with someone
- 1073. just because he works with you.
- 1074. Don't you agree?
- 1075. In a way, but —
- 1076. But?
- 1077. No, you're right.
- 1078. Was I wrong to approach you?
- 1079. No, but I might have said
to get lost.
- 1080. The fact you didn't
just shows how lucky I am.
- 1081. Maybe I was wrong not to.
- 1082. It's the first time I've let anyone
approach me on the street.
- 1083. It's the first time
I ever approached a stranger.
- 1084. Good thing I didn't stop to think.
I'd have chickened out.
- 1085. The water's boiling.
- 1086. No, let me. I enjoy it.
- 1087. You're laughing at me.
- 1088. No, I'm picking up pointers.
- 1089. That's not much.
- 1090. - You like it strong?
- Not too strong.
- 1091. People always put in too much.
- 1092. It's crucial to let it brew
for seven minutes.
- 1093. That long?
- 1094. It says so
right on the container.
- 1095. Don't you ever read instructions?
- 1096. You'll poison yourself
one of these days.
- 1097. Do you mind
my going on about my luck?
- 1098. No. And you don't go on about it.
- 1099. Yes, I do.
- 1100. I like to make the most
of chance opportunities.
- 1101. But I'm only lucky
with good causes.
- 1102. I doubt I'd have any luck
committing a crime.
- 1103. That way you have no problems
with your conscience.
- 1104. Very few.
- 1105. Do you?
- 1106. I'm the opposite.
- 1107. Success makes me
a bit suspicious.
- 1108. That's called sinning against hope.
- 1109. Don't you believe in grace?
- 1110. But that's not grace.
- 1111. Grace isn't about material success.
- 1112. I'm not necessarily talking
about material things.
- 1113. If grace is given to us merely
to shore up a clear conscience,
- 1114. if it's undeserved,
just an excuse to justify everything —
- 1115. - You're quite a Jansenist.
- Not at all.
- 1116. Unlike you,
I don't believe in predestination.
- 1117. I think we're free to choose
at every moment of our lives,
- 1118. even if God aids us in our choice.
- 1119. I make choices too.
- 1120. It just so happens that
my choices are always easy.
- 1121. That's been my experience.
- 1122. Sugar?
- 1123. Choices don't have to be agonizing,
but they can be.
- 1124. You misunderstand me.
- 1125. I don't mean
I choose what pleases me.
- 1126. It just happens to be
for my moral good.
- 1127. For instance,
a girl I loved didn't love me
- 1128. and left me for another.
- 1129. In the end it was good
she married him and not me.
- 1130. Yes, if she loved him.
- 1131. No, I mean good for me,
because I didn't really love her.
- 1132. He left his wife and children for her.
- 1133. I had no wife or children to leave.
- 1134. But she knew that if I'd had,
I wouldn't have left them.
- 1135. So my misfortune
was really a stroke of luck.
- 1136. Because you have principles
that took precedence over love.
- 1137. She knew that your choice
was already made.
- 1138. But I had no choice to make.
She left me.
- 1139. Because she knew
- 1140. But if she'd had
a husband and children
- 1141. and wanted to leave them for you,
- 1142. then you'd have had to choose.
- 1143. No. Luck was on my side.
- 1144. It's getting late, isn't it?
I'll show you your room.
- 1145. TRUE AND FALSE CONVERSION,
- 1146. Come in.
- 1147. Excuse me.
I still have no matches.
- 1148. They're on the mantel.
- 1149. Keep them.
- 1150. Thanks.
- 1151. Good night.
- 1152. Pardon the interruption.
- Good night.
- 1153. It's 9:30.
- 1154. Come in.
- 1155. Sleep well?
- 1156. It was tough at first.
- 1157. It's late.
Did you forget your rendezvous?
- 1158. With a girl. At church.
- 1159. That's right. It's Sunday.
- 1160. I have to see to my car.
- We'll get someone to help.
- 1161. I should clean up at home first.
- 1162. You're fine as you are.
Come have some tea.
- 1163. It's a good thing
I brought you home.
- 1164. Despite your rough night?
- 1165. You mean I look that bad?
- 1166. Why are you laughing?
- 1167. No reason.
- 1168. - You seem the cheerful type.
- I am. Aren't you?
- 1169. Not really.
- 1170. Depends on who I'm with.
- 1171. I feel very comfortable with you.
- 1172. Françoise,
do you realize I love you?
- 1173. Don't say that.
- 1174. Why?
- 1175. You don't know me.
- 1176. I'm never wrong about people.
- 1177. I might disappoint you.
- 1178. Don't say that.
- 1179. Let's go.
- 1180. Christianity is not a moral code.
- 1181. It's a way of life.
- 1182. It's an adventure,
- 1183. the most splendid adventure of all:
- 1184. an adventure in holiness.
- 1185. I don't shut my eyes to the fact...
- 1186. that one must be mad
to become a saint...
- 1187. and that many of those
- 1188. were afraid of the path
unfolding before them...
- 1189. afraid of this progression
- 1190. carrying them along to holiness.
- 1191. But beyond our fears...
- 1192. we must have faith
- 1193. in Our Lord, Jesus Christ,
- 1194. a faith that surpasses
the wildest hopes of man,
- 1195. a faith that simply reminds us
that God loves us,
- 1196. and that this man, this saint...
- 1197. that we are asked to become...
- 1198. is on the one hand...
- 1199. governed by the difficulties of life,
- 1200. of existence,
of living the life of man,
- 1201. with his passions,
his weakness, his tenderness,
- 1202. while on the other hand
- 1203. to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
- 1204. Is the doctor there, please?
- 1205. Left? For good?
- 1206. She'll be back on Friday?
- 1207. - How are you?
- You know each other?
- 1208. It's a small town.
- 1209. Anyway, why haven't you called,
- 1210. I tried you two days ago.
- 1211. I was in Toulouse until yesterday.
- 1212. I have a message for you:
Our lady friend is leaving.
- 1213. - Is she gone?
- Not yet.
- 1214. We went to check out Toulouse.
- 1215. We just got back.
- 1216. She'll leave again soon,
- 1217. - When?
- Tomorrow, I think.
- 1218. Everything came together
- 1219. Is she home tonight?
I'll give her a call.
- 1220. Good-bye now.
- 1221. Happy New Year.
- 1222. - You know him?
- He's on the philosophy faculty.
- 1223. - You don't take philosophy.
- It's a small town.
- 1224. Anyway,
we hardly know each other.
- 1225. Is he a friend of yours?
- 1226. An old school pal.
- 1227. - What have you got against him?
- 1228. We barely know each other.
- 1229. - What would you wish for?
- That we'd always known each other.
- 1230. Me too.
- 1231. Though I feel like
I've always known you,
- 1232. that you've always been
a part of my life.
- 1233. Feelings can be deceptive.
- 1234. So what if they are?
- 1235. Besides, I know I'm not wrong.
- 1236. Kiss me.
- 1237. You don't want to kiss me?
- 1238. What's wrong?
- 1239. Nothing.
- 1240. - You're acting strange.
- No, I'm being sensible.
- 1241. Listen, Françoise.
- 1242. I'm 34, you're 22,
and we're acting like 15-year-olds.
- 1243. Don't you trust me anymore?
- 1244. You think I'm not serious?
- 1245. You are, yes.
- 1246. Well, then?
- 1247. I have a lover.
- 1248. You have —
- 1249. Now?
- 1250. I mean, I did until not long ago.
- 1251. You love him?
- 1252. I did.
- 1253. - Who is it?
- You don't know him.
- 1254. Don't worry. It's not Vidal.
- 1255. Did he leave you?
- 1256. No, it's more complicated
- 1257. He's married.
- 1258. You know I respect you
and your independence.
- 1259. If you don't love me —
- Are you crazy?
- 1260. I mean, if you're not sure.
- 1261. But I am.
You're the one I love.
- 1262. What about him?
- 1263. I loved him.
- 1264. I was crazy.
- 1265. I could say I've forgotten him,
- 1266. but you can't ever really forget
someone you've loved.
- 1267. I saw him
just before you and I met.
- 1268. Do you see him often?
- 1269. No, he left Clermont.
- 1270. It's all over.
- 1271. We'll never see each other again.
- 1272. Listen...
- 1273. we can wait as long as you like.
- 1274. But if you think I love or respect you
any less now, you're wrong.
- 1275. First, because I have
no right to judge.
- 1276. And also because I must say...
- 1277. I'm glad.
- 1278. It's true.
- 1279. I felt a bit
- 1280. I've had affairs,
and some went on a long time.
- 1281. This way we're even.
- 1282. - But they weren't married.
- 1283. And it was far away, in America.
- 1284. I have another confession:
The very morning we met,
- 1285. I'd just left a girl's place.
- 1286. I'd slept with her.
- 1287. Let's never bring
the subject up again.
- 1288. Okay? Let's never
talk about it again.
- 1289. It's you!
- 1290. Have you been here long?
- We just arrived.
- 1291. You're the last person
I expected to run into.
- 1292. But we come here every year.
- 1293. - You haven't changed.
- You neither.
- 1294. Do you know my wife?
- 1295. Yes. I mean, by sight.
- 1296. Congratulations.
Why didn't I get an announcement?
- 1297. I didn't know your address.
- 1298. You could have called before I left.
- 1299. I believe I tried.
- 1300. No use lying.
I have an excellent memory.
- 1301. You deserted me shamelessly.
- 1302. Anyway, you had your reasons.
- 1303. - Excuse us.
- I'll catch up.
- 1304. So it was her.
- 1305. How strange.
I should have guessed.
- 1306. - "Her"?
- Your wife, Françoise.
- 1307. I never spoke to you about her.
- 1308. You certainly did!
Your fiancée, the blonde Catholic.
- 1309. I have a good memory.
- But I didn't even know her then.
- 1310. Why lie?
- 1311. I met her the very day
after that evening at your place.
- 1312. Evening?
You mean night. Our night.
- 1313. You never stopped talking about her.
- 1314. Has she mentioned me?
- 1315. You're as secretive as ever.
- 1316. Well, let's not stir up those cold ashes.
That was long ago.
- 1317. It's amazing.
You haven't changed a bit.
- 1318. Neither have you.
- 1319. And yet it all seems so long ago.
- 1320. No longer than anything else, really.
- 1321. By the way, I remarried.
- 1322. Thanks, but it's not going well.
- 1323. I don't know how I manage
to have so little luck with men.
- 1324. It's nice to see you again...
- 1325. even if it was to find out —
- 1326. Enough.
I'm boring you with all this.
- 1327. Will you be in the area long?
- 1328. No, we're leaving tonight.
- 1329. Do you ever visit Clermont?
- 1330. Never. Do you visit Toulouse?
- 1331. Never.
- 1332. But who knows?
Maybe in another five years.
- 1333. Yes, in another five years.
- 1334. Hurry now. Your wife will think
I'm telling you horrible things.
- 1335. She sends her regards.
- 1336. She and her husband
are catching the boat tonight.
- 1337. I didn't realize
you knew each other.
- 1338. When she left Clermont,
I'd only just met you.
- 1339. She says we haven't changed.
- 1340. Neither has she.
- 1341. It's amazing how little
people change in five years.
- 1342. I couldn't pretend
I didn't recognize her.
- 1343. Besides,
she's a very nice woman.
- 1344. You know...
- 1345. when I met you,
I'd just come from her place, but —
- 1346. I was about to say,
"But nothing happened"...
- 1347. when I suddenly realized
- 1348. that Françoise feared
not what she might find out about me
- 1349. but what she was guessing
I'd found out about her,
- 1350. something which was only
dawning on me
- 1351. at that very moment.
- 1352. So I said instead...
- 1353. She was my last fling.
- 1354. Strange running into her
of all people, huh?
- 1355. I think it's quite funny.
- 1356. Anyway,
that was long, long ago...
- 1357. and we said we'd never
bring it up again.
- 1358. That's right.
It's of absolutely no importance.
- 1359. Go for a swim?
- 1360. How about a swim?
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- 1362. BY L.E. DIAPASON