4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
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.
“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…
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days is about as fun as a movie about abortion can be. And by 'fun', I actually mean depressing. Abortion always has and always will be a controversial subject and one of the many things this movie gets right is that it treats the subject with respect and intelligence. There is no hidden agenda to be found, just a harsh depiction of the effects that such a process can have on relationships and personal well-being.
Set in 1987 Romania, a country that is facing severe leadership and poverty problems, the story follows a day in the life of two friends - one of whom is pregnant and wishes to have an abortion, a procedure…
I've always heard great things about this film, but I had no clue what to expect. Unfortunately I did not like 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days at all. This isn't a bad film, not even close. The acting and cinematography are good, but I couldn't help being bored the entire time I was watching this. Man people find this to be "gut-wrenching" or "depressing" because of the subject matter(abortion) and how it's portrayed, but honestly I didn't care what so ever because this was so uninteresting.
Well...this turned out to be somewhat of a disappointment given all the praise and awards. I thought I was going to be in for an emotionally-wrecking film experience instead I got a narrative that didn't quite create any sort of connection.
The performances were great and everything, with the highlight being the interaction with Gabita, Otilia and Mr. Bebe in the hotel room. Unfortunately nothing really stuck with me or impacted me really. Yeah, it was depressing, but at the same time it was very predictable.
I did, however, love the camerawork. Think static tableau shot (i.e. Akerman or Haneke) but done with slightly-shaky handheld giving the actions an undercurrent of unease and a sense of impending misfortunes. The handheld…
Mungiu's extraordinary scope transports us to the unbearable environment of tragic decisions and their ultimate consequences. The Communist conflict is overwhelming, and yet it is implicit. The true horror of this masterpiece relies on the powerlessness and physical incapability of assuming current responsibilities and facing the brutal reality. Moreover, what happens when such overwhelming reality is affected by a ludicrous and inhuman governmental control? Béla Tarr's influence starts to arise more significantly, and the superb craftsmanship of this gem makes it, quite probably, the best film of 2007. This is one of those flicks that are either loved or hated (all I see are several ratings of 4.5 / 5 stars, and way too many scores below 3.5 stars).
Quite brilliant, mesmerising from the first, grips you with its authentic look and feel as a deeply personal drama slowly unfolds between two young women. Go in to this film set in Communist Romania blind and prepare to be in awe of the Palme d'Or winning production.
Would make a really excellent 2nd part of a triple feature, preceded by "Y Tu Mamá También" and followed by "Like Someone in Love."
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Set in Communist Romania of the 1980s, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days is an absolutely devastating portrayal of life of two young women named Otilia & her roommate, Gabita, who are trying to transact an illegal abortion for the latter. When a doctor volunteering to do the unlawful job finally comes up, their hope is kindled but once his real motive surfaces, it results in a catastrophic incident that changes the lives of both. The movie is more focused on Otilia's life & for that part delivers a hard-hitting statement as she ends up being a victim of trying to do good for no reason at all & the film also pictures how the disturbing experience ended up changing her persona,…
About as stripped down as they come, "4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days" is a harrowing journey into the real time psychological conflict of perhaps, the most controversial medical procedure today: the abortion. The film takes place in Romania towards the end of the Cold War, and follows two college girls, one of whom is seeking an abortion. Forced to turn to the black market due to the procedure's illegality under the Iron Curtain, the girls enlist the expertise of a man whom they have never even met. Thematically, though the film explores the procedure with occasionally graphic detail, it never makes any explicit judgements about the morality of abortion, remarkably staying objective, while nonetheless providing both girl's subjectivity.…
Well, that was rough.
Really good one, long fantastic takes, very well played, great story. The two young woman are having an ordeal getting things done in former comunistic Romania. An ordeal that is testing their friendship to outmost level. This is a emotionally really strong movie.
Lots of long takes.
I love long takes!!!!!!!!!!
An amazing acting showcase. I love how the camera moves in this movie, creating a lot of suspense and dread out of long, fluid shots. I'm eager to see more work from Cristian Mungiu. A great, great film.
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days tells the brutal tale of a woman's attempt to get an abortion and her friend forced to do terrible things to help her. Who is the victim here? Who is the protagonist? It is a tough watch, but there are at least 2 or 3 scenes of pure cinema. My favourite scene is one set at a dinner table when a family are happily enjoying a birthday meal, apart from a young couple whose faces are a picture of pain; the contrast is quite brilliant. Another excellent scene is one where a young woman walks down a dark street with only faint streetlights to light the set - for seconds at a time the woman is shrouded in darkness only to reemerge into the faint glow again.