The Cinema of Mia Hansen-Love: candour and vulnerability

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As the first book-length study of the films of Mia Hansen-Love, this volume introduces her cinema to both an academic and a general readership. Exploring her move from acting, via criticism, to directing, the book first investigates the complexity of her situation as a female auteur based in France. With detailed readings of her films up to 'Maya' (2018), it then examines the precariousness of their families, their emphasis on vulnerability, failure, adversity and resilience, the particular candour of Hansen-Love's filming style, and the vital parts played by music and time in her cinema. It concludes that her cinema my best be regarded as a thoroughly contemporary one, distinguished by a tendency to transcendence that is both ethical and aesthetic.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages162
ISBN (Electronic)9781474447683, 9781474447669
ISBN (Print)9781474447676, 9781474462471
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021

Publication series

NameVisionaries: Thinking Through Female Filmmakers


  • French cinema
  • women's cinema
  • film-philosophy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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