Manohla Dargis wrote a near-perfect review of Cristian Mungiu‘s 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days in today’s New York Times. The film (which has a top-ten-of-all-time score of 98 on metacritic, leaving No Country, Blood and Diving Bell in its dust.), opens on a couple screens today in the US (its actually been out in Canada since November), and I’d advise anyone who hasn’t seen it to take Dargis’ advice:
You may already have heard something about “4 Months,” which was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival last year, only to be shut out from Academy Award consideration a few weeks ago by the philistines who select the foreign-language nominees. The Oscars are absurd, yet they can help a microscopically budgeted foreign-language film find a supportive audience. And “4 Months” deserves to be seen by the largest audience possible, partly because it offers a welcome alternative to the coy, trivializing attitude toward abortion now in vogue in American fiction films, but largely because it marks the emergence of an important new talent in the Romanian writer and director Cristian Mungiu.