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A drama of thought-provoking depth as well as a showcase for newcomer Lea van Acken, Stations of the Cross hits hard and leaves a lingering impact. Read critic reviews

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Maria, a devout 14-year-old Roman Catholic, goes through all 14 stations of the cross to become a saint and go to heaven.

Cast & Crew

Lucie Aron
Bernadette
Michael Kamp
Vater
Birge Schade
Sportlehrerin
Sven Taddicken
Krankenpfleger
Jochen Laube
Executive Producer
Vincent Assmann
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Alexander Sass
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Critic Reviews for Stations of the Cross

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (2)

  • While the film's craftsmanship and experimental form go some way toward mitigating the convenient plotting and confused point of view, wrapping the whole in craw-sticking sanctimony is a sin too far for forgiveness.

    July 11, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • In the end, the formalism of "Stations of the Cross" wouldn't work at all without the work of van Acken, a very talented young lady who's not only in every scene, she's often all there is to every scene.

    July 10, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • An austere, beautifully filmed and powerfully acted portrait of extreme religious fervor that slyly flirts with comedy.

    July 9, 2015 | Full Review…
  • There's a purity, cinematic if not spiritual, to the way Brüggemann carefully composes each static shot, as though they all really were paintings to be arranged in succession along a line of pews.

    July 9, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • There's more than a sneaking suspicion that the rush to preach against religious excess -- a worthy pursuit -- has merely resulted in another form of sanctimonious sermonizing.

    July 7, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Newcomer Van Acken is a phenomenal find and she's never less than believably torn between doing the right thing and being her own person.

    July 7, 2015 | Full Review…

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  • Apr 05, 2014
    A thought-provoking and profoundly disturbing film that exposes the harmful side of religion and faith, directed with a noteworthy formal rigor in mostly static long takes and with a skillful mise-en-scène that underlines the overwhelming pressure that the protagonist is living under.
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