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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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Conclusion: paternity and Le Garçu

Conclusion: paternity and Le Garçu

(p.155) 7 Conclusion: paternity and Le Garçu
Maurice Pialat

Marja Warehime

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses paternity as the theme in the film Le Garçu, which was the last film of Maurice Pialat. Le Garçu is not an inappropriate conclusion to Pialat's lifework in film. It brings his career full circle, reconnecting with the autobiographical and documentary inspiration of his first films and focusing more directly on what had always been the central concern of his cinema: the family. Le Garçu represents an important shift in the paradigm of becoming a father, as the character Gérard is both a son and a father. This film can be said to be Pialat's cinematic universe. The various iterations of the father–son relationship unify the composition, becoming the thematic equivalent of a pictorial motif. The story of le garçu and his own father then becomes crucial to Pialat's portrayal of paternity.

Keywords:   Le Garçu, paternity, Maurice Pialat, family relationships, documentary inspiration, cinematic universe

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