Ethics in the ruin of politics
The Dardenne brothers
in Five directors
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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.

Five directors

Auteurism from Assayas to Ozon

Editor: Kate Ince


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