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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
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 42 wins & 59 nominations. See more awards »

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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?

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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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 of the Academy Awards by the international film community and eventually inspired reforms to the 'Best Foreign Language Film' selection process. See more »

Goofs

Gabita's dorm room has a poster of Kirsten Dunst in The Virgin Suicides, released twelve years after the film takes place. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[subtitled version]
Otilia: OK.
Gabriela 'Gabita' Dragut: Thanks.
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Connections

References East of Eden (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Gheorghe, Gheorghe
Music and lyrics by Marian Nistor
Performed by Angela Similea & Savoy
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Splendid performances in a taut, harrowing film
2 February 2008 | by Michael FargoSee all my reviews

Chritian Mungiu delivers one of the finer suspense films in the past few years. Set in Ceausescu's grim murderous police state, I was reminded of Polanski's shocker "Repulsion" albeit without the Gothic thrills. It's a loaded subject matter of abortion that sets the scene, but we aren't asked to take sides in someones polemic. The nightmare that unfolds is probably played out often, and that's the movie's genius. We identify quickly with the dilemma even though the bureaucratic maze the characters have to bribe and finagle there way through is in extreme.

The smallest details are accurate and riveting, from the possibly dire consequences of not paying a bus fare to eavesdropping on a conversation between a mother and her son that's suddenly interrupted by the sound of gun shot, the protagonist here (and what a courageous beauty she turns out to be) has nerves of steel that any action hero would envy.

It's our loss that this may be the only time we get to see Anamarie Marinca perform. She's nearly in every shot in the film and her unsteady conviction to her friend who is seeking an abortion is mesmerizing to watch. Her foil, Laura Vasiliu, is maddeningly dense and just as effective as the girl who's so lost in her dilemma that you can't tell if her judgment is impaired by her predicament or she's simple-minded. It's a touching performance that's also infuriating because of the dangers she sets in motion all around her.

The mise en scene here is one of a master. Midway through the film, there's a stunning set piece where Marinca and her boyfriend are full screen at a party, the camera never moves and they don't speak a word while adults chatter all around them while only occasionally hands enter the frame. The tension that results is almost unbearable when a telephone rings off in the distance, and Marinca is unable to move to find out if it's a desperate call for help...or simply someone calling to wish Happy Birthday.

There are many, many such fine moments in this movie. It shows that horror isn't necessarily the boogie man or a creature from outer space. It can be of our own making, both individually and by the government that rules us.


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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:

EUR590,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,712, 27 January 2008

Gross USA:

$1,198,208

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,174,839
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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