Le je(u) de l'actrice : role-play and rebirth in Roch Stephanik's Stand-by (2000)

Hardwick, Joe (2013) Le je(u) de l'actrice : role-play and rebirth in Roch Stephanik's Stand-by (2000). Essays in French Literature and Culture, 50 35-50.

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Author Hardwick, Joe
Title Le je(u) de l'actrice : role-play and rebirth in Roch Stephanik's Stand-by (2000)
Formatted title
Le je(u) de l’actrice : role-play and rebirth in Roch Stéphanik’s Stand-by (2000)
Journal name Essays in French Literature and Culture
ISSN 1835-7040
Publication date 2013-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 50
Start page 35
End page 50
Total pages 16
Place of publication Crawley, Perth, WA, Australia
Publisher Department of European Languages & Studies, University of Western Australia
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Roch Stéphanik's 2000 film Stand-by recounts the story of Hélène, a thirty-something woman so traumatised by her husband's dumping her before they are to board a flight to Buenos Aires that she cannot bring herself to leave Orly airport. In the months that follow, Hélène transforms herself into Helena, a prostitute who takes her clients to nearby airport hotels. In this article, I will read Hélène in relation to other mobile urban women in French literarure and cinema, from Baudelaire's flâneur poetry to the mobile cinematic characters in films such as Agnès Varda's Cléo de 5 à 1 and Claire Denis's Vendredi soir. More specifically, I will examine the recurrent motifs of glass and/or mirrors in Stand-by and in those two films, and their relationship to notions of mobility, identity and transformation. I will argue that Orly airport functions not as a space of transit, but as a space of transition and of re-birth. With reference to the work of Ross Chambers, Marc Augé and Michel de Certeau, I will examine how role-play is a major factor in Hélène's self-empowerment, a transformation which will eventually allow her to leave the airport on her own terms.
Keyword Flaneuse
Mobile woman
Travel narrative
The loiterly
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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