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4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days
By Caroline Planque

Posted February 7, 2008


    Last year’s Golden Palm at Cannes will haunt you long after the curtain is drawn and the credits have ended. Sober and quiet, yet really shocking, 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days tells the story of two roommates, Gabita and Otillia, who carefully prepare for Gabita’s illegal abortion, while communism lives its final days in Romania. Having to hide from the authorities, family, and friends, the two students suddenly find themselves spiraling down a chain of events in which there is no turning back. No help is to be expected, and they must keep themselves together while their insides are crumbling like shattered glass.

    From a true story he was told some 15 years ago, director Cristian Mungiu admirably recreates the communist era’s atmosphere of suspicion as well as the feelings of entrapment and helplessness of his two main characters. For the two young women, the moment of truth comes with their realization that abortion is not a banal contraception method, but a scar they will forever bear in their mind and flesh.


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