eXistenZ

eXistenZ (1999)

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Ted: Free will is obviously not a big factor in this little world of ours.
Allegra: It's like real life. There's just enough to make it interesting.

Ted: It's none of your business who sent us! We're here and that is all that matters... God, what happened? I didn't mean to say that.
Allegra: It's your character who said it. It's kind of a schizophrenic feeling, isn't it? You'll get used to it. There are things that have to be said to advance the plot and establish the characters, and those things get said whether you want to say them or not. Don't fight it.

Allegra: The only way I can tell if everything is OK is to play eXistenZ with somebody friendly. Are you friendly, or are you not?

Ted: EXistenZ is paused.

Allegra: Oh God.
Ted: What happened?
Allegra: The whole pod just disappeared into your back.
Ted: It disappeared into my back? It's in my spine? It's working its way around my spinal cord?
Allegra: Don't panic, it's just a game.

Ted: What was your life like before?
Gas: Before?
Ted: Before it was changed by Allegra Geller.
Gas: I operated a gas station.
Ted: You still operate a gas station, don't you?
Gas: Only on the most pathetic level of reality.

Ted: It hurts. I think it's infected.
Allegra: No, it's not infected. It's just excited. It wants action.
Ted: But I really don't think I want action! Me, I mean. The bearer of the excited bio-port.

Gas: God - the mechanic.

Ted: What happens if someone comes up here and really wants to ski?
Allegra: Come on Pikul. No one actually "skis" anymore, you know that.

Allegra: Pikul, what are you doing?
Ted: I don't know. I find this disgusting but I can't help myself.
Allegra: Good.
Ted: Good? You think this is good?
Allegra: Yeah. It's a genuine game urge. It's something your character was born to do. Don't fight it.
Ted: I'm fighting it but it isn't doing me any good.

Allegra: So how does it feel?
Ted: What?
Allegra: Your real life. The one you came back for.
Ted: It feels completely unreal.
Allegra: You're stuck now, aren't ya? You want to go back to the Chinese restaurant because there's nothing happening here. We're safe. It's boring.
Ted: It's worse than that. I'm not sure... I'm not sure here, where we are, is real at all. This feels like a game to me. And you, you're beginning to feel a bit like a game character.

Ted: I have this phobia about having my body penetrated surgically. You know what I mean?

Ted: He wanted to kill you. That's two people in one day who wanted to actually kill you.
Allegra: I've never been more popular.

Yevgeny Nourish: Trying to remember who you are?

Allegra: What the hell was that?
Ted: That wasn't me. That was my game character. I wouldn't have done that. Not here anyway.
Allegra: Our characters are obviously supposed to jump on each other. It's probably a pathetically mechanical attempt to heighten the emotional tension of the next game sequence. No use fighting it.

Continuity mistake: When Ted is driving, after Allegra gets shot, he drives along some curves, but never moves the steering wheel. (00:12:05)

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