Monday, February 25, 2008

4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days

Movie name: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Year of release: 2007
Director: Cristian Mungiu
Stars: Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov, Alexandru Potocean
Genre: Drama
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 7

Cristian Mungiu's "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" was the surprise winner at the Cannes Film Festival of 2007. Anchored in a story of stark realism that depicts the attempt by a young woman of having an abortion in communist Romania, the film describes the hours of the day that lead to the event and the the aftermath of it. Mungiu manages to describe the bleak and controlling communist regime, one that leaves people as prisoners of everything and everyone. Knowing that doing an abortion is a serious penalty, the director shows how the three main characters embrace a situation that may result in the termination of their lives as they exist. This is a film that doesn't want to make a stand about the abortion issue - this is a film that tries to show how a closed and castrating society makes their own members shadows of what they could be. The film boasts a terrific performance by Anamaria Marinca, a face and talent to follow.