"It was painful and it hurts, but it's an egg, and it's out of me," said Miss Delpy, who does not want to be so attached to her creation that its Sundance reception could do her harm.
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"I take the business very seriously, and I'm super-professional," Miss Delpy said. "But at the same time, I'm not going to kill myself about it. I'm very happy with the film, and we'll see. You never how people react until you show the film."