Thursday, May 26, 2016

Beyond the Hills (2012)

Cannes Film Festival 2012

Best Actress
Cristina Flutur
Cosmina Stratan
Best Screenplay
Cristian Mungiu
Palme d'Or
Cristian Mungiu

Sundance Selects
Directed by Cristian Mungiu
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4

When an aspiring nun's former lesbian lover shows up at her convent she struggles to keep control of the situation. Her former girlfriend is still deeply in love with her and cannot accept the fact that she has given her life to God. Her emotional and sometimes violent outbursts upset the usual tranquil life at the remote Romanian convent. The other nun's attribute her behavior to something more sinister, leading to a bizarre confrontation and tragedy.  A plot holding much promise instead proceeds at a snail's pace under the direction of Mungiu and lands with a giant thud. It has its moments, if you can stay awake for them.

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