4 luni, 3 săptămâni și 2 zile (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days). 2007. Romania. Directed by Cristian Mungiu. With Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov. 35mm. In Romanian; English subtitles. 113 min.
In late-1980s Romania, during the final moments of Nicolae Ceaușescu’s Communist regime, a young woman races against time to help her college roommate get an abortion. Cristian Mungiu’s second feature recreates a time of intense repression, when people were forced to rely on the black market, subjecting themselves to danger and abuse. Staying close to the main character, the handheld camera’s stunning long takes create a sense of confinement, seeming to trap her in a ticking clock. Shot on actual locations draped in gloomy hues, this Cannes Palme d’Or winner and exemplary work of the Romanian New Wave is a realistic drama with the intensity of a thriller.