Reframing the periphery: narrative authority and self-reflexivity in Mathieu Kassovitz's La Haine

Hardwick, Joe (2015) Reframing the periphery: narrative authority and self-reflexivity in Mathieu Kassovitz's La Haine. Australian Journal of French Studies, 52 2: 127-138. doi:10.3828/ajfs.2015.11


Author Hardwick, Joe
Title Reframing the periphery: narrative authority and self-reflexivity in Mathieu Kassovitz's La Haine
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Reframing the periphery: narrative authority and self-reflexivity in Mathieu Kassovitz's La Haine
Journal name Australian Journal of French Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-9468
2046-2913
Publication date 2015
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3828/ajfs.2015.11
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 52
Issue 2
Start page 127
End page 138
Total pages 12
Place of publication Liverpool, United Kingdom
Publisher Liverpool University Press
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This article takes a narratological approach in examining how Mathieu Kassovitz’s La Haine (1995) establishes itself as an authoritative voice in framing the banlieue. It argues that framing is essential in establishing the film’s narrative authority, the idea that it is recounted from a position of experience. To do so, the film juggles two contradictory narrative impulses: a sense of critical distance which propels the film to its finale; and an emphasis on what Ross Chambers would call loiterliness, as the film tracks the wanderings of its trio of protagonists. By concentrating on three key storytelling sequences—the opening and closing voiceovers, as well as a story told by an elderly Jewish man which will be read self-reflexively—it will be argued that the key means through which the film adopts an insider’s perspective is through its affinity with Hubert, a character often overlooked in writing on the film.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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