Contemporary French Cinema - FR561

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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6 15 (7.5) DR T Baldwin


Students registering for this module will need to have proficiency in the target language at level B2/C1, as the module is taught partly in the target language


This module is not available as a wild module



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

One weekly two-hour seminar for 10 weeks

Method of assessment

100% Coursework

Preliminary reading

Indicative Reading

Chacun cherche son chat (Cédric Klapisch, 1996)
Irma Vep (Olivier Assayas, 1996)
Beau travail (Claire Denis, 1999)
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)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete the module will:

11.1 have developed a critical and detailed appreciation of some of the key issues raised in contemporary French cinema and cinematic discourse;
11.2 have developed a coherent understanding of the relationship between cinematographic form and content;
11.3 have developed a knowledge of technical terms relating to cinema;
11.4 have improved their ability to critically analyse and describe filmic narratives and the ways in which they are made;
11.5 have developed their appreciation of the differences/similarities between the filmic and the literary;
11.6 have gained an enhanced appreciation of cultural diversity;
11.7 have improved their ability to search for vividness and detail – to plan and write an essay and to organise it in terms of a coherent argument.

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