Tuesday, June 17, 2008

"4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days" on DVD Today

Halfway through 2008 and it's still by far the year's finest film. If you haven't seen Cristian Mungiu's Palme D'Or winning Romanian masterpiece, now's your chance.

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.
Click here to read the full review.

4 comments:

nick plowman said...

I still have not seen it!!!

I will download it over the next week though.

Sam Juliano said...

Matthew: I bought my copy last week at Kim's Video, but sadly as DVD Beaver announced in their review comparisions, this Region 1 is far inferior to the corresponding AE Region 2, which correctly maintaing the 2:35 ration. I feel I have wasted my money, since I will need to obtain that Region 2, which is also is touted as a better transfer.

Matthew Lucas said...

I can't find a copy ANYWHERE, and Amazon doesn't even know it exists. So I rented it from Blockbuster and just intend to keep it. If you don't return it within 30 days they just sell it to you for $25.00 more. This one's worth it.

J.D. said...

So I saw it today.

Okay, um, yeah, wow, um. Hm. LOL.