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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…
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…
Roemeense Nouvelle Vague, ik kan het wel smaken. Het is nu de tweede film binnen de beweging die ik zie en het is op z'n minst gezegd interessant filmmaken. Het realisme en de droogheid steken er bovenuit, maar vooral de onconventionele aanpak als het op scenes en het aanhouden van bepaalde shots aankomt.
"4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile" heeft een aantal scenes (waaronder leuke one-shots) die te lang aanhouden, waarvan ik mij ook het nut begon af te vragen na een tijdje. Echt veel betekenis leken ze niet te hebben, maar ze zorgden wel mee voor die bepaalde sfeer die over heel de film hangt. Die fait d'hivers overstegen zichzelf op den duur, wat wel een verdienste is.…
There's such a captivating rawness and austerity to its long takes, lack of score, and dreary, muted cinematography. I can't help but compare it to The Tribe, which I prefer between the two, but nonetheless, 4 Months is a powerful, harrowing piece of work.
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
One of the best film of the Romanian New Wave. Truthful portrait of an historical period and its different social classes, its contradictions. Intense, realistic, bold. A film to watch.
This is a harrowing film.
There are no obvious "suspense film" tricks in this tale of two female college students trying to obtain an (illegal) abortion in Communist Romania, but the nervousness of the characters, the sense of dread that someone is watching, the wrong word will be heard, builds with every scene.
While this is a "historical" film, depicting a bygone era, the actors give a sense that we are seeing actual life unfolding before us, with no "cinematic tricks." The viewer cannot look away from the gripping story on the screen.
A must-see film for anyone interested in the Cold War or 20th Century Europe.
2 hours of depression and emotion. It was gr8.
I watched this movie after seeing it on a most disturbing films list. Let's just say they weren't wrong. But not for it's grotesque imagery or snuff-like features.
This is 1987 Romanian reality. The situation scares the shit out of you. For the last 30 minutes I wasn't sure how anyone in this film was going to make it to the credits. It's just tantalizing the things they have to go through to keep a secret, and throw it away.
Also, I didn't count this, but every scene had maybe one or two cuts, if that. Just astounding on all accounts.
Minimalist in execution but unbearably emotional, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days is simplistically gut-churning. It relies on nothing but its plot, about two University students trying to arrange an illegal abortion, creating a bleak and desolate atmosphere that fills every moment with a desperate tension. The film's most emotionally demanding scene is one that it hides from the audience, yet we still feel it as if it were occurring before our very eyes.
And yet, in an almost contradictory manner, the film both relies on its visuals so greatly, and maintains our attention. There is so much to infer about the characters relationships - so many subtleties ingrained in the two primary performances - that are exposed by…
This particular brand of drama, which rubs your nose in its recreated realism, is one of my least favorite genres. Anyone without such an aversion will find plenty to love here, but there’s a distinction between how tough a film is and how good it is. For me, the focus on procedure, scarcely filtered through the audience surrogate lead, isn’t really enough. One or two effective sequences here (e.g. the encounter with the man in the hotel room) stand out, but the overall impression left is how difficult it is to make this sort of material engaging on a deeper level. A few of these dramas (such as La Promesse) manage to do so effortlessly enough as to make the…
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