4 months, 3 weeks & 2 days (4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile) - Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov, Cristian Mungiu
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Set in Romania during the last "golden" years of communism, director Cristian Mungiu's Palme d'Or winning masterpiece resonates long after the final frame has flashed across the screen.
Two small-town university students, Otilia (Anamaria Marinca) and Gabita (Laura Vasiliu) share a room and their deepest secrets. Gabita, vague, indecisive and scared, is pregnant and willing to suffer almost any indignity to avoid the stigma of single motherhood and its accompanying poverty and disgrace. Otilia, dynamic and more adept at negotiating within the harsh realities of Ceausescu's regime, assists her friend in arranging an abortion - an illegal procedure which at that time carried severe penalties.
With Gabita's body clock rapidly ticking, Otilia sets about renting a room in a shabby but expensive hotel, in readiness for Mr Bebe (Vlad Ivanov), an abortionist who they've been led to believe will do the job for the money they've scraped together. But Bebe is no good Samaritan, demanding a more insidious form of payment from both girls when he learns that Gabita is well over four months pregnant.
4 months, 3 weeks & 2 days (4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile) is an utterly compelling and totally absorbing cinematic experience that transports the viewer into the lives of two young women, who are forced to make terrible decisions by a society which neither forgives or forgets.
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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda
- Film drama Romania Communist pregnancy single parent back-room abortion crime
Persons of interest
- Anamaria Marinca .... Otilia
- Laura Vasiliu .... Gabita
- Vlad Ivanov .... Domnu' Bebe
- Alexandru Potocean .... Adi
- Ion Sapdaru
- Teodor Corban
- Tania Popa
- Cerasela Iosifescu
- Doru Ana
- Eugenia Bosânceanu
- Marioara Sterian
- Adi Carauleanu
- Ion Grosu .... Portar
- Cristian Mungiu .... Screenwriter
- Cristian Mungiu .... Director
Cinematic intelligence sources
- 4 months, 3 weeks & 2 days (4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile) official movie site
- 4 months, 3 weeks & 2 days (4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile) film production notes
- 4 months, 3 weeks & 2 days (4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile) QuickTime movie trailers
- Awards and film festivals:
- Australian Film Critics' Association (AFCA) 2007: Commended
- Cannes Film Festival 2007: Won: Cinema Prize of the French National Education System (Cristian Mungiu), FIPRESCI Prize (Cristian Mungiu), Golden Palm (Cristian Mungiu)
- Film Critics Circle of Australia 2008: Nominated: Best Foreign Language Film
- Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Golden Globes) 2008: Nominated: Foreign Film
- London Film Festival 2007: Screening
- San Sebastián International Film Festival 2007: Zabaltegi Pearls
- NB English and Romanian language dialogue with English subtitles
- See also Vera Drake
- Studios and distributors:
Special Agent Matti
4 months, 3 weeks & 2 days (4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile) is one of those mystery titles that only begins to make sense when you're three quarters of the way through the film and by then, it's too late. You're stuck in Ceausescu's Romania with no money and an unplanned pregnancy and everything is just wrong, wrong, wrong.
Thank god we won the Cold War.
Anamaria Marinca and Laura Vasiliu present the unglamorous world of university student life under the Soviets with all the joylessness it deserves. The only reason they met is because of the crappy student accommodations - they're like an Eastern Bloc Karin Cartlidge and Lynda Steadman in Career girls, thrown together by a minor overlap in lives and then everything goes to Hell. It's great if you like drama.
4 months, 3 weeks & 2 days (4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile) is the kind of film that has subtitles.
The drama, Romania movie 4 months, 3 weeks & 2 days (4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile) is directed by Cristian Mungiu and stars Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov.
Government security censorship classification
MA 15+ (Strong themes)
108 minutes (1:48 hours)