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Title

De l’invisibilité des Portugais de France dans La Cage dorée

SelectedWorks Author Profiles:

Frederic Leveziel

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2017

ISSN

ISSN 2325-3991 (print); ISSN 2165-2694 (online)

Abstract

In the context of the need for recognition and the role it plays on the construction of identity in contemporary societies, an unpretentious ethnic comedy sheds some relevant light on this phenomenon—in an astonishing way. In The Gilded Cage directed by Ruben Alves, through the character of Maria (a concierge), we see the dichotomy between social invisibility and the attempt to be recognized emerge in the Portuguese subculture in France. However, even if this demand for visibility generally leads to a confrontation, it can also promote social integration and prompt the formulation of an identity paradigm. It can create a transnational community (or at least an imagined one) that becomes part of the public debate about identity in France and other societies. Therefore, let us salute this comedy; while making us laugh as it deconstructs stereotypes, it also gives us plenty of food for thought.

Language

French

Publisher

Anderson University

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