'Beyond the Hills': Battelle Film Club pick worth seeing for its fearless storytelling

Gary Wolcott, atomictown.comJune 19, 2014 

Romanian director and writer Cristian Mungiu (4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days) makes movies that tackle the most difficult subjects. Loosely based on two nonfiction novels and a "true" story, Beyond the Hills follows orphans Alina and Voichita, who grow up to be lovers. One moves to Germany, the other falls in love with God and moves to a convent.

Their reuniting ends tragically with a botched exorcist.

Beautifully filmed but slow paced, the 150-minute Beyond the Hills was nominated at Cannes for the Palme d'Or, won best screenplay and Cristina Flutur won best actress for the 2012 festival. It's worth seeing for the great acting and the gritty, fearless storytelling.

Director: Cristian Mungiu

Stars: Cristina Flutur, Cosmina Stratan

Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars

Not rated but probably R for mature themes. It plays at 8 p.m. June 20 only at the Battelle Auditorium.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.

-- Disagree with Mr. Movie's fearless movie assessments? Let him know at www.tricityherald.com/arts/mrmovie.

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