“The cinema is the public seat of feelings in the 20th century. The organization is set up thusly: Even sad feelings have a happy outcome in the cinema. It is about finding comfort: In the 19th century the opera house was the home to feelings. An overwhelming majority of operas had a tragic end.
“Before being a short film, How Can I Love by Anne-Marie Miéville is cinema – and a personal kind of cinema at that. It goes straight to the essence, without frills, and (something quite rare for a first fiction film) without any self-protection.
“Is it for singing always the same song that the nightingale is so admired?”
Robert Bresson, Notes on the Cinematographer1
“I made the film because it seemed that people now were either completely cynical about the effectiveness of any kind of political process, or burned out and caught without any kind of language.