I Love My French Class SO. MUCH.

We watched this in class today. If you have a spare 21 minutes and a translator handy, please, please, PLEASE watch it. I’m sorry there’s no translation. I’m sorry the video quality is crummy. I’m sorry that most of these French short films make me cry for exhibiting so many shades of brilliance and constantly high levels of awesomeness. I wanted to bounce off the walls and dance with people and just keep saying over and over how cool this film is. I stayed in my desk instead, deciding to downplay the reaction a little, just like the French.

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Welcome to the World of Cognitive Dissonance: Mars and Venus

We watched this film in French class last week, and while the guys laughed at the end, the women were visibly shocked. I had watched it on my own earlier in the week and reacted internally even then. But, admittedly, it pissed me off. I found a version with English subtitles for you. I wish you could experience this entirely in French, but I believe the emotions evoked are universal, and you’ll appreciate it.

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Dear Readers Three Hours from Now

It is 5:52pm and I’m setting this post to publish at 9pm. I won’t be home, but hopefully the video Becky and I made will have been seen by at least a few hundred people en masse. Maybe once this post publishes, you, Internet, will be watching this with me at the Lingos Film Festival here with my churchies in Manhattan. Mostly positive reviews so far, those who’ve benefited from special, exclusive screenings. And they’ve been responsible for repeated watchings. YouTube knows who they are; apparently they’re fine with that.

Consider the work, here: the number of angles for each scene, with a few takes per angle; fiddling with lighting; cutting scenes; editing sound; deciding on music; managing not to catch the camera in any of the shots; and the YEARS of acting school Becky and I invested just for this video. Sure, you’re our friends and will appreciate it, but pretend you’re not our friends. Maybe you won’t have to pretend once you see the video, and you’ll understand what a labor of love this project was. That’s all we ask for – a little understanding. If you happen to enjoy it – icing on the cake.

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