Within an isolated Romanian Orthodox convent, Alina (Cristina Flutur) has been reunited with Voichita (Cosimina Stratan) after spending several years abroad working in Germany. The two women have supported each other since meeting as children in an orphanage. Alina wants Voichita to return with her to work in Germany, but Voichita refuses, having found cleansing refuge in faith and a new family amongst the priest and nuns.
Jealous and heartbroken, Alina attempts to win back Voichita’s affection by challenging the priest (Valeriu Andriuta), who claims that Voichita should not surrender to the lures of the West (an attractive waitress position on a boat). Her behaviour provokes suspicion of evil possession and after a short stint in the hospital Alina is included in the routines of the monastery in the hope that she will find her peace. As her health continues to worsen her behaviour becomes damaging and the priest decides to order extreme action – the results of which are conveyed in the harrowing final third.
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