Yet another year with yet another update.
2012 version can be found here.
2013 version can be found here.
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…
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…
“Trust is vital”
This film is a complete enigma. I love it and I hate it simultaneously. Taking place towards the end of communist controlled Romania, the story follows two women in their journey to have a safe illegal abortion. Director Cristian Mungiu handles this baby with so much care unlike the characters he places on screen. Every single aspect of this film is done with immaculate execution.
For starters, the story is terrible. By terrible, I mean nihilistic and gut-wrenching. I don’t think anyone can say they enjoyed watching this film, but that doesn’t mean that the screenplay is bad. I really think that the film was enhanced by it being not of my mother tongue. It created a…
One of my favorite films of all times
*Inhales deeply and exhales*
Wow. It's after many days that I've watched a masterpiece that received a full score from me (The last one being Vinterberg's The Hunt). For years I've been hearing nothing but praise and finally I've to agree it's worthy of it. This is what one will call Pure Cinema: completely absorbing, nail-biting, atmospheric, realistic... In other words, I simply forgot it's a film.
Our film takes place in 1987 Communist Romania when abortion was illegal (You probably guessed half of the story already). It concerns two female friends who are room-mates. One of them is pregnant and is in dire need of getting an abortion. The film begins…
The first Romanian film I watched. And yes, I'm not gonna stop in one!
The first impression that 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days gave me was "WOW" for its extremely naturalistic treatment and its incredibly crafted long shots. It's neither a suspense thriller nor a high voltage action flick, but it will make you sit on the edge of your seats and leave you in total awe with its brilliance both behind as well as in front of the camera. Set in the backdrop of brutal communist regime of Romania in the 1980s, the film speaks through its dull, dark, eerie and metaphorical frames so that at some point of time you totally accept that those frames are…
I highly recommend this movie. For EVERYONE. It's very informative, thought-provoking, truly unforgettable and important film... a social commentary. A must see.
The film is set in Communist Romania in the final years of the Nicolae Ceaușescu era. The film follows the story of Otilia and Gabriela "Găbița", two university friends in an unnamed Romanian town.
Găbița wants to get an abortion, which was then illegal, not for moral reasons, but because Ceausescu wanted more subjects to rule. She turns in desperation to her roommate, the best friend in the world, Otilia, who agrees to help her, and does... and all the drama begins.
It's a gripping, thought-provoking, powerful, brilliantly acted, captivating and extremely realistic portrait of how hard it was, and still is, for a woman to have an abortion.
In 1980's communist Romania where the procedure is forbidden Gabita plans to abort her pregnancy with the help of her absolute saint of a roommate and the doctor from hell (or worse).
The story is told in long unbroken vignettes and does not shy from depicting the graphic, procedural details of abortion, albeit illegal hotel room abortion.
A horror film.
This film is abort unwanted babies, and it's already one of my favourite Romanian dramas. Unlike her pregnancy I didn't want it to end.
One of my friends in the class we watched this in (hey Nick) remarked how this was the third time he had seen it, and Jesus, I can't imagine sitting through this (admittedly masterful) heartbreak again anytime soon.
Thank God for directors with the courage to resist “issue” movies. If 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days were just another agenda-filled story that uses its characters as means to a propaganda-filled end, then I would quickly and rightly dismiss the film after one viewing. What we have instead is a masterful character study which weaves a hot topic into a quiet story of the desperation between two young women, all to devastating effect.
Less is more. Two college roommates are living under the difficult conditions of 1987 Communist Romania, and the one is plagued with an unintended pregnancy. We enter into the story right before the process begins to secure Gabita’s abortion, and watch as she and friend…
What a spectacularly paced film. A movie that is painfully paced and reflects the sort of intense real time proxy experience for the audience.
Such a dumb friend.
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…
Another year, another update. 2012 List can be found here.
The following is a really extensive and great list of…