The acceptance of differences is the whole subject of your latest film, Wonder...
Today, people, especially the youngest ones, have trouble taking the time to get to know each other. Someone on the outside might not be handsome inside, and vice versa, you know? Everything is going very quickly around us, the children are parasitized by all their gadgets...it's a nice idea to say: "Let's take the time to sit and talk together."
You think about the impact of social networks on human relationships...
My opinion is mixed. I like the idea of being able to keep in touch with people we rarely see, who are far away...but virtuality creates a separation, a barrier with the human experience. Nothing replaces sharing space, time, a conversation with someone.
Let's talk about legs...and cinema. What's one mythical scene you can think of?
The dialogue between Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman in Mike Nichols's The Graduate: "Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me, aren't you?"
What has changed since that film, in 1967, in the way of filming, these famous "compasses" that Truffaut was talking about at the same time?
Many things have changed, not only in the cinema, in real life too. Today, people are much more comfortable with their bodies, they strip themselves in the street, and that's a good thing. However, I find that in the cinema – and I do not want to talk like a grandmother — trivializing nudity reduces the ability of the seventh art to suggest. Today, directors have more trouble provoking as they did in the 1960s and 1970s — like with a simple touch of the legs.
Stephen Chbosky's Wonder is in theaters now.