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French-language Road CinemaBorders, Diasporas, Migration and 'New Europe'$
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Michael Gott

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780748698677

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748698677.001.0001

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Travelling Beyond the National: Mobile Citizenship and Flexible Identities in French-Language Return Road Movies

Travelling Beyond the National: Mobile Citizenship and Flexible Identities in French-Language Return Road Movies

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(p.118) 4. Travelling Beyond the National: Mobile Citizenship and Flexible Identities in French-Language Return Road Movies
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French-language Road Cinema
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Michael Gott

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748698677.003.0005

This chapter examines what is likely the increasingly prevalent ‘return to origins’ movie. A close look at the corpus of French-language road cinema of the past twenty years reveals a genre that actively reformulates the limits of national and European identity by (often literally) redrawing the map. The popularity of ‘return’ voyages is reflective of a desire to remap French and other national identities within the parameters of an enlarged European Union, within which physical and administrative frontiers have fallen. Return films demonstrate that it is now conceivable to be French, Belgian or Swiss and retain, or rediscover, a connection to another identity, whether Polish, Czech, Armenian, Spanish, Italian, or Maghrebi. The chapter begins with a discussion of how mobile and layered outlooks on citizenship fit into conception of French republicanism and European identity frameworks before zooming in on case studies from France and Switzerland. Voyage en Arménie/Armenia (Robert Guédiguian, 2006, France), Ten’ja/Testament (Hassan Legzouli, 2004, France/Morocco) and Comme des voleurs (à l'est)/Stealth (Lionel Baier, 2005, Switzerland) furnish the examples.

Keywords:   French road cinema, Swiss road cinema, Road movies, Travel cinema, “Return’ road movies, Immigration and Identity, French identity

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