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Shane Lynam. Photographer. Ireland.

Contours: visual representation of the banlieue

Jacques Tati’s ‘Mon Oncle’ (1958)  divides France into the old and the new. Monsieur Hulot, the main character, comes from the old France. His sister and his family live in the new France.  It focuses on Hulot’s hatred for a fish shaped fountain. Actually it’s what that fountain represents. It’s also about the gate, the path, the different colored stones, and all the other ridiculously “modern” things that were appearing in France at the time. A lot of the movie is set in the rapidly changing ‘banlieue’. The first 15 minutes in particular included some interesting visual representations of the region. You can see the whole movie here

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