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Requiem (2006)

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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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Bernd Lange
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandra Hüller ... Michaela Klingler
Burghart Klaußner ... Karl Klingler
Imogen Kogge Imogen Kogge ... Marianne Klingler
Anna Blomeier ... Hanna Imhof
Nicholas Reinke Nicholas Reinke ... Stefan Weiser
Jens Harzer ... Martin Borchert (Exorzist)
Walter Schmidinger Walter Schmidinger ... Gerhard Landauer (Exorzist)
Friederike Adolph Friederike Adolph ... Helga Klingler
Irene Kugler Irene Kugler ... Heimleiterin Krämer
Johann Adam Oest ... Professor Schneider
Eva Löbau ... Krankenschwester
Anne Berger Anne Berger ... Studenten
Alejandro Esquerra Alejandro Esquerra ... Studenten
Kutrín Kreredis Kutrín Kreredis ... Studenten
Hannah Neumann 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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Germany

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German

Release Date:

2 March 2006 (Germany) See more »

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Réquiem See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,309, 22 October 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,632, 19 November 2006
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2.35 : 1
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Religion vs. Science
6 April 2010 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the 70's, in the countryside of Germany, the epileptic Michaela Klingler (Sandra Hüller) joins the pedagogy course in the university against the will of her pious mother Marianne {Imogen Kogge). However her father Karl Klingler (Burghart Klaußner) rents a room in a sorority house and the religious Michaela travels to Tübingen. Along the semester, Michaela befriends her former high school mate Hanna Imhof (Anna Blomeier) that forces her to seek medical assistance and falls in love for the student of chemistry Stefan Weiser (Nicholas Reinke). When Michaela has a crisis, she stops using the necessary drugs and believes she is possessed by demons, and her health gets worse. She decides to seek out the priest Martin Borchert (Jens Harzer) that believes in exorcism instead of the progressive parochial priest Gerhard Landauer (Walter Schmidinger) that tries to convince her to go to a psychologist. When she has an intense breakdown, her mother together with priest Borchert decide to exorcise her with tragic consequences.

"Requiem" is an impressive dramatic movie about the fight between religion and science. In accordance with the introduction of this film, the story would be based on a true event. The acting is wonderful, giving credibility to the plot, and the dialogs and characters present a great discussion between the dogmatic religion and reason. Michaela is very well developed and it is easy to understand her confused state of mind since she had a repressed and overprotected upbringing. Hannah represents the logic and the reason; Marianne and priest Borchert represent the backward and dogmatic side of the church; Karl and priest Landauer represent the in-between these two sides. "Requiem" is not a pleasant or entertaining feature but highly recommended for fans of a powerful drama with magnificent acting and the excellent German cinema. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Requiem"


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