An 'other' scene, an 'other' point of view: France's colonial family romance, Protée's postcolonial fantasies and Claire Denis' 'screen' memories

Levilson Reis
2013 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, taking
more » ... otée's vantage-point, while engaging with the paratext of Sartre's, Oyono's, and Denis's own postcolonial views. The article finally shows that the boy's point of view is as relevant as the little girl's. (99 words)
doi:10.1386/seci.10.2-3.119_1 fatcat:bjvccbzlfzgaxkj23j66znbhq4