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Down and Out: Immigrant Poverty and Queer Sexuality

Nick Rees-Roberts

in French Queer Cinema

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780748634187
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651160 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634187.003.0002
Down and Out: Immigrant Poverty and Queer Sexuality

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This chapter explores the sexual component of the authoritarian conjuncture in France and its effect on cinematic visions of poverty, marginality, and immigration. It analyses Amal Bedjaoui's Un fils and Sébastien Lifshitz's Wild Side, two films that weaved poverty and sexuality into the social fabric and took up the social and sexual dynamics of the current retreat into conservatism. These two films also highlighted precarious material lives and increased emotional anxiety for those they figure as excluded from neo-liberal hegemony – migrants, sex workers and transgender communities.

Keywords: cinematic visions; authoritarian conjuncture; poverty; marginality; immigration; France; Un fils; Amal Bedjaoui; Wild Side; Sébastien Lifshitz

Chapter.  12071 words. 

Subjects: Film

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