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½ July 15, 2017
Winner of the Palme D'Or at Cannes in 2007, this Romanian film is a harrowing glimpse into life for young people in the repressive Ceau?escu era. Specifically, we see two young university students trying to arrange an illegal abortion in 1987. However, nothing is particularly clear from the start and director Cristian Mungiu only gradually reveals details of the women's situation -- and the brutal social and political context is explored only indirectly in passing. But perhaps because we are absorbed by the immediacy of the action (presented in widescreen long shot or as recorded by a mobile hand held camera), the harshness of life (and the corresponding indomitability or frailty of the human spirit) in Romania at that time comes across more clearly than it might in a more didactic film. In other words, you can intellectually contemplate the political or statistical data that tell us about what happened in Romania (or Syria or Rwanda or Cambodia or Nazi Germany) but an in-your-face narrative from the victim's point of view is always going to pack a stronger punch. This is not to say that the film is not enjoyable - in many ways it is enthralling (a testament to the direction and the stellar acting of Anamaria Marinca) as we experience a narrow slice of Romania firsthand in a way that those of us privileged to have been born free wouldn't have. Theirs is a drab, dark, wintry, impersonal, and seemingly dangerous world. But the specific incidents that happen to these women - and the fact that evil is perpetrated against them by men in particular - can't fail to highlight feminist and social justice concerns that are universal.
May 3, 2017

A lot of movies misunderstand simplicity as a cause instead of an element to make the final product more potent, but 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days is not one of those films.
February 8, 2017
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October 20, 2016
Widely believed to be grossly overlooked by the Academy Awards, this gut-wrenching Romanian social drama tells the psychic horrors an undergrad has to sustain to help her girlfriend abort her baby illegally under a communist rule.
March 4, 2016
A tough watch. But very honest.
½ February 28, 2016
Well shot, well acted, taut and utterly utterly depressing. I never want to watch it again. eurgh
½ January 2, 2016
Very boring movie. I liked the dark style and the acting was okay. But the movie could've been dramatically shortened.
½ November 21, 2015
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days has an inferior beginning and it can be slow to some, but it is decidedly slower paced with a great tension and build-up and it is so well directed and filmed. But it is above all incredibly acted by Anamaria Marinca, the characters are so relatable, the conflict is realistic as is the dialogue and the approach which are stupendous and the movie is simply unforgettable with a couple of mesmerizing and instantly recognizable sequences. It is one of the best foreign movies I've ever seen.
½ October 31, 2015
Romanian abortion film that was depressing understandably but somehow lacking in any sympathetic characters, not sure if it was worthy of the Palme D'or though.
June 17, 2015
A gut-wrenching portrait of life in a regime dominated by oppression and fear, 4 Months is a tour de force for Romanian cinema. Intimately shot and deliberately edited, director Cristian Mungiu exercises inspired restraint, allowing his writing and actors to speak for themselves. The film's sustained long takes will frustrate audiences who are used to fast-paced storytelling, and Mungiu's minimalism reveals both enormous trust and self-confidence. Totally devoid of the glamorous trappings of cinematic style, 4 Months feels more like a cold splash of reality than a piece of fiction.
March 24, 2015
another class film. disturbing, in the "this kind of stuff actually happened" way.
March 21, 2015
A film about the emotional toll a woman goes through after she helps her roommate get an illegal abortion while being four months pregnant. The Romanian film has no musical score, and is beautifully acted and wonderfully filmed.
January 18, 2015
Pelicula dura que aborda un tema polémico como es el aborto , lo mejor la excelente actuación de Anamaria Marinca , falla en en largo metraje y un al final con una sensación de q falta algo más
½ December 25, 2014
Naturalistic, bleak and hard hitting. Cristian Mungiu's debut is an emotionally devastating story told with a cold voyeuristic gaze, just portraying reality, almost in a documentary-esque way, which makes it even more enthralling.
November 29, 2014
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days is fly-on-the-wall cinema at its finest, featuring haunting performances, a simplistic tense story, and an eye for precise filmmaking
½ July 22, 2014
very disturbing - the cinematography evoked the mood of the film extremely well - to the point that it was almost its own character. the film's minimalist approach spoke volumes about the setting of the film (communist romania). the film itself was confusing at first, but engaging, because the audience had to work to decipher the film's subtleties. the only thing i didn't understand was why the protagonist sacrificed so much for her friend, especially when her friend was so unappreciative - i would have liked to know more about the relationship of the two friends, just so that the protagonist's efforts would feel more justified, but i guess leaving it ambiguous has it's own merits.
July 5, 2014
[Interested: cannot find.]
July 2, 2014
Drawn out and depressing.
July 1, 2014
The magic of this film is precisely how uncomfortable males will find this movie. Very rarely is the female perspective captured in such gratuitous detail.
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