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Foreignness and the aesthetics of the unsaid
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In her first feature, Chocolat, the director's early experiences made her sensitive to certain issues and spurred her interest in themes that she continued to explore in subsequent films: oppression and misappropriation, exile and racism, alienation and transgression. This chapter summarises the principal aspects of the director's biographical and professional background, with reference to the wider historical context and to French cinema production in general. It proceeds with an outline of the director's thematic and aesthetic approach and highlights the recurrent features of her work. Location and space emphasise a sense of displacement and function as metaphors for the process of potential exclusion of the individual (body) from society. But the metaphor also evokes an inner sense of exile and longing, a feeling of foreignness that is played out at the level of the individual and of the individual's body through relations of desire, fear and rejection.

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