Ethics in the ruin of politics
The Dardenne brothers
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Four films of the Dardenne brothers manifest the kind of thematic, stylistic and, indeed, spatial unity that one might typically associate with the figure of the cinematic auteur: La Promesse, Rosetta, Le Fils, and L'Enfant. This chapter discusses the films of the Dardenne brothers and their documentaries. Working in a socio-political context in which social relations seem condemned to violence and in which there seems no available language with which to name injustice, the fictions seek to show a way out of the real that they might otherwise seem merely condemned to inhabit. The chapter addresses this central question, by ethical choices that reopen a fragile sense of alternative possibility. The documentaries sought to explain, prolong and question a leftist tradition of struggle. The later fictions operate in the ruins of the working class and in the absence of the politics of which they were seen as the vanguard.

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