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Cannes Film Festival: 20 Best Palme D'Or Winners Ever

Many Palme d'Or winners - perhaps most of them - have struck a chord with audiences because of their daring and incredible ability to turn controversial topics into pieces of art.

Such is the case with Cristian Mungiu's challenging art house drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, which follows a woman (Laura Vasiliu) as she attempts to get an abortion with the help of an extremely loyal friend (Anamaria Marinca) in 80s Communist Romania.

A stark and minimalist movie about the state of an entire nation as well as a deep dive into a hopeful and powerful friendship, the film is characterised by its rich and striking dialogue, intense themes of body autonomy and freedom, and the two catastrophically heartwrenching performances at its core.

Harrowing, intimate and unflinchingly honest, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days may be off-puttingly bleak for some viewers, but is nonetheless a gorgeous and rewarding film worthy of your attention.

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