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Post-Migratory Cultures in Postcolonial France$
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Kathryn Kleppinger and Laura Reeck

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786941138

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786941138.001.0001

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Mixed Couples in Contemporary French Cinema: Exploring New Representations of Diversity and Difference on the Big Screen

Mixed Couples in Contemporary French Cinema: Exploring New Representations of Diversity and Difference on the Big Screen

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(p.202) Mixed Couples in Contemporary French Cinema: Exploring New Representations of Diversity and Difference on the Big Screen
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Post-Migratory Cultures in Postcolonial France
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Leslie Kealhofer-Kemp

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786941138.003.0012

This chapter examines Rachid Djaïdani’s Rengaine [Hold Back] (2012) and Amelle Chahbi’s Amour sur place ou à emporter [Take-Away Romance] (2014), the only French feature films to date that focus on couples in which neither person is a majority-ethnic character (one is black, the other is of Maghrebi descent). Though stylistically very different, both films explore the place of and relationship between diverse minority-ethnic groups in France through the portrayal of these mixed couples. In doing so, they offer new perspectives on the treatment of mixed couples in French cinema while exposing complicated dynamics that exist between different post-migratory postcolonial minorities. Rengaine and Amour sur place ou à emporter condemn racism and discrimination that exist between members of these groups and underscore the respective filmmakers’ desire to portray different kinds of diversity than has previously been seen on the big screen.

Keywords:   Rachid Djaïdani, Amelle Chahbi, mixed couples in French cinema, Rengaine, Amour sur place ou à emporter

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