Pay what you feel screening: Free/£2/£4/£6/£8

  • Directed by: Emmanuel Carrère
  • Cast: Juliette Binoche, Hélène Lambert, Louise Pociecka
  • Country: France
  • Year: 2022
  • Duration: 106min
  • Certificate: 12A
  • Type: Film

Chloé Zhao’s much garlanded Nomadland was a loose adaptation of a much-praised journalistic investigation of transient lifestyles in contemporary America. The film brought together star actress Frances McDormand with amateur actors in real locations. Emmanuel Carrère’s Between Two Worlds (Ouistreham) follows a similar trajectory. Based on journalist Florence Aubenas’s best-selling autobiographical account of her six months of undercover investigation of precarious women workers in Caen, and especially in its ferry port, Ouistreham, the film brings together Juliette Binoche, as the journalist, with amateur performers.

Less poetic than its American counterpart, and less focused on the beauty of the landscape, the film is closer to gritty social realism but also far more attentive to the harsh economic realities of precarity and the normally invisible labour of precarious women workers. Importantly too, it poses the key question of the ethics of spectatorship, of what happens when the relatively protected and privileged seek to represent (to speak for but perhaps also instead of) those without access to public voice.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion of the themes raised in the film, hosted by Martin O’Shaughnessy, Professor of Film Studies at Nottingham Trent.

Tickets: Pay What You Feel – FREE / £2 / £4 / £8

We’re offering tickets for this season on a sliding scale – choose what to pay based on your circumstances. If you can afford more, it helps us to give free or cheap tickets for those who may not otherwise be able to attend.

The season is sponsored by The Centre for the Study of Inequality, Culture and Difference and The Work Futures Research Group, both at Nottingham Trent University.

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