Adi Paduretu
Jeff Labrecque
June 13, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
113 minutes
Limited Release Date
01/23/08
performer
Vlad Ivanov, Anamaria Marinca
director
Cristian Mungiu
author
Cristian Mungiu
genre
Drama

We gave it an A-

Unlike an American filmmaker who might get caught up in the politics of birth control, Romanian writer-director Cristian Mungiu crafts a nonjudgmental narrative of two 1980s college students negotiating a black-market abortion in 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. There’s something beautifully raw in his visual simplicity — no fast cuts, no close-ups — that captures the drab oppressiveness of the Communist regime and gray complexities of real life. EXTRAS In a doc, Mungiu says he filmed the disturbing bathroom scene two ways; ultimately, he abandoned his heroine’s perspective for the lingering shot that haunts the whole story. A-

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