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Requiem (2006)

 -  Drama  -  2 March 2006 (Germany)
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An epileptic girl suffers a breakdown during her first year at university, then decides to seek help from a priest in battling the troubles associated with her strict upbringing.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandra Hüller ...
Michaela Klingler
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Karl Klingler
Imogen Kogge ...
Marianne Klingler
Anna Blomeier ...
Hanna Imhof
Nicholas Reinke ...
Stefan Weiser
Jens Harzer ...
Martin Borchert (Exorzist)
Walter Schmidinger ...
Gerhard Landauer (Exorzist)
Friederike Adolph ...
Helga Klingler
Irene Kugler ...
Heimleiterin Krämer
Johann Adam Oest ...
Professor Schneider
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Krankenschwester
Anne Berger ...
Studenten
Alejandro Esquerra ...
Studenten
Kutrín Kreredis ...
Studenten
Hannah Neumann ...
Studenten
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It is the 70's, and in the German countryside the epileptic Michaela Klingler joins the pedagogy course at the University against the will of her pious mother, Marianne. However her father Karl Klingler rents her a room in the sorority house and Michaela travels to Tübingen. As the semester progresses, Michaela befriends her former high school friend, Hanna Imhof, who forces her to seek medical help. When Michaela has a crisis, she stops taking her medication and believes she is possessed by demons, and her health gets worse. She decides to seek out a priest, Martin Borchert, who believes in exorcism whereas the progressive parochial priest Gerhard Landauer tries to convince her to go to a psychologist. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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$3,309 (USA) (20 October 2006)

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$8,632 (USA) (17 November 2006)
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Requiem
27 September 2006 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

To me, Requiem was a very personal and intense movie. Unlike most religious movies, who treat the subject on a large scale and don't look at the people behind the horror, Requiem went further. The horror was there, but it was way more subtle and completely different than we are used to see.

The story begins and we are introduced to Michaela, a young girl, like there are so many, who was raised very strictly and overprotected. She is ready to start her real life at the university but there is one thing that stands in her way. Her epilepsy. So her father keeps quiet when she has an attack. And he keeps it quiet when it's getting worse. But you understand why, once you get to know her mother. She's overprotective and scared to death that something is going to happen to Michaela. But never does the director judge any of the characters, although we get to know many types of people who all want to help Michaela in a different way. In the end religion wins from reason. It was already clear throughout the whole movie that these two things were opposite. Maybe it's like that in real life too.

The film was built beautifully with subtle (and sometimes less subtle) references to the fact that it was going the wrong way with Michaela. This movie could never been this good if it wasn't for the great acting from all characters.

The theme that was brought up in the end, exorcism, happened without any form of sensation and was showed in a very realistic way. You can say, the way that it goes in real life and not in an ordinary American (or other country?) movie. The last scenes were very moving and were played so real that it felt like I was looking at a documentary.

I can't say I really enjoyed the movie, but I don't think that was the director's intention.


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