Zooming In, Coming Out: Languages in Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau's Ma vraie vie Rouen/The True Story of My Life in Rouen (2003)
Author: Grandena, Florian
Source: Studies in French Cinema, Volume 9, Number 1, March 2009 , pp. 75-86(12)
Abstract:Over the past 2025 years, cinematic representations of homosexualities have become more numerous and diversified than ever. Key figures of an emerging French gay cinema, Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau have developed a rich and original body of work combining an interest in contemporary social issues with non-miserabilist depictions of gay characters/experiences and a lightness of tone reminiscent of the films of Jacques Demy. This article focuses on Olivier Ducastel and Martineau's least discussed work, the second film of their gay trilogy: the fake home movie/video diary Ma vraie vie Rouen/My True Story of My Life in Rouen (2003). Particular attention will be paid to the interaction between two distinct types of language: on the one hand, the alternative film language developed by this mock amateur film and, on the other hand, the young protagonist's own language usages which are inadequate for the expression of same-sex desires. I will also discuss the ways that the film language (developed thanks to the use of an obsessive and intrusive camcorder) partly succeeds in compensating for the protagonist's linguistic limitations.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University of Ottawa.
Publication date: 2009-03-01
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