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Beyond The Hills

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Inspired by a real-life case of a tragically botched exorcism

Arduous yet always absorbing, Cristian Mungiu’s first full-length feature since 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days is inspired by a real-life case of a tragically botched exorcism in rural Romania.

Alina (Cristina Flutur) has returned from Germany to try and persuade her devout friend Voichita (Cosmina Stratan) to leave her life as a novice nun, only for Alina’s own physical and emotional health to deteriorate alarmingly.

Shot in long, deep-focus takes, Beyond The Hills shows how not just the church but a whole society has failed these vulnerable young women.

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