Journal article

Kechiche and the French classics: Cinema as subversion and renewal of tradition

C Nettelbeck

French Cultural Studies | Published : 2007

Abstract

Tunisian-born Abdellatif Kechiche would now appear to be fully integrated into the French filmmaking community. The success of his first two films, La Faute à Voltaire (2001) and especially L'Esquive (2004), which won a César for best script and best film, suggests that his future career will be guaranteed. The filmmaker's trajectory seems a perfect illustration of the utopian dream of French cinema by which anyone, no matter how much of an outsider, can find salvation through art. But Kechiche's work tells a very different story. Using canonical artefacts of French culture as markers, these films expose the many obstacles that confront those seeking integration into French society, and the ..

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