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Queering the Family: Fantasy and the performance of sexuality and gay relations in French cinema 1995-2000

Ince, Kate (2002) Queering the Family: Fantasy and the performance of sexuality and gay relations in French cinema 1995-2000. Studies in French Cinema, 2 (2). pp. 90-97. ISSN 1471-5880

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Identification Number/DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/sfci.2.2.90

This paper looks in detail at the representation of sexuality in the family in three films of the mid to late 1990s, Balasko’s Gazon maudit, Berliner’s Ma Vie en rose, and Giusti’s Pourquoi pas moi? Its double focus is the changing structure of the French family at the end of the twentieth century, considered against key political developments such as the pacte civil de solidarité (PaCS) of November 1999, and the cinematic fantasies in which these structural changes are envisioned. Fable, fantasy or anti-realism mark the endings of Gazon maudit and Pourquoi pas moi?, while sequences of childhood fantasy punctuate the entire length of Ma Vie en rose. No particular theoretical approach to fantasy is preferred, but the conclusion of the paper is that cinema may be a privileged cultural vehicle for politically enabling fantasy, and that the three films discussed demonstrate this where the French family is concerned.

Type of Work:Article
Date:November 2002 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:Department of Modern Languages
Subjects:N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
PN1993 Motion Pictures
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Intellect Press
ID Code:701
Refereed:YES
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