Mr. Lazarescu, a 63 year old lonely man feels sick and calls the ambulance. When it arrives, the paramedic decides he should take him to the hospital but once there they decide to send him ... See full summary »
Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.
Romania, 1987, the brutal Ceausescu communist regime is in place; birth control is illegal and abortion is a crime punishable by death. Gabita (Laura Vasliu) is almost five months into an unwanted pregnancy and in meek desperation turns to her friend and roommate, Otilia (Anamaria Marinca) for help in organizing an illegal termination. Unfortunate circumstances force the two women to use a male abortionist, Bebe (Vlad Ivanov), who, in addition to an absurd amount of money, also demands sex with both women as payment. The bleakness of the storyline expresses a dark socio-political critique in the twilight years of a repressive dictatorship. Written by
I cannot recall seeing any other Romanian film, but if this is what we have to look forward to from writer/director Cristian Mungiu, then we will have some great pieces of art coming from that country.
I will not pretend to have any idea of what a woman (Laura Vasiliu) goes through in having an abortion, but I have a better idea after watching this film about a woman going through a "back alley" procedure.
It is not just about abortion. It is also a strong and powerful statement of friendship and what it truly means. There is no way that Otilia (Anamaria Marinca) is a "fair weather" friend. She experienced the same pain as her friend. She was there for her.
Watching this, one can only realize the importance of being there for all women. As the forces of evil want to return us back to pre-Roe days, just like Communist Romania, we have to be eternally vigilant lest these procedures once again become common in our country and women are mistreated as they are in this film.
This is the most powerful film I have ever seen. It will wrench your gut and really cause you to experience some emotions that you'd really not wish to experience.
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