Beyond The Hills (2013)

Beyond The Hills



Critic Consensus: Although some viewers may mistake its deliberate pace for passionless filmmaking, Beyond the Hills offers an intelligent, powerfully acted examination of the tension between secular life and religious faith.

Movie Info

In an isolated Orthodox convent in Romania, Alina has just been reunited with Voichita after spending several years in Germany. The two young women have supported and loved each other since meeting as children in an orphanage. Alina wants Voichita to leave and return with her to Germany, but Voichita has found refuge in faith and a family in the nuns and their priest, and refuses. Alina cannot understand her friend's choice. In her attempt to win back Voichita's affection, she challenges the … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Tatiana Niculescu Bran, Cristian Mungiu
In Theaters:
Box Office: $0.1M
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as Voichita

as The Priest

as Mother Superior

as Nun Antonia

as Nun Iustina

as Sister Elisabeta

as Nun Pahomia

as Mr. Valerica

as Mother Elena

as Father Nusu

as Doctor Solovastru

as Schoolteacher

as Doctor Radu

as Police Inspector

as Policeman

as Female Parishioner

as Lieutenant

as Captain

as Secretary

as Sister Arcadia

as Sister Tatiana

as Sister Lavrentia

as Nun Sevastiana

as Sister Anastasia

as Doctor D.L.

as Nurse Gina

as Nurse Sandra

as Ambulance Assistant

as Man in the Car
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Critic Reviews for Beyond The Hills

All Critics (90) | Top Critics (34)

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.

Full Review… | April 4, 2013
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

"Beyond the Hills" seethes with astonishment and rage at a broken society marooned between the 21st century and the 16th.

Full Review… | April 4, 2013
Boston Globe
Top Critic

It is a haunting movie, dealing with superstitions, possession, even exorcism, one in which Mungiu poses no easy answers, because there are none to be found.

Full Review… | April 4, 2013
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

It's an enigmatic and austere film from a region where political, sexual and religious repression are as stifling as the sooty air.

Full Review… | April 4, 2013
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

If you long for the bleak intelligence of an Ingmar Bergman film, where humankind is deeply flawed and God is indifferently silent and the landscape is cloaked in perpetual winter, then Beyond the Hills promises to be your cup of despair.

Full Review… | March 29, 2013
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The film's final act is joltingly effective. It just takes forever to get there, presumably by design.

Full Review… | April 28, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Audience Reviews for Beyond The Hills


'Beyond the Hills'. Incited way too much frustration with its whiny protagonist that overshadowed anything it was saying about love.

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The film meticulously, intelligently lays out all of the facts, relationships, and points of view of this strange modern horror story very democratically and compassionately. The result is brittle with realism: chilling, compelling (despite its at times desperately slow pace), and extremely thought provoking. It's incredibly well acted and filmed in solemn, carefully orchestrated one-shot scenes, but the result, despite utterly convincing intimacy and humanity, can seem almost too expositional, laying out the story's parts almost as if to a philosophical jury rather than a human viewer. The result was a film I admired more than I actually loved. Nonetheless, a unique and remarkable film, and one with undoubted power.

Louis Rogers
Louis Rogers

Super Reviewer

Mungiu delivers yet another powerful and nerve-wracking film that is bound to leave you totally drained by the end of it. Though also a bit unnecessarily repetitive after a while, it is nevertheless a challenging, devastating drama about liberty, devotion, security and obsession.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

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