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Bertrand Brier's work is distinctive, innovative and highly original in modern French cinema. His consistent attention to the more banal elements of social exchange reveals a considered devaluation of the accepted material of cinematic culture, together with an explicit rejection of its norms and conventions, and demonstrates a commitment to formulating, in form as well as content, alternative processes of filmic narration. The subversive ethos of all authentically popular cultural expression is the second defining feature of Blier's approach to filmmaking, further emphasising his artistic and ideological marginality, and his consistency with wider French positions in cultural discourse and practice. His dramatic conception is original in its attention to structural forms which depend on circularity, subversion of physical and psychological consistency of character, narrative incoherence, and manipulation of register, and the films are striking in their intention to be non-reconciliatory in content and form.

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