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Guests, Hosts, Strangers: Far From Men and Camus' Algerians

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posted on 2024-06-18, 04:52 authored by Matthew Sharpe
I argue that David Oelhoffen's 2014 film Far From Men (Loin des Hommes), while departing from the letter of Camus' 1957 story, “The Guest/Host”, does remarkable cinematic justice to its spirit. Oelhoffen's Daru and the Arab character Mohamed, it is suggested, represent embodiments of Camus’ idealised Algerian “first men”, in the vision Camus was developing in Le Premier Homme at the time of his death in January 1960. Part 1 frames the film in light of Camus’ “The Guest/Host”, and Part 2 frames Camus’ story in light of Camus’ agnonised struggle to come to terms with the Algerian situation. Part 3 makes the case that Oelhoffen's departures from Camus’ original story present in cinematic form Camus’ ideal of a post-colonial, post-ethnic solidarity between people, predicated on the overcoming of all arche-ideological fantasies of untained prelapsarian community.

History

Journal

FILM-PHILOSOPHY

Volume

21

Pagination

326-348

Location

Edinburgh, Scotland

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

1466-4615

eISSN

1466-4615

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2017, Matthew Sharpe

Issue

3

Publisher

EDINBURGH UNIV PRESS