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Beyond the Hills

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Beyond the Hills

Cristian Mungiu (2012)

145min
12 Certificate
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Review

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An Orthodox monastery in rural Romania is the location for a fierce conflict between implacable faith and liberated secular desires in this drama based on real-life events. At its core is a love story between two young women brought up in a state orphanage, who meet again when Cristina Flutur returns from working in Germany to visit her beloved Cosmina Stratan, now a nun at a religious community up in the hills. It's obvious that romantic elopement is on Cristina's mind, but she underestimates the degree to which the prescriptions of the church have altered the bond between them - and misjudges the lengths to which the priest and his sisters will go to claim another soul. Director Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) undoubtedly takes his time in allowing the progressively harrowing events to unfold, but rewards the patient viewer with a powerful portrayal of the carnage inflicted by good intentions, closed minds and sheer incomprehension. It's a demanding, extremely worthwhile film, whose courageous female leads went on to share the best actress award at Cannes in 2012.

Summary

A troubled woman visits a remote monastery in search of a novice nun, whom she grew up with in an orphanage. She hopes to persuade her friend to abandon the religious calling and return home with her, unsettling the other sisters. However, the austere environment takes its toll on her fragile mental health. Drama, starring Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur. In Romanian.

Cast & Crew

Voichita Cosmina Stratan
Alina Cristina Flutur
Papa, priest Valeriu Andriuta
Mother Superior Dana Tapalaga
Sister Antonia Catalina Harabagiu
Sister Iustina Gina Tandura
Sister Elisabeta Vica Agache
Sister Pahomia Nora Covali
Mother Elena Liliana Mocanu
Father Nusu Doru Ana
Director Cristian Mungiu
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Other Information

Language: Romanian +subtitles Colour Theatrical distributor: Artificial Eye Guidance: Swearing, brief nudity. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 15 Mar 2013

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