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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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Road Movie, Transnational Cinema and Self-discovery Journey

Road Movie, Transnational Cinema and Self-discovery Journey

(p.217) Chapter Ten: Road Movie, Transnational Cinema and Self-discovery Journey
Studying French Cinema

Isabelle Vanderschelden

Liverpool University Press

This chapter studies how, amongst the significant trends emerging in French cinema in recent years, there has been a concerted desire by some film-makers to produce more transnational films inspired by the globalisation of culture and the representation of intercultural issues. Le Grand voyage (Ismaël Ferroukhi, 2004) illustrates this trend and presents a specific manifestation of what it means to grow up in a multicultural context in French society today, namely the experience of second-generation young adolescents born and/or brought up in France whose parents came from North African countries. The film combines an unusual production history with surprising critical and public success, an aspect which facilitated its international distribution. What makes Le Grand voyage original is the way in which it veers away from the usual themes associated with 'beur cinema' in France from the 1980s as well as from the social problems identified in the films of the 1990s set in the 'banlieue' (suburbs), to focus instead on the notion of a journey of Self-discovery. The chapter then investigates a number of intercultural 'journeys' that the film engages with, those which inform the multicultural representation of contemporary France.

Keywords:   French cinema, transnational films, globalisation, intercultural issues, Le Grand voyage, Ismaël Ferroukhi, beur cinema, self-discovery journey

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