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Because after thousands of years of civilization, they still haven’t learnt to love. Only unfulfilled love can be romantic.

Juan Antonio: He speaks no English.

Vicky: I am sure my Spanish is going to go away.

Juan Antonio: He refuses to speak any other language. That’s an important point with my father, actually.

Vicky: Really? Why?

Juan Antonio: Because he is a poet and he writes the most beautiful sentences in Spanish language. But he doesn’t believe that a poet should pollute his words with any other tongue.

Vicky: No, it makes sense. I can understand. Because of the translation the things you might lose… I mean, I took some Spanish and I mean… of course I have no flair for languages, I read it much better than I speak it. Maybe I could read your father.

Juan Antonio: No, he doesn’t publish. That’s the point!

Vicky: Well, why not…? Tell me, why… why won’t your father publish his poems?

Juan Antonio: Well, because he hates the world and… that’s his way of getting back at them – to create beautiful works and then deny them to the public… which I think is…

Vicky: [Sigh] My God… Well, what makes him so angry towards the human race?

Juan Antonio: Because after thousands of years of civilization, they still haven’t learnt to love. Only unfulfilled love can be romantic.

– Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)