Se faire la pluie et le beau temps

French film director Jacques Demy was born on June 5, 1931. He was associated with the Rive Gauche (Left Bank) directors, an offshoot of the Nouvelle Vague (New Wave). His most famous film is Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg)(1964). It was digitally re-mastered and re-released in 1998. Catherine Deneuve looks amazing, but I don’t think the film has aged as well. My students roll their eyes when they realize that every word of the dialogue is sung. They are unmoved when they learn that the film won a Palme d’Or at Cannes and was nominated for five Academy Awards. Demy was married to fellow Rive Gauche director Agnès Varda. He died of AIDS in 1990 at age 59.

Jacques Demy

Today’s expression, se faire la pluie et le beau temps (suh fair lah plooE eh luh bow tehm) literally means “to make rain and good weather.”  Figuratively, it refers to someone whose opinion carries a lot of weight. Demy’s opinion carried enormous weight in the film world, and there were certainly were some rainy scenes in his most famous film, so it seems appropriate.

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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