Beyond The Hills (Dupa dealuri) Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Beyond The Hills (Dupa dealuri)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Beyond the pale.

  • Starring:

    Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur, Valeriu Andriuta, Dana Tapalaga, Catalina Harabagiu, Gina Tandura, Vica Agache, Nora Covali, Dionisie Vitcu, Ionut Ghinea, Liliana Mocanu, Doru Ana, Costache Babii

  • Directed by:

    Cristian Mungiu

  • Running time:

    146 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), NR (USA)


    People are bound, gagged, restrained, threatened. A woman struggles/lashes out. Accidental death, house-fire. Self-harm (hitting) mentioned and threatened. Suicide attempts (jumping), beating up boys, suicides mentioned. Indecent photography of young girls mentioned. Screaming, yelling, shouting, arguing. Blood/gore: Bleeding mentioned. Person tied up on stretcher. Patient wrapped in full-body bandages. Bloody bandage, bruising.


    Topless woman. Masturbation mentioned, lesbianism implied.


    Haloperidol, Diazepam, Ziprexa, Levomepromazin, adrenaline, illegal drugs, taking drugs mentioned. Smoking.


    F-words, crap. Name-calling. Heavy religious references and exclamations. Curses, witchcraft, possession, hearing voices, speaking in tongues mentioned. Nationality (Germany) stereotypes.


    Orthodox religion, convents, faith, sins, confession, friendship, internal conflict, manual labour, travel, mental illness, love, spiritual healing, superstition, passion, devotion, routine, ritual, exorcism, financial difficulties, investigation.


    Deceased child, deceased father (suicide), matricide, divorce, unfaithful husband, hospitalised husband, orphanage, throat cancer, breast cancer, paranoid schizophrenia mentioned. Church, convent, hospital settings. Nuns refer to their priest as Daddy. Dogs, chickens, bucket of caught fish, pig (soft toy). Romanian language (subtitled). Original title is Dupa Dealuri. Inspired by true events.


    Well-paced, realistic, intense, engrossing, heartbreaking, character-driven, dramatic, captivating, bleak, supple, nuanced, provocative, despairing, mesmerising, alarming, haunting, extraordinary. Brilliant cinematography, outstanding performances, excellent screenplay.


    Over-long, repetitive.

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