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Beyond the Hills (2012)

Dupa dealuri (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 26 October 2012 (Romania)
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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.

Director:

Cristian Mungiu

Writers:

Cristian Mungiu (screenplay), Tatiana Niculescu-Bran (inspired by non-fiction novels of)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cosmina Stratan ... Voichita
Cristina Flutur ... Alina Ringhis
Valeriu Andriuta ... Priest (as Valeriu Andriutã)
Dana Tapalaga Dana Tapalaga ... Mother superior
Catalina Harabagiu Catalina Harabagiu ... Antonia
Gina Tandura Gina Tandura ... nun Iustina
Vica Agache Vica Agache ... nun Elisabeta
Nora Covali Nora Covali ... Nun Pahomia
Dionisie Vitcu Dionisie Vitcu ... Mr. Valerica
Ionut Ghinea Ionut Ghinea ... Ionut
Liliana Mocanu Liliana Mocanu ... mother Elena
Doru Ana Doru Ana ... Father Nusu
Costache Babii Costache Babii ... Doctor Solovastru
Luminita Gheorghiu ... Schoolteacher
Alina Berzunteanu Alina Berzunteanu ... doctor Radu
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Storyline

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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Drama

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Made the shortlist (9 films) for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 85th Academy Awards in 2013. See more »

Quotes

Priest: The man who leaves and the man who comes back are not the same.
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Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2012 (2012) See more »

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Contemplation about human nature
21 February 2014 | by veronikastehrSee all my reviews

A complex story plot describing a tragic division of life paths of two female friends who found themselves either into grinding mill of bigotry in church structures or into that of a cold bureaucratic apparatus. This poetically told story leads us through meditative winter landscapes and dark interiors of the monastery where, besides obvious social issues, one can vaguely discern a disturbing relationship between the two friends consisting of perplexing resignation and self-destruction. The success of this work lies in the abundance of details which bring the audience into contemplation about human nature.


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Country:

Romania | France | Belgium

Language:

Romanian

Release Date:

26 October 2012 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyond the Hills See more »

Filming Locations:

Campina, Romania

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,622, 10 March 2013

Gross USA:

$124,919

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$673,493
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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