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Leo Bersani

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226206059

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226206196.001.0001

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Father Knows Best

Father Knows Best

(p.1) 1 Father Knows Best
Thoughts and Things

Leo Bersani

University of Chicago Press

Using Claire Denis’ film Beau travail as its major example, this chapter examines the possibility of a nonsadistic type of movement. Beau travail opposes a murderous sibling rivalry to a fraternal sociability embodied in the choreographed exercises of the film’s Legionnaires. Denis establishes both the natural landscape, the natives of Djibouti (and, implicitly, the spectators) as witnesses of this sensual, nonsexual community.

Keywords:   Violence, internal otherness, fratricidal rivalry, sociability, witnessing

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