Romania, 1987, the brutal Ceausescu communist regime is in place; birth control is illegal, and abortion is a crime punishable by death. Gabita is almost five months into an unwanted pregnancy and in meek desperation turns to her friend and roommate, Otilia for help in organizing an illegal termination. Unfortunate circumstances force the two women to use an unwanted male abortionist, Bebe. The bleakness of the storyline expresses a dark socio-political critique in the twilight years of a repressive dictatorship.
Winner of the 2007 Palme d’Or. Golden Globes nominee.