Beyond the Hills (2012)
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[TRAILER] Alina returns to Romania from Germany, hoping to bring Voichița back with her. The two girls were previously roommates at an orphanage and had shared a physical relationship. But Voichița has joined a convent, and her religious devotion may not be so easily unraveled.

Starring Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur.

Directed by Cristian Mungiu. Screenplay by Cristian Mungiu, based on the book Deadly Confession and Judges' Book by Tatiana Niculescu Bran. Cinematography by Oleg Mutu. Edited by Mircea Olteanu.

91% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Currently streaming in the US on Criterion and Kanopy. JustWatch listing.
posted by DirtyOldTown (1 comment total)
The Romanian New Wave takes on a lesbian romance.

Because it's a Romanian movie though, they're separated by the pressures of culture and poverty, manifesting in Voichița's clinging to the convent.

It's sad, well-observed, and well done.

But a part of me definitely wanted to just shout: Alina doesn't need you to help her find the right way to confess and give her life to Jesus... she needs you to back the fuck off and let her take her girlfriend with her to Germany.

But Voichița has only ever been looking for a safe place to land. It was Alina, but now it's the convent.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:54 AM on May 29

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