A drama centered on 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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In terms of the synchronization of a visual style (or general "visuality") and a milieu, Beyond the Hills is very much a total triumph. It is very much apparent that there needed to be this kind of film in this kind of space. That being said, I have some issues w/ the fact that this particular story has been told in this particular way. We are dealing w/ a fairly manipulative approach and a kind of queasy exposé.
For all its supposed bleakness, it is the beautifully souffle-light mise en scene that makes the film exceptional, forming the work into a giant yet discrete canvas of Brueghelian horrors, Goya spinsters, and sly black comedy.
A magnificent exercise in moral ambiguity and a truly insightful look at human hypocrisy and the dangers of religion as a social institution. Mungiu's signature is already evident - the rigorous mise-en-scène, the uneasiness of the characters, the Haneke-esque build-up of tension - and, just as 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS, its punch is unforgettably ruthless.
Fuck! This movie packs one hell of a punch! Not as hard as 4 Months but hard enough to stick with ya long after you leave the theater. What I really liked about this film was how ambiguous the conflict was, as well as the film's stance on faith vs. secular life. This film doesn't cop out!. No real villains, just real characters and beautiful storytelling. Oh yeah, and visuals were A+. 5 stars