Cu totii ne-am saturat de dedicatii sau note sau „PS-uri” trantite la inceput de articol, de video pe YouTube sau chiar pe bloguri, dar, de data asta simt ca este necesar. Stiu ca subiectul ales de mine nu este unul fericit (cand este?), dar dedic acest post intarziat colegei mele de blog si imi cer scuze pentru indelungata mea absenta aici.
„Dupa Dealuri” – un film care, dupa trei ore, mi-a ramas in minte si in suflet. Mi-a placut mult si, ca orice film care mi-a placut mult, nu il recomand oricui. De fapt, este un film greu de recomandat. Cineva mi-a spus ca l-ar recomanda tuturor oamenilor deschisi la minte. Eu cred (fara sa vreau sa jignesc pe nimeni) ca vizionarea acestui film poate ajuta o persoana sa faca diferenta intre un comportament religios si unul fanatic. Si as putea spune mai multe pe acest subiect, dar, din nou, nu vreau sa jignesc. Sper ca acest post sa va faca mai curiosi si sa urmariti filmul. Nu stiu cat este de potrivit, dar mi-am dat singura o provocare. Daca tot am scris atatea recenzii in romana la filme americane, ce ar fi sa scriu un engleza un comentariu al unui film romanesc?
Beyond the Hills (original name: „Dupa Dealuri”) is a Romanian movie that came out in 2012. I decided to write about this movie not only because of the fact that I’m Romanian, but also because I think it’s a great work of art. And I’m not saying this lightly.
The story starts with Alina, a girl who was raised at the orphanage and went to work in Germany, but now returns in the country, to her childhood friend, Voichita. Although she is happy to see her dear friend, Alina finds a changed Voichita, a girl who now lives in a monastery and only talks about God. Even if she tries to do everything she can to get close to her friend, Alina is always put down. By the people around, by the new rules she isn’t used to and even by her own sanity, which is fragile because of her past in the orphanage.
I won’t talk more about the action, I don’t want to spoil the ending. But I have to say, this movie was indeed inspired by true events that happened a few years ago. Tragic, sad events. Of course, Cristian Mugiu, the director and writer of the screenplay, changes the names of the place and people. Still, for those who heard and read about that tragedy, this movie becomes more real and powerful.
I heard many people say that this movie is against religion and God. I couldn’t disagree more. I think it’s about illness. In two and a half hours, it paints an ill society. The sisters, the priest, the doctors, they’re all ill. It’s not that they don’t do their job, it’s that they keep believing they are always right. No matter what they do, they keep believing they didn’t do anything wrong because their reasons themselves were good. If you look closely, you see a power play. And it is in a constant change. Everyone invokes these two notions: good and bad. That’s all they see. That’s bad, you should never ever do it. Why? Who cares why? We don’t ask ourselves why, we just obey. Because someone says is bad. So it’s not acceptable. If you do it, you’re going to be punished.
In the end, good doesn’t win. Because, in the end, nobody wins. And concepts like „good” or „bad” show themselves as what they are: simply concepts.
I can’t get out of my head the very last scene. Two cops, looking through the front window of their car at the people who walk on the street. Suddenly, a bus passes and splashes mud on the window. Without saying anything, one of the cops just pushes a button and cleans the window. Now it’s all clear again. And the movie ends.
It got me thinking, is it so hard? Is it so hard to stop worshiping concepts like good and bad? Is it so hard to clear the mud away and see clear what’s in front of our eyes?