The story centers on Alina (Flutur) and Voichita (Stratan), who both grew up in an orphange together and have a relationship that's a bit more than friends. Their paths eventually separate, and when Alina comes to take Voichita out of a strictly orthodox religious compound where she now lives, they both wind up facing forces bigger than they expected. All of Mungiu's trademark techniques are here, including a wickedly slow burn pace and long takes, but it's a devastating piece of work touching on faith in all its complexity, subtly and near profoundly. As we wrote in our review out of Cannes, it's a movie where "love and faith are both different kinds of poison."
"Beyond The Hills" opens in limited release on March 8th, and you should definitely track it down. Watch below. [The Film Stage]