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Rated NR · 155 min. · 2013

Drama



Cristian Mungiu became an international art house star with his second film, 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days, a harrowing tale of two women navigating the Romanian underground for an illegal second-trimester abortion. Beyond the Hills is Mungiu's first film since that 2007 effort, and it also is the story of two young and vulnerable women. From its opening shot of Voichita, a nun, searching a crowded train platform for her childhood friend Alina, who has returned from years spent working in Germany, Mungiu's 150-minute narrative is gripping, even if the film rarely leaves its primary setting of a rural and extremely spartan religious community. The two women have been friends, sisters and lovers since they met as children in an orphanage, but upon maturity, they chose radically different paths from their limited options. What's the film about? Friendship, faith and love, as Alina, who is lonely and violently unhappy, tries to persuade Voichita to abandon the convent and join her in Germany. This is a contemporary entry into the canon of religious cinema, from Passion of Joan of Arc to Dogville to Of Gods and Men. Emotionally powerful, with a critique of un-modern Romania in the background, and finally shocking, Beyond the Hills is old-fashioned cinematic depiction of passion and struggle.

Official Site: www.dupadealuri.ro/home
Director: Cristian Mungiu
Writer: Tatiana Niculescu Bran and Cristian Mungiu
Producer: Cristian Mungiu
Cast: Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur, Valeriu Andriuta, Dana Tapalaga, Catalina Harabagiu, Gina Tandura, Vica Agache, Nora Covali, Dionisie Vitcu and Ionut Ghinea

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