If you struggle with a sub-titled movie, think of poor me. I’m wading through a subtitled box set, borrowed from my elder brother.
He recommended the French cop series Spiral and my French vocab has improved 100 per cent. As well as saying ‘hello’, I can now ask people to sit down. That’s about all I’ve picked up, as I’m so busy reading and trying to match the sentences with the characters.
They all look very much the same in that swarthy, sexy Parisian way, smoking and making it very difficult to follow what they’re saying.
Then when they throw in a bit of Arabic – and offer a French sub as well as the English one – it becomes a visual catastrophe.
What hope do I have of sussing out who the bad guys are?