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Critic Reviews for Requiem
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.
Stage actress Sandra Huller delivers a stunning, understated performance...
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.
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.
In lesser hands, Requiem would seem merely bleak, but Schmid makes a rigorously urgent and compelling film out of Michaela's odyssey.
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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
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.
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.
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