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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)

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“4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile”

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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days is a Romanian art film with drama and thriller elements, written and directed by Cristian Mungiu and starring Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, and Vlad Ivanov. The film is set in Communist Romania in the final years of the Nicolae Ceaușescu era. It tells the story of two students, roommates in a university dormitory, who try to procure an illegal abortion. Inspired by an anecdote from the period and the general social historic context, it depicts the loyalty of the two friends and the struggles they face.

Mungiu and cinematographer Oleg Mutu shot it in Bucharest and other Romanian locations in 2006. After making its world premiere at Cannes, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days made its Romanian debut on 1 June 2007, at the Transilvania International Film Festival. It opened to critical acclaim, and was noted for its minimalism and intense themes.

In 1987, two university students in an unnamed Romanian town, Otilia Mihartescu and Gabriela “Găbița” Dragut, are roommates in a dormitory. When Găbița becomes pregnant, the two young women arrange a meeting with Mr. Bebe in a hotel, where he is to perform an illegal abortion. At the college dorm, Găbița and Otilia review the items they need for the day. As Găbița nervously sits and waits, Otilia barters and buys soap and cigarettes from the dormitory shop. Afterwards, Otilia takes a bus to visit her boyfriend Adi, from whom she borrows money. Adi asks Otilia to visit his family that night, as it is his mother’s birthday. Otilia initially declines, relenting after Adi becomes upset.

Director: Cristian Mungiu

Writer: Cristian Mungiu

Stars: Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov, Alexandru Potocean, Luminita Gheorghiu, Adi Carauleanu, Liliana Mocanu

Cast:

Anamaria MarincaOtilia Mihartescu
Laura VasiliuGabita Dragut
Vlad IvanovViorel Bebe
Alexandru PotoceanAdi Radu (as Alex Potocean)
Luminita GheorghiuGina Radu
Adi CarauleanuDr. Radu
Liliana MocanuUnireal Hotel Receptionist
Tania PopaNight Receptionist
Teodor CorbanUnireal Hotel Receptionist (as Teo Corban)
Cerasela IosifescuTineretului Hotel Receptionist
Doru AnaBenzanirul
Eugenia BosânceanuViorel Bebe’s Mother
Ion SapdaruDr. Rusu (as Ioan Sapdaru)
Cristina BurbuzMarie-Jeanne Rusu (as Cristina Buburuz)
Marioara SterianAdela Racoviceanu
Emil CoseruDr. Racoviceanu
Georgeta Paduraru BurdujanMrs. Aldea
Geo DobreDr. Aldea
Madalina GhitescuDora
Catalina HarabagiuMihaela
Sanziana TartaCarmen
Mihaela AlexandruDaniela
Hazim E’LayanAhmed
Monica AlexandrescuSoldier
Simona StoicescuSoldier
Alexandru ConovaruMan in the Station
Ion GrosuGoalkeeper
Traian Tudorica StateWaiter
Cristian CiuzanMedical
Daniel Cristian IancuMilitia (as Iancu Daniel)
Robert EmanuelMilitia
Constantin BojogMarcu
Cristina IosifMedical
Adina CristescuBride
Calin PuiaWindbag
Costica BabuGabita’s Father (as Costica Babii)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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