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Requiem (2006)

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88

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 4

This harrowing, naturalistic drama holds you in its grip through Huller's intense performance.

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 1

This harrowing, naturalistic drama holds you in its grip through Huller's intense performance.

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Director Hans-Christian Schmid helms this award winning account of a first-year university student whose bout with epilepsy leads to a tragic exorcism. Inspired by the same events that were previously dramatized in The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Requiem follows college freshman and devoted Catholic Michaela Klinger (Sandra Hueller) as she attempts to adjust to dormitory life while struggling to meet the growing pressures and academic expectations of school. Though a tentative friendship with

Mar 6, 2007

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Working from an economical and intelligent script by Bernd Lange , Schmid directs his first feature with the easy conviction that eluded the makers of the preposterous Emily Rose.

November 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Stage actress Sandra Huller delivers a stunning, understated performance...

November 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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The nonsensationalistic results are also somewhat ho-hum -- and oddly less convincing than Friedkin's lurid mess, let alone the elegant satanism sagas of Tourneur and Polanski.

November 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The confusion and panic and everyday interactions in Requiem feel honest and true-to-life, which has nothing to do with how factual it is, or isn't.

November 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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In lesser hands, Requiem would seem merely bleak, but Schmid makes a rigorously urgent and compelling film out of Michaela's odyssey.

November 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Quietly devastating and unbearably moving, this is a soul-searching classic.

October 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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an intense, disturbing and bleak drama of ecstasy and insanity, all set in a world where, if there is a God at all, it truly requires a leap of faith into the dark to grasp Him.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

A convincing portrayal of a helpless soul wavering between fear and faith, and the madness of murder being perpetrated in the name of Christ.

March 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine
Upstage Magazine

What matters in Requiem amounts to the fine performances, Schmid's assured hand, and the magnificent rustic scenery.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Sandra Hueller leads a fine cast and gives a textured performance as wallflower Michaela who is suddenly freed when she goes out into the world, only to be done in by her inner, psychosis-driven demons.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

[Huller] combines the raw physicality of Michaela's seizures with an emotional confusion as she ponders the cause of her attacks and how to react to them.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A tragic tale of teen rebellion and misplaced faith, this is a sober and sobering account of a young girl's untimely end, made enthralling by great performances and restrained direction.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A naturalistic and thrillingly powerful film, with a stand-out performance from Hüller at its centre.

November 21, 2006 Full Review Source: BBC

The movie ends a little too abruptly, but it features a heartrending performance from Sandra Huller that brought her the best actress award at this year's Berlin Film Festival.

November 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

What cannot be debated is the strength of Huller's naturalistic lead performance, a frighteninglyn intense turn that brings to mind Emily Watson's work in Breaking the Waves.

November 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Based on the same story as The Exorcism of Emily Rose, this is a far more accurate and ultimately much more frightening version of events, with an award-winning performance from Huller.

November 2, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Requiem isn't a horror movie so much as a thwarted coming-of-age story, like Carrie without the bloody reckoning.

October 20, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

A demonic posession movie WITHOUT special effects? Horrors!!!

October 20, 2006
Greenwich Village Gazette

Bogumil Godfrejow's raw cinematography and (Sandra) Huller's poignant, close-to-the-bone performance transform what might have been a morbid curiosity into an entirely enthralling, quietly terrifying experience.

October 20, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Requiem

a tragic clash of science and superstition inspired by the case of a mentally ill and very religious german girl who died under exorcism in the 70s. the film is understated and plays almost like a documentary
November 24, 2009
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Stella Dallas

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Don't see this expecting something in the vein of The Exorcist. There aren't any spinning heads or projectile vomiting and no sign of the demon Pazuzu here. Instead, Requiem is a non-sensationalized, non-judgmental look at what happens when mental illness clashes with religion. Based on the same case that inspired The Exorcism of Emily Rose, but the two films are different. Emily Rose focused primarily on a lawyer involved in a court case involving the Priest who performed the exorcism, while Requiem focuses on the woman and is a drama about what can lead someone to believe they are possessed.

The topic of exorcism may be easy "go to" material for horror films, but Requiem is not a horror film and the director doesn't decide for us whether or not she is possessed, but instead lets us draw our own conclusions. Lead actress Sandra Huller is really great throughout the film and the handheld camerawork is a nice touch in making the viewer feel as if they are in the room alongside her family.

November 20, 2009
DrBenway
El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer

Like "The exorcism of Emily Rose" this film is (merely) inspired by the true events around Anneliese Michel in Germany of the 70s. A girl raised in strictly catholic terms battles with epilepsy as she is struggling to start a new life as University student. The grasp of her religious upbringing, especially in the shape of her mother, are pretty much choking her, creating an opposite reaction that leads to the church labeling her possessed, culminating in a series of unfortunate exorcism attempts. The film spares us the ugly details of those and reports about the outcome in a final info text. It doesn't give creed to the obsession-theory and therefore doesn't contain horror scenes of demons or anything like that. The movie also doesn't concentrate the blame on a single party involved and simply portrays a person who couldn't function under the pressure she got from many sides, despite of being loved by them none the less. It is the great acting that makes this slow and quiet film interesting and raises it above average. Especially Sandra Hüller in the main role does an extraordinary job.
November 20, 2008
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

The German counterpart of "The exorcism of Emily Rose" but with more emphasis on the family and the human drama. told with lack of grandeur and ostentation, which is not ultimately too impressive, it is a correct approach but the ending was a little anticlimactic for my taste. Sandra Hüller's performance is by far the best of all.
July 1, 2008
pier007

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