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Requiem (2006)

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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Karl Klingler
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Marianne Klingler
Anna Blomeier ...
Hanna Imhof
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Stefan Weiser
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Martin Borchert (Exorzist)
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Gerhard Landauer (Exorzist)
Friederike Adolph ...
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Heimleiterin Krämer
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Anne Berger ...
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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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Performed by Amon Düül
Written by R. Bauer, K. De Esser, H. Felenda and U. Leopold
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"Requiem" in the US
27 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just saw the US premiere of the film at the Seattle International Film Festival. I have seen the American version of this story, but this is a far different film with a different goal.

While the US version concentrated on the more sensational parts of the story and the aftermath, this movie is much more interested in the drama of the situation and avoids the 'creeky door' effect of the US version. The filmmaker is very dispassionate about attempting to convince you one way or the other if it was a possession or a woman's psychological breakdown and I find that most appealing. (The US version also tried to ride the fence in a sense, but it was more obvious which "side" it picked as there were many horror movie moments, not present in this version.) The acting was universally GREAT and all actors were so very convincing in their roles. It will be interesting to see how American audiences that venture out to see this version accept it (It will NOT be the hit that "Emily Rose" was here as this will be considered an art film in America and I doubt will be widely released.) Look for it in the US and check it out!


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