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Malick's ‘weightless’ trilogy (To the Wonder , Knight of Cups  and Song to Song ) explores the limits of different conceptions of love, from the romantic and ethical to the spiritual and religious. Focusing on To the Wonder, I argue that this exploration of subjective...
This article seeks to highlight the relevance of Marie-José Mondzain's trailblazing writings on Byzantine image theory and its modern legacy, with particular reference to Image, icône, économie (Image, Icon, Economy, 1996) and Homo spectator (2007), to the revived debate about belief in cinema....
This article explores how Mia Hansen-Løve's cinema thinks about the experience of a life in which God is absent, and yet his ghost continues to haunt us. It suggests links between her films and postsecular theory, especially deconstructions of religion by Jean-Luc Nancy and Jacques Derrida....
This article argues that Mariam uses its eponymous heroine's lived and embodied experiences of veiling to explore the impact of French secular legislation on Muslim schoolgirls' everyday lives in France. Interweaving secularism studies, feminism and phenomenology, I argue that the film portrays...
This article explores art cinema's association of long, straight, shimmering hair with an idealized white, secular, agentic version of girlhood in Deniz Ergüven's Mustang (2015). With reference to girlhood studies and current debates in France about the politics of hair concealment and display,...
This article explores intersections between critical theory, Buddhism (Chan/Zen in particular), and film studies in what Jürgen Habermas characterizes as the current ‘post-secular society’. I use Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) as a case in point to unveil a hidden kōan/gong'an...
This article explores Simone Weil's concept of ‘affliction’ and the black poetics of Saidiya Hartman and Fred Moten in relation to two nonfiction films: Artur Aristakisyan's Palms (1993) and Forough Farrokhzad's The House Is Black (1962). The films’ contentiousness springs from their provocative...
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