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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)

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Average Rating: 8.4/10
Reviews Counted: 134
Fresh: 128 | Rotten: 6

Featuring gut-wrenching performances from Anamaria Marinca and Laura Vasiliu, 4 Months is a gripping portrayal of life in Communist Romania.

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Average Rating: 8.8/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 40 | Rotten: 0

Featuring gut-wrenching performances from Anamaria Marinca and Laura Vasiliu, 4 Months is a gripping portrayal of life in Communist Romania.

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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

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Cristian Mungiu

Jun 17, 2008

$0.9M

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All Critics (138) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (128) | Rotten (6) | DVD (6)

[A] brilliant, suspenseful, absolutely riveting film.

October 18, 2008
Miami Herald
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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.

February 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A brilliant and discomfiting film.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Proceeding with a blunt and sometimes brutal relentlessness, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days impresses and engrosses as a work of stark, spare naturalism.

February 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Observes with ruthless, artful precision. While plunging a knife through your soul.

February 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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The film emerges as a devastating personal drama, a suspenseful horror story and a powerful statement about life under a repressive regime.

February 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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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.

September 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

No one in Bucharest gives a damn about anything. And he takes 113 long, drawn-out minutes to send this bit of news.

August 11, 2010 Full Review Source: East Bay Express | Comments (5)
East Bay Express

Unrelieved gloom

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion | Comment (1)
CinePassion

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.

March 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

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.

March 4, 2009 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Comment (1)
rec.arts.movies.reviews

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.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: The Nation
The Nation

Grippingly horrible.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

This is an unsettling film, brilliantly acted all around, most especially by Vasiliu and Marinca.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

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.

October 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

A stark, thought-provoking and disturbing insight into the harsh reality of life under the Ceausescu regime.

September 2, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelzChannel.com

While other films may be just as engaging due to wit or sheer spectacle, few have ever been as affecting on an emotional level.

July 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

If you love slow moving character studies with a provocative subject matter, then go see this right now.

July 22, 2008 Full Review | Comment (1)
Sin Magazine

A real kick in the gut

July 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

A keenly observed and ferociously realistic somber political drama about an illegal abortion in the Romania of 1987.

May 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Like another recent streetwise Cannes prize winner, the Belgian film L'Enfant, it is stripped of sentimentality and pretense. It is visually static, glacially paced and dramatically unvarnished.

April 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

This is a low, slow whistle film. Just wow. Gripping. Emotionally honest. Frustrating, too. Sad. Not one many pro-lifers would enjoy although the message coming at me loud and clear was 'nothing is worth going through that!'

April 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)

I'm glad I saw it, even though I can't imagine ever wanting to see it again.

April 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

...a stark bleak testimony to friendship and the indomitability of the human spirit.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

It's a hard film to watch, especially if you know where it goes--I had to brace myself to see it a second time. But it's an important film, one of great feeling. It even works as a thriller.

March 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Audience Reviews for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

A startlingly realistic and painfully minimalistic Romanian film that succeeds at making audiences care just as much about what could be happening in the off-screen world of these characters as what we are shown on-screen.
October 1, 2013
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

A good, realistic movie that, for my money, is a bit over-rated, and one that takes a long time to get you into the story. It's clinical for the first half-hour or more, but eventually, the stakes do rise, and through one gut-wrenchingly long dinner scene, you start to feel the urgency of the whole affair: Gabi needs an abortion, and no one can find out, no matter what it takes. Romanian neo-realism, exactly as advertised, sarcastically included in what director Mungiu calls his Tales of the Golden Age, documenting life under Ceaucescu's regime. I'm excited to see more from him, I think he's just ramping up to the global stage.
January 30, 2012
danperry17

Super Reviewer

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 days really reels you in with it's hypnotic voyeurism. It's brutal realism is uncomfortable viewing at times but is utterly captivating throughout. The long takes only emphasises how great the acting is, particularly from Anamaria Marinca in the lead role. The hotel scene is uncompromising, stunning and cinema at it's best. Cristian Mungiu is a director to look out for, just as he gets you used to being a fly on the wall he rolls up a newspaper and smacks you round the head with it, in what is now one of my favourite endings to a movie ever. Brilliant cinema.
May 4, 2011
SirPant

Super Reviewer

A visceral, unrelentingly grim tale concerning an intense friendship between two roommates and how one of them (Laura Vasiliu) coaxes the other (Anamaria Marinca) into helping her get an illegal abortion in 1980's Romania. This is one of the 00's finer pictures, thanks to impeccable acting and a rough, incredibly realistic look at the seedy underground of Europe. This is a film not so much concentrated on the moral issue of abortion, for which I found to be a nice surprise, but instead it is more focused on friendship and how far one is willing to go for one's best friend. The last shot of this movie features one of the more haunting gazes I can recall in a movie. It is never easy to watch, but it is certainly informative and truly unforgettable.
March 4, 2011
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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