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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days ( 4 luni, 3 saptamāni si 2 zile ) [ English subtitles ] [DVD]

Anamaria Marinca , Vlad Ivanov , Cristian Mungiu    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Anamaria Marinca, Vlad Ivanov, Laura Vasiliu, Alexandru Potocean, Luminita Gheorghiu
  • Directors: Cristian Mungiu
  • Writers: Cristian Mungiu, Razvan Radulescu
  • Producers: Cristian Mungiu, Alex Teodorescu, Daniel Burlac, Oleg Mutu, Philippe Avril
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Import
  • Language: Romanian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Force Video
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Mar 2008
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AZ4RL2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,010 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Australia released, PAL/Region 4 DVD: LANGUAGES: Romanian ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: In 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, a ferocious, unsentimental, often brilliantly directed film about a young woman who helps a friend secure an abortion, the camera doesn't follow the action, it expresses consciousness itself. This consciousness - alert to the world and insistently alive - is embodied by a young university student who, one wintry day in the late 1980s, helps her roommate with an abortion in Ceausescu's Romania when such procedures were illegal, not uncommon and too often fatal. It's a pitiless, violent story that in its telling becomes a haunting and haunted intellectual and aesthetic achievement. '4 Months' deserves to be seen by the largest audience possible, partly because it offers a welcome alternative to the coy, trivializing attitude toward abortion now in vogue in American fiction films, but largely because it marks the emergence of an important new talent in the Romanian writer and director Cristian Mungiu.

SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, Ceasar Awards, European Film Awards, Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards, Golden Globes, San Sebastian International Film Festival, Stockholm Film Festival, ...4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days ( 4 luni, 3 saptamāni si 2 zile ) ( Four Months, Three Weeks & Two Days )

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the misunderstood masterpiece 5 April 2008
Format:DVD
This is not just the Romanian film on abortion.

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days is the story of two girls and their attempt to solve the problem of having an abortion in a totalitarian state where aborition was prohibited. The reason abortion was illegal, and people went to prison for attempting it, is because Ceausescu thought that Romania needed a bigger population because he gathered that a bigger population meant a more powerful state. Therefore, there was no contraception available and people had to make do with what they could.

Now, what 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days shows, in a shockingly honest way, is that humanity can endure even the most degrading and inhuman of situations. Ironically, what this film is about is survival. The girls simply need to get on with their lives and survive. And you, the viewer, will witness their every thought and emotion etched on their faces. You will witness their struggles and decision-making moments.

It's an inspiring piece, a visionary attempt. You cannot not be affected by watching it and hopefully, hopefully you will come out a better person for it.

Bogdan Tiganov - author of The Wooden Tongue Speaks- Romanians: Contradictions & Realities
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but disturbing viewing 7 April 2009
By Room For A View VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
What I think this excellent film manages to achieve is to show that women who have to terminate their pregnancy (for whatever reason) but live in a society that prohibits abortion are forced to use potentially unsafe and traumatic medical procedures which could cause long term mental and/or physical ill health. Unlike Mike Leigh's likeable back street abortionist (Vera Drake), Mungiu offers the viewer a detestable character who exploits his power over the women he has offered to "help" and is highly aggressive and manipulative, culminating in appalling criminal behaviour. The film benefits from a brilliant screenplay that mercilessly evokes the stress and anxiety felt by the two women at the centre of the story. There is one fantastic scene (I think it's a continuous take) involving one of the women with her boyfriend at his mother's birthday dinner (the acting is of the highest quality). Overall this is a film that cleverly exposes the damaging effects of making abortion illegal but also the harrowing consequences of terminating a pregnancy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, can't praise it enough 28 Mar 2010
By Love Books TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This is one of the best films I've ever seen, and probably the single most memorable. Nothing about it shouts, everything whispers but in the most subtle and beautiful way, despite its grim subject matter, it manages to portray not only the most noble, honourable and loyal sides of people, but also how the effect a corrupt and thuggish regime can have on all society.

The theme is fairly simple. Gabita is pregnant and her friend and room-mate, Otilia, played by Anamaria Marinca, is helping her arrange an illegal abortion. The action all takes place in just a few hours. During this time, the girls check in to a very unwelcoming hotel, and Anamaria meets the sinister abortionist, Mr Bebe, and brings him to the room, where some bargaining takes place before he agrees to terminate the foetus because Gabita lied about how far gone she was.

The three lead actors are all absolutely brilliant. Anamaria Marinca in particular is outstanding, she has one of those faces you could watch forever. Her acting is so understated, so delicate that without appearing to act she portrays an immense range of emotion.

The Romanian winter city-scapes are bleak and miserable, it's a joyless society under Ceaucescu, and this is where the film so brilliantly manages to make you think about politics and human rights. This is what happens in a society where women, deprived of contraception, effectively become breeding machines for the state. With no power over their own bodies, there bodies become commodities, to be traded. In one of many superb scenes Otilia points out to her boyfriend that he isn't taking any responsibility for making sure she too does not fall pregnant.

I'm making it sound miserable and dull, it isn't! It's a brilliant, brilliant film!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 5 Jun 2009
Format:DVD
This film shows how difficult subjects should be dealt with. All the characters a fully rounded and totally real. There is no annoying background music to interfere with the story. Cinematography is at a very high level and the era is captured exactly.
I had never watched a Romanian film before but on this viewing I would follow this director, Christian Mungiu, at least
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, but grim 1 July 2008
By Bluebell TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This is a superb piece of work: grittily realistic; moody, naturalistic filming; excellent, believable acting, but, it's more a documentary about the horrors of "back-street" abortions, that is unremitting in its grimness. All against the back-drop of the difficulties of dealing with life in the aftermath of a totalitarion state. The film Vera Drake comes to mind as a comparison and, as a film, I'd rate the latter higher as it had more variety of emotion and the characters were more rounded.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lesson in quality filmamking. 19 Jun 2010
Format:DVD
I bought this movie cause the critics here in the UK rated it well. I largely agree with them. Briefly, it wasn't until the end of the film and about an hour after watching it that I realised WHY i thought is was so good.
If you want to know something about Romania that doesn't involve negative stereotypes as reported in the media, if you want to know something else about their (Modern) culture then see this.
Yes, Romania has fantastic actors, Romania has very talented film makers. It is from Romania that one of the best films in recent years has come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bleak, But Powerful
Romanian film-maker Cristian Mungiu’s 2007 tale of two Ceausescu-era (1987-set) student 'girl friends’ and their traumatic encounter with 'black market abortion’ is a bleak, but... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Keith M
4.0 out of 5 stars "Acutely cinematic, conflicting and heartrending..."
Romanian screenwriter, producer and director Cristian Mungiu`s second feature film which he wrote and co-produced, is inspired by real events. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sindri
5.0 out of 5 stars Depressingly magnificent.
This award-winning 2007 film from Romania, is set twenty years earlier, during the oppressive Communist regime of Ceausescu. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. P. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars A genius at work
This is a five star movie. Yesterday I saw an item on Sky News about the coming release on DVD of Cristian Mungiu's 2012 film Beyond the Hills. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jakkals
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping..
A grim, but gripping film. Very interesting to see how the country once looked. A very good interpretation in my eyes. Read more
Published 15 months ago by jamesromanul
5.0 out of 5 stars film
I found this film really sad, the setting is so bleak, I hope those days have gone forever.

Its the story of a young , pregnant university student, and her friend, and... Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2012 by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece!
I boutht this film with some reserve, but after reading other reviews I decide it to give it a try. I was totally mesmerized by the story and the performances. Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2011 by boni girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Traumatic
A young student is unfortunately left with a pregnancy she cannot have; in a country where abortions are illegal. Read more
Published on 29 Jun 2010 by words with wonder
5.0 out of 5 stars sweetabix
This is beauty in simplicity. I love films that draw you into the time and place of its characters. Although this story isn't pleasant it is not morbid either. Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2010 by Aftiti
4.0 out of 5 stars "Rejecting life"
If you thought Vera Drake was hard to watch, then wait till you get a load of this... this Romanian drama starring Anamaria Marinca and Laura Vasiliu is a talky but incredibly... Read more
Published on 23 May 2010 by Master Ds Cholerton
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