4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile (2007)

Winner of the Cannes Palme d'Or, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days is a stark look at abortion behind the iron curtain in Romania circa 1987.

A university student seeks the help of her roommate in order to get an abortion. Having and performing abortions can earn you a prison term in Romania at this time and so everything must be done in stealth and secrecy. We are exposed to a high level of tension as the abortionist extorts his clients and as the abortion occurs.

Stylistically, it is identical to L'Enfant, a French Palme d'Or winner from a few years back. Long hand held shots coupled with long stationary camera shots. This style gives the film a very realistic feel and allows the actors to act off camera and for scenes to continue uninterrupted.

Without any kind of lecturing from the director or writer, viewers are given a full on look at the issue of both illegal and mid-term abortions. This is not an enjoyable film, but it is superbly made and has a lot to say to everyone who has an opinion on the issue.

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