Friday, April 04, 2008

"4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days" Opens in Greensboro

For all my North Carolina readers out there, the best film of 2008 so far, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days, opens today at Greensboro's Carousel Luxury Cinemas, playing alongside 2008's 2nd best offering so far, The Band's Visit.

From my review:
A brilliant example of the New Romanian Cinema, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days, like Cristi Puiu's 2006 The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, uses long takes, few edits, and a lack of musical score to create a raw, earthy realism. It moves slowly and takes its time, but it's a gripping work, drawing the audience in and refusing to let it go. It's a sometimes agonizing build-up to the inevitable abortion, but that's not really the focus here. Many have called 4 Months a pro-life film, but I wouldn't say that. It confronts us with decisions too powerful to be ignored but it never stoops to preach. Instead it takes a neutral stance and lets the audience come away with its own feelings. But contrary to popular belief, this is not really so much a film about abortion as it is about oppression.
This is definitely a film that should not be missed, and together with The Band's Visit it would make a great double feature.

If you live anywhere near Greensboro you're officially out of excuses as to why you haven't yet seen this extraordinary masterpiece.

Movies today just don't get much better than this.

1 comment:

nick plowman said...

Rub it in, rub it in.