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The French sentence "Arrête ton cinéma" explained

Get prepared to discover all the things you want to know about the funny French expression "Arrête ton cinéma". It includes a detailed guide of what it is and how you can use it in a dialogue with an audio example. Plus, we also added useful stuff like slow pronunciation audio, dialogue example, synonyms and more!

French to English

  • Translation : Stop the drama

  • Literal meaning : Stop your cinema

  • Register : Informal - Funny




  • IPA : / aʁɛt tɔ̃ sinema /

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What does arrête ton cinéma mean?


It's a common way to say to someone that he/she is being a drama queen. Because just like cinema actors, the person is playing a role and is faking it.

How to use

If someone around you is being a drama queen, you can say "Arrête ton cinéma".

This is familiar and, depending on the situation, it might get perceived as "kidding" but also criticism. 

If you say it to tease a close friend about something, he/she will probably laugh about it. But if you say it to someone you barely know and with an aggressive tone, people won't react the same way, so be careful when you use this one.

Example: A football player is crying in pain after an opponent slightly touched him. You can say "Arrête ton cinéma !".


↓ Example in a story with English translation ↓

Finally, let's see an example in a parallel story with slow audio.

Un caprice d'enfant

A childish whim

Philippe aimait passer du temps avec sa petite soeur Zoé.
Philippe enjoyed spending time with his little sister Zoé.
Il venait de temps en temps pour voir ses parents et sa sœur dans leur maison en banlieue.
He was coming from time to time to see his parents and his sister in their house in the suburbs.
Zoé était la plus jeune de la famille, elle avait cinq ans.
Zoé was the youngest of the family, she was five years old.
Comme elle était la seule enfant de la maison, elle était traitée comme une princesse...
And because she was the only child of the house, she was treated like a princess...
Ce qui menait parfois à des situations compliquées...
Which sometimes led to complicated situations...


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