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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)
"4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile" (original title)

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A woman assists her friend in arranging an illegal abortion in 1980s Romania.

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Laura Vasiliu ...
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Alexandru Potocean ...
Adi Radu (as Alex Potocean)
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Adi Carauleanu ...
Dr. Radu - Adi's father
Liliana Mocanu ...
Tania Popa ...
Night receptionist
Teodor Corban ...
Unireal Hotel receptionist (as Teo Corban)
Cerasela Iosifescu ...
Receptionist Tineretului
Doru Ana ...
Eugenia Bosânceanu ...
Domnu' Bebe's mother
Ion Sapdaru ...
Dr. Rusu (as Ioan Sapdaru)
Cristina Burbuz ...
Marie-Jeanne Rusu (as Cristina Buburuz)
Marioara Sterian ...
Adela Racoviceanu
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Romania, 1987, the brutal Ceausescu communist regime is in place; birth control is illegal and abortion is a crime punishable by death. Gabita (Laura Vasliu) is almost five months into an unwanted pregnancy and in meek desperation turns to her friend and roommate, Otilia (Anamaria Marinca) for help in organizing an illegal termination. Unfortunate circumstances force the two women to use a male abortionist, Bebe (Vlad Ivanor), who, in addition to an absurd amount of money, also demands sex with both women as payment. The bleakness of the storyline expresses a dark socio-political critique in the twilight years of a repressive dictatorship. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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14 September 2007 (Romania)  »

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Budget:

€600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$51,712 (USA) (25 January 2008)

Gross:

$1,185,783 (USA) (2 May 2008)
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When Bebe takes Otilia on a detour to his neighborhood, a few Dacia cars have rear and front bumpers, which were introduced in 1994. The mirror on Bebe's car is also post-1990. See more »

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[first lines]
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Otilia: OK.
Gabriela 'Gabita' Dragut: Thanks.
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Lasa lumea sa vorbeasca
Written by Vasile Vasilache
Performed by Cornel Constantiniu
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Less is sometimes better...
10 November 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A visceral and emotionally draining experience. Those are not typical superlatives one usually conjures while commenting on a movie, yet in this case I dare use such a characterization as a positive rendering of what I felt when watching this film.

The spartan and minimalist style of the movie only adds to its potency. Though many might find it jarring to sit through, I can only hope that people will have the patience and resolve to watch this brilliant example of movie making. If you invest your time and emotions in this one, you will not be disappointed.

The acting, camera work, cinematography are of the highest quality, especially given the budgetary restrictions and scarcity of available resources.This movie is yet more ample proof that one does not necessarily need a 200 million dollar budget to make a great film. Creativity and originality can add untold dimensions to any physical limitations and barriers.

All in all a great "little" movie about a forgotten slice of history, a little known place and, a time of horrifying brutality and oppression i.e. the so-called Golden Age (epoca de aur), Romania and Nicolae Ceausescu. This movie, "4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile/4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" is the first installment in a proposed trilogy entitled "Amintiri din epoca de aur/Tales From The Golden Age".

I'm looking forward to the next chapters...


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