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ReFocus: The Films of Susanne Bier$
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Missy Molloy, Mimi Nielsen, and Meryl Shriver-Rice

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474428729

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474428729.001.0001

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Danish Privilege and Responsibility in the Work of Susanne Bier

Danish Privilege and Responsibility in the Work of Susanne Bier

(p.243) Chapter 13 Danish Privilege and Responsibility in the Work of Susanne Bier
ReFocus: The Films of Susanne Bier

Meryl Shriver-Rice

Edinburgh University Press

Meryl Shriver-Rice interprets Brothers, After the Wedding, and In a Better World in terms of the shared trope of the white male sojourner who travels from Denmark to locations that feature non-white, non-Western citizens. This chapter situates the Bier/Jensen trilogy within a wider trend of contemporary Scandinavian narratives of guilt. In assessing potential critiques of the trilogy on postcolonial grounds, Shriver-Rice argues that the “elsewheres” of these films do not ignore geographic location specifics and cultural contexts in order to assert a universalizing morality. Instead, the ethical trajectories of these films are not universal, and the idea that universalist ethics will inevitably fail takes precedence. Shriver-Rice argues that Bier’s drawing from non-industrialized non-Western space has more to do with speaking to the privileged-world guilt in the Danish viewer, and reminding him or her of the world at large beyond Western space.

Keywords:   Susanne Bier, Danish cinema, transnational cinema studies, postcolonial film studies

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