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4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days – Review

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

It’s a 24 hours journey of a student, Otilia (Anamaria Marinca), as she helps her friend Gabita (Laura Vasiliu) to get an illegal abortion in Romania during the final days of communist Ceausescu regime, while trying to mend her relationship with her boyfriend.
Otillia and Gabita negotiate the cost of the procedure with the surly abortionist, Bebe (Vlad Ivanov), who demands a high price for his services. The girls have no choice but to obey his wishes.

WHAT’S IT LIKE?

This film is not only about abortion and communism, but also about friendship and sacrifice. The most striking element in this film is the sacrifices Otillia makes in order to help her desperately pregnant friend, Gabita.
Powerful performance from Anamaria Marinca and clever use of Camera draws us deeply into the character’s world and mind. The camera follows her everywhere and reflects her mood, by getting shakier when she is stressed out and steadies when she slows down and reflects.
The director relies heavily on the actors’ performance in order to create such a powerful drama. He shoots one shot per scene and the camera rarely tilts or pans as the actors move in and out of the frame.
He also uses muted colours and dark shadows to capture the grim reality of the Ceausescu era in Romania.

This is an emotionally powerful and very tense film that will keeps you hooked from beginning to end and will stay with you for a while. It has deservedly won the Palm D’or in Cannes 2007.

Opens Nationwide

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