What’s Going On?

This intermingling between the real and the fictional, the old and the new, the banal and the spectacle proved to be a success of District 9.  If in the first part, the film was brought into alignment with “our world” through its correspondences with its objective documentations, the latter part presented to us a more seamless fictional world.  Yet in relation to the “film world”, the stylistics of the first part made explicit the camera’s presence and thus the mediation of images, while the uninterrupted narrative in the second half showed us a more or less truthful and personal account of the characters.  As such, “our world” and “their world” are simultaneously brought into cohabitation and opposition with each other, and we are not sure what we are looking at anymore.


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