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Friday, January 25, 2008

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: A Romanian college co-ed helps her roommate get an illegal abortion, and it ruins her life in more ways than she could have imagined.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov, Alexandru Potocean

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketProceed with Caution. The film brings up some interesting arenas and presents some interesting moral compromises, but the pay off leaves you hanging.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: One guy did. I wanted what he was having.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: Maybe if you speak Romanian. I spent so much time reading subtitles, that I rarely got a chance to watch the drama being conveyed on the actresses' faces.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: It won the Palme d'Or in Cannes, so there was a big brouhaha when it didn't get nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Now that I've seen it, I can image that there were five other films in the world that deserved it more.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Very good. Very natural. And not knowing any of the actors helps it feel like it's really happening.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: A lot of long still shots of one character, with little or no coverage of the other characters in the room. That aspect of the directing was interesting, and mostly effective. The few moving shots, though, are hand held and dimly lit, so while the hand held camera is meant to create heightened action and suspense, the viewer's inability to see anything in those shots cancels out the effect.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: This is a classic case of a story starting before the beginning and ending before the end. In other words, in the opening sequences a lot of what happened is as extraneous as a third nipple. In contrast, when the movie ends you want to know more and see more, as there isn't much resolution. The middle of the film is quite good.

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