Belonging vs Alienation
* jeannette tries to steal paint, and when he stops her, she says "you're a worker, why do you care?"
* “I can’t afford disease for the idle rich”, Jeannette believes the working class are already disadvantaged compared to the upper classes
* contrast of Justin's book on architecture, which represents educationand sophistication with the working class people of Estaque - class difference.
* The contrast between the two couples at the fancy restaurant. The other couple are deeply involved in a conversation filled with economic jargon and laws, while Jeannette is confused by the menu and can’t pick food unless she knows the prices. The setting/music/colour palette disorientated the audience, becauseit’s something we’ve never seen before.
* They discuss the new building on heritage list, and Caroline points out that it’s all politics, they wouldn’t memorialize something that only working class people have touched.
* The film is dedicated to all the working class people.
* Makes msgs in film more concrete: people should help others out.
sense of community:
* very confinedcourtyard, close proximity, they can see each other from their homes and are very involved in each other’s problems: all come out when
* Monique and Dédé fight about strike
* Caroline recalls her concentration camp days
* when Dédé doesn’t come home, Dédé and Justin try and get Marius back together with Jeannette.
* When Marius doesn’t show up
* When justin andDédé go to get Marius back together with Jeannette – “let’s catch up
* The tilted high angle represents their drunkenness as well as unity, as we all seem them in the same frame, same level.
* farandole motif for working class, traditional song.
* After they have the aioli lunch, they sit around and talk – they interrupt each other, not afraid to ask questions, close-ups –sense of close friendship. high angle shot reveals them dancing together in a circle. Universality of community representing lower class.
Poverty and wealth:
* Insularity of the working class revealed in Jeannette, who does not have time for world politics (castro and Caroline’s “il faut reflechir )
* Monique strongly supports strikes and the unification of the working class to fight fortheir rights from the 'bosses' and to ensure “social security”
* Marius doesn’t want to dampen the kids’ aspirations to be football players.
* contrast between 2 couples’s attitudes toward money in restaurant, the music, greenery, Marius and Jeannette’s uneasiness reflects social disparity – contrast to the lack of pretension in aioli scene
* the cement factory – bleak, dismal, dusty,harsh – in contrast to the people who use it often – they bring life to the cement factory, and show that communities still exist despite shabbiness of physical setting.
Marius + Jeannette
* they are 2 vulnerable people who have found each other – (high angle shot reveals) her cradling his head in her lap, close-up when they are singing/humming together as they paint.
* They whistletogether as they paint
* can I put my arm around you? Why not? it will make it official
coping with change
Education and opportunity
Jeannette + Magali + Malek
* The frustration in Jeannette's voice reflects the change in her relationship with her son as she can no longer met her children's every need.
* Magali's lingerie "it feels so weird tosee you so grownup"
* Magali feels the need for change. She wants to study in Paris to escape the futility of life in l’Estaque. Magali also has to deal with being the ‘outsider’ in her community, and cope with the fact that her relationships with them aren’t gna be as close.
* Jeannette doesn’t seem to understand Magali’s underlying need to go to Paris – career, lifestyle, escape....