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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days(4 luni, 3 săptămîni și 2 zile)

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Romania, Belgium

2007

1h 54m

Director Cristian Mungiu

Starring Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov, Alexandru Potocean

Genre Drama

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In 1980s Romania, abortion and birth control are both criminal offences. College student Gabita is nearly five months pregnant, and in desperation she asks her roommate, Otilia, to help her arrange a black market abortion. They have 24 hours to make the ultimate choice.

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90

Slate by

A beautiful and formally compelling work of art.
80

The New Yorker by Anthony Lane

Mungiu’s pacing is so sure, however, in its switching from loose to taut, and the concentration of his leading lady so unwavering, that the movie, which won the Palme d’Or at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, feels more like a thriller than a moody wallow.
100

Empire by Damon Wise

Tense, kinetic, intelligent and real – as if Paul Greengrass had remade Vera Drake.
100

L.A. Weekly by Ella Taylor

Though the frighteningly late-term abortion at its center hints at larger sins in the last gasp of Nicolae Ceausescu’s iron-fisted regime, it’s no metaphor, but a sordidly visceral transaction conducted in the next best thing to a back alley.
88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Liam Lacey

Relentlessly dark but expertly rendered, it shares its cinematographer and quality of aggrieved compassion with another recent Romanian art house hit, "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu."
80

The Hollywood Reporter by Ray Bennett

The film is dark, gloomy and without music, but it is also observant and highly suspenseful, with Mungiu using his often static camera to balance banal cruelty with simple generosity.

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