A masterclass in the fine art of taut directing by Cristian Mungiu, the tension in this Romanian Palme d’Or winner is beyond palpable throughout. Visceral and hard hitting, yet utterly simple in it’s execution, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, & 2 Days is a study in restraint of the very best kind.
“4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days unfolds in Romania in the late ’80s, during the last waning days of Communist rule. Anamaria Marinca and Laura Vasiliu play, respectively, Otilia and Gabita, two female friends and students who share a Bucharest flat. They soon find themselves saddled with an overwhelming problem: Gabita is expecting. With abortion illegal in Romania at that time, the women seek an illicit termination at the hands of one Mr. Bebe (Vlad Ivanov) in a seedy Romanian hotel — but Bebe refuses to accept money in return for his services and demands a certain “alternate” commodity instead”. – Nathan Southern