4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days ★★★★½

Uncompromising and hard hitting drama set in 1980's Romania as a young woman helps her roommate to conduct an illegal abortion on her unborn child.

The film is cold and harsh, following the day's before the collapse of communism in Romania, and thus the country's economic downfall. We follow this well intentioned woman get pulled from problem to problem, with hotel booking mishaps, to dangerous and untrustworthy doctor's willing to conduct the procedure for a price. It's not a film that's about a certain stance on abortion, as it's portrays to process on a very blunt level, one that is exceptionally unpleasant, especially under circumstances shown here.

But it also show a strong disconnect with abortion from ones actions, the woman who wants the procedure acts irresponsibly, with lies and failure to think about repercussions, and as the film progresses, it becomes known that perhaps our protagonist is going through all the effort for other reasons.

It's a really compelling and fascinating watch despite the really tough subject matter, the two actresses are superb and the film uses many long takes to amplify discomfort and tension in situations without running stale. It's a fantastic but harrowing experience to those who believe they could stomach it.

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