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Grafting space and human relations in the trans-cinema of Claire Denis
James S. Williams

of this process as akin to the ‘ jeu de l’oie’ (‘goose game’), an old French board game where one proceeds from outside to inside via concentric circles). Yet another set of more formal tensions is at work in the film that is directly linked to this complex spatial drama and dictates its unfolding. The opening words by Galoup just cited are paradoxically the last words spoken by an earlier manifestation of Bruno Forestier, played by a younger Michel Subor, in Jean-Luc Godard’s Le Petit Soldat (1963). Subor stated at the end there: ‘Now all that remained for me to

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