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Reimagining North African immigrationIdentities in flux in French literature, television and film$
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Patrick Saveau and Veronique Machelidon

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780719099489

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719099489.001.0001

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The immigrant in Abdellatif Kechiche’s cinematic work: transcending the question of origins

The immigrant in Abdellatif Kechiche’s cinematic work: transcending the question of origins

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(p.63) 4 The immigrant in Abdellatif Kechiche’s cinematic work: transcending the question of origins
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Reimagining North African immigration
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Emna Mrabet

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719099489.003.0005

This chapter examines Abdellatif Kechiche’s movies La faute à Voltaire (2000), L’Esquive (2002) et La graine et le mulet (2007) which tell the stories of three characters of Maghrebi origins from three different generations: Krimo (L’Esquive), Jallel (La faute à Voltaire) and Slimane (La graine et le mulet). It examines how, from narrative and cinematographic perspectives, a three-generation time span produces characters and communities whose characteristics, idiosyncrasies and quest differ from one another. Furthermore, the article points out the different cultural references displayed by the film director, who anchors his characters within a culturally hybrid environment, thereby attempting to thwart the traps of communitarianism and to transcend the question of origins

Keywords:   Deconstructing stereotype, Decentering dominant culture, Female agency, L’esquive , La faute à Voltaire, La graine et le mulet

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