Wednesday, July 2, 2008

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

Looking for just one more depressing movie to inspire your summer? Try 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, about two young women doing what they have to do to for one of them to get an abortion in communist Romania in 1987. It’s as much about the task at hand as it is about facing a soggy world alone, where many wield a power they barely have.

At the risk of sounding pretentious, time is an enjoyably rich character in the film. It’s slow and heavy at times – one of the women lies on a hotel bed waiting for her inserted probe to take effect (sounds gruesome, but it’s not) – and tense and frightening at others – during a torturous dinner scene, you watch the other woman sitting through a loud dinner party bearing the weight of her secret.

Their friendship is tender and honest, realistically complex. Not bad for a man director. I recommend.

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