Sorry about the delay -- this one got hung up in the ether, and I just
noticed it in my bounce back box...
On Oct 25, 2008, at 5:08 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> Are they usually accurate? I find it very distracting when the
> subtitles or closed captioning vary from the spoken words.
The American version of BON COP/BAD COP is a case in point. It's a
Canadian action flick/satire about two Canadian cops, one English, one
French, who bicker constantly while working a case. The two leads
trade barbs in both languages unapologetically, but some of the
American subtitles aren't so much translations as interpretations,
rewritten to avoid cultural references that would only confound most
I know enough French that it was distracting to see how what they were
saying was represented in the subtitles.
Ten again, I think most Americans would be confounded by it, anyway.
It's not a great flick (although no worse than most action flicks),
but for Canadians it is great fun, full of gentle and not-so-gentle
satire, sweeping stereotypes so overdrawn they're funny and some
genuinely funny, if preposterous scenes of (mostly) Montreal's finest
in action. There is also sort of jaundiced worldview at play here that
ensures everyone is equally offended.
I'm not sure if mere action and a sort of cynical world view qualifies
it as hard-boiled, but it's colloquial as hell, and the humour bears a
definite noirish tinge at times.
I'd give it four tabarnaques and a chalice.
And Steve wrote:
> In the same vein...and in another îlangue╣...you should hear some
> natives (like me) talk about îles Canadiens╣ and their îbastard╣
Actually, since Quebec was conquered by the British before the French
revolution (which allegedly "democratized" the language) there's an
argument that the French in Canada is actually "purer" than that
spoken in France.
Kevin Burton Smith
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