Friday, June 09, 2006
French Version Of "The Office"
A French TV show called Le Bureau replicates Britain's The Office, which already has been cloned under the same title in the United States. "Vive la difference" is not quite the right phrase for the Gallic version, as white collar dreariness is a worldwide phenomenon. There is a "boss from hell", who nonetheless dresses better than his British counterpart. Racism is a frequent theme, and so is sexual harassment - although Le Bureau, being French, takes a lighter approach to this problem than Anglo-Americans would. The cast have dialect coaches who teach them business-speak (now there's an idea for a second career), and the worker bees surf the Internet just like everyone else.
"Cheese and whine in French 'Office'" from The Salt Lake Tribune