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An 'other' scene, an 'other' point of view: France's colonial family romance, Protée's postcolonial fantasies and Claire Denis' 'screen' memories
Studies in European Cinema
This article challenges the widely held view that in Chocolat/Chocolate (Denis, 1988) the female protagonist 'France', both as a little girl and an adult woman, owns the point of view. It argues that the film rejects such an exclusive narrative mode, and invites the spectator to reinterpret the story through the perspectives of others, especially that of the houseboy Protée. Drawing on Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalytical theories, this article re-examines three key flashback scenes, takingdoi:10.1386/seci.10.2-3.119_1 fatcat:bjvccbzlfzgaxkj23j66znbhq4