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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

Writer:

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:

Romania See more »

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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

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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One of actor/director James Franco's five favorite films: "Again, a very simple approach, but there's so much power in that film. You're not quite sure what's happening from the beginning, but you're just kind of thrown into it. All you know is that these women have this mysterious meeting, and it takes you from there. The film gives you a great sense of what it was really like to live in Romania in the 1980s."[2009] 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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
[subtitled version]
Otilia: OK.
Gabriela 'Gabita' Dragut: Thanks.
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References The Virgin Suicides (1999) See more »

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Lasa lumea sa vorbeasca
Written by Vasile Vasilache
Performed by Cornel Constantiniu
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Brutal but brilliant film-making.
13 January 2008 | by come2whereimfromSee all my reviews

Winner of last years Palme d'Or this Romanian film set in the eighties and is a cross between Richard Linklater's 2001 film 'Tape', in that the majority of the action takes place in one room between three central characters and Mike Leigh's 2004 film 'Vera Drake' in that its central theme is illegal abortion. It is a film about the human condition, trust, betrayal, the extremes people have to go to sometimes and the consequences that follow certain actions. It has two great performances from the college roommates Otilia and Gabita from their introduction to us as they make plans for a trip through to the grizzly outcome that concludes the film. The setting is grim and the bleached out film stock adds to the jittery camera work and gives an uneasy feeling throughout, instantly you are transported to a time where people barter with tic tacs, cigarettes and powdered milk and the promise of sugar is a dream to many and a reality to only a few. Gabita's predicament and subsequent journey both physically and mentally are what drives the film but its shown mainly through the eyes of her friend and roommate Otilia who as well as making and carrying out the arrangements has to make some startling sacrifices and ones that she will have memory of forever, as will you the audience long after the film has finished. Although not an easy watch and considering the subject matter not something you can say you 'enjoyed' it is none the less a brilliant piece of film-making, subtle and emotive with very real character studies. A brutal in your face look at a bleak time in history, how a leader destroyed the economy of a country and what that did to everyday life and a reminder of how far behind the rest of us Eastern Europe was before the fall of the Iron curtain and particularly Romania before the Revolution of 1989.


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