Episode 42. French Kiss: Calvaire (2004) and Martyrs (2008)

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nfeDiving into the depths of France and Belgium, Alex and Andrea examine the politics and borders of New French Extremity. Confronting the complex historical narrative that France has created for itself, all is not as it appears as these films bring the repressed to light.

REQUIRED READING

Calvaire. Dir Fabrice Du Welz, 2004.
Martyrs. Dir Pascal Laugier, 2008.

EXTRA CREDIT

Films of the New French Extremity: Visceral Horror and National Identity – Alex’s book on things French, filmic and extreme.

Saint Joan of Arc’s Trials – a fascinating morbid legal procedural.

COURSE NOTES

Intro song: Nail Ballet from Nightmare Picture Theatre, courtesy of James Zirco Fisher.

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