Postcolony's Colonial Registers in Claire Denis's Chocolat and White Material

Much has been written that I hope not to reiterate in the conversation that follows with Ms. Claire Denis, auteur filmmaker of extraordinary insight on all manner of lived experience of the postcolonial subject [fig. 1]. Less considered by audiences and critics alike is the correspondence between Chocolat (1988) and White Material (2009). Such correspondence occurs to me, not because they share a relational temporality of place and circumstance, or even the autobiographical, which Denis has denied. Instead, this correspondence is because the films foreground a relationship and shared encounter in the intersection, specificities, and determinations between two historical formations, and the central characters are emblematic of archetypes, however nuanced and differentiated, by that encounter.


Publication Date:
Nov 07 2018
Date Submitted:
Jun 21 2019
Pagination:
99-122
Citation:
Black Camera
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