Controversial abortion film wins Cannes festival: "Controversial abortion film wins Cannes festival
Cannes, May 29, 2007 / 12:31 pm (CNA).- The Cannes Film Festival has once again confirmed its radical reputation by choosing to give its top award this year to a controversial Romanian film on abortion.
Despite the fact that the film did not have the majority support of the public, the Cannes jury decided to give the top award to Romanian director Cristian Mungui, whose film “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” recounts the attempts of young girl to obtain an illegal abortion in Communist Romania.
The film has caused much controversy as some consider it pro-abortion propaganda, while others see it as brutal warning of the consequences of taking the life of the unborn.
The film tells the story Gabita, a timid student from a small Romanian town, who desperately wants to end the life of her unborn child, even though that she is more than half-way along in her pregnancy.
The friend that helps her get an abortion has to navigate through a world of corruption and political repression, in which anything can be bought if one has the right connections with the black market, and is presented as a hero.
On the other hand, the director also shows an extended and shocking scene of the aborted baby, and portrays how corrupt the doctor is, who is hea"