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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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(p.73) Chapter Three Road
Vivre Ici

Alison J. Murray Levine

Liverpool University Press

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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