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
The "Best Movie of 2008" according to American review aggregator Metacritic.com (with a 'Metascore' of 97/100). See more »
Adrian Daminescu's "Si m-am indragostit de tine" can be heard playing downstairs when Otilia is outside of the hotel room, checking on Gabita. The song is in the same place when she suddenly appears downstairs to talk to the hotel matron. See more »
Seeing 4 3 2 I had the feeling that I was watching a classic from the golden age of the cinema. This is somehow ironic, because this movie is actually about the so called golden age of Rmania. This age was hardly golden, though. Anyway, I didn't see this movie as a movie about communism. For me, it was a display of the multifaceted human drama, from a common perspective. This movie is all about perspective. Camera angle, perspective, focusing, they all have something to say. And they are doing a great job in saying it. A much better job than all the special effects that we are blown away by in most modern films. Romanian film makers, maybe because they are poor, are forced to make art because they can't afford special effects. They make art as Hithcock and Bergman did. I will say no more about this film, except, GO SEE IT! But first, to really enjoy it, start learning romanian !
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