From minimalist representation to excessive interpretation: Contextualizing 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

  title={From minimalist representation to excessive interpretation: Contextualizing 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days},
  author={Oana Godeanu-Kenworthy and Oana Popescu-Sandu},
  journal={Journal of European Studies},
  pages={225 - 248}
This article examines the Romanian and American reception of Cristian Mungiu’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007), arguing that the film’s representational minimalism indirectly caused an excess of interpretation across cultural contexts. This over-interpretation was possible because the film’s aesthetic minimalism encouraged viewers to decode the story through the lens of their own cultural and political predispositions. The historical and social background against which American viewers… 
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