This essay was part of a series I wrote which focused on cinematic depictions of a modern Europe struggling to deal with a new-found pan-Europeanism. In it, I wanted to explore Bendict Anderson’s theories on ‘Imagined Communities’ through the personal crises of identity experienced by two young Western European men as they interact with and incorporate non-traditional identities – as depicted in Gadjo Dilo and The Spanish Apartment. Interestingly, note that both Xavier and Stephane are played by the same French actor – Romain Duris – probably due to his awesome hair (see below).
This essay was written as part of a French Cinema subject in early 2010. In it, I wanted to explore the changing depictions of war in French cinema as it came to terms with the terrible events that form part of the French post-colonial and war-time subconscious. Hiroshima Mon Amour deals with French post-WWII collaborationist guilt, while Indigènes focuses on the ongoing mistreatment of the colonial French armed forces that fought in WWII.