The Cinema of the Dardenne Brothers

The Cinema of the Dardenne Brothers

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The brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have established an international reputation for their emotionally powerful realist cinema. Inspired by their home turf of LiAuge-Seraing, a former industrial hub of French-speaking southern Belgium, they have crafted a series of fiction films that blends acute observation of life on the social margins with moral fables for the postmodern age. This volume analyses the brothersa€™ career from their leftist video documentaries of the 1970s and 1980s through their debut as directors of fiction films in the late 1980s and early 1990s to their six major achievements from The Promise (1996) to The Kid with a Bike (2011), an oeuvre that includes two Golden Palms at the Cannes film festival, for Rosetta (1999) and The Child (2005). It argues that the ethical dimension of the Dardennesa€™ work complements rather than precludes their sustained expression of a fundamental political sensibility.Dressed for street action a€“ in a porkpie hat, tee-shirt, leather jacket, jeans and trainers1 a€“ he runs his miniempire of ... late capitalist technology, as vital to Brunoa#39;s micro economy no matter the cost to use the device or to keep it charged. ... he is capable of tenderness toward Sonia, shown in acts of sudden generosity such as buying her a leather jacket like ... the child traffickers, who extort interest on their own losses from him and force him to steal a large sum in order to pay them back.

Title:The Cinema of the Dardenne Brothers
Author: Philip Mosley
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2012-11-06

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