Fallen angels and flawed saviours: marginality and exclusion in La Vie de Jésus and La Vie rêvée des anges

Hardwick, Joe (2007) Fallen angels and flawed saviours: marginality and exclusion in La Vie de Jésus and La Vie rêvée des anges. Studies in French Cinema, 7 3: 219-230. doi:10.1386/sfc.7.3.219_1

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Author Hardwick, Joe
Title Fallen angels and flawed saviours: marginality and exclusion in La Vie de Jésus and La Vie rêvée des anges
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Fallen angels and flawed saviours: Marginality and exclusion in La Vie de Jésus and La Vie rêvée des anges
Journal name Studies in French Cinema   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1471-5880
1758-9517
Publication date 2007-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1386/sfc.7.3.219_1
Volume 7
Issue 3
Start page 219
End page 230
Total pages 12
Editor S. Hayward
P. Powrie
Place of publication Bristol, UK
Publisher Intellect
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject C1
410302 Cinema Studies
751003 Visual communication
Formatted abstract
The recurrence of wandering characters in le jeune cinéma raises the question as to whether they might be considered the cinematic counterparts of the literary protagonists that narrative theorist Ross Chambers examines in his book Loiterature. Chambers's study includes a discussion of Agnès Varda's Sans toit ni loi, revealing the potential applicability of his theories to the cinema as well. Loiterature, drawing on Michel Serres's theory of parasitism, examines the relationship between wandering protagonists and marginality and exclusion, two terms which recur consistently in critical writing on le jeune cinéma yet which tend to be used interchangeably. In this article, I will take seriously the distinction between marginality and exclusion in Chambers's theories, using them as the starting point for a discussion of the relationship between space, narrative and marginality in two key films of le jeune cinéma, Erick Zonca's 1998 feature La Vie rêvée des anges/The Dreamlife of Angels and Bruno Dumont's 1997 film La Vie de Jésus/The Life of Jesus. It will be argued that, although marginality and exclusion are very much unstable and shifting concepts, there remains an important distinction between them which is particularly evident in these two films.
Keyword exclusion
identity
le jeune cinéma
marginality
parasitism
wandering
Q-Index Code C1
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