Why Nicole turned Pierre down at the end
It was all very unclear to me. I heard some people say she turned him down because she realized he wasn't seriously in love with her and he didn't value her. Others said it was Nicole who didn't want something serious and that Pierre had misunderstood her intentions with him. And I read somewhere else that she didn't want to marry Pierre because she still wanted her independence. I thought none of this was terribly well developped. What's your opinion? And please, tell us how that opinion is supported in the film.
I transcribed Pierre and Nicole's last scene below. I didn't understand most of it.
So you want to marry me. If I say yes, you'll talk to my father. Is that it?
Listen Pierre, since some time I'm realizing that life is not at all what I thought. There's been a great misunderstanding between us. When you wanted to see me again in Paris, I was very touched because... I thought you were misjudging me. It all went so fast in Lisbonne...
When you brought me here, I suspected what it was about, but if you had told me about this appartment, I would have told you what I thought right away. Come to think of it, it's just as well that you precipitated things, that you went too quickly, because actually, we would have dragged on a little more just to end up at the same point. It was useless.
Look at last night at the restaurant, if you think I didn't notice to what extent I was irritating you, how you were feeling so uneasy... I could even say that for five minutes, you hated me. That's right. You know, when we're reduced to managing ourselves, it's not the right time to make plans for the future.
I'm sure you're hurt, but you know, I am too.
If you want, it would make me happy, we could see eachother from time to time, have dinner together -
Right. I'm really sorry. Goodbye Pierre.
So maybe I'm just really thick, but here goes...
"since some time I'm realizing that life is not at all what I thought." - What did she think and what did she realize?
"There's been a great misunderstanding between us." - Yeah that's obvious, but what exactly?
"When you wanted to see me again in Paris, I was very touched because... I thought you were misjudging me." - How so?
"I could even say that for five minutes, you hated me." I thought he wasn't feeling well because he was just preoccupied by the situation with his wife. What did he have against Nicole suddenly?
"when we're reduced to managing ourselves, it's not the right time to make plans for the future. " - So why not just wait a few weeks or months after the divorce then talk about their future again?
"I'm sure you're hurt, but you know, I am too." - Sounds like both still want eachother.
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