The problem is that censors create the concept of obscenity. By supposedly trying to protect us they form an absurd concept of what is obscene.

— Catherine Breillat

The most delightful Catherine Breillat quotes to get the best of your day

Only conformists are ever adored.

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If you want to preserve your virginity, it's about not wanting to belong to the human species.

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If I stop making films, I will die. I can tell myself that one day I will stop living. But I cannot bear the fact that the day will come when I will no longer be making films.

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There is no masculine psychology in my cinema.

There is only the resentments and desires of women. A man should not attempt to recognize himself in my male characters. On the other hand, he can find [in the films] a better understanding of women. And knowledge of the other is the highest goal.

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Be what we make, and not who we are.

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I know why I make films -cinema is a mode of expression that allows you to express all the nuances of a thing while including its opposites. These are things that can't be quantified mentally; yet they can exist and be juxtaposed. That may seem very contradictory. Cinema allows you to film these contradictions.

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I am eternally, devastatingly romantic, and I thought people would see it because 'romantic' doesn't mean 'sugary.' It's dark and tormented — the furor of passion, the despair of an idealism that you can't attain.

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