Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Sex and the Langue Française

Last night D and I went to see Sex and the City in French. I was so positive that I wasn't going to understand anything, but somehow I did! Clearly there were things I missed, but overall I knew what was going on, I knew what they were saying, and I could laugh at the jokes, the few that there were. I was disappointed in the movie. It didn't have any of the light-hearted charm of the series. It was sad and serious and completely obsessed with consumption of clothes and shoes and bags. The way Carrie's wedding spun into an out of control 200 guest death star was ridiculous. Miranda and Charlotte were turned into caricatures of their carefully nuanced personalities from the series. And the S.O.s were hardly ever on screen! I felt like they really departed from everything that made the series so great. But I'm really glad I saw it. It's not that I hated it or didn't enjoy it, I just think they could have done a better job.

It was a lucky thing that I've been studying slang - if I hadn't learned "cinglé" before I saw the movie I would have missed out on a huge plot element!

Other news: end of the year show at Napoleon Complex Directeur school this weekend. The only reason I know about it is because the kids have been asking if I'm coming. Thanks for inviting me, co-workers!


Monique said...

So, as someone who never really got into the show, is it more directed at the TBS (cleaner-version) fans, or the hardcore HBO faithful?

And you should have been in a major U.S. metropolitan city the night it premiered.... apparently women EVERYWHERE were dressing to the nines and ordering cosmos before going in to see the movie. There were even newspaper reviews about the FANS' attire..... gag. haha.

Glad you went out and did it though :)

Au Soleil Levant said...

The movie is a lot cleaner than the HBO version - obviously, otherwise it wouldn't be allowed in theaters. It's much more about relationships than about the stuff you do in a relationship....

I read in the NYTimes about how crazy women were about the opening. Articles about how the women were dressed? Tooo much!!