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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Abortion Movie Gets 2 Thumbs Up At Cannes

Well this isn't a surprise. Any movie that is a harrowing tale of two women on the quest for an abortion is a shoe-in at Cannes. Maybe the horse-sex movie will win next year.

From the AP:
CANNES, France (AP) -- Romanian director Cristian Mungiu won the Cannes Film Festival's top prize Sunday with "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," a harrowing portrait of an illegal abortion in communist-era Romania.

The low-budget, naturalistic film about a student who goes through horrors to ensure that her friend can have a secret abortion beat out 21 other movies in competition for the Riviera festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or -- including films by well-known directors like Quentin Tarantino, the Coen brothers and Wong Kar-wai.

Mungiu, who was awarded the prize by actress Jane Fonda [Shocking-ed], said he did not have the idea for the film a year ago, and did not even have money to shoot it just six months ago. He hoped the win would be "good news for the small filmmakers from small countries."

The AP hack who wrote this would like you to think it's The Lord of the Rings. Sure, the film makers could have made a movie about some real atrocities that occurred in Cold-War Romania, like the million or so political prisoners that were sent to the camps, the mass-murders, rapes and rampant looting by the Red Army for starters, but no, that pales in comparison to a women braving the fires of Mt. Doom to throw her fetus in the lava.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, what a thoughtful review. if they didn't have the budget to make this movie 6 months ago surely they could have pulled off a film set in a war camp with loads of prisoners.

1/25/2008 10:18 PM  

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