Approaches to Othered Identities and Spaces in French Cinema

  • Şirin Fulya Erensoy
Part of the Palgrave European Film and Media Studies book series (PEFMS)


This chapter investigates two contemporary French productions, Dheepan (Jacques Audiard 2015) and Fatima (Philippe Faucon 2016), in order to identify which national sensibilities relating to the foundational principles of the Republic are being targeted by the films and whether they offer solutions or retreat to the safety of the status quo. I will argue that while Dheepan repeats the clichéd representations of the banlieues that cinema has perpetuated, reaffirming and aggravating anxieties regarding the peri-urban space, Fatima opens a discursive space to discuss the lack of compatibility between Republican ideals and policies of integration with social reality, where a shift in perception is yet to occur.


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  • Şirin Fulya Erensoy
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