Cristian Mungiu (writer and director) 4 Months 3 Weeks & 2 Days / 2007
Filmmaker Cristian Mungiu’s 4 Months 3 Weeks & 2 Days begins in a Romanian student dormitory, a decaying university building filled with students who run black-market shops out of their rooms, featuring everything from perfume to cigarettes and more serious drugs. It is the last days of Romanian president Ceauşescu’s Communist regime, a desolate time where everything is falling apart. And we immediately sense that for the two women, Otilia (Anamaria Marinca) and Gabita (Laura Vasiliu), who share a room, their lives are unraveling as well. Gabita is apparently preparing to travel, for she is nervous and confused, and pleads with Otilia to take care of her finances, handing over the money she has collected to her friend. Otilia makes a quick trip to her boyfriend’s classroom, collecting another loan for Gabita and promising she will join him later for his mother’s birthday. As the director quipped in his introduction of this film at the Los Angeles AFI Festival, for the film’s characters “It is clearly one of those days when everything seems to be going wrong.”
Los Angeles, November 7, 2007
Reprinted from Nth Position [England], (November 2007).