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Framing space and social exclusion in the films of Laurent Cantet
in Space and being in contemporary French cinema
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Laurent Cantet is one of the most rigorous and acute exponents of social space working in French cinema today. This chapter establishes the principal spatial dynamics of Cantet's four main features. Through analysis of his complex framing strategies in three key sequences, it shows that Entre les murs renders powerfully present those who are habitually cast to the margins or excluded from the social frame. By comparing equivalent moments in Cantet's other films, the chapter suggests that by reconceiving the cinematic frame as a mobile form and receptive vehicle for embracing sound. Entre les murs ultimately proposes an ethical form of both cinematic and social space in new, surprising and potentially fertile ways. The chapter analyses Cantet's framing strategies is to determine how far the film is able to dislodge the ideological frame, and ultimately how successful it is in liberating filmic space.

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