The PassengerDVD - 2006
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I bet you've never been to Umbugbene.
Terrible place. Airports, taxi, hotel. They're all the same in the end.
-I don't agree. It's us who remain the same. We translate every situation, every experience into the same old codes. We just condition ourselves.
We are creatures of habit, that what you mean?
-Something like that. I mean, however hard you try... it stays so difficult to get away from your own habits. Even the way we talk to these people... the way we treat them, it's mistaken.
I mean, how do you get their confidence? Do you know?
-Well, it's like this, Mr. Locke... you work with words, images, fragile things. I come with merchandise,
concrete things. They understand me straightaway.
Who are you?
-I used to be someone else, but I traded him in. Uh, what about you?
I'm in Barcelona. I'm talking with someone who is somebody else.
People disappear every day.
-Every time they leave the room.
What kind of impression do you think you make... when you first come into a room?
-They look at me. Just think I'm all right. Nothing mysterious. You learn much more packing someone's things.
Yeah, it's like listening in on a private phone conversation.
I've run out of everything. My wife. The house. An adopted child. A successful job. Everything except a few bad habits I couldn't get rid of.
- Now I think I'm going to be a waiter in Gibraltar.
- Maybe a novelist in Cairo.
- How about a gunrunner?
- As a matter of fact, I think I am one.
Then it depends on which side you're on.
You can't be like that, just escaping. So keep the appointment.
-No one will be there, like the other places.
But Robertson made these appointments. He believed in something. That's what you wanted, didn't you?
-But he's dead.
But you're not.
Mr. Locke... there are perfectly satisfactory answers to all your questions. But I don't think you understand how little you can learn from them. Your question... are much more revealing about yourself... than my answer would be about me. I meant them quite sincerely. Mr. Locke, we can have a conversation... but only if it's not just what you think is sincere... but also what I believe to be honest.
Is this David Robertson? Do you recognize him?
-I never knew him.
Do you recognize him?
I know a man who was blind. When he was nearly 40 years old he had an operation... and regained his sight.
-How was it like?
At first he was elated... really high. Faces... colors... landscapes. But then everything began to change.
The world was much poorer than he imagined. No one had ever told him how much dirt there was. How much ugliness. He noticed ugliness everywhere. When he was blind... he used to cross the street alone
with a stick. After he regained his sight... he became afraid. He began to live in darkness. He never left his room. After three years he killed himself.
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Author Elmore made an excellent review inside his novel "Killshot 1989:"
... thought of Jack Nicholson about to take a shower telling the black guy who worked in the hotel there wasn’t any soap and the black guy saying yes, or that was true. It was the Jack Nicholson movie that starts out in North Africa, in the hotel in a desert village, bugs on the wall, where Nicholson switches identities with the man in the next room who dies of a heart attack. Carmen remembered the name of the movie now, it was The Passenger. Nicholson, what he’s doing in the movie, is running away from his own life. He steps into the dead man’s life and lets it take him on a trip to different places, England, Germany, Spain, where he meets the girl in Barcelona and it’s fascinating, sort of dreamlike, not knowing what’s going to happen next, Carmen thinking that if it’s fascinating to watch it would be fascinating to do it, become someone else, at least for a while. But something funny is happening in this movie. Nicholson remembers seeing the girl in London, before, yet doesn’t think it’s strange when she shows up in Barcelona. He doesn’t even mention it till much later. He knows, with his new identity, he’s in a dangerous business and there are men after him. But he doesn’t seem to care, he’s only concerned with escaping his past. So he lets his new life happen. He lets it carry him along as a passenger to the end and the end is fascinating. At least it was fascinating to watch, the way it was filmed, not like any other movie Carmen had ever seen, it was so real in a way that she could feel what was happening without actually seeing it. Even now she could feel sorry for Nicholson. Poor guy, a passenger all the way. Not knowing when to get off.
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