Sis and Mr Sis and I elected to go and see this movie at the local cinema this evening. So we dropped Scooter at his aunty’s who was elected babysitter (no, not me, his other aunty) and toddled off to the multiplex.
The Taupo Multiplex.
Taupo is not a sprawling metropolis… and before I forget it’s pronounced Tow(as in Ow!) Po (as in Oh!).
As the movie, (known in English as Seducing Dr Lewis) is a bit ‘arty’ (being in French and all) one doesn’t expect to see it in ‘The Grande Theatre’… so we were booked for ‘the Lounge Theatre’ (given that the paper advised booking as A Good Thing)…
Being a big city chick I had envisioned the Lounge Theatre to be decked out with your favourite lazy boy type chairs and tuxedoed waiters serving champers and hors d’ouvres… Just Laaavly Dahling!!! For which one expects to pay a bit of a premium etc… but which serves to heighten the experience…
Remember? This is Taupo, not Sydney….
So we were directed to our allocated viewing room (which I suspect is just the kind of room you might see at some body’s private screening room) and were surprised to find…
Eleven seats (hence the need to book)
A Sony Home Theatre system with speakers in all corners of the room, (subwoofer peeking out from under the curtains which lined the walls)
The DVD title menu playing giving away the method of projection (which negated the need to sit through ghastly advertisements…).
We were the only ones there, clearly French language movies are not the mode du jour for the general populace… but the movie was charming and highly recommended.
Funnily, there were some rather bizarre choices where the subtitles were concerned. Someone in the translation department forgot that they were translating for English Speakers rather than the Deaf so where there was moaning and groaning or bells ringing, (which one could concievably imagine would sound the same in any language), the subtitler thought it prudent to advise the viewers that there was indeed (moaning) (groaning) and (church bells ringing).
Anyhoo, I am leaving Taupo for Cambridge (which is smaller than Taupo, it doesn’t have a cinema, let alone a multiplex) for my last two nights and heading back to Sydney on Sunday. What was God thinking when he made holiday weeks move at twice the speed of normal weeks? It isn’t right…
[ed. Have realised that the references to moaning and groaning might indicate a somewhat different movie than I had intended. Rest assured Seducing Dr Lewis, while it may sound slightly saucy, is not ‘that’ kind of movie at all…tame, very tame indeed.]
On some DVDs they give you the option of English subtitles or English subtitles for the hard of hearing. Perhaps the cinema had chosen the wrong one…
I am very impressed with the whole set up. What a great idea to have a little art house lounge theatre in a smaller town.