4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)



Critic Consensus: 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 seedy Romanian hotel -- but Bebe refuses to accept money in return for his services and demands a certain "alternate" commodity instead. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
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Laura Vasiliu
as Gabita
Vlad Ivanov
as Mr. Bebe
Luminita Gheorghiu
as Adi's Mother Gina
Adi Carauleanu
as Adi's Father Grigore
Liliana Mocanu
as Receptionist
Tania Popa
as Night Receptionist
Teo Corban
as Unireal Hotel Receptionist
Cerasela Iosifescu
as Receptionist Tineretului
Doru Ana
as Benzanirul
Eugenia Bosânceanu
as Bebe's Mother
Ioan Sabdaru
as Dr. Rusu
Cristina Buburuz
as Marie-Jeanne Rusu
Marioara Sterian
as Adela Racoviceanu
Emil Coseru
as Dr. Racoviceanu
Geo Dobre
as Dr. Aldea
Costica Babu
as Tatal Gabitei
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Critic Reviews for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

All Critics (134) | Top Critics (41)

[A] brilliant, suspenseful, absolutely riveting film.

October 18, 2008
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 29, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A brilliant and discomfiting film.

Full Review… | February 28, 2008
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Observes with ruthless, artful precision. While plunging a knife through your soul.

Full Review… | February 15, 2008
Detroit News
Top Critic

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
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A powerful film and a stark visual accomplishment.

Full Review… | February 7, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

Sam Barnett
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.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

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.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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