Beyond the Hills

At the most recent Cannes Film Festival, where director Christian Mungiu had previously won the Grand Prize for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Mungiu’s great new film, Beyond the Hills, won Best Director and Screenplay awards. This magisterial yet offbeat drama follows a young Romanian woman who sets out to retrieve her childhood friend from her “captivity” in a remote Romanian monastery, and soon comes into violent conflict with the archaic strictures of this traditional community. “Intense and mesmerizing”—Andrew O’Hehir, Salon. In Romanian with English subtitles, Unrated. 155 Min.

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