V.O.S. (Cesc Gay, 2009)
From Shakespearean comedy to national identity
in Spanish cinema 1973–2010
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Cesc Gay's V.O.S. is a romantic comedy about the writing of a romantic comedy set in Barcelona. The metafictional framework of V.O.S. fulfils a comparable function with a Shakespearean comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream: it appeals to us even more strongly by advocating the ultimate inability of the frame-breaking devices to overcome our desire for narrative. This desire for narrative is in fact one of several forms of desire which structure Gay's film and make it a relevant instance of contemporary Spanish cinema and, more specifically, a privileged space for the exploration of the uncertain and slippery concept of Catalan cinema. This chapter attempts to identify those forms of desire and the links between them. Historically, Catalan identity has been strongly linked with language, and V.O.S. is not exactly an isolated case within contemporary Catalan cinema.

Spanish cinema 1973–2010

Auteurism, politics, landscape and memory


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