Beyond the Hills (2012)

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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.


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  • Cristian Mungiu at an event for Beyond the Hills (2012)
  • Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur in Beyond the Hills (2012)

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10 February 2013 | cripastor
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| another in depth social observation from Mungiu
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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Release Date:

26 October 2012

Language

Romanian


Country of Origin

Romania, France, Belgium

Filming Locations

Campina, Romania

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,622 10 March 2013

Gross USA:

$124,919

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$673,493

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