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Marja Warehime

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719068225

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719068225.001.0001

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A family of works

A family of works

(p.45) 3 A family of works
Maurice Pialat

Marja Warehime

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores Maurice Pialat's work on the theme of family. In the broadest sense, all of Pialat's films are about family, whether this involves the interactions of parents and children or the couple whose problematic relationship will preclude their becoming a family and having a child or the solitary figure who will never find a place in a family, even the larger family of a community of faith and whose isolation will be a source of much suffering. A whole constellation of issues emerges from Pialat's preoccupation with the family: issues of community and national identity, generational conflict and its historical counterpart: tradition versus change, work and money, sexuality and sexual politics, and paternity.

Keywords:   Maurice Pialat, films, family issues, national identity, relationship

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