Reinventing Regional Identity in Twenty-First Century Québécois and French Cinema

Victoria University of Wellington
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New Zealand Journal of French Studies, 2014, 35 (1), pp. 29 - 47
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Although rural and regional subjects and settings are well established conventions in both French and French Canadian literature and cinema, recent trends have seen filmmakers return to the rural and regional subject matter that had largely been abandoned in the closing years of the twentieth century. Drawing on, but also distinguishing themselves from their literary and cinematic antecedents, these modern films sought to connect with audiences by reinventing the rural. Using case studies of three filmsÉric Rohmers Les Amours d'Astrée et de Céladon which sought to recreate Honoré DUrfés seventeenth-century pastoral novel LAstrée, Dany Boons Bienvenue Chez les Chtis and Jean-François Pouliots La grande séductionthis paper argues that contemporary Francophone audiences demand a rural cinema that blends traditions of idealism and idylls with contemporary realities of life in regional France and Quebec.
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