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

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  14 September 2007 (Romania)
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A woman assists her friend in arranging an illegal abortion in 1980s Romania.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Vasiliu ...
Alexandru Potocean ...
Adi Radu (as Alex Potocean)
Adi Carauleanu ...
Dr. Radu - Adi's father
Liliana Mocanu ...
Tania Popa ...
Night receptionist
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


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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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days  »

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€590,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$1,185,783 (USA) (2 May 2008)

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Romania's official submission in the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category at the 80th Academy Awards [2008]. See more »


The trams in the movie came into service in late 90's. Trams in the late 1980s had half-sliding doors, and central command. See more »


[first lines]
[subtitled version]
Otilia: OK.
Gabriela 'Gabita' Dragut: Thanks.
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Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: The Best of 2007 (2007) See more »


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Probably best Romanian movie
29 May 2007 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

This is a movie from the highest rated young Romanian director who won highest appreciation from the Cannes festival (Golden Palm) in 2007. It's a movie that will make you feel like a human being again and after seeing it you will surely think much better about Romanian cinematography. The movie is a drama of a human being that is oppressed by the communist regime in Romania, one of the most criminal regimes of this century.In the last years of the Romanian communism, the dictator's wife "Elena Ceausescu" made it clear for everyone that abortion is no longer permitted and that had a lot of implications later on. Although the movie is not about the regime itself but about the character and her personal drama. 4 Months 3 Weeks & 2 Days is supposedly the beginning of a series of films Mungiu is hoping to make called The Golden Age, each about life in Communist Romania. I hope he's successful; if this film is an example of the kind of rough-hew humanity and blunt realism we can expect in future films, I'd definitely seek them out. As it is, 4 Months 3 Weeks & 2 Days moved me and challenged me, made me feel and made me think, demonstrated the personal and political challenges of a heartbreaking choice that, in many ways, is no choice at all-- and that's a rare enough achievement, and one worthy of seeking out.This movie is a work of art

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