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French A2 Study Day: Les Cowboys

Recommended for A2 and equivalent level French

This study day will explore the use of genre to introduce the themes of the film which include; religion; migration; terrorism and political reaction to radicalisation.

An intro to the film, the director and the actors will be given in French, providing information on the social context of the period – the 1990s, and the genres referenced (political drama, road movie etc). Short exercises will provide the key vocab.
After lunch, a series of exercises in French will focus on the film’s main characters, plot development and themes. One objective will be to show how film helps to enhance the intercultural awareness of language students.

Led by Isabelle Vanderschelden, Head of French at Manchester Metropolitan University

Les Cowboys (12A)
Dir Thomas Bidegain/France 2015
103mins/French, Urdu with English Subtitles
François Damiens/Finnegan Oldfield/Agathe Dronne
In a remote area of France a girl goes missing. Her father and brother set off on the arduous journey to bring her back, which takes them to unsettling places. The search takes everything they’ve got.

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