Communicating women's perspectives and concerns in the films of Julie Lopes-Curval using l'écriture feminine

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Abstract

As film is a form of communication that has the potential to reach and affect large audiences internationally and most films have male directors, studying what female directors communicate in their films is important. This paper therefore conducts close readings of the films of Julie Lopes-Curval using Hélène Cixous’ l’écriture feminine or French feminism. The films are Bord de mer, Toi et moi, Mères et filles, and le Beau monde. The readings consider characters, plot, dialogue, settings, and visuals to describe how the films communicate female perspectives and concerns, follow the écriture feminine plot, subvert conventional men’s language, and communicate femininity and female sexuality. Some particularly innovative aspects of the films are the use of multiple female characters to communicate that all women are different, realistic cinematography to emphasise that events shown could be real, comparisons of abusive and supportive male communication, and a visual that breaks the male gaze.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274-289
Number of pages16
JournalCommunication Research and Practice
Volume5
Issue number3
Early online date20 May 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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