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Wounded women: Marina de Van’s subjective cinema

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This article examines the dimensions of pain and woman’s subjective difference in French film-maker Marina de Van’s feature-length films Dans ma peau/In My Skin (2002) and Ne te retourne pas/Don’t Look Back (2009). While the first film focuses foremost on the female protagonist’s physical injury and subsequent episodes of self-harm, the second film highlights the protagonist’s wounded psyche and divided sense of self as she is faced with a past trauma that threatens to reveal itself; an identificatory secret that inscribes itself on the morphing body. De Van’s privileging of the sensorial in these two concrete examples of ‘wounded women’ is further developed in this article by incorporating phenomenological film theory, and by considering the notion of fetish and the uncanny as it relates to the female subject.
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Keywords: Marina de Van; fetish; pain; self-harm; senses; uncanny

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Auburn University

Publication date: 2012-12-10

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