Keswick Film Club - Beyond The Hills

Sunday 24th November 5:00 PM

Beyond The Hills (Dupa Deluri)

Director: Christian Mungiu Country: Romania
Cert: 12 Year: 2012 Length: 150 mins Language: Romanian
Beyond The Hills

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Score: 71.43% Attendance: 102

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Synopsis

This film was a contender for the Cannes Palme D’Or last year. Director Christian Mungiu (’4 months, 3 weeks & 2 days’) brings us a story which would be hard to believe if it wasn’t based on real events in Romania.

Aline (Cristina Flutur) and Voichita (Cosmina Stratan) have been brought up together in an orphanage, where they were very good friends, possibly lovers. Alina has escaped to West Germany and learnt Western way, but comes back to see her friend Voichita. By this time, Voichita has become a nun and is happy with her life in the monastery.

What follows is a series of arguments between lifestyles, between beliefs, between ancient and modern, even between East and West; Alina attempts to get Voichita to leave the monastery and go back, beyond the hills, to Germany with her, while Voichita attempts to get Alina to see the error of her ways and join her as a nun.

Who will win the argument? I won’t spoil the film by telling you what happens - you will have to come along to find out - but be prepared to be surprised!

The film’s subject is austere, but it is filmed beautifully - once again the cinematographer is Oleg Mutu (‘In the Fog’, 20th October) - using long takes and the cold, winter light on the hills,

Critics

open_quote Mutu's imagery celebrates the vibrant disorder and discord that the rituals of Voichita's sect mean to deny with ideological certainty close_quote Steven Boone, Chicago Sun-times


open_quote The film's final shot goes straight to the story's heart and the spectator's. Amazing Grace. Now at last we know what those words mean close_quote Nigel Andrews, Financial Times


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