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Nick Rees-Roberts

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748634187

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634187.001.0001

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Down and Out: Immigrant Poverty and Queer Sexuality

Down and Out: Immigrant Poverty and Queer Sexuality

(p.43) 2. Down and Out: Immigrant Poverty and Queer Sexuality
French Queer Cinema

Nick Rees-Roberts

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter explores the sexual component of the authoritarian conjuncture in France and its effect on cinematic visions of poverty, marginality, and immigration. It analyses Amal Bedjaoui's Un fils and Sébastien Lifshitz's Wild Side, two films that weaved poverty and sexuality into the social fabric and took up the social and sexual dynamics of the current retreat into conservatism. These two films also highlighted precarious material lives and increased emotional anxiety for those they figure as excluded from neo-liberal hegemony – migrants, sex workers and transgender communities.

Keywords:   cinematic visions, authoritarian conjuncture, poverty, marginality, immigration, France, Un fils, Amal Bedjaoui, Wild Side, Sébastien Lifshitz

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