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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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Laura Vasiliu ...
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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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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days  »

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Budget:

€590,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$1,185,783 (USA) (2 May 2008)
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The 2008 Oscar winner in the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category at the 80th Academy Awards was Austria's The Counterfeiters (2007), an entry much criticized as conventional and artistically inferior to Cristian Mungiu's Palme d'Or winner. The surprising snub of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007), which wasn't even nominated, resulted in intense scrutiny and ridicule by the international film community and eventually inspired reforms to the 'Best Foreign Language Film' selection process. See more »

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When at the dinner table, Adi's mother claims to have gotten blue Easter eggs by mixing yellow dye with green dye. Blue is a primary color and cannot be obtained from mixing any other colors. (Green, however, can be obtained by mixing blue and yellow.) See more »

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[first lines]
[subtitled version]
Otilia: OK.
Gabriela 'Gabita' Dragut: Thanks.
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Si m-am indragostit de tine
Written by Vasile Veselovschi and Mihai Maximilian
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Amazing & intelligent film
14 September 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I was fortunate to see this film during the TIFF last week. With Palm d'Or behind the title, my expectation was high and I was amazingly satisfied.

As an audience in TIFF, we also got to have a Q&A session with Cristian, the director and it was apparent to me that he is a very intelligent man. Everything that was in the movie was well thought and planned. There is no accidents about this movie.

There are quite a few unclear scenes. However after, the director answered a few questions for the audience and I got to understand his point of view. It was clear to me what he was trying to show us. There is no wasted scenes or filler during the whole show.

There is a particular scene where many don't understand why it is so long and meaningless. Many viewers got frustrated, irritated and restless after a while. But that is exactly what the director wants us to feel. He plays with his audience through his film. What a brilliant idea ! For those who has seen it, will understand. Your feeling is exactly what Otilia was feelings.

This is not an anti-abortion movie as the director said. There is no political statement. It is just a daily life of a few Romanians during the period and you can feel it through this movie.

For all other foreign film fan, this is an absolute must see for this year.


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