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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.

Director:

Cristian Mungiu

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Cristian Mungiu
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anamaria Marinca ... Otilia Mihartescu
Laura Vasiliu ... Gabita Dragut
Vlad Ivanov ... Viorel Bebe
Alexandru Potocean ... Adi Radu (as Alex Potocean)
Luminita Gheorghiu ... Gina Radu
Adi Carauleanu Adi Carauleanu ... Dr. Radu
Liliana Mocanu Liliana Mocanu ... Unireal Hotel Receptionist
Tania Popa Tania Popa ... Night Receptionist
Teodor Corban ... Unireal Hotel Receptionist (as Teo Corban)
Cerasela Iosifescu Cerasela Iosifescu ... Tineretului Hotel Receptionist
Doru Ana Doru Ana ... Benzanirul
Eugenia Bosânceanu Eugenia Bosânceanu ... Viorel Bebe's Mother
Ion Sapdaru Ion Sapdaru ... Dr. Rusu (as Ioan Sapdaru)
Cristina Burbuz Cristina Burbuz ... Marie-Jeanne Rusu (as Cristina Buburuz)
Marioara Sterian Marioara Sterian ... Adela Racoviceanu
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Storyline

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 an unwanted male abortionist, Bebe (Vlad Ivanov). 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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How far would you go for a friend?

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Country:

Romania | Belgium

Language:

Romanian

Release Date:

14 September 2007 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

€590,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,712, 27 January 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,185,783, 4 May 2008
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of director Gaspar Noé's favorite films: "...one of the best films of the decade [2000-2009], in my opinion, is 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007), the Romanian film."[2010] See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
[subtitled version]
Otilia: OK.
Gabriela 'Gabita' Dragut: Thanks.
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Referenced in At the Movies: Episode #10.25 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Te aud mereu
Music by Aurel Giorveanu
Lyrics by Mihai Dumbrava
Performed by Angela Similea and Cornel Constantiniu
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What would you do for a friend?
19 February 2008 | by seawalkerSee all my reviews

Romania, 1987. Two years before the fall of the Ceauşescu regime, a student helps her friend to obtain an illegal abortion. "4 luni, 3 Saptamani Si 2 Zile" details the events of a single day in which both girls will face circumstances of growing despair and horror. A question is asked and answered: What would you do for a friend?

I don't think I can praise "4 luni, 3 Saptamani Si 2 Zile" highly enough. I thought that "4 luni, 3 Saptamani Si 2 Zile" was a great film, perfectly executed.

There are some particular words I would use to describe this film. Compelling, downbeat, tense, shocking, harrowing and graphic. The country of Romania itself is a character in this movie. A cold and unfriendly place. Practically everything appearing to be worn down, old and shabby. The people are tired, irritated and impatient. I think it is a snapshot of a kind of hell on Earth.

There are stunning performances by Anamaria Marinca (some people might remember how good she was a couple of years ago in "Sex Traffic" on Channel 4) and Laura Vasiliu as the two girls. (Check out the scene of Anamaria Marinca at a family birthday party. A masterclass of internalised acting and suppressed emotion. She is doing practically nothing, but her mind is elsewhere. You can see it in her eyes.) Also, a couple of words of praise for Vlad Ivanov as Mr. Bebe, the abortionist. His performance as Mr. Bebe is a calculated study of bland and indifferent evil. Quietly spoken, balding, middle aged in his comfortable jumper and comfortable shoes. Manipulative, advantage taking, awful and chilling. Really chilling.

However you line up on the subject of abortion, pro-choice or pro-life, you should see this film. One of the best of the year.

What would you do for a friend?


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