Cinema never saved anyone's life, it is not a medicine that will save anyone's life. It is only an aspirin.
People often say I'm a child at heart. In fact, I think I just have access to my childhood, I have a very clear memory of it. We were all children once. We just need to show a bit of respect for it.
Why did I make "Subway"? Why did I do all that crazy undersea stuff in "The Big Blue"? Why did I go all black and nasty with "La Femme Nikita"?. I don't know. Because I did. I do what I do because I want to do it, because I want to explore, go looking for things.
It's always the small people who change things. It's never the politicians or the big guys. I mean, who pulled down the Berlin wall? It was all the people in the streets. The specialists didn't have a clue the day before.
I was never polluted by the world of cinema. I didn't even have a TV until I was 16. My expression is a reflection of the world I have seen, and in that world everyone was barefoot in bathing suits, following the order of the sea, the natural order of sunrise and sunset.
There are a few directors that I really loved who made like five, six great movies, but are still shooting and they're not good anymore and I'm sad.