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Health and Politics in Romanian Cinema: Cristian Mungiu’s Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days (2007) and Beyond the Hills (2012)

Adrian MIOC


This article examines two important cinematic works by Romanian director Cristian Mungiu. The analysis of Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days (2007) and Beyond The Hills (2012) features a historical perspective that emphasizes how a political context is able to affect the health of the female protagonists. In an effort to find a suitable answer, the present exercise will reference different theoretical frameworks like Althusser’s ideology, Foucault’s biopolitics, Schmitt’s and Agamben’s theory of the state of exception or Benjamin’s cultural thought. Close readings of key scenes from both movies will also constitute a significant element of this study. The conclusion will bespeak a rather innovative solution that underscores the director’s artistic excellence.

Keywords: biopolitics, crisis, ideology, Cristian Mungiu, state and power

DOI: 10.24193/ekphrasis.27.3