It’s a story about the conflict between emerging individuality in a society still competing with the dogmatic remnants of Communism, though here, ironically, religion stands in for the old economic system showing any form of fundamentalism can be an “opiate of the masses.”
Oleg Mutu’s cinematography was also wonderful in its starkness.
What left me cold was director Mungiu’s style of shooting. He likes to show the uninteresting part of a scene/shot because not all of life is interesting. I, however, would rather sit through 2 hours of this story and do without the extra half hour of uninteresting footage.
Moreover, there seems to be an epidemic of well-acted, well-photographed films like this, The Master and The Paperboy that are about stupid/cultist people about whom I have little or no interest.
I give Beyond the Hills a 2+ out of 5.