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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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Credited cast:
... 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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Ärztin - Krankenzimmer
Michael Kurras ... In der Bibliothek
Lena Lessing ... Krankenschwester


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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shamefully straddle the issue it broaches
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Shrewdly transmuting Jesus's Via Crucis to a young girl Maria's (van Acken) self-inflicted martyrdom in the modern-day Germany, STATIONS OF THE CROSS is strictly told in 14 long shots, each represents one station, from "Jesus is condemned to death" to "Jesus is laid in the tomb".

Admittedly, it is an ingenious concept to take a critical eye on the contentious issue of today's Catholic religion, the efficient modus operandi requires its cast to be superlatively attentive to their lengthy dialogues and sermons, but who are the target of this film? If you are an atheist or agnostic, it is absolutely a waste of time to watching this film, because Maria's radical act is beyond your ken and can only infuriate yourself with the demonic tyranny from Maria's mother (Weisz), whose frantic devotion to her parochial belief makes her such an unapologetic monster, there is not enough rueful tears in the world can suggest otherwise.

If you are a committed believer, don't watch it, you can easily be offended by the demonisation of the orthodox church, director Dietrich Brüggemann is sadistically trying audience's patience to let such a diabolically written character take every predictable turn to terrorise her daughter, and get on the nerves of the viewers without any reservation.

And if you are religion-curious, the film will prove itself to be an equally nonstarter since it eventually straddles the issue with an arbitrary brush to conveniently coincide a miracle which ineptly countervails the prevailing condemning slant, to simply mythologise the matter in question as if the filmmaker is suddenly stricken by misgivings and has no more courage left to abide by his belief. What kind of a mother would bring her four-year-old son with her when she visits the ICU under such context? This action is as groundless as the miracle itself, a fatal betrayal in Brüggemann's conception which is beyond redemption at that point.

Finally, in Maria's case, her self-professed sacrifice is practically a perverse suicidal mission, even if God does exist, how on earth dare she take it for granted that her so-called sacrifice is approved by God? If that is the shortcut to heaven, a massive hunger strike might sound perfectly advisable for devotees who cannot wait to join him in Elysium, it is just loony and irresponsible, that's it, enough is enough, this film is a self-contradictory mishmash, and my only condolence is to its competent cast, they must rehearse a great deal to accomplish each scene of stations, only all their collective effort fritters away in the disappointing end product.

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