After the off-screen rape the female character enters the toilet while nude from the waist down pubic hair is visible shortly.
A brief scene with rear female nudity in a shower.
One scene of full frontal and rear female nudity following an apparent off-screen rape.
The scene involving the abortion process shows a female naked from the waist down, pubic hair is exposed.
Violence & Gore


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


Romania in 1987. A cold and dirty snowmelt day. Iron mound like vehicles creak and dumb on the road.

The story happened in just one day. Ottila, a female college student, buys smuggled imported cigarettes, food and soap in the school dormitory building and prepares secret luggage for gabita, who is in the same dormitory with her. Gabita was pregnant, and abortion was illegal in Romania at that time. They found a man named Mr. Bebe to have an abortion without permission. A nightmare began. In the cheap hotel that ottila found after many twists and turns, Mr. Bebe threatened, not only money, but also ottila’s body. Ottila, who had no choice, met Mr. Bebe’s requirements and helped gabita dispose of the fetal body: she threw him into the dustbin. After all the fear and uneasiness, the two girls sat in the hotel restaurant, silently waiting for their dinner. Not far away, there was a hilarious scene of a wedding banquet. On this day, gabita was pregnant on April 3 and 2.

Describing the plot is irrelevant to some good movies because it sounds boring. In fact, this is a very excellent film. If you can endure the Great Depression shown in the film in two hours, you will understand why the 39 year old Cristian Mungiu, the director, screenwriter and producer of the film, can get the golden palm of the 2007 Cannes Film Exhibition.

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In the words of director Cristian Mungiu, this is a film about friendship, responsibility and love. Stories come from unspeakable experiences and secrets in our lives. Most importantly, it tells a story about abortion. In 1966, the Ceausescu government promulgated a law prohibiting abortion. It was not until Ceausescu died in 1989 and the socialist regime ended in Romania that the law was repealed. During this period, about 500000 Romanian women died in humiliation because of the safety of secret abortion. For that period of history, abortion not only meant some wrong and evil moral behavior, but also related to betrayal and confrontation against the national system.

In the film, the barracks style dormitory for college students, the indifferent and vigilant Hotel doorman, the private transaction of money with goods from western countries, and even the dark color imposed by abortion are so similar to China in the 1970s and 1980s, and I believe there have been more versions of similar stories in China. Personal experience due to some taboo of public system and unpredictable life choices: in order to live better, or for courage and responsibility, we can only go through an unspeakable and unforgettable process like ottila. Because it is hidden, it can not even be called a tragedy. It is a secret wound drawn in the heart. It is a secret swallowed up by time. After many years, the sense of shame recedes, and then we can calmly tell these experiences to others, just like telling other people’s stories.

1987, the eve of political upheaval in Eastern Europe. When watching films with this background, today’s Western commentators and audiences often point too sensitively to political oppression and metaphor. However, I believe in the director’s original intention, He made it very clear in the director’s statement: “I tried to make a film about characters and stories, not about that era, which is not the context and theme of the film. I tried to respect and restore the facts as much as possible, rather than focusing on the stereotypes and symbols of the end of communism. That era was there, in my film, but they were behind the camera: the crackling exhaust of the bus Emission noise, iron like Romanian cars, poor luggage, walls covered with pages, and some people’s habits at that time, such as Kent cigarettes, which could replace money in private circulation. Without these backgrounds, we will not be able to understand the film. ” This paragraph reminds me of Lou Ye’s “Summer Palace” in Cannes. In my opinion, it is a film that first aims to describe the “times” rather than characters and stories. In that case, let Westerners leave political metaphors and publicity gimmicks to films like the summer palace.

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Compared with gabita, who is weak and slightly selfish, ottila represents another kind of women: strong, brave, in Chinese words, affectionate and righteous. Like gabita’s patron saint, she undertakes all kinds of situations on the verge of collapse, although she is helpless and frightened. After being invaded by Mr. Bebe, gabita rushed into the bathroom naked and scrubbed her body. Then she sat motionless in the bathtub. She kept her back to the camera, couldn’t see her expression or make any sound, but anyone could feel the pain it meant. On the bus leaving the hotel on the way to her boyfriend’s house, ottila left tears silently in the camera. She didn’t resent gabita. Mr. Bebe’s blackmail had something to do with gabita’s unintentional lies before, but this resentment soon turned into her concern for gabita, because she was the only one who could help gabita, just like she left her last cigarette to gabita.

There is a long close-up of the dead fetus after abortion in the film. The fetus of more than 4 months looks very real. He was wrapped in a white bath towel, the size of his palm, slightly humanoid and covered with blood. Ottila packed him in her schoolbag and rushed out of the hotel. The camera followed her all the time, walking through dark streets and alleys. We can only see ottila’s back shaking in the dark and hear her rapid and repressed breathing. Because of fear and tension, ottila failed to find the place to discard the fetal body, and her hair became wet in the fog of winter night. Finally, she stumbled into a residential building and quickly stuffed the schoolbag containing the fetal body into the dustbin in the corridor. In the only light, her silhouette stood quietly in front of the dustbin.

Just like this play, the film is full of suspense settings of “poor mountains and rivers have no way to doubt, willows and flowers have another village”. They jointly create a real, extremely depressed and even startled time and space. It seems that we can clearly hear the breathing and heart beating of ottila and gabita. Mr. Bebe invaded gabita and photographed gabita waiting outside the room. No one knew what would happen; Gabita was alone in the hotel. Ottila, who rushed to attend her boyfriend’s mother’s birthday party on the way, was always restless. The phone call to gabita was accidentally interrupted several times, and no one answered the call; The gloomy tone of the film and gabita’s weak image seem to symbolize the coming of a tragedy. We are as anxious as ottila running to the station, and we breathe a long breath at the last minute to see gabita still alive.

What is unforgettable is the shooting method of the film and the performance of the actors. Cristian Mungiu decided to keep the film in a dark tone and avoid everything that looked like a deliberately organized scene. In order to achieve real results, he boldly adopted some extreme shooting methods: long to the extreme long lens – there is basically only one lens in each play; Shoulder shooting, no stannikon, no tripod, no deliberate shaking; A large number of voiceovers, characters often speak outside the camera, and the audience can’t see the speaker’s face. All means are to present the soul originally established in the film: emotion and reality.

Anamaria marinca, who plays ottila, is impressive. She was just a Romanian actress wandering in London. Director Cristian Mungiu didn’t find an actor to play ottila until a week before shooting. He flew to London to see anamaria with the mood of trying, He wrote in the director’s statement: “The first time I saw her at the airport at night, I was disappointed because she didn’t look like ottila at all, but the next day, when we auditioned, the change happened incredibly. She became ottila completely, and I saw my character expressed through her lips. She was so unforgettable that the whole film was done on her shoulder 。 If there is anything in this film that makes me feel perfect, it is the performance of the actors. ” Just like the performance of anamaria marinca, I firmly believe that every good actor has an amazing energy that ordinary people can’t reach, and more or less neurotic. When the camera rotates, they shine and the role is attached. They are perfect lies and another him in the world.

Good movies are pure and complete, and the good of good movies is a whole. Good script, good director, good photography, good actors, good sound effects, good lighting, good art, good editing, all good. In fact, a good film makes you unable to see the existence of the director or camera, nor feel the existence of individual actors, so the above is only based on some kind of background introduction. In fact, we can’t say anything, just learn more about others and the world behind the appearance, or be moved, or have little happiness and sadness, or have no words for a long time.

Movies are hues, Ang Lee said.

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