Stations of the Cross

2015

Stations of the Cross (2015)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

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Told in fourteen fixed-angle, single shot, individual tableaus that parallel Christ's journey to his own crucifixion, STATIONS OF THE CROSS is both an indictment of fundamentalist faith and the articulation of an impressionable teen's struggle to find her own path in life. Though from the outside Maria lives in the modern world, her family and her heart are faithful to a Catholic radicalism that requires sacrifice and devotion at every turn. As she struggles to balance her own desires with the dictates of her family's faith, she makes ever more perilous sacrifices, attempting to please a God she worships unquestioningly in the pious hopes of curing the autistic younger brother she adores. (C) Film Movement

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Critic Reviews for Stations of the Cross

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (7)

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.

Jul 10, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

An austere, beautifully filmed and powerfully acted portrait of extreme religious fervor that slyly flirts with comedy.

Jul 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.

Jul 9, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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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.

Jul 7, 2015 | Full Review…
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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.

Jul 7, 2015 | Full Review…

The ending's a touch too cute, but the best scenes here stand as potent, empathetic, well-observed broadsides against fundamentalism.

Jul 7, 2015 | Full Review…

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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.

Carlos Magalhães
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