Contemporary French Cinema - FR561

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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6 15 (7.5) DR M Poizat-Amar







This module examines some of the key works of French cinema since 1990. The films in this module will be studied within their cultural background and within the context of French cinema history. While all the films are studied in close detail, students will be invited to develop important themes such as race and national identity, changing perceptions of Paris and the banlieue, and symptoms of social crisis. The aim of the module is to show how French filmmakers have had to invent new forms and styles of film in order to be able to address the specific issues raised by life in contemporary France.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20

Method of assessment

Critical Writing Exercise (500 words) – 20%
Essay (2,700 words) – 60%
Presentation (20 minutes) – 20%

Indicative reading


Chacun cherche son chat (Cédric Klapisch, 1996)
Irma Vep (Olivier Assayas, 1996)
Beau travail (Claire Denis, 1999)
Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien (Dominik Moll, 2000)
Sous le sable (François Ozon, 2000)
Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse (Agnès Varda, 2000)
Caché (Michael Haneke, 2005)
Les Chansons d'amour (Christophe Honoré, 2007)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

- Demonstrate a critical and detailed appreciation of some of the key issues raised in contemporary French cinema and cinematic discourse;
- Demonstrate a coherent understanding of the relationship between cinematographic form and content;
- Demonstrate a knowledge of technical terms relating to cinema;
- Demonstrate their ability to critically analyse and describe filmic narratives and the ways in which they are made;
- Demonstrate their appreciation of the differences/similarities between the filmic and the literary;
- Demonstrate comprehensive appreciation of cultural diversity;
- Demonstrate their ability to search for vividness and detail in contemporary French cinema.

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