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Open Roads, Closed Borders

The Contemporary French-Language Road Movie

This is the first collection of essays about French-language road movies, a particularly rich yet critically neglected cinematic category. These films, the contributors argue, offer important perspectives on contemporary French ideas about national identity, France’s former colonies, Europe, and the rest of the world. Taken together, the essays illustrate how travel and road motifs have enabled directors of various national origins and backgrounds to reimagine space and move beyond simple oppositions such as Islam and secularism, local and global, home and away, France and Africa, and East and West.


182 pages | 20 halftones | 7 x 9

Film Studies


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Open Roads, Closed Borders constitutes a fresh criticism on the intersection of cinema, economy, and politics. This valuable compilation rests on a thesis of the hegemony of capitalism, which consists in opening the world for some, while closing the world for others. . . . Undoubtedly, this is one of the best books this reviewer has ever read on mobility-related issues.”

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