Michel Franco: Auteur of Violence
Dorton, Elizabeth deShazo
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Award-winning director Michel Franco provides his audience with a body of work that points the spectator toward a contemporary, adult, and (mostly) Mexican society characterized by violence in many forms. Centering his films on the issue of trauma, as it impacts the individual on both personal and public levels, Franco�[BULLET]s narratives explore the ways in which individuals �" both male and female �" cope with the aftermaths of violence. In a simultaneous fashion, Franco directs his audience toward moments of deep self-reflection and introspection when considering both his diegetic characters and their own involvement in the mise en sc�[BULLET]ne of violence. Each of his films to date highlight issues of violence and its ensuing trauma at multiple levels. With this thematic interest in mind, I intend to examine his present body of work in order to position him as a filmic auteur, given that each piece functions as part of a whole. Given his status as a developing film maker, we must recognize that while he is likely to continue his exploration of violence, he may go on to broaden his focus in the future.
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