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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…
Grande filme, roteiro pungente, com fotografia e atuações excelentes.
Winning the Palme d’Or and FIPRESCI prize at Cannes in 2007, this is one of those films that forms a ball of dread in the pit of your stomach, holding you in its intense yet minimalist vision for the whole runtime.
The shadow of Ceausescu’s brutal regime blatantly looms over 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, focusing on a college student trying to get an abortion in 1980’s Romania. Long takes and realism take precedence over all, forbidding any non-diegetic sounds or music and forcing you to take in each unrelenting shot barren of any trace of embellishment. Although some shots linger on contemplating faces for over half a minute, it is all for a reason and serves to…
A powerful,disturbing film with amazing performances.
i like the part where they show her abortion on the floor.
Film #8 of Smiler Grogan's Scavenger Hunt #2!
Task 7/31: A foreign period piece
A film that is most certainly not for everyone!
It takes place in Romania in the late '80s, during the last leg of the nation's Communist regime. I don't want to give away any details about the plot, the film itself doesn't reveal what it's really about until you're more than half an hour in, so I won't reveal anything either.
I'll just say that this an effective film that has a very slow pace all throughout, but it's for the film's benefit. It doesn't feel like a film, it feels like real-life, and it really makes you feel like you're there with these characters,…
I almost got wrecked by this film. A few fingers were bitten during the hotel room bargain scene.
Certainly lived up to its hype. I'm glad I came into this one blind. It may be a devastating watch, but it was all worth it. Heavy subject matter aside, The cinematography was fantastic, reminding me a lot of Amores Perros; graininess, unsaturated color scheme, and constant but tolerable shakiness. It's also a relief to see one take shots that actually serve a purpose rather than being showy and unnecessary.
Although the lack of skills of his director it's plain to see, he still manages to create a suffocating atmosphere in Ceauşescu's Romania.
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