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Kreuzweg (2014)

Unrated | | Drama | 10 July 2015 (USA)
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Fourteen-year-old Maria is a fundamentalist Catholic, living her life in a modern fashion, yet her heart belongs to Jesus. She wants to be a saint and go to heaven. No one, not even a nice boy she meets, can stop her in this goal.
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... Maria
... Mutter
... Pater Weber
... Bernadette
Moritz Knapp ... Christian
Michael Kamp ... Vater (as Klaus Michael Kamp)
Georg Wesch ... Thomas
Chiara Palmeri ... Katharina
Linus Fluhr ... Johannes
Birge Schade ... Sportlehrerin
... Arzt
... Bestatter
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... Ärztin - Krankenzimmer
Michael Kurras ... In der Bibliothek
Lena Lessing ... Krankenschwester
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Maria is 14 years old. Her family is part of a fundamentalist Catholic community. Maria lives her everyday life in the modern world, yet her heart belongs to Jesus. She wants to follow him, to become a saint and go to heaven - just like all those holy children she's always been told about. So Maria goes through 14 stations, just like Jesus did on his path to Golgatha, and reaches her goal in the end. Not even Christian, a boy she meets at school, can stop her, even if in another world, they might have become friends, or even more. Left behind is a broken family that finds comfort in faith, and the question if all these events were really so inevitable. STATIONS OF THE CROSS is an indictment and, at the same time, the legend of a saint. It's a story of religion, devotion and radical faith, and the film itself comes along just as radical as the subject matter, telling the story in only 14 fixed-angle long shots, allowing the viewer to contemplate the interactions on screen in an ... Written by German Films Quarterly 1/2014

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The fictitious Society of St Paul is based on the Society of Saint Pius X, a traditional Catholic Church organization of which the German co-writer Anna Brüggemann, and her director brother Dietrich Brüggemann, had first hand experience. See more »

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It can be one sided
19 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

But it also can be seen as something completely different. The movie juggles both worlds and it actually succeeds in it. Also having found kid actors who fit the story and the way the movie is made is more than incredible. Obviously the religious tones might sound scary for some enlightening for others. What you make of it, will boil down to what you believe and what you see.

While that is up to the viewer to decide and there are some clichés you have to go through to get to the finale, the movie does so in a special style. It's one set up per scene, which means the camera man seems to have the easiest job of his life. Set the camera, roll and let the actors do the rest. As you can imagine the scenes are a couple of minutes long, so not only did the actors have to learn their lines thoroughly, they also had to perform in one take! Not an easy task indeed. If the camera were ever to movie it would have a huge impact ... but does it and if so what is it telling us? You'll have to watch this very intriguing project and make your own mind up about things ...


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