January 30, 2008

A brush with cinematic greatness

Last night, my friend Sonal and I attended a screening of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days.

And I have to agree with A.O. Scott (who came to one of my classes, by the way) that this is one of the best films. But for me, it's one of the best I've ever seen.

Devoid of music and the flounces of mainstream Hollywood, this film isn't necessarily about one idea or another and both "sides" of the abortion debate are turned on their heads.

The story focuses around the plans for an illegal abortion of a college-age woman in Romania. However, she can't do it alone. Her roommate is a flurry of plans and the obvious stronger character, but when the method of payment is up for discussion, everything is completely wrong.

Sonal and I left the theater still shaken. The long takes make you watch what you don't want to, but are transfixed by. I can still see some of them, and I imagine this is some kind of profound technique to simulate the experience.

But high recommendations here.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at January 30, 2008 10:05 AM | TrackBack
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