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Second clip from La vérité si je mens II. In this scene Serge Benamou introduces his parents to those of his future wife. Problem is, he told his future in laws and his wife that he was a successful businessmen but in reality he is a postal deliveryman.
To make sure the dinner goes smoothly, Serge has told his parents that his girlfriend's parents were a bit senile and that they might say some strange things. To play it safe, he told to the same about his own parents.
Here you have the most famous scene in the movie where in classic Théâtre de Boulevard style, Mme Benamou asks the much richer Mme Boutboul what catering service they will use. The scene rests on the name of one of Paris most exclusive caterer, 'Lenôtre', which is pronounced like 'Le nôtre' - 'ours'. People laugh at the imbroglio and at the naiveté of Mme Boutboul, a regular working class mom who does not know the exclusive caterer.
Transcript of sound file:
Et pour le traiteur, j'ai pensé qu'on pourrait prendre Lenôtre.
Pourquoi pas? Et c'est qui?
La traiteur, qui c'est?
C'est Lenôtre. Mais si vous préférez prendre le vôtre...
Non... On va prendre le vôtre!
Alors? C'est qui?
[Puzzled and pained look from Mrs Boutboul who feels Mr Benamou is getting senile]
Ah ah ah. J'ai compris. Vous voulez pas le dire!
And for the caterer, I thought we could take Lenôtre/ours.
[In French, this sounds exactly like 'I thought we could take ours']
Why not? And who is it?
The caterer, who is it?
It is Lenôtre/ours. But if you want to take yours...
No, we'll take yours!
So? Who is it?
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