The comedic drama, about a cop who decides not to take action against a youngster caught dealing drugs to his friends, took home the prizes for Best Film, Best Actor for Dragos Bucur and Best Director for Porumboiu.
Police, Adjective, which was a double winner at the Cannes Film Festival in France in 2009, also landed accolades for Best Scenario, Best Supporting Role for Vlad Ivanov and Best Photography.
Other winners at the ceremony in Bucharest included filmmaker Radu Milhaileanu's Le concert, which received awards for Best Costumes and Best Original Music, while Hilda Peter walked away with the Best Actress honour for her role in Katalin Varga.
It's 1987 in Nicolae Ceausescu's totalitarian Romania. University student Gabriela (Laura Vasiliu) nervously packs for a trip of some kind while her more practical roommate Otilia (Anamaria Marinca) tends to various last-minute details. It gradually becomes clear that Otilia is helping her flightier friend arrange an illegal abortion--an offense that will send them both to jail if they're discovered. Things only get worse when the abortionist Bebe (Vlad Ivanov) turns out to be a cold condescending hostile man with his own agenda. As dependable Otilia struggles to juggle her loyalty to her friend with her precarious relationship with chemistry student Adi (Alexandru Potocean) and her own fears she navigates a world that's as bleak as the situation she's facing. 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days offers the kind of challenging roles that many actors dream of and its stars are more than up to the task. The two leads imbue their performances with such a convincing realism that the movie almost feels like a documentary at times. Marinca is particularly strong; Otilia says volumes without speaking a word and sometimes just hearing her ragged breath is enough to let audiences know what she's feeling. Vasiliu meanwhile is both endearing and maddening as Gabriela manipulating her friendship with Otilia to her advantage without any idea of how selfish she's being. Rounding out the core cast is Ivanov whose Bebe is utterly despicable in a contained disciplined way that makes him even more loathsome than a violent brute would be. The fact that the two young women are at his mercy casts a stark light on the realities of life in late-'80s Romania. One of the things that sets so many foreign films apart from their Hollywood-produced cousins is their willingness to linger--on faces conversations difficult images--and 4 Months is no exception. Director Cristian Mungiu offers long unbroken shots of his actors as they talk or think or walk giving the viewers time to take in their emotions--and the actors the time to express those emotions with small gestures and expressions. And he doesn't shy away from the dark side of the world he's re-creating whether it's the literal darkness of the many dank twisting streets Otilia walks through or the more figurative darkness represented by the outcome of Gabriela's abortion. With no musical score to give audiences cues on how to feel 4 Months relies solely on its story to provoke a reaction--and that's more than enough.
Daniel Day-Lewis and French actress Marion Cotillard were both winners at the Los Angeles Film Critics Awards--landing the Best Actor and Actress prizes.
Day-Lewis claimed the honor for his role in There Will Be Blood, which also claimed the Best Film prize on Saturday night, while Cotillard was victorious for her portrayal of French singer Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose.
There Will Be Blood's Paul Thomas Anderson claimed the night's Best Director award, while the other acting honors went to Amy Ryan (Best Supporting Actress for Gone Baby Gone) and 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days star Vlad Ivanov (Best Supporting Actor).
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Filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson's movie epic There Will Be Blood has been named Best Film by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
The film, based on the book Oil! by Upton Sinclair, also garnered three other honors: Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, Best Director for Anderson and Best Production Design for Jack Fisk.
Marion Cotillard's portrayal of singer Edith Piaf in La Vie En Rose won her the Best Actress accolade, while Amy Ryan was praised for her performance in Gone Baby Gone, taking home the Best Supporting Actress award.
Elsewhere, Romanian abortion drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days repeated its success at the Cannes Film Festival to be named Best Foreign Language Film, while star Vlad Ivanov took home the prize for Best Supporting Actor.
The Los Angeles Film Critics Association honours are one of the first groups to voice their opinions on the year's biggest winners in the buildup to the Academy Awards nominations announcement in January.
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