Gabita and Otilia are college roommates at the tail end of the repressive Ceausescu regime in Communist Romania. Shy Gabita gets pregnant; no-nonsense Otilia sets about procuring an abortion from the black market, pretty much the same way she rustles up Kent cigarettes and orange Tic Tacs. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days, which was unjustly denied an Academy Award nomination for best foreign-language film, is grueling and unsentimental. The excellent acting is what keeps it humane. (See Movie Times for details.)

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