Scarlett Johansson in Woody Allen\'s Match Point (2005)

Match Point by Woody Allen, United Kingdom, 2005, screen capture at 00:22:03:00.

Nola – I don’t think my career has… really gone as planned.
Tom – Oh, you just need a break.
Chris – I think it’s important to be lucky in anything.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Woody Allen\'s Match Point (2005)

Chloe – Well, I don’t believe in luck. I believe in hard work.
Chris – Oh, hard work is mandatory, but I think everybody’s afraid to admit what a big part luck plays. I mean, it seems scientists are confirming more and more that all existence is here by blind chance. No purpose, no design.
Chloe – Well, I don’t care, I love every minute of it.
Chris – And I envy you for it.
Tom – What was it the… the vicar used to say? “Despair is the path of least resistance.” It was something odd, wasn’t it? It was very strange…
Chris – I think that faith is the path of least resistance.

Compare this commentary about faith with the one appearing in Ingmar Bergman’s film The Seventh Seal. Also relevant on the topic of faith is Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi on a prophecy attributed to Georg Christoph Lichtenberg. Finally, see previously “When the ball hits the top of the net”.

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