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No laughing matter? Navigating political (in)correctness in Intouchables

King, Gemma

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The second most commercially successful domestic film of all time in France, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s 2011 comedy Intouchables thrusts issues of multiculturalism, humour, and political (in)correctness into the spotlight. The subject of polarized reviews, the film is at once progressive and conservative. On the one hand, it portrays cultural stereotyping, predatory sexual behaviour, and problematic representations of black and disabled characters as comedic devices. But on the other,...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorKing, Gemma
dc.date.accessioned2019-03-14T00:23:12Z
dc.identifier.issn2046-3820
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/157123
dc.description.abstractThe second most commercially successful domestic film of all time in France, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s 2011 comedy Intouchables thrusts issues of multiculturalism, humour, and political (in)correctness into the spotlight. The subject of polarized reviews, the film is at once progressive and conservative. On the one hand, it portrays cultural stereotyping, predatory sexual behaviour, and problematic representations of black and disabled characters as comedic devices. But on the other, in a revision of several cinematic tropes from the buddy comedy to le cinéma de banlieue, Intouchables subverts the traditional narrative of the immigrant struggling to integrate into the French mainstream. This article explores Intouchables’ representation of a Senegalese-born protagonist who seizes multiple opportunities for self-determination and social and physical mobility. Yet it also critiques how the film navigates – or fails to navigate – the challenges of political correctness in its conservative portrayal of multiculturalism in contemporary France.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherLiverpool University Press
dc.rights© 2018
dc.sourceFrancospheres
dc.titleNo laughing matter? Navigating political (in)correctness in Intouchables
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume7
dc.date.issued2018
local.identifier.absfor190201 - Cinema Studies
local.identifier.ariespublicationu9803255xPUB2178
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationKing, Gemma, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage26
local.identifier.doi10.3828/franc.2018.1
local.identifier.absseo950201 - Communication Across Languages and Culture
dc.date.updated2019-03-12T07:44:21Z
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