Jean-Luc Marion’s Postmetaphysical Phenomenology and Film. An Analysis of 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days and Ida

Raoul Eshelman


Jean-Luc Marion is well known as a theologian and philosopher, but as yet his innovative postmetaphysical thought, which arose in part as a reaction to Derrida’s deconstructive critiques of traditional phenomenology, has not yet been widely applied to film. The article makes a systematic attempt to show how Marion’s phenomenology of givenness could be made fruitful for film analysis, and it demonstrates how his philosophical approach can be applied to two films, Cristian Mungiu’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days and Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida.


Jacques Derrida; Jean-Luc Marion; Cristian Mungiu; Pawel Pawlikowski; phenomenology; anamorphosis; giving; givenness; gift; 4 luni, 3 săptămâni și 2 zile; 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days; Ida; performatism; film

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