Live Poll: Touché, Monsieur

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"At least, you'll never be a vegetable: even artichokes have heart"

You're probably already familiar with this memorable line from Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (2001) but did you know that French cinema is full of similarly stinging insults or retorts?

Some of them are more 'general' and aren't deprived of existential poetry while others work on a subtly self-deprecating way, and the rest is so delightfully harsh the only possible answer is, as they say in French, "Touché!".

Which of these French movies' quotes would you most like to use in real life?

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls027486724/

http://www.imdb.com/poll/Thm15vx6O-w/
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ElM,

For your consideration: you may wish to change the title to:
Touché, Monsieur

I believe this title is more consistent with your poll. However, this is just a suggestion and not a mandate. I believe Touché is generally understood by English speakers.

The IMDb Editors consider exclamation marks ("!") to look too much like advertisement copy. They prefer not to include exclamation marks ("!") in poll titles.
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Funny that I didn't think of "Touché" although I had it in my intro :)
I'll get rid of the profanity (not that there is much to rewrite) thanks Dan!
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Thanks, ElM.

I've updated the title of this thread accordingly.

A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
Caskie Stinnett

French is a beautiful language. Even the mundane and profane sounds better in French. French has been the language of diplomacy. By extension:

A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell such a way in French that you actually look forward to the trip.
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Thanks Dan, 

I think it speaks for both French language and French cinema especially good old popular French cinema, the Nouvelle Vague brought some memorable movies but nothing in the same vein than the movies starring Jean Gabin, Lino Ventura, Bernard Blier and written by Michel Audiard, Henri Jeanson or Jacques Prévert.

Audiard is responsible for almost half the quotes here (and I had to be selective), the street-smart dialog-expert gave an indelible magic poetry to Parisian slang, making him a sort of Rimbaud of Vulgarity. Audiard is probably the most likely writer to be lost into translation, but I'm glad I could find some quotes whose English equivalents do justice to the original meaning.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N83Me--X7r4

This is a clip I made about memorable French quotes, some of them were listed for that poll.