4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days
Cristian Mungiu • 113 min • Romania
Address: Keileweg 10-14, 3029 BS Rotterdam
Regular ticket € 11,00
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Birth control pills are dealt illegally in and around the building where two young women reside. Hidden in small bags, stored underneath mattresses, secretly passed on from hand to hand. On the other side of Europe birth control pills are mundane goods, but in communinst Romania in the 80s they are forbidden. So when young Gabita finds out she is pregnant she, together with her best friend Otilia, arranges an illegal abortion in a hotel with Bebe, the sketchy doctorpretended abortionist.
The sober architecture and dark surroundings already make you shiver, but as the film continues in the hotel room you really feel as if you are entering hell. In this social realist drama you become the fear, anger and injustice Gabita and Otilia are facing. The outstanding and fierce acting performance of Anamaria Marinca and Laura Vasiliu pull you into the brutality of the script. You know you’re watching a film, but this is real. It’s fictiona film, but it’s frightfully contemporaryit’s real.
Cristian Mungiu won the Palme d’Or in Cannes 2007 with this masterpiece. When 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days was released in theaters we were deeply shocked and could only wish what we just witnessed would belong to the past, but worldwide illegal abortion still takes place. With abortion legislation yet again enforced in the US this film hasn’t lost its urgency. This is what illegal abortion can look like and we want the world to know.