With this arresting drama based on notorious real-life events, Cristian Mungiu mounts a complex inquiry into faith, fanaticism, and indifference. At a desolate Romanian monastery, a young novice nun, VoichiÅ£a (Cosmina Stratan), reunites with her former companion Alina (Cristina Flutur), who plans to take her to Germany. But VoichiÅ£a proves unwilling to abandon her calling, and Alina becomes increasingly desperate to reclaim her devotion, putting the outsider at odds with the monasteryâs ascetic priestâand precipitating a painfully misguided, brutal attempt to save her soul. A naturalistic tragedy with the dark force of a folktale, anchored by the fraught dynamic between cinema newcomers Flutur and Stratan (who shared the best actress prize at Cannes), Beyond the Hills
bears powerful witness to individuals at cross-purposes and institutions ill-equipped to help those most in need.
- New interview with Cristian Mungiu
- The Making of âBeyond the Hills,â a documentary from 2013, produced by Mungiu
- Press conference from the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, featuring Cristian Mungiu and actors Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur, Valeriu Andriu?? and Dana Tapalaga?
- Deleted scenes
- An essay by film scholar Doru Pop