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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Valeriu Andriuta
Cosmina Stratan
Cristina Flutur.
Directors
Cristian Mungiu.
Screenwriters
Cristian Mungiu.
Running Time
152 minutes

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Plot
Although grown-up orphans Voichita (Cosmina Stratan) and Alina (Cristina Flutur) have spent their adult lives heading in wildly different directions - Voichita to a nunnery and Alina to low-wage work in Germany - their reunion brings tensions and troubles neither could have anticipated.


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Beyond The Hills
Director Cristian Mungiu refuses all compromises in taking the Romanian New Wave into Dogme-Dardenne territory with this gruelling, fact-based account of the battle for the heart and soul of waif Cosmina Stratan between an orphanage friend returning from Germany (Cristina Flutur) and the remote monastic community led by priest Valeriu Andriuta. The climactic exorcism focuses attention on spirituality and secularism, but Mungiu also exposes democracy’s inability to eradicate ignorance and poverty and the failings of its educational, medical and judicial systems. Ably acted, vividly photographed and laudably even-handed.


Verdict
A bruising psychodrama from the Palme d'Or winner that taps into the dark heart of central European superstition.


Reviewed by David Parkinson

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The final shot, with windshield wipers struggling to clean away a torrent of muddy water, suggests that no human agency is great enough to handle this world's misery.The Hills ... More

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One of the most powerful films in recent memory. I'm having a hard time thinking of any possible reason not to call this absolutely perfect. It's a harrowing and disturbing look at a secluded and warped society, one which is very real. At it's heart it's about the world that we live in and the good and evil that exist within it. The story revolves around two girls that were once lovers and best friends, reunited at the convent. One is a nun there, the other who's come to visit has no belie... More

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