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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

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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Country:

Romania | France | Belgium

Language:

Romanian

Release Date:

26 October 2012 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyond the Hills See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,622, 10 March 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$109,248, 21 April 2013
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Romania 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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another in depth social observation from Mungiu
10 February 2013 | by cripastorSee all my reviews

Mungiu has managed in his films a perfect balance between portraying specific Romanian social-cultural issues and in the same time rendering them universal for the public abroad. He touches some of the Romanian taboos like the Orthodox church and its often brainwash practises, the efficiency of God-like doctors or the dark side of some of the do-gooders in social aid and work. The irony is that while all the characters in the film proclaim often and loud that they are sympathetic towards the orphan girl they are also the authors of her greatest abuses , from financial rip off to medical neglect or physical restraint .The system itself is rejecting the poorest and most vulnerable young people as is pointed out throughout the film by the recurrent motif of 'we have nowhere to go' leaving them in the hands of an often merciless world .In the very best of tradition of the superstitious Christian Romanian culture the real problems are avoided as they will throw a negative light back on everyone so it is easiest to blame all on evil spirits .The last scene gives a great insight into an emotionally devoid society , when such individual drama will become another media circus headline.


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