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Vivre IciSpace, Place and Experience in Contemporary French Documentary$
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Alison J. Murray Levine

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940414

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786940414.001.0001

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Vivre Ici
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Alison J. Murray Levine

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786940414.003.0004

This chapter considers three films by French documentary auteurs who late in their careers, chose to make road movies of sorts: Chris Marker’s Chats perchés/The Case of the Grinning Cat (2004); Agnès Varda’s Les Plages d’Agnès/The Beaches of Agnes (2008); and Claudine Nougaret and Raymond Depardon’s Journal de France (2012). It suggests that all three films share an experiential impulse, understood as an invitation to experience space in a mobile, exploratory mode, and the potential to unsettle, de-center, and displace the viewer. Instead of fulfilling the conventional authoritative role of documentary commentary that describes or explains, the narrative instance provides instead a multiple, fragmentary, and unstable narrative center, which comes into being through incomplete journeys with uncertain destinations.

Keywords:   Nomadic, Road movie, Chris Marker, Agnès Varda, Raymond Depardon, Nomadic subjectivity

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