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date: 26 May 2019

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Through an analysis drawn from microsociology and attentive to the tiny and subtle trials of the relational experience that the “new generation” of Quebec filmmakers tend to point out, this chapter explores how a poetics of “discretion” contributes to give form to a collective sentiment that does not presuppose a community belonging to be felt. By filming the urban sociality, understood as a fleeting experience of an “invisible binding,” the filmmakers find new forms to express this sense of collectivity, which does not pretend to be a sense of collectivity grounded in group identity but instead tends to blur the very issue of collective identity and its correlate (social imaginary). This blurring notably makes sense in the particular context of “the Printemps Erable” and its casserole concerts, which argues for a significant shift in research on imaginary and community in film studies.

Keywords: urban sociality, collective sentiment, social sensibility, Quebec cinema, casserole concerts

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