à la volette

[This post originally appeared in Dullicious, where I blogged as Barbie-dull for several years.]

I’m a big fan of the French TV show Kaamelott (lighter English entry), a comedy television series which parodies the Arthurian Legends. The series takes place in the 5th century, in England (then called Brittany) and all the characters use modern language and the formal “vous”. It’s hysterical and exquisite.

Each episode lasts less than 4 minutes. The episode below (La Quinte Juste) is one of my favourites.

King Arthur sings to himself under his tree. (w3t-ers, the song he’s singing is “Pavane (Belle qui tient ma vie)”, the same song DD made us sing in Montreal last year ;). His father in law approaches and Arthus asks him “did you hear me sing?” and Léodagan says “no…”.

The episode is about singing. Father Blaise is very conservative, the knight Bohort wants to modernise singing and King Arthur doubts at first that they’re making a good use of their time singing, then doesn’t really give a damn but participates anyway.

Father Blaise: “I’ll report to the Pope the next person I hear whistling a pagan interval!” and also “stop! or I’m going to throw up on the round table!”

Anyway, at the end of the episode, Bohort, King Arthur and the king’s mother in law stand in front of Father Blaise and sing an interpretation of the song À la volette. I think they can sing.