Nick Schager Reviews Beyond the Hills

Affairs of the heart and soul lead to inevitably tragic results in Beyond the Hills, Cristian Mungiu’s follow-up to his similarly austere 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. Though Mungiu now situates himself in the present, his tale (based on an actual 2005 case) is, like its predecessor, one that revolves around two female friends imprisoned by societal structures—in this case, a remote Romanian Orthodox monastery where Alina (Cristina Flutur) travels after a prolonged stay in Germany to visit Voichita (Cosmina Stratan), her childhood best friend and former orphanage companion who’s now promised herself to God.

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