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Laurent Cantet

Martin O'Shaughnessy


Laurent Cantet is of one France’s leading contemporary directors. He probes the evolution and fault-lines of contemporary society from the home to the workplace and from the Republican school to globalized consumption more acutely than perhaps any other French film-maker. His films always challenge his characters’ assumptions about their world. But they also make their spectators rethink their position in relation to what they see. This is what makes Cantet such an important film-maker, the book argues. It explores Cantet’s unique working ‘method,’ his use of amateur actors and attempt to deve ... More

Keywords: Political cinema, Melodrama, Workplace, Laurent Cantet, French film, Jacques Rancière, Pierre Bourdieu, Mickail Bakhtin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780719091506
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719091506.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin O'Shaughnessy, author
Nottingham Trent University