ixcrisxi, I studied French in school, but I'm not sure if I'd call myself fluent. J'ai besoin de pratiquer!
BTW, deus ex machina is the latin translation of the Greek concept of theos ek mechanes, literally "god from the machine". This comes from the Greek (esp. Euripides) and, later, Roman dramatic tradition of resolving a play by lowering a god onto the stage by means of a mechanical device, like a crane. Hence, "god from the machine". Anyway, that's why people now use it to mean a forced or improbable device that's used to conclude a story or resolve a plot.
Yay, literature is fun!