Through the prisms of ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, French Minority Cinema explores key questions of identity and social interaction in the context of republican France, across two significant `minority' cinemas: cinema de banlieue and gay cinema. It offers the first comprehensive parallel study of these two bodies of film and their inter-relations, examining issues of national cinema and identity and the problematic status of minorities within the contemporary Republic. Against a backdrop of political and media debates on the PACS, parity, the affaire du voile and the French principle of laicite, banlieue youth dissatisfaction, and gay parenting, French Minority Cinema charts the negotiatory discourse that has emerged through, and around, a core corpus of films released over the past two decades. This study will be of interest to scholars and students alike, working in the fields of French, Film, and Gay and Lesbian/Queer Studies.
Acknowledgements Introduction Minorities: Numerical and Theoretical Negotiatory Intersections: The Centrality of the Spoken Word Why Banlieue and Gay Cinema? Key Film Texts: La Haine and Les Nuits fauves Minorities in the Republic Dialogue, Mediation, Negotiation Ethnicity: From bleu, blanc, rouge to black, blanc, beur ...and back again Hexagone, La Haine, Rai and La Squale Ethnic Identity Construction Mediated Through Conflict Categories of Conflict: Banlieue vs. the Republic? Discursive Position and Narrative Voice Silencing the Beur Voice Intergenerational Verbal Conflict Genders and discourse Gender and the Republic: Parity, the PACS and the Symbolic Order Gazon maudit, Douce France, Ma 6-T va crack-er and Belle Maman Parent-Child Verbal Relations Gender Subversion Bilingual Mothers and Disappointed Fathers: Parent-Child Verbal Exchanges in Banlieue Cinema Family Insults and Sacralised Filiation Sexualities From Sexuality to Sexualities: `Straight'forward Republicanism? Pedale douce, Le Ciel, les oiseaux... et ta mere, Le Derriere and Drole de Felix Blurring the Boundaries Heterosexuality in Banlieue Films Prejudice within Sexualities Ambiguity, Assertion, Disclosure Conclusion Challenges to the French Republican Model Negotiatory Discourse Emerging From Within Works Cited and Consulted Filmography Index