Eloquent Fragments

French Fiction Film and Globalization

in French Politics, Culture & Society
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  • 1 Nottingham Trent University
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I will begin this piece with two contradictory observations that I will later try to reconcile.1 The first is that neoliberal globalization is deeply resistant to representation within the framework of conventional fiction. The second is that, following its much trumpeted return to the real in the 1990s, French cinema could not avoid figuring the consequences of that same capitalist globalization. Reconciliation of this paradox will lead to the suggestion that French (or rather Franco-Belgian) cinema has above all focused on the fragments left behind once globalization has passed through the social terrain. But, far from producing a satisfactory solution, this reconciliation only opens onto a dilemma.

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