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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Director Cristian Mungiu's drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days unfolds in Romania in the late '80s, during the last waning days of Communist rule. Anamaria Marinca and Laura Vasiliu play, respectively, Otilia and Gabita, two female friends and students who share a Bucharest flat. They soon find themselves saddled with an overwhelming problem: Gabita is expecting. With abortion illegal in Romania at that time, the women seek an illicit termination at the hands of one Mr. Bebe (Vlad Ivanov) in a seedy Romanian hotel -- but Bebe refuses to accept money in return for his services and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[A] brilliant, suspenseful, absolutely riveting film."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Observes with ruthless, artful precision. While plunging a knife through your soul."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"How it makes you feel depends little, if at all, about your position on abortion. The procedure acts as a MacGuffin for caustic commentary about Communist clampdowns and a friendship's annihilative death spiral through loyalty, desperation and sacrifice."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Director Cristian Mungiu makes effective use of fairly static camera setups, in addition to some hand-held shots, to give the film a documentary feel."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Grippingly horrible."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Cristian Mungiu's masterful chronicle is impressive above all for the way it respects the audience, expecting them to follow the implications of its multifaceted tale without always spelling them out."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The film emerges as a devastating personal drama, a suspenseful horror story and a powerful statement about life under a repressive regime."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"No one in Bucharest gives a damn about anything. And he takes 113 long, drawn-out minutes to send this bit of news."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Extremely powerful story about women dealing with illegal abortion issues in Stalinist Romania, but it is not a simple propaganda movie. In fact, it is a sublime if deeply troubling work of art."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"This is an unsettling film, brilliantly acted all around, most especially by Vasiliu and Marinca."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"A brilliant and discomfiting film."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A powerful film and a stark visual accomplishment."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Unrelieved gloom"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"For people who take their movies seriously, a quick course in Romanian might now be necessary -- and so is a trip to the theater to see 4 Months."
‑ Stuart Klawans, The Nation
"Better viewed as an illustration of the extreme dynamics of a friendship of personality contrasts than as a movie about illegal abortion or oppressive Communist regimes."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
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