Beyond the Hills Synopsis
Two young women grow up together in an orphanage and go their separate ways.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Of all the movies culminating in a rite of exorcism, Romanian writer-director Cristian Mungiu's remarkable Beyond the Hills stands alone.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It’s a deceptively impersonal style, because Beyond the Hills seethes with astonishment and rage at a broken society marooned between the...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

Beyond the Hills is an arthouse film from Romania, yet, in its slow, lurching progress toward a tragic exorcism, it is a stylistic nephew...
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
It's tempting to see Beyond the Hills solely as an indictment of religion, but the film is more ambitious than that. Ignorance and...
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The deliberate pace Mungiu employs in this incredible work is so engrossing and quietly heartbreaking that its philosophical ending may...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
The movie deals with themes of secular and religious love, of how they may intersect and diverge, that are suggestive of Bergman or Carl...
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Exorcist junkies should look elsewhere. Instead of spinning heads and projectile puke, Mungiu offers nuance and provocation. The result is...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Based on reports of a real 2005 incident, it is a film that asks its viewer to consider the nature of good and evil, love and trust - and...
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70

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
Ultimately, the bleak universe conjured by Beyond the Hills is more compelling than what happens in it.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

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Beyond the Hills is less fun than any film about lesbian nuns and their psychotic ex-lovers ought to be. But it is an engrossingly serious...
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VERY TOUGH BUT EXCELLENT FILM FROM ROMANIA, REVOLVING AROUND A VERY CONSERVATIVE APPROACH TO RELIGION!

By Peneflix
A challenging, morose, metaphysical, metaphorical film by Christian Mungiu (“4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”); not for those looking for fluff or fantasy... Based on an historical event in Romania...

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