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Week 18

Core viewing

Cantet, Laurent, L'Emploi du temps (Film: 2001)

Advance preparation for seminar discussion

  1. Discuss the film's portrayal of the human cost of debt and economic hardship.*
  2. Analyse the relationship between money and masculinity in the film.
  3. Analyse the film in terms of the concept, derived from Lazzarato, of 'economic policing'.


  • Archer, Neil, 'The road as the (non-)place of masculinity: L'Emploi du temps', Studies in French Cinema 8, 2 (2008): 137-148. Available via the Library here.
  • Ellickson, Lee and Porton, Richard, 'Alienated Labour: an interview with Laurent Cantet', Cineaste 2 (2002): 24-27. Available via FIAF here.
  • Higbee, W., '"Elle est où, ta place?" The Social-Realist Melodramas of Laurent Cantet: Ressources humaines (2000) and Emploi du temps (2001), French Cultural Studies 15, 3 (2004): 235-50. Available via the Library here.
  • Marks, J., '"Ça tient qu'à toi’: Cartographies of Post-Fordist Labour in Laurent Cantet's L'Emploi du temps', Modern & Contemporary France 19, 4 (2011). Available via the Library here.
  • O'Shaughnessy, M., 'The Crisis Before the Crisis: Reading Films by Laurent Cantet and Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne Through the Lens of Debt', SubStance 43 (2014): 82-95. Available via the Library here.
  • O'Shaughnessy, M., Laurent Cantet (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015).
  • Vincendeau, Ginette, 'White collar blues' [an interview with Cantet], Sight & Sound XII, 4 (2002): 30-32 and 44-45. Available via FIAF here.


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