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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…
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…
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…
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.
A run-down town...
Impudent, embittered citizens weighed down by a harsh regime...
The hellish consequences of an illegal abortion...
And at the same
The ultimate depiction of friendship and compassion...
A masterly example of powerful film making...
We all have that time when we had to keep a secret shared exclusively between a family member or close friend. How far would you go to protect it? 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days is an emotionally and visually visceral tale of familial responsibility and trust that does not pull its punches in the slightest when tackling this question.
Otilia and Gabriela are college students in Romania who, from the beginning, are introduced with a problem that the film refuses to disclose until the second act. Gabriela needs a major favor from Otilia, but we don’t know why she, instead of Gabriela, goes out to obtain the extra cash as it is Gabriela who needs to be taken…
Cristian Mungiu’s film “4 luni, 3 saptamani, si 2 zile” (“4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days”) is devastating. It is a film that has defined “harrowing” for me. It is a hard film for a culture that is hard of heart. Like “The Passion of Christ” it is a film of such violence that is not necessary for everyone to experience. For those who would like to watch the film without commentary you should stop reading here, but for those that don’t wish to subject themselves to the film or for those who wish to soften its blow, read on.
The story is simple: a woman helps her roommate procure an abortion. It is Romania in the 1980s when…
1 hour, 52 minutes and a few seconds of pure agony
قد تكون "جابيتا" اكثر إمرأة جاهلة قد تراها يوماً في فيلم ما والتي لا تعرف كيفية التصرف نحو سلامة نفسها وحملها، نعم قد يفكر البعض منكم بفيلم Juno ، ولكن ما فعلته هنا "جابيتا" يعتبر شيءً غبياً ومجازفة كبيرة، ولكن لو فكرت ولو لثانية واحدة بظروفها، فقد تعيد التفكير وتقول "ربما ما تفعله صحيح" ..!؟
إنه فيلم قوي، وثقيل جدا على بصيرة المشاهد، ولكن هذا ليس بفضل "جابيتا" التي تكلمت عنها في البداية، ولكن بفضل صديقتها "أوتيليا" التي لم أتكلم عنها بعد والتي حملت الفيلم كله على كتفها وقادته بشراسة.
فيلم 4Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days يجري في رومانيا في آواخر الثمانينيات، خلال الأيام الأخيرة من الحكم الشيوعي. "آناماريا مارينكا" و "لورا فاسيليو" يلعبان، على الترتيب، شخصيتي أوتيليا وجابيتا،…
As grim and unforgiving as the Romanian landscape in which it takes place.
It feels odd to call this deplorably dark tale a slice-of-life, but I don't know how else to describe it. As I step back to look at 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, I’m struck by the lack of a purpose to this story of abortion. The movie slowly details a pregnant woman and her friend who goes to great lengths to help her, the abortion takes place and the credits roll. It doesn't have a bigger picture message and the characters don’t learn a great life lesson. But its undeniable that 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days is a great movie.
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