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Secrets and lies

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 03 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:47
  1. Khalid Ali, senior lecturer in geriatrics, Brighton and Sussex Medical School

    An award winning film portrays the political dangers and serious health risks faced by women seeking abortions in Ceauşescu’s Romania, writes Khalid Ali

    Tackling the sensitive issue of illegal abortion, director Cristian Mungiu tells the story of two young women in Ceauşescu’s 1980s communist Romania. The film received critical acclaim on the international circuits and won the Palme d’Or at Cannes film festival last year.

    Set in 1987, the story follows two close friends living in a dormitory, one of whom, Gabita (Laura Vasiliu), falls pregnant, while the other, Otilia (Anamaria Marinca), tries to help her get an abortion. The film follows the two desperate women over the course of a night, from when they secretly book a hotel room and during their negotiations over the price of procuring the abortion with a mysterious man (Mr Bebe), right through until the following …

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