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One Big Machine
Hugo: "I'd imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured, if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn't be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason."
Words of wisdom from Hugo Cabret. He is on Earth for a reason, even if he's not sure yet what that reason is...
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Mama Jeanne: "You've tried to forget the past for so long. Maybe it's time to try and remember."
Toy salesman George Melies (Ben Kingsley) is Isabelle's guardian. He's also a famous French filmmaker, who is bitter and destitute because his many great works went largely unnoticed and, out of frustration, he destroyed the films. Here, his wife, Jeanne (Helen McCrory) tries to convince him that it is possible for his reputation to be restored.
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Isabelle: "Where do you live? Is it a secret?"
Isabelle: "Oh good! I love secrets!"
Hugo and Isabelle are fast friends. Hugo trusts her almost instantly, letting her into his secrets one by one.
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No Happy Endingsv
George Melies: "My life has taught me one lesson: Happy endings only happen in the movies."
Hugo: "The story's not over yet."
George Melies' bitterness is understandable, but with the help of those who care for him (including Hugo and Isabelle), the former filmmaker might be redeemed, after all.
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Isabelle: "Why would my key fit into your father's machine?"
Isabelle and Hugo are kindred spirits: Two naturally curious, highly intelligent children with incredible imaginations. When Hugo notices that Isabelle wears a key around her neck that fits his dad's machine, he knows she can help him find the answers he seeks.
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Dreams in the Middle of the Day
Hugo: "My father took me to the movies all the time. He told me about the first one he ever saw. He went into a dark room and on a white screen saw a rocket fly into the eye of the man in the moon. It went straight in."
Hugo: "He told me it was like seeing his dreams in the middle of the day."
Hugo, understandably, misses his father terribly. The two of them spent many hours watching movies together in their special place.
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Where Dreams Come From
Georges Melies: "If you ever wonder where your dreams come from, look around: this is where they're made."
Melies explains to a young Hugo that there is true magic in movies.
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Hugo's Father: "Films have the power to capture dreams."
If there was any doubt whatsoever that 'Hugo' is, at least in part, Martin Scorsese's love letter to films, there isn't with this quote.