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    Actress Cindi Williams left an appreciative comment under Drew McIntosh’s review of her 2005 film Room yesterday at “The Blue Vial”.  The rare acknowledgement by a professional at a blogsite deserves a celebratory mention, especially as Mr. McIntosh is a well-respected critic in the blogger fraternity.  McIntosh has been doing some great work at ‘The Blue Vial’ and this latest fine essay follows a superlative piece on Russian director Larissa Shepitko’s Wings.  Here is the link to the review of Room, and the follow-up comment from Williams:               http://thebluevial.blogspot.com/2010/06/room-kyle-henry-2005.html

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by Allan Fish

(Romania 2007 113m) DVD1/2

Aka. 4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile

ID please

p  Cristian Mungiu, Oleg Mutu  d/w  Cristian Mungiu  ph  Oleg Mutu  ed  Dana Bunescu  m  none  art  Mihaela Poenaru

Anamaria Marinca (Otilia), Laura Vasiliu (Gabriela ‘Gabita’ Dragut), Vlad Ivanov (Viarel), Alexandru Potecean (Adi Radu), Ion Sapdaru (Dr Rusu), Teodor Corban (hotel receptionist), Tania Popa (night receptionist), Doru Ana (Benzanirul),

If they were giving out awards for most harrowing film of the year, there could only be one winner for 2007.  Cristian Mungiu’s second film is, to put it simply, the best film to come out of Romania, a country that, despite the efforts of Sergiu Nicoleascu and, more recently, Cristi Puiu, had never really managed to provide a great film before (or, if they had, it had never been seen in the west).  It was one of the very best of its year and a deserved Palme d’Or winner at Cannes.

            Set in Romania in 1987, 4 Months follows a day in the life of Otilia, a young twenty-something student who agrees to help – and help finance – her friend Gabita’s abortion.  She arranges an appointment with a sleazy backstreet abortionist, telling him that her friend is only two months gone, but in reality it’s over four.  Having originally settled on a fee of around 3,000 leu, because Gabita has lied about how far gone she is, she has to come up with another form of payment.  The only one he accepts is the sexual services of her friend, Otilia, who agrees reluctantly to sleep with him.  The abortion is then performed and, while Gabita is resting up waiting for the miscarriage, Otilia has to go out to a birthday party with her boyfriend, at which Otilia comes to realise that her own relationship is going nowhere and she makes a quick getaway back to her friend. (more…)

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