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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

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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Storyline

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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She claimed she was possessed. There was no way to know for sure.

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

2 March 2006 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Réquiem See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,309, 22 October 2006

Gross USA:

$8,632
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Sandra Hüller's feature film debut. See more »

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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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A sad, and true, tale.
28 February 2009 | by jase-18See all my reviews

A sad tale of a young girl's aspirations disastrously ruined by her and her family's inability to separate her religion from her mental illness.

The script is commendably non-judgemental, despite the subject matter, and the the movie's early seventies setting is re-created so convincingly (with muted colours and almost dogme-like camera work) that one might forget that the film was shot only three years ago.

Some may find that the film ends before the story does, but this is merely a refreshing refusal to pander to sensationalism that is completely in keeping with the naturalistic realism of the film as a whole.


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