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- White Belt
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I realise that this thread is really old, but I happened to recently re-watch this (first time since it came out, which was quite a while back . . . ). I noticed the vous usage between them too. I put it down to a intentially forced formality between them, to actually force out with language the actual state of intimacy created between them as a result of the prior illicit affair. At least that was what I read as her motivation. From his side it might have been a bit of guilt of the betrayal of his deceased colleague, coupled with respect for her widowed position, and also his viewing her as a sort of unattainable perfection. Lots going on there but I thought it added an interesting nuance and was a nice example of something that is literally untranslatable in the subtitles. In a more flexible English narrative translation you could probably signal this dynamic between then in a more roundabout way with subtle formality markers, but it would be challenging. But definitely cool nerdy fun for linguistics fanatics like us lot!
- Brown Belt
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Samoan(FSI 4+, rusty),
Tagalog (use daily),
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Sir and Ma'am can be used in the American South as a way distance oneself from someone you are mad with. I have no idea about French.
I'm working with Buntús Cainte, Progress in Irish, Learning Irish, and Teach Yourself Irish 1961 to learn Irish. I'm studying, shadowing, and reviewing. Irish is hard, but I'm happy
- Black Belt - 3rd Dan
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