The Counselor

Westray: Have you ever seen a snuff film?

Counselor: No. Have you?

Westray: No. Would you?

Counselor: I would not.

Westray: ...You might want to think about that the next time you do a line.

Westray: Maybe I should tell you what Mickey Rourke told what's-his-face? That's my recommendation anyway, Counselor. Don't do it.

Counselor: [cites] "This arson is a serious crime."

Westray: Yeah. And so is this.

Counselor: [laughs quietly] Well, I guess I'm a little taken aback at the cautionary nature of this conversation.

Westray: Good word, 'cautionary'.

Westray: Well, I'm perfectly willing to believe you had nothing to do with this but I'm not the party you have to convince.

Counselor: Convince of what, for Christ sake?

Westray: That this is some sort of coincidence. Because they don't really believe in coincidences. They've heard of them. They've just never seen one.

Malkina: Greed really takes you to the edge, doesn't it?

Reiner: That's not what greed does. That's what greed is.

Malkina: I'm famished.

Reiner: Are you really that cold?

Malkina: The truth has no temperature.

Reiner: I don't know what

[Malkina]

Reiner: knows. I don't want to know.

Counselor: You don't trust her.

Reiner: Jesus Counselor, she's a woman.

Counselor: Yeah, well.

Reiner: Yeah, well, I don't mean to sound cold, I just mean that where women are concerned, they've got their own agenda. I always liked smart women, but it's been an expensive hobby.

Reiner: Men are attracted to flawed women too of course, but their illusion is that they can fix them. They just want to be entertained. The truth about women is that you can do anything to them except bore them.

Jefe: Machado would have traded every word, every poem, every verse he ever wrote for one more hour with his beloved. And that is because when it comes to grief, the normal rules of exchange do not apply, because grief transcends value. A man would give entire nations to lift grief off his heart. And yet, you cannot buy anything with grief, because grief is worthless.

Counselor: Why are you telling me this?

Jefe: Because you continue to deny the reality of the world you're in. Do you love your wife so much, so completely, that you would exchange places with her upon the wheel? And I don't mean dying, because dying is easy.

Counselor: Yes! Yes, damn you!

Jefe: Well, that is good to hear, Counselor.

Counselor: What are you saying? Are you saying this is a possibility?

Jefe: No. It's impossible.

Counselor: You said I was that man - at that crossing.

Jefe: Yes. At the understanding that life is not going to take you back. You are the world you have created. And when you cease to exist, this world that you have created will also cease to exist. But for those with the understanding that they're living the last days of the world, death acquires a different meaning. The extinction of all reality is a concept no resignation can encompass. And then, all the grand designs and all the grand plans will be finally exposed and revealed for what they are. And now, Counselor, I have to go, because I have to make other calls. If I have time, I think I'll take a small nap.

[hangs up]

Jefe: When it comes to grief, the normal rules of exchange do not apply. Because grief transcends value. A man would give entire nations to lift grief off his heart and yet, you cannot buy anything with grief, because grief is worthless.