Contemporary French Civilization

Out of this world: the lunar imaginaries of cinéma-monde

Contemporary French Civilization (2022), 47, (1), 89–107.

Abstract

This article investigates the ways in which cinéma-monde imagines itself “universally” by examining how it portrays its relation to the cosmos, the universe beyond the Earth’s atmosphere. Analyzing Yamina Bachir-Chouikh’s 2002 Rachida, Jean-Pierre Bekolo’s 2005 Les saignantes, and Jean-Marc Vallée’s 2005 C.R.A.Z.Y., this article asks how a consideration of cinéma-monde’s perspective on outer space might allow us to conceive of the “kaleidoscope of Cinéma-monde” (Gott and Schilt) as a planetary phenomenon. The article also explores how imaginations of outer space reconfigure cinéma-monde’s margins in terms of gender and sexuality.

Cet article étudie “l’universalité” du cinéma-monde en examinant comment Rachida (Yamina Bachir-Chouikh, 2002), Les saignantes (Jean-Pierre Bekolo, 2005) et C.R.A.Z.Y. (Jean-Marc Vallée, 2005) représentent leur relation à l’univers au-delà de l’atmosphère terrestre. L’analyse nous pousse à poser la question: Comment une considération de la perspective cosmique du cinéma-monde pourrait-elle nous permettre de concevoir le “kaléidoscope du Cinéma-monde” (Gott et Schilt) en tant que phénomène planétaire? Cet article explore de plus les façons dont les imaginaires cosmiques et lunaires reconfigurent les marges du cinémamonde en termes de genre et de sexualité.

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