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MOVIE REVIEW

Cristian Mungiu’s ‘Hills’ are alive without music

There’s a moment in several of Cristian Mungiu’s movies where the camera hangs on a woman’s face, stunned and watchful in the midst of tumult. In the Romanian director’s 2007 masterpiece “4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days,” the scene was a dinner party at which the conversation boiled around the still figure of Otilia (Anamaria Marinca) thinking of her friend undergoing an illegal abortion in another party of the city.

In the final scenes of Mungiu’s latest film, “Beyond the Hills,” the face belongs to a young nun named Voichita (Cosmina Stratan). She has just witnessed the dire results of an attempted exorcism, the police have arrived, and her God has suddenly vanished from the face of the earth.

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