Movie: The Happy Time [1952] Movie: The Happy Time [1952]

Movie: The Happy Time [1952] Movie: The Happy Time [1952]

Jacques Bonnard:
Believe me, my love; this bird, in his song-which I understand completely-has expressed a desire to live his own life! It is a desire that must be respected.



Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard:
How do you know what he wants, papa?



Susan Bonnard:
Your father, it seems, understands the language of birds. The first day we met, he told me that he'd been speaking with a lark, who wished us to visit him in the woods.



Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard:
This is how it happened?



Jacques Bonnard:
This is how it began.



Grandpere Bonnard:
[to Susan] And you-the bird's wish was granted? You went into the woods with him?


[Susan glances at Bibi, then shrugs]



Grandpere Bonnard:
You cannot be all Scotch!


[to Jacques]



Grandpere Bonnard:
And you are even better than I thought!

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Jacques Bonnard:
I think you and I should have a little talk. Sit down, Bibi. Well, there is no need to ask you why you did what you did. The reason is obvious: you did it because... why did you do it?



Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard:
I had a desire to know what would happen... if I kissed Mignonette the way Valentino did.



Jacques Bonnard:
You were curious.



Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard:
Oui, curious.



Jacques Bonnard:
Nothing more.



Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard:
There is something more, but I don't know what it is.



Jacques Bonnard:
Ah. Well. It is this 'something more' of which we shall speak. Now you see, Bibi, this... desire you have, it's a natural one, and since it is natural, it cannot be bad. It becomes bad only when the reason is bad. That is why so many people are mixed up



Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard:
I, too, am mixed up.



Jacques Bonnard:
Well, of course! So am I. Well, let's try to unmix ourselves, shall we? Now, Bibi, we speak now of love. And where there is love, there is also desire; they go together. Love must have the desire; I don't believe there can be love without it. But, it is possible to have the desire without love, and this is where the world falls apart. For instance, you don't understand why the principal of your school beat you.



Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard:
No, papa.



Jacques Bonnard:
Well, it is because he has been brought up to believe that the desire is wrong. And since he himself has the desire, he's even more mixed up than we are! He has been brought up in a world where the desire has been used so badly-so badly, believe me-that it itself is thought to be bad; and this is wrong. This is wrong, Bibi. And you know the reason for this condition? It is because so many people are without love.



Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard:
Many people?



Jacques Bonnard:
Many.



Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard:
Uncle Louis?



Jacques Bonnard:
You love your Uncle Louis, don't you?



Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard:
I love him strongly.



Jacques Bonnard:
That's good. He has a great need of love. And without love, one is defeated.



Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard:
But this love is different. The love I have for Uncle Louis is different from the love I have for you; this also is different from the way I love maman. And then... Mignonette.



Jacques Bonnard:
Eh, oui, Bibi. And this love we speak of now, when it is real, when it is true, it is the greatest love of all. I know; we have it here, in this house, Maman and I; it is the best, it is the most natural. In this way, the world comes down to a house, and a room, and a bed, and if there are two people in love there, then that is the whole world. Of course, you won't know this for many years. You know it is possible never to know it? I hope you will. If you are as lucky as I am, you will.



Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard:
I will look for someone like Maman!



Jacques Bonnard:
Oh, no! No, no, no, no! On the contrary: the secret is not to imitate. Look for your heart's need, and then she will come. Well, I've talked enough, and still you don't know what I wish to say.



Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard:
I think I do.



Jacques Bonnard:
Well, perhaps, when we speak of this again, I will find better words.

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Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard:
Your trip, Uncle Desmond-were there many adventures?



Uncle Desmond Bonnard:
Well, you know, Bibi: where Desmond's horses trot, no grass will grow.



Jacques Bonnard:
What are you doing in Ottawa? Have you lost your job?



Uncle Desmond Bonnard:
No, the sales manager lost his. Bibi, bring us some glasses.



Jacques Bonnard:
What do you mean?



Uncle Desmond Bonnard:
He's dead. He has unscrewed his billiard table. So the office sent for me.



Jacques Bonnard:
To offer you the job?



Uncle Desmond Bonnard:
Well, an office, a desk, a secretary...



Jacques Bonnard:
And you said yes!



Uncle Desmond Bonnard:
No, I said no.



Jacques Bonnard:
You said no? Why?



Uncle Desmond Bonnard:
You should see the secretary.

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Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard:
[crying] I won't go back to school! I'll never go back to school! I didn't do it-it isn't fair! Why do I have to tell lies to escape a beating?



Jacques Bonnard:
What-what's the matter? What happened? What is it at that school? Maman! Who beat you?



Susan Bonnard:
Beating? What beating?



Jacques Bonnard:
Come on, Bibi. Now, please, stop crying and tell us, what happened?



Uncle Desmond Bonnard:
What is this of a beating?



Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard:
In school, the principal finds a dirty picture. It's from my 'Gay Paree' which I have taken there.


[Susan looks up at the brothers, reproachfully. The brothers look embarrassed]



Uncle Desmond Bonnard:
Now, wait. They are not dirty pictures in Le Gay Paree. They are, it is true, pictures of women with few clothes, but this is not dirty! Ah, no!



Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard:
But this is only the beginning! It is a picture of a girl, standing like so


[he gets up and imitates the pose; Susan looks shocked]



Susan Bonnard:
Jacques!



Jacques Bonnard:
This is not dirty.



Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard:
But in this picture, on the head, instead of the face of the girl in the magazine, there's drawn the face of Miss Tate, my teacher.



Uncle Desmond Bonnard:
This is... indelicate, but it is still not dirty.



Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard:
But also with the pencil, many things have been added.



Uncle Louis Bonnard:
THIS could be dirty.

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Dr. Marchaud:
[taking Grandpere's pulse] I've warned you before: it's bad enough for a young man to burn the candle at both ends; but with you, there's nothing but the wick-and that's burnt out.



Grandpere Bonnard:
Hmph! A man stumbles in the street - and then the vultures gather!



Dr. Marchaud:
The pulse is like a roller coaster at Luna Park.


[to Desmond]



Dr. Marchaud:
Open his shirt.



Grandpere Bonnard:
Must I endure this? I'm not a public display!



Dr. Marchaud:
No, you're a public nuisance.

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