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4 Months, 3 Weeks and Two Days

This emotionally rough (very rough) drama not only explores the world of illegal, underground abortions, but is set in the digustingly drab world of Communist Romania in the '80s. There, the resourcefulness of independent-minded Otilia (Anamaria Marinca) is sorely tested when her hopeless roommate (Laura Viasiliu) decides she needs an abortion. A beaureaucratic nightmare, the world's creepiest abortionist and a birthday party from Hell are just a few of the hurdles awaiting these unprepared ladies. Director Christian Mungiu revels in all the low-down, gritty details of living in a dysfunctional, highly repressive society and never allows his camara to turn away from the raw, realist action. 113 minutes Unrated.