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Eden à l’Ouest (2009)
Border-crossing odyssey and comedy
in The films of Costa-Gavras
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This chapter examines Eden à l’Ouest (2009) within the context of recent European immigration cinema. Within this category, border-crossing films are those that focus on the migrants’ journeys, show the dark side of the European road, and illustrate how illegal border crossing has become a business for different parties that profit from the immigrants and their families. Eden à l’Ouest serves as an example of immigration cinema; as a hybrid film that draws inspiration from both literature and film and blurs the boundaries of different film genres (silent film, drama, comedy, road movie) and tones (comic and tragic).

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