March 20, 2013
VERY TOUGH BUT EXCELLENT FILM FROM ROMANIA, REVOLVING AROUND A VERY CONSERVATIVE APPROACH TO RELIGION!
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 (2005); atmospherically medieval, somber (much like ?The Turin Horse?); a monastery (The New Hill) devoid of electricity, plumbing; water dredged from a well, technology has not brushed the ?nuns?, living in primitive, archaic ?cells?, but contented with their conversion, they have shed all vestiges of a contemporary, consumer society; led by an Orthodox self-ordained priest (Valerin Andriuta), affectionately referred to as ?Papa?; their minimalist existence is informed by renunciation, excoriation of the world; accepting only the divine portents of the Bible...
THREE & 1/2 STARS!!!
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