Beyond the Hills


2013 | 150 minutes | Rated NR

Beyond the Hills is mostly set in a rural Romanian convent. It progresses very slowly and has lots of empty time—nuns praying, nuns getting water from the well. At the center of the story are two young women. One, Alina, is a rebel and mentally unstable; the other, Voichita, is thoughtful, caring, and sympathetic. (Are they friends or lovers? No one can tell.) The priest hates Alina and tries to force her out of the convent, but Alina returns and continues to make life miserable for him. Beyond the Hills completely rewards you for its slow time. (CHARLES MUDEDE)

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Film Credits
Cristian Mungiu
Valeriu Andriuta, Liliana Mocanu, Doru Ana, Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur, Dana Tapalaga, Catalina Harabagiu, Gina Tandura, Vica Agache, Nora Covali, Dionisie Vitcu, Ionut Ghinea, Costache Babii