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Beyond The Hills (2013)

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.

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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 priest. She is taken to hospital and the people of the monastery start to suspect that she is possessed. When the doctors send her back, Alina is included in the monastic routine in the hope that she will find peace. But her condition worsens and they finally have to tie her to a wooden plank to prevent her from hurting herself. After ruling out all other options, the priest and nuns decide to read her prayers to deliver those possessed by the Evil One. They perform an exorcism, but the result is not what they had hoped, and Voichita begins to doubt the religious choice she has made. She decides to free Alina - but her decision comes too late. Inspired by the non-fiction novels of Tatiana Niculescu Bran.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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Valeriu Andriuta
as The Priest
Dana Tapalaga
as Mother Superior
Catalina Harabagiu
as Nun Antonia
Gina Tandura
as Nun Iustina
Vica Agache
as Sister Elisabeta
Nora Covali
as Nun Pahomia
Dionisie Vitcu
as Mr. Valerica
Liliana Mocanu
as Mother Elena
Doru Ana
as Father Nusu
Costache Babii
as Doctor Solovastru
Luminita Gheorghiu
as Schoolteacher
Alina Berzunteanu
as Doctor Radu
Teo Corban
as Police Inspector
Calin Chirila
as Policeman
Tania Popa
as Female Parishioner
Radu Zetu
as Lieutenant
Ion Sapdaru
as Captain
Diana Ignat
as Secretary
Liana Petrescu
as Sister Arcadia
Alexandra Apetrei
as Sister Tatiana
Noemi Gunea
as Sister Lavrentia
Katia Pascariu
as Nun Sevastiana
Mara Carutasu
as Sister Anastasia
Cerasela Iosifescu
as Doctor D.L.
Ada Barleanu
as Nurse Gina
Mariana Liurca
as Nurse Sandra
Gheorghe Ifrim
as Ambulance Assistant
Adrian Ancuta
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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Super Reviewer


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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