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Update: tou.tv has removed the video I integrated below from their YouTube channel, but Mike has linked to another copy of it in the comments section.

Now that tou.tv has uploaded some episodes from Quebec TV to YouTube, we can look at entire scenes. Let’s look at a scene from Les Parent, in an episode called “24 heures à la fois,” from season 4.

In the video below, the scene that runs from 1:53 to 3:03 shows three characters — a teenaged boy called Olivier, and his mother and father. They’re in the kitchen.

Olivier’s mother wants to know how his French exam went: Comment ç’a été ton gros examen de français? Olivier gets frustrated by her question, and he wants to know why she’s asking. Her answer is simple: Je m’intéresse à toi.

But then Olivier goes into a rant about how she’s only interested in him when he’s got an exam at school, and how she never wants to know what his vraies aspirations in life are.

When Olivier starts rambling like this, we the viewers know that it’s because he’s up to no good. He’s got some ulterior motive for insisting that his mother take interest in his vraies aspirations, ses envies, ses désirs…

We learn what his motive is when Olivier leaves the kitchen and the father says to his wife: Y’a tellement coulé, là! In other words, “He so flunked (his exam)!” Couler in this sense means to flunk or to fail. So Olivier was trying to divert attention from the fact that he had failed his exam. This is the part of the scene that viewers would find funny; it’s the part that reveals the trickery behind Olivier’s long-winded speech.

The mother agrees completely with her husband. She says: Big time!

This scene runs from 1:53 to 3:03.

Here’s some language to help you understand the scene. It’s not a full transcript, so the challenge is increased a little. Most of the language you need is below, but ignore it if you don’t want the help.

comment ç’a été?, examen de français, comment ça pourquoi?, je m’intéresse à toi, tu t’intéresses à moi, j’sais (ché) pas, c’est à toi de me le dire, c’est sûr, voyons donc, comment ça se fait d’abord que…, mes vraies aspirations, à quoi je rêve dans la vie, ce qui me préoccupe dans le monde, ce qui me touche, mes envies, mes désirs, ce qui me rend heureux, ce qui me rend triste, je te le demande des fois, juste quand j’ai des examens, je pourrais décevoir, pas correspondre à ton modèle d’enfant idéal, une machine à apprendre des actions, équations algébriques, temps de verbe, propositions subordonnées, j’ai plus envie que…, pas un robot, c’est correct, fâche-toi pas, monter pour souper, il a (y’a) tellement coulé, big time

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