4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile   2007   Romania 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days
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Director:Cristian Mungiu
Studio:Mobra Films
Writer:Cristian Mungiu
IMDb Rating:7.9 (23,635 votes)
Awards:Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 16 wins & 11 nominations
Duration:113 min
Cristian Mungiu  ...  (Director)
Cristian Mungiu  ...  (Writer)
Anamaria Marinca  ...  Otilia
Laura Vasiliu  ...  Gabriela 'Gabita' Dragut
Vlad Ivanov  ...  Viarel aka Domnu' Bebe
Alexandru Potocean  ...  Adi Radu
Ion Sapdaru  ...  Dr. Rusu
Teodor Corban  ...  Unireal Hotel receptionist (as Teo Corban)
Tania Popa  ...  Night receptionist
Cerasela Iosifescu  ...  Receptionist Tineretului
Doru Ana  ...  Benzanirul
Eugenia Bos├ónceanu  ...  Domnu' Bebe's mother
Marioara Sterian  ...  Adela Racoviceanu (as Maricara Sterian)
Monica Alexandrescu  ...  Female soldier
Mihaela Alexandru  ...  Daniela
Costica Babu  ...  Tatal Gabitei
Constantin Bojog  ...  Martu
Cristina Burbuz  ...  Marie-Jeanne Rusu
Georgeta Paduraru Burdujan  ...  Mrs. Aldea
Adi Carauleanu  ...  Dr. Radu - Adi's father
Cristian Ciuzan  ...  Medicinistul
Alexandru Conovaru  ...  Barbatal din statie
Emil Coseru  ...  Dr. Racoviceanu
Geo Dobre  ...  Dr. Aldea
Hazim E'Layan  ...  Ahmed
Robert Emmanuel  ...  Militian
Luminita Gheorghiu  ...  Gina Radu - Adi's mother
Madalina Ghitescu  ...  Dora - Colega de camin
Ion Grosu  ...  Portar
Catalina Harabagiu  ...  Mihaela
Daniel Cristian Iancu  ...  Militian (as Daniel Iancu)
Cristina Iosif  ...  Medicinista
Liliana Mocanu  ...  Receptionara Unirea
Traian Tudorica State  ...  Chelnerul
Simona Stoicescu  ...  Female soldier
Sanziana Tarta  ...  Carmen
Oleg Mutu  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: You have to be predisposed to films with long, lingering shots ... ya know, art films ... to get into this one. It's not going to appeal to folks who enjoy 'pregnancy' or 'abortion' flicks, whatever those are. And the politics are kind of distant unless, of course, you are Romanian. But this is a masterful character study with great performances.

Summary: There was a loud outcry when Romania's 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days failed to garner a 2008 Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film, and it could certainly be argued that this extraordinary movie was unfairly overlooked. At the very least, had it been nominated, it would have offered a stark contrast to Best Picture contender Juno. Whereas the latter is a funny, touching tale of a teenage girl who decides to find more suitable parents for her soon-to-be-born child, 4 Months is a decidedly bleak look at a time and place when one of the two alternatives to adoption (i.e., keeping the child) is beyond consideration and the other is an illegal, highly dangerous last resort.

It takes a while for the viewer to realize that abortion is the subject of director Cristian Mungiu's film; for the first 40 minutes or so, all we know is that Otilia (Anamaria Marinca) and Gabita (Laura Vasiliu), college roommates in a country still controlled by the Ceausescu dictatorship, are up to something they'd prefer to keep secret.

Gabita, it develops, is pregnant. She is also an innocent, scared screw-up who's unable to handle any of the necessary details involved in solving her problem, which obliges the far more capable Otilia to take care of everything from booking the hotel and meeting the abortionist to buying black market cigarettes for the pair. What follows is anything but cute, clever, or romantic. Mr. Bebe (Vlad Ivanov), the abortionist, is a straightforward but frightening character who demands more than money for his services.

Meanwhile, Adi, Otilia's boyfriend, is a decent but essentially clueless fellow who insists that she attend his mother's birthday party on the very day that the two girls have checked into the hotel where Gabita's procedure takes place; the two scenes in which we meet Bebe and Adi's parents, reveal Mongiu's mastery of his medium and are at once intense, discomfiting, and completely riveting. And if Oscar voters missed the boat, many other didn't: among numerous other plaudits for the film was the '07 Palme d'Or at Cannes.

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