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Studying French Cinema$
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Sarah Perks, Isabelle Vanderschelden, and Andy Willis

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781906733162

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906733162.001.0001

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Adolescence and Coming of Age in Claude Miller’s Intimist Cinema

Adolescence and Coming of Age in Claude Miller’s Intimist Cinema

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(p.133) Chapter Six: Adolescence and Coming of Age in Claude Miller’s Intimist Cinema
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Studying French Cinema
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Isabelle Vanderschelden

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906733162.003.0007

This chapter analyses Claude Miller's L'Effrontée/The Impudent Girl (1985) and La Petite voleuse/The Little Thief (1989). These two films share many common features beyond the casting of their main actress. They can be considered as a double portrayal of adolescence in which the two protagonists mirror and complement one another. The films explore a series of related themes which revolve around the difficult transition from childhood to adulthood, the unease of adolescence and the related loss of innocence, the discovery of self, and the quest for identity that this period of life often involves. After placing the films in the context of Miller's filmography and briefly outlining their production contexts, the chapter focuses more specifically on how they illustrate the legacy of the New Wave (especially Truffaut), while exploring some conventions of a typically French genre revived from the 1980s, the 'intimist' period drama.

Keywords:   Claude Miller, The Impudent Girl, The Little Thief, adolescence, coming of age, self-discovery, French New Wave, intimist period drama

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