Totally Frenched Out

From the blogger formerly known as Samdebretagne

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

My 15 minutes of fame

So Monday night, I was lucky enough to be invited to participate in an interview that will (hopefully) be part of a documentary about Americans in France. The plan is for it to be aired the night after the elections, on one of the France télévision channels.

I was extremely nervous at first, especially once I found out the interview was going to be conducted in French, but I loosened up after a glass or two of wine. The funny thing is, knowing that the target audience is mainly francophone, I didn't really feel 100% free to state my views. I have often been accused of being too forward or direct (and rightly so), but after a few years in France, I've learned to sort of tame down or hold back my viewpoint depending on my audience. But many of you out there know how I get when I've got one too many glasses of wine in me, so I'm a bit nervous to see what they actually use.

There's also the slight problem of me not really remembering much about the actual filming so I'm wondering if I didn't have more to drink than I thought I did.....oops! I do seem to remember waving my arms around a bit manically while talking, which generally is a sign of me being either very excited or three sheets to the wind. Maybe Jen or Veronica can confirm or deny??

All things considered though, I don't think I was drunk during the actual interview, I think it was the bottle of wine the random Cordon Bleu student bought us at the end of the night that did me in. He bought it right before closing and I ended up drinking two glasses of wine way too fast. But I'm wondering now why they even let him buy it if they were planning on closing 5 minutes later? Either way, I did not need those last two glasses and I paid for it the next day.

So I am both looking forward to and not looking forward to see if our short interview made it into the documentary or if it was cut in the editing process. He had about 60 hours of film for 52 minutes of actual air time. I think he'll probably use at least some part of our group conversation because he said we were the only "youth opinion" he had, plus he was all excited about having Veronica be the token black person. Which to me spoke volumes about French culture, but whatever. Now there's only 50+ days to count down to see whether or not I made a fool out of myself (in French) on national television!



Blogger The Big Finn said...

I think you're better of NOT holding back your viewpoint on things. It may cause some short-term problems, but it will usually result in things being better in the long run.

Say what you mean.

Mean what you say.

September 18, 2008 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Justin said...

Awesome, I look forward to seeing it... Keep us in the loop as to date, time, channel, etc.

September 18, 2008 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger Antipodeesse said...

Need to know which channel!
How flippin' exciting!

September 18, 2008 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger parisiannewyorker said...

Re: the token black person; funny you mention this because I was talking with the H about a similar subject not that long ago.

We were watching that movie "The Kingdom" (with Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Garner) and I was all, "Hey! That French actor dude (Saïd something or other, he was in "La Haine") is in this movie!" This Saïd guy was also in "The Kite Runner" and a couple of other US films and the H was all, "Yeah, he works a lot in foreign movies but we never see him in movies in France. I think the quota for Arab actors is filled in France, because you have Jamel Debbouze and maybe one other Arab actor and that's it". Then I said, "Hey, but you know, there aren't any famous French black actors" and the H was like, "Yes there are!" and I said, "Oh yeah? Name one" and then he drew a major blank.

Anyway I know what you mean about holding back your viewpoint - I tend to do that with most French people (ie the in laws) only because then they get very upset and overly defensive.

September 18, 2008 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

I hope those of us no longer in France will be able to watch on the internerd! Give us a link if you can.

September 18, 2008 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger Cindy in NE said...

How exciting! I hope we can view it in Nebraska! I love hearing what expats say about us--always hoping to be one of you someday! ;)

Cindy in NE

September 18, 2008 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

très cool...I totally would have gotten drunk though too just to calm my nerves. TF1 or M6 are like freakin' FOX tv in France...keep us posted on when it airs!

September 18, 2008 at 8:58 PM  
Blogger bryn said...

hi sam! i'm enjoying reading this...and awesome about the documentary. that's what i'm trying to break into here in la la land. anyways...anna gave me the address so i'm excited to stay au courant!

September 18, 2008 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger La Belette Rouge said...

I am sure you were brilliant!

September 18, 2008 at 9:36 PM  
Blogger Ginger said...

Whoooaaa baby girl ! Been too long since I read your blog and I've just now caught up !

Gooooo !!! Aller, aller, AALLLERRR ! *rit* Good for you !

Do let us know what channel ? I'm now engaged to the Breton (ouaiii, ring and all.) and moving for the trial (my trial, merci.) for thirty-days.

I hope to see you on the tele and hear you speak !

Bon travail. I am so proud of you.


September 19, 2008 at 12:18 AM  
Blogger Alisa said...

how exciting! i hope there is a link you can pass on for when it comes out.
that reminds me of when i was interviewed in montpellier for the 2004 elections. it was on france 2 or 3 and i ended up on the national news speaking french.... so i'm sure you'll do MUCH better than i did! *hides head*
ps. i forgot to comment, but your monop livreur story was hilarious! :)

September 19, 2008 at 5:06 AM  
Blogger wcs said...

@parisiannewyorker: Pascal Legitimus is the first who came to mind.

September 19, 2008 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

I'm thinkin you did fine too.. What great exposure though, and how exciting!

September 19, 2008 at 5:12 PM  

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