Yesterday I saw the funniest French-American film, 2 days in Paris, by and with Julie Delpy (and Adam Goldberg – you know Joey’s freaky flatmate in Friends). It was too bad that some of the dialogue was in French and the dvd only had Swedish subtitles, because I really wanted O to watch it as well – maybe I will make him watch it anyway, his French isn’t that bad after all.
The film tells the story of a French-American couple who on their way home from holidays in Venice spend two days in Paris with the girl’s family and friends. The guy, Adam Goldberg, doesn’t speak a lot of French and gets very frustrated and suspicious when not understanding the conversations around him. It is a hilarious film about French people, linguistic misunderstandings, culture clashes and ex-boyfriends.
There were quite a few scenes that I recognised from my own experiences – I have also been in situations where I haven’t really understood what has been said around me, or having been served strange food at the parents-in-law’s dinner table. Situations like that can be very delicate, as you are trying to be polite and smile while searching for a way to avoid eating pigs’ trotters… Or when you are at a party and you feel completely left out of the conversation, but still try to look like you are enjoying yourself. It is not easy and can be extremely tiring as you concentrate on understanding (or at least smiling!)
At the moment I seem to be having a French phase; I am reading the very interesting book “60 million Frenchmen can’t be wrong: Why we love France but not the French” and last week I went to see a strange French independent short movie called La main sur la gueule – didn’t entirely understand the film but it wasn’t a question of language, it was just plain weird! However, the book gives a great insight into French culture, politics, history and tradition – and the title is kind of sarcastic… Especially for me, seeing that I always claim to not like French people while having lots of close friends from France! And they all know that they are just the exception to my rule 😀
One of my dearest friends, French P No 1, is getting married this summer in Strasbourg and I will be one of her witnesses – that is like being asked to be a bridesmaid in the Anglo-saxon world! It will be my 4th French wedding – I have actually only been to 3 Swedish weddings… In other words I make a lot of exceptions to the rule about disliking French people!!
Oh, speaking of France, I need to go – I am off to l’Alliance Francaise this afternoon… 😉
The photos are from my last visit to Paris in September 2007