SPEC D: Cristian Mungiu w/ Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu. Romania. 113 min. Sep 8, 4:30 pm Wintergarden; Sep 10, 10 am Cumberland 1. Rating: NNNN
An unexpected winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes, 4 Months is set in the late days of Communism, the story of a passive student and her aggressively competent roommate in search of an illegal abortion.
Theirs is a fierce and bleak world where the smallest act has ruinous consequences.
Most of the film takes place in a hotel that seems to have been lit by Kafka. After an hour of those shuddering fluorescents, you'll feel as if you're living in a Communist dictatorship.