What Highly Conscious People Talk About. {Video}

Via Kara-Leah Grant
on Nov 4, 2013
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“I mean, are we just like bored, spoiled children who’ve been lying in the bath-tub all day playing with their plastic duck and now they’re thinking, well, what can I do?”

The 1981 film My Conversation with André was just that—two men, one Andre, having a conversation for over 90 minutes.

It wasn’t a documentary, neither was it fiction. The film’s director, Louis Malle, filmed several conversations with the two actors, both of whom played themselves. André Gregory, a renowned experimental theater director, and playwright and actor Wallace Shawn (best known to children of the ’80s from The Princess Bride). Those conversations were edited together to create the movie.

Later, Shawn would deny that the actors played themselves, saying that they only used aspects of their own lives, and could have easily switched characters. Curiously, in an interview in 2009, Shawn said: “I actually had a purpose as I was writing this: I wanted to destroy that guy that I played, to the extent that there was any of me there. I wanted to kill that side of myself by making the film, because that guy is totally motivated by fear.”

Regardless, the film is a brilliant piece of work, and has gone on to become an art-house classic. Renowned film critic Roger Ebert named it his movie of the year.

In this one short five minute clip, André discusses the nature of the world, how it is changing and how we’ve become both prisoners in a jail of our own making, and the guards in that jail.

Thirty-two years later and his words seem to take on new relevance.




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Ed: Bryonie Wise



About Kara-Leah Grant

Kara-Leah Grant is an internationally renowned retreat leader, yoga teacher and writer. Along with fellow Elephant Journal writer, Ben Ralston, she runs Heart of Tribe, pouring her love into growing a world-wide tribe of courageous, committed, and empowered individuals through leading retreats in New Zealand, Mexico and Sri Lanka. Kara-Leah is also the founder of New Zealand’s own awesome yoga website, The Yoga Lunchbox, and author of Forty Days of Yoga—Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice and The No-More-Excuses Guide to Yoga. A born & bred Kiwi who spent her twenties wandering the world and living large, Kara-Leah has spent time in Canada, the USA, France, England, Mexico, and a handful of other luscious locations. She now lives and travels internationally with her son, a ninja-in-training. You can find Kara-Leah on her website, or on Facebook.


5 Responses to “What Highly Conscious People Talk About. {Video}”

  1. jakar says:

    wow. thanks for that. 'the language of the heart'.

  2. It's pretty awesome eh? A clarity and simplicity about it… a regular conversation that effortlessly segues into an expounding of Oneness…

  3. Patrick says:

    Lovely. Last saw my Dinner with Andre 32 years ago. It was on of my favs then and resonates even more keenly now.

  4. Daisy Swan says:

    One of my all time favorite movies. Thank you for this. I've experienced what he's talking about from lots of mindfulness and compassion practice. Get swept up in too much of everything and the separation begins again. My cushion is my island 😉
    Thank you for this!

  5. Zoe says:

    Oh my goodness, this is fabulous. Thanks for sharing.