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4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days

2009-01-20 09:41

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, Cristian Mungiu’s excruciatingly intense drama is set in Bucharest in the mid-1980s, as Nicolae Ceaucescu and his evil dictatorship continue to reign.

In a country where abortion is outlawed, a young college student, Gabita (Laura Vasiliu), finds herself in big trouble. Unsure what to do, she turns to her roommate, Otilia (Anamaria Marinca), for help.

On the day on which the film takes place, the pair connects with a black market doctor, Bebe (Vlad Ivanov), in order to take care of Gabita’s pregnancy - but, of course, it isn’t that simple. The resulting 24 hours reveals a harrowing descent into a world in which the possibility of tragedy lurks around every corner.

Romania, during the final days of Communism. Otilia (Anamaria Marinca) and Gabita (Laura Vasiliu) are students; they share a room in a hall of residence in Bucharest.

Gabita is pregnant. The girls arrange to meet a certain Mr. Bebe (Vlad Ivanov) in a cheap hotel. He will perform Gabita's illegal abortion. But Mr. Bebe refuses their money and demands to be paid in kind.

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