This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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…
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…
Film #27 of 30 in my March Around The World | 2015 Challenge
Little does tech student Otilia (Anamaria Marinca) know what she's getting herself into when she agrees to help get an abortion for her pregnant roommate Gabriela "Gabita" Dragut (Laura Vasiliu). The year is 1987 and Romania is still very much under the brutal control of the Ceausescu communist regime. Penalties for illegal abortions are severe, ranging from three-to-five-year prison terms to the death sentence.
Nevertheless, the two women decide to go ahead with the risky business. They hire a "fixer" named Bebe (Vlad Ivanov), who was recommended by one of their friends. Of course, pretty much everything goes wrong from that point on, but not…
There is something unholy cinematic about the unravelling of this tale despite how quaint many of the scenes are. Maybe it was the use of extended takes. Maybe I am just really taken aback by the gloominess of the area of Romania presented within - it's so ragged and torn down and I couldn't help but be drawn to things like flickering hallway lights and the mud on the streets.
Really is just an expertly filmed, expertly written and expertly performed drama. I don't have much to say except I am glad I continue to judge movies by their titles because I was expecting a tale about sobriety and I am always glad when I am wrong about what a movie is going to be about.
Rough movie, to say the least.
No he sabido verle el obramaestrismo que carga a sus espaldas pero sí me he sentido angustiado, desgarrado, oprimido por la condición de sus protagonistas y por una sociedad que ahoga, aprieta, pero no mata. Un holocausto de las entrañas.
La magia del cine del este. Buenisimo pero bueno. Este idioma no me lo enseñaron en el Liceo.
5 Stars, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, and 1 Movie Film That Will Haunt Me Forever.
Talk about a ride or die friendship.
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days is a perfectly composed Drama that is thought-provoking and intense till the last frame.
As political as the setting of 1980s Romania is, and its messages may be, for me it felt more like a wholly believable example of the way women will do what is necessary no matter what.
The strength in Anamaria Marinca's lead performance is immense as her character Otilia goes above and beyond what it is expected in order to protect herself and her friend.
The film's gender politics are so deftly layed out that they give grounds for a much larger conversation which I won't attempt to dissect in this review.…
Very very depressing in a way, sad reality of so many women in so many places around the world still today. But it was beautifull too, so real. This was my first Romanian film ever, a really positive surprise.
I was stressed out the entire time. abortion should be legal. i hate men.
ilm che tratta d'aborto e d'irresponsabilità in un paese tradizionalista e duro che non sa comprendere i propri figli. La regia di Cristian Mungiu (piena zeppa di inquadrature statiche) riesce a trasmettere perfettamente il senso di disagio e difficoltà provato dalle protagoniste (in tal senso è esemplare la splendida sequenza della cena). Dialoghi essenziali e mai fuori posto, per una pellicola che scava in profondità arrivando al cuore. Bravissima Anamaria Marinca.
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