No.2 Film Quotes


  1. “All you can do is show compassion to one another. That’s all you can do.”
  2. “Denmark aye? So what’s that like?”
  3. “Do you drink Kava?” “Ah... I’ll try.”
  4. “Door’s open. You guys need to find something else to talk about.”
  5. “Hibiscus said she will only come if she can bring her boyfriend.”
  6. “How much?” “It doesn’t matter. It’s for your nana, man.”
  7. “I don’t know what kind of Islanders these people are. They’ve been living in this town too long.”
  8. “I want blood here today. Only blood.”
  9. “In the old days Joseph was the head of the family, but I was its heart. So, I’ve decided… that my successor… is Soul.”
  10. “Look at all that life.”
  11. “Of course Father. Every day I try to do something for my family.”
  12. “So what will you be doing tomorrow?” “Unpacking suitcases.”
  13. “That door stays shut boy!”
  14. “The door’s an excuse. The house is cursed because you guys don’t come around here. It’s cursed because you guys bitch like little kids.”
  15. “This place is boring as hell. Before there used to be laughing and singing and swearing and fighting.”
  16. “What?” “Think outside the square.”
  17. “When I’m gone I want you to run the house just like you do now.”
  18. “When your grandfather and I first came to this country we helped our friends and relatives come too. We didn’t have much, but we had family.”
  19. “Who do you think has got money around here?”
  20. “With you in the house it will always be alive.”
  21. “Would you like to come to our party? I would really like you to come. With me.”
  22. “You don’t even own your own house yet. I did that by the time I was nineteen. We would have paid for these renovations if she has asked.”
  23. “You don’t know how to mix this, we’re not natives.”


For each quote:
  1. Who said it?
  2. When? What was happening?
  3. What does it show you? Explain the significance of it.
  4. Which ones are relevant for the theme or character you could best write about? Try remembering them to use in your essay.



N0.2 Quotes

Family

Tyson:
You've got no idea what I do for the family.
Cat:
There you go Percy. Well done. This is your boy, you see? That's very good parenting, my brother.
Cat:
Giving this house a bad name, as usual. I can't believe the shame you people bring on the family.
Soul:

The door's an excuse. The house is cursed because you guys don't come around here. It's cursed because you guys bitch at each other like little kids. It's cursed because Mus's dad died, and it's cursed because your whole generation hates each other's guts. And you say it's about a door.
Percy:
This house is cursed because my brother and sister just want the old lady to sell it. They want her tucked away in an old folks' home like some papalangi. What you're trying to do for the old lady is good. But you should have known not to invite us.
Soul:
Every day I try to do something for my family, you know
John:
[to Soul] You've got a cheek, boy. Who do you think you are? You're an embarrassment to this family. You are a disgrace.
Nanna:
All my life I've wanted to do what's right for this family. When your grandfather and I came to this country, we helped out friends and relatives come too. We didn't have much but we had family. And we had our house. Every house needs different people to do different things. Everybody is important. We need people to sing, to laugh, to dance, to study, to speak, to fight and to lead. We need strong men."

Nanna:
In the old days, Joseph was the head of the family but I was its heart.
Nanna:
[to Soul] I want you to sing and laugh and dance – and fight. With you in the house, it will be always alive.


Family hierarchy
Cat:
I'm your elder. I'll tell you what to do, not your brother. You got that?
Nanna:
While I'm still alive, I'm still your mother. I rule you – you don't rule me.


Cultural Identity/Cultural Diversity
Maria:
My mother's from Copenhagen, my father's from Bratislava. … We're all a bit like that, aren't we? Fruit salads.
Soul:
Tyson:
Soul:
Rosemary? Anchovies? Is she making a pizza?
Fijians don't make pizza, man
Where's the steak, man? The lamb chops?
Hibiscus:
I'm not staying here if you kill that pig. It's barbaric! Why can't we just go to the supermarket and get some pork chops like everybody else?
Nanna:
I don't know what kind of Islanders these people are. They have been living in this town for too long.
Soul:
Peter? What sort of Asian name is that? You've got a Merc – can't even drive.
Percy:
This house is cursed because my brother and sister just want the old lady to sell it. They want her tucked away in an old folks' home like some papalangi.


Tradition

Hibiscus:


Charlene:
You don't know how to mix this. We're not natives. Women aren't supposed to mix kava. They're not even supposed to drink it, especially out of a bucket.
Well, Uncle Percy stole our tanoa.
Maria:
How traditional is it that you have to kill a pig?
John:
This isn't about old ways, son. It's about respect.
Nanna:
That tabua is very sacred. It was given to my father by the king of Levuka. I gave it to my son Michael when Joseph died and now it's yours.
Aunty Marama:
In Fiji, you shut the door for four days or the evil spirit will know how to get into the house.