A family of works

Marja Warehime

in Maurice Pialat

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780719068225
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703267 | DOI:
A family of works

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This chapter explores Maurice Pialat's work on the theme of family. In the broadest sense, all of Pialat's films are about family, whether this involves the interactions of parents and children or the couple whose problematic relationship will preclude their becoming a family and having a child or the solitary figure who will never find a place in a family, even the larger family of a community of faith and whose isolation will be a source of much suffering. A whole constellation of issues emerges from Pialat's preoccupation with the family: issues of community and national identity, generational conflict and its historical counterpart: tradition versus change, work and money, sexuality and sexual politics, and paternity.

Keywords: Maurice Pialat; films; family issues; national identity; relationship

Chapter.  8563 words. 

Subjects: Film

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