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Day 29: Watching a Movie Abroad… With No Subtitles

Day 29:  At the Movies

Day 29: At the Movies

About a week into my Russian lessons, I was talked into seeing a movie at the Vefa Center… in Russian… with someone who could understand Russian… while I couldn’t. Oh yes, and it was an English movie that was dubbed over (by the one male voice that seemed to do all the Russian voice overs), and it had no subtitles. None. Why would it?

Did I mention that movie was 12,000 B.C.?

E-P-I-C fail.

Even without understanding the narration, I could tell the movie was awful beyond all belief.

I couldn’t tell you anything about the movie at this point except that I left there thinking it was a total waste. The speaking was so minimal that I didn’t gain from hearing the Russian word, and the story was just visually unimpressive.

You could classify this as my worst movie-going experience abroad. I had much better luck while in the Baltic countries where they actually screened movies in ENGLISH (nice!), and of course, here in Oz. We saw True Grit tonight and enjoyed it (even without subtitles).


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6 Responses to Day 29: Watching a Movie Abroad… With No Subtitles

  1. Justine January 31, 2011 at 3:38 am #

    so where did you see True Grit? We saw that last night also.on TV I think that movie is awesome

    • Brooke January 31, 2011 at 6:39 am #

      Weird coincidence! Are you referring to the old version? We saw the new one with Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon at the theater in Chatswood 🙂

  2. Amanda January 31, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    I don’t have any terrible foreign movie experiences to tell of — only one awesome one.

    When I was studying abroad in New Zealand, I think I went to see 3 or 4 movies. The last one was on my last night in the country. My friend Andrea and I went down to this old refurbished theater in Wellington that has a velvet curtain that covers the screen. We saw “Mamma Mia” — the sing-a-long version. It was epic, and in a good way!

    People came dressed up, everyone was singing and dancing in the aisles, and I think there was even an inflatable beach ball being batted around. Easily the most fun movie-going experience ever!

    • Brooke February 1, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

      Wow that definitely sounds epic in a good way! Sounds like so much fun 🙂

  3. Abbey Hesser February 12, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    I can completely relate to this. I remember sitting on a train in Spain when I first arrived and that dragon movie Eragon was on. I had not so much as seen a preview for the movie, had no idea what it was about and it was a complete disaster. My Spanish was relatively non-existenct and it took me almost 30 minutes to realize that I was listening to the move IN CATALAN. Not even in Spanish. Let’s just say, I didn’t get it.


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