This thesis looks at the ways in which desire becomes a fil conducteur throughout Abdellatif Kechiches Blue is the Warmest Color (2013). My first chapter presents Kechiche's use of narrative structure in the film in order to illustrate Adèle's alternation between active and passive drives characteristic of young girls before Freudian repression. In my next chapter, I discuss the joint and multiple gazes presented in Blue through Bracha Ettinger's conception of the matrixial and John Berger's Ways of Seeing. My final chapter suggests that Adèle experiences Hegelian recognition both in her relationship with Emma and in two texts presented in her French class: Marivaux's La Vie de Marianne and Anouilh's Antigone.
French, Film, Film Studies, Queer Studies, Critical Theory
Level of Degree
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
First Committee Member (Chair)
Second Committee Member
Chaffee, Kathryn. "Blue Desire: Narrative Structure, Desire, and Intertextuality in Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue Is the Warmest Color." (2015). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/fll_etds/7