Friday, December 28, 2007

128 Minutes

Last night I caught "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," a Romanian film nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Movie.

Set in Soviet-controlled Romania in 1987, the film depicts life under communism for a college-age woman seeking an abortion.

Pretty grim on all accounts. The film focuses not so much on the politics of abortion but rather on life under government domination -- the black market for desirable commodities, the impact of central planning on careers, the indifference of hotel clerks (unless bribed) and the absurdity of bureaucratic rules.

It's a fascinating view into what life must have been like for people caught behind the Iron Curtain.
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