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Faith vs love in Cannes entry 'Beyond the Hills'
Romania's Cristian Mungiu looks at love and faith in Cannes entry 'Beyond the Hills'
By The Associated Press

CANNES, France (AP) ' Both boos and applause greeted Cristian Mungiu's latest film at Cannes ' and that's fine with him.

The Romanian director won the film festival's top prize in 2007 with abortion drama "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," but he's had a more mixed reception this time around.

"Beyond the Hills," in which love and faith collide with fateful inevitability, was inspired by the true case of a young woman who died during an attempted exorcism at a remote monastery.

Some Cannes viewers failed to warm to its wintry setting and deliberate pace, or wished for more overt condemnation of religious dogma.

But the director said Saturday it's "a very good thing" if it polarizes audiences.

Mungiu said wants the film to "challenge people to have an opinion."

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