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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
At what moment do we begin to live?
Gabita is pregnant, abortion is strictly forbidden in Romania during the communist regime. Despite this it is common practice and Gabita wants an abortion. The movie follows her and her friend Otilia during the day she has made the appointment with Mr. Bebe to have the abortion.
It's deftly realistic, stark and emotionally shattering, but the biggest accomplishment of writer-director Cristian Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days is its illumination of how the simple flourishes are often the hardest hitting ones. Each scene is set in one take; no cuts or fancy shots permeate the unflinchingly harrowing story. Only the camera lingers on this raw and real series of movements to let unfold its simplistic narrative almost like a book, and the reward in it is astounding.
For a film dubbed the abortion movie, it couldn't be further from this simple definition. At its main conflict nearing the halfway point this becomes finally spoke of and terribly hard to watch as an illegal one is…
By chance, I am watching this on Mother's Day. I make no apologies.
This film contains three stunning moments of sacrifice (well, more, really, but three that stood out). The first is when Otilia sleeps with the abortionist for Gabita (who then also sleeps with him). It's a disgusting moment, as the man forces a woman in a moment of pure vulnerability to pleasure him, despite being entirely off-camera. It's the most gut-churning moment of the entire film. It's also the moment that makes it clear how the anti-abortion laws fully put women at the power of men, making it as sleazy and direct as possible.
The second moment is when Otilia goes to her boyfriend's house, despite her awful…
After the fall of Communism in 1989 Romania & a decade of struggle due to the post-revolution after-effects, a new breed of filmmakers started what soon turned out to be the resurgence of Romanian films in world cinema that has greatly impressed the film critics & viewers around the world over the course of the new millennium. And leading this cinematic wave & the most notable testament to Romania’s renaissance & steady prominence in today’s film world is none other than director Cristian Mungiu’s sociopolitical drama, 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days which not only qualifies as arguably the finest film that Cinema of Romania has offered us so far but is also one of its decade’s most accomplished, powerful & haunting works of cinematic…
Students Otilia and Găbița share a room in a Romanian village. The latter appears, at the beginning of the films, to be pregnant and the former is busy trying to arrange an illegal abortion to help her friend. She rents an hotel room where a doctor will perform the operation, but things turn out more complicated than planned, especially as the baby is not two months in development, as Găbița claimed, but well over four (as the title suggests). 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days won Best Foreign Language awards all over the globe and, to top it all, the prestigious Palme d’Or as well and that in one of the strongest years of modern cinema. Those accolades are…
This is punishing and unforgiving cinema made without apology. There was nowhere to hide for the average Romanian citizen in 1987 and we are punished with the same rough treatment. Except we have the option to turn away without burden safe in the knowledge that we don't have to sacrifice our own identity in order to get though the ordeal.
Cristian Mungiu's long takes are a challenge to see which of us blink first. There are long moments of reflection and uncomfortable silences that feel truly suffocating at times. It can't be said we don't know where to look in these moments because we have no options. Our eyes are forced into the same condensed…
Winner of the prestigious Palme d'Or at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days is set in the final years of Communist Romania and tells the story of two young students named Otilia & Gabita, who are trying to transact an illegal abortion for the latter. When a doctor volunteering to do the then-forbidden job finally comes up, their hope is kindled but once his real motive surfaces, it results in a catastrophic incident that ends up changing the lives of both girls & their friendship, forever.
The plot is very silently structured & cleverly executed while the script maintains an effortless naturalness to keep the drama plausible and writer-director Cristian Mungiu has done a fabulous job in both…
This is a movie that deals with abortion that is illegal because of the location of where Gabita lives. This film really shows how restrictive laws that are placed can really make people go out of their way to still do these illegal things. It shows that even if something is illegal, people will always find a way around something to get it. This could make people's lives in danger when they are trying to attain things in an illegal way.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This films argues the pros and cons of abortions. In Romania, where the scene is set, abortion is illegal. They must do an illegal abortion, which is VERY dangerous. The plot takes a twisted turn of events when the male they use for the illegal abortion, demands sex as a form of payment from the girl and her best friend. It is things like this film that reassure me on why I am pro choice. If abortion were to be legal in Romania, there would not be this many problems.
A visceral, unrelentingly grim tale concerning an intense friendship between two roommates and how one of them coaxes the other into helping her get an illegal abortion in 1980's Romania. A gut-wrenching portrait of life in a regime dominated by oppression and fear, not only highlighting on the act of illegally aborting a baby, but the emotional effect it has on the roommates. A simple story of two women summarizes the degeneration of Romanian Society. Naturalistic, bleak and hard hitting. The magic of this film is precisely how uncomfortable males will find this movie. Very rarely is the female perspective captured in such gratuitous detail. The scene where she has gone to her boyfriend's parent's house and left her friend…
Desgarradora y dolorosa.
A través de planos fijos nos mete de lleno en la Rumania de la dictadura manteniendo el tempo de manera magistral.
Apparently life in Ceausescu's Romania was incredibly depressing. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days is a story about two women who navigate the black market to find and pay for a back alley abortion. Cristian Mungiu brings the characters' tragic desperation to life through his intimate use of long shots and close-ups. There's two scenes that just feature characters eating and talking, one in the middle and one at the very end, and they're almost as uncomfortable to sit through as the actual abortion itself.
you feel despair and anger and horror, but most of all a sense of beauty in the human connection between two close friends. heartbreaking
Gripping Romanian New Wave film with affecting performances and set design. A subtext of profound social implication is subtly conveyed through French/Italian social realist innovations including deep focus, mobile hand camera operation, and on location sound.
A film of striking verisimilitude in exposing a controversial black market practice.
89/100 - Excellent.
It's nearly impossible to describe this film to someone and make it sound like something worth watching. It's appeal is mysterious and yet you're fully aware of its masterpiece at all times. Highly, highly recommended.
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"a spoken or written act of rebellion toward an individual or group; commentary on social issues or society"