When the flighty Gãbiþa decides to terminate her pregnancy - a crime in Romania from 1966 until 1989 - her fiercely loyal university dorm-mate and best friend, Otilia, accompanies her to a hotel room to be "helped" by one Mr. Bebe , the only black-market practitioner they can afford. When the foul Bebe requests something far more precious than money for his services, the girls descend into a harrowing journey of the soul that is nothing short of shattering. Taking place over a single Saturday in 1987, the film holds an enormous emotional gravitas. It evolves into a profound exploration not only of sorority in harsh times but of choices and responsibility when options are few.
"A triumph... Ferocious, unsentimental & brilliantly directed... Deserves to be seen by the largest audience possible" -- Manohla Dargis, NEW YORK TIMES
"Brilliant... The year's most acclaimed foreign-language film" -- Scott Foundas, LA WEEKLY FILM CRITIC
"Gripping" -- Richard Corliss, TIME
"Pitch perfect and brilliantly acted... a stunning achievement" -- Jay Weissberg, VARIETY
"Powerful" -- ROGER EBERT, Chicago Sun-Times