Cinemanyak Previews The 2009 Academy Awards

Cinemanyak Previews The 2009 Academy Awards

Monday, August 20, 2007

4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days: Cannes Winner in Cinemanila

Cinemanyak Rating: 10.0/10
IMDB Rating: 8.4/10

Rotten Tomatoes Critic's Rating: 7.8/10
Critic's Tomatometer: 100% (Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes)
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Awards & Achievements:
Winner - Cannes Film Festival (Palm D'or)
Winner - Cinema Prize of the French National Education System (Cannes Film Festival)
Winner - FIPRESCI Prize (Cannes Film Festival)
In Competition - Cinemanila Film Festival

"A slice of life" -- this is how I describe 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS & 2 DAYS. The film is powered by raw and real emotions, which complements its linear and flat plot. For 2 hours, the film will never allow you to leave your seat, nor close your eyes. You just want things to unfold continuously in front of you.

I was struck with the crudity of its cinematography, setting and edit: handheld shots, underexposed lighting, gloomy Romanian town, wet weather. But I then realized that this is what the film wants to paint: the reality of abortion.

This film is not about a girl who wants to abort a baby, it is about hopelessness and lossing hope.

A true cinematic wonder! It derserves the Palme D'or. A must see.


Anonymous said...

Hmmm...I saw this movie, too and well, yeah it's good but having seen other past Palm D'Or films like Elephant, Dancer in the Dark and the Pianist, I wasn't that impressed. I think I should see it one more time, perhaps it 'll change my mind hehe...

Cinemanyak Dennis said...

Hahaha! We all have a unique taste for films...and that makes the art so interesting. You'll never hear a person saying the same thing about one film.

"4 Months" is very different compared to other Palm D'Or winners. It's like "No Country For Old Man" compared to other Oscar Best Pictures. So I understand your discomfort.

Hope you could visit the site more.