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Title Page

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Contents

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Preface and Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xvii

La promesse follows the struggles of Assita, an undocumented Burkinabe immigrant in Belgium. In several scenes she carries a boxy shopping bag with thick vertical stripes of red, white, and blue. It is made of cheap, fibrous nylon, can be bought at discount stores, and is meant...

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Encounters Through a Frame

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pp. 1-124

When La promesse was revealed at the Cannes festival in 1996, it was hailed as a startlingly original breakthrough film. Audiences particularly noted its stark but hopeful depiction of Seraing, the disaffected suburb of Liège, where the Dardenne brothers filmed. It is, however, still...

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Interview with Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

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pp. 125-140

I leave the reader with a slightly abridged interview (translation mine) conducted in June 1999 by Bernard Benoliel and Serge Toubiana for Les cahiers du cinéma, after the release of Rosetta. In it, the brothers give a detailed description of how they work with actors and crew. They...

Filmography

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pp. 141-146

Bibliography

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pp. 147-152

Index

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pp. 153-156