Let's take a look at minimalist films that however understated, still refer to traditional genres, either by their effort for a dramatic arc, coded characters, traditional setting, or by breaking one of our "contemplative rules" : adding either music, or dialogue, or plot, or action, or gags... but still remaining definitely slower and more quiet than their mainstream counterparts.
as suggested by contributor Damian at Windmills of my mind :
So let's find films on the frontier between "contemplative" and genre. How do they reconcile both worlds? What genre codes do they incorporate and what others do they leave out without distracting the characteristic genre identity? Subscribe to the RSS feed for activity notification from this roundtable.
"One of the possibilities I was pondering was that the definition might perhaps be slightly altered so that the list of characteristics a filmmaker would try to avoid in making a contemplative film (i.e. "music, dialogue, star system, etc') doesn't have to be accumulative. In other words, the contemplative film could refrain from using one or more of these elements but not necessarily all of them."