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Cannes Takeover
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5,763 Ratings

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

4 luni, 3 săptămâni şi 2 zile

Directed by Cristian Mungiu
Romania, 2007
Drama, History
  • Romanian
  • English
Cannes Takeover

Synopsis

In 1980s Romania, the brutal Ceausescu dictatorship is still in power. Gabita turns to her friend Otila, for help in organizing an illegal abortion. A crime punishable by death. They enlist the services of the shady Mr. Bebe.

Our take

Alongside Cristi Puiu’s The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, this harrowing Palme d’Or winner from Cristian Mungiu may be the defining film of the Romanian New Wave. Nail-biting and suspenseful, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days is a stirring socio-realist thriller, led by the exceptional Anamaria Marinca.

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Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2007 | 3 wins including: Palme d'Or

Independent Spirit Awards

2008 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

San Sebastián International Film Festival

2007 | Winner: FIPRESCI Film of the Year (Zabaltegi-Pearls)

The movie sheds its secrets slowly; if you’re paying attention, its tiny but telling details and elisions tell a bigger story.
January 25, 2019
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Like The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, the snarl of red tape sticks to everything, and while the tone here is less sarcastic, the cumulative effect of the film’s long shots—triumphs of concentrated minutiae and heightened performance—are every bit as haunting.
January 23, 2019
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Like The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, the snarl of red tape sticks to everything, and while the tone here is less sarcastic, the cumulative effect of the film’s long shots—triumphs of concentrated minutiae and heightened performance—are every bit as haunting.
January 23, 2012
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