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Abstract. Cristian Mungiu’s Occident is a movie about the new, dynamic, perpetually transforming and consumption-oriented Romanian society, where the protagonists explore ways to fulfill their dreams in a country where the disappearance of oppression and political persecutions does not necessarily allow for one’s pursuit of happiness. Selected for Cannes 2002 (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs), and recipient of several other international awards, Occident also represents a stepping stone in Mungiu’s extraordinary career, to be followed by 4 luni, 3 s?pt?mâni, 2 zile [4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days], the winner of the Palm’D’Or in 2008, and a first installment in a proposed trilogy entitled Amintiri din Epoca de Aur [Tales from the Golden Age]. pp. 125–132

Keywords: movie Occident, communism, East/West Side Story, happiness, Romania

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