Conclusion: Cristian Mungiu's Beyond the Hills is easily one of the top five films to reach my desk this year. It is as emotionally devastating and hauntingly beautiful as Andrey Zvyagintsev's The Banishment and as thought-provoking as Pavel Lungin's The Island .
Excerpt: Romanian director Cristian Mungiu won a deserving Palme D’Or in 2007 for 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days , a riveting drama about two university students seeking an illegal, black-market abortion during the last years of Nicolae Ceausescu’s oppressive regime.
Excerpt: Affairs of the heart and soul lead to inevitably tragic results in Beyond the Hills , Cristian Mungiu's follow-up to his similarly austere 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days . Though Mungiu now situates himself in the present, his tale (based on an actual 2005 case) is, like its predecessor, one that...
Summary: The tensions between the spiritual and the secular, groups and individuals, are examined in intelligent, creepily insinuating but not entirely satisfying fashion in Cristian Mungiu's latest work.
Excerpt: Wederom brengt Roemenië met Beyond the Hills een sterk drama voort. We zien twee vriendinnen worstelen met de ingewikkelde situatie waarin ze zich bevinden, wanhopig zoekend naar een oplossing.