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Beyond the Hills (2012)
"Dupa dealuri" (original title)

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The friendship between two young women who grew up in the same orphanage; one has found refuge at a convent in Romania and refuses to leave with her friend, who now lives in Germany.

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Valeriu Andriuta ...
Dana Tapalaga ...
Mother superior
Catalina Harabagiu ...
Antonia
Gina Tandura ...
nun Iustina
Vica Agache ...
nun Elisabeta
Nora Covali ...
Nun Pahomia
Dionisie Vitcu ...
Mr. Valerica
Ionut Ghinea ...
Ionut
Liliana Mocanu ...
mother Elena
Doru Ana ...
Father Nusu
Costache Babii ...
Doctor Solovastru
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Alina Berzunteanu ...
doctor Radu
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Alina and Voichita have been friends since their orphanage days. And they have been lovers since they became sexually mature. But despite their oath of mutual fidelity, Alina, who could not bear poverty any more, emigrated to Germany where she became a barmaid. Now she just could not take the estrangement from Voichita and today she is back to Romania with a view to taking Voichita along with her to Germany. The only trouble is that in the meantime her girlfriend has betrayed her in falling in love with... God! Voichita indeed now lives in a convent where she plans to make vows. The priest agrees, if somewhat reluctantly, to accommodate Alina before their (hypothetical) departure. He sees all too well that not only is the young woman materialistic but hostile and troublesome as well... Written by Guy Bellinger

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$109,248 (USA) (19 April 2013)
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Beyond the Hills
24 October 2012 | by (.) – See all my reviews

Based on a true story of an exorcism gone wrong in an Orthodox monastery, Cristian Mungiu's new film could have been a simple story of innocent girl vs. superstitious religious zealots, but Mungiu never takes the easy route. Instead, he creates layers upon layers of complexity in characters, relationships and motivations until what finally happens acquires the devastating inevitability of Greek tragedy. Most of all, just like in his previous 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, he takes what could have been a mere anecdote and lays bare the societal forces that shape people's actions, be it Communism in the first, or patriarchal religion in this film. ***1/2


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