Culorile Noului Val Românesc. Simbolism și semnificații psihologice / The Colors of the Romanian New Wave. Symbolism and psychological significance




Recent Romanian films continue to be appreciated by critics and to receive important international awards. This, along with a series of common techniques and themes, led to the emergence of the term "New Romanian Wave", a term assumed by some critics and directors and rejected by others. In this article, I aim to check if the use of colors is a technique that characterizes the films reunited under this umbrella term. In order to do so, I analyzed five films from different years but overall accepted as part of the New Wave. These are Marilena from P7, 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days, Best intentions, Child’s Pose and Self-Portrait of a Dutiful Daughter. I was interested in discovering the symbols associated with each color, while also emphasizing their psychological meaning. Another goal was to check if and how the chromatic aspects were related to the social reality presented in each movie. Finally, I presented the common features of the films and the differences between them.

Author Biography

Sorin Octav Candel, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iasi, Romania, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences

Octav Sorin Candel is a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Psychology and Sciences of Education, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași. His main research interests are in couple and family psychology and psychometry. Also, after a lifelong passion for films and popular culture, he decided to combine his interests and to discuss cinematic and other artistic creations from a psychological standpoint.


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How to Cite

Candel, S. O. (2018). Culorile Noului Val Românesc. Simbolism și semnificații psihologice / The Colors of the Romanian New Wave. Symbolism and psychological significance. Swedish Journal of Romanian Studies, 1(1), 132–145.