Stations of the Cross (2015)
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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Critic Reviews for Stations of the Cross
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.
An austere, beautifully filmed and powerfully acted portrait of extreme religious fervor that slyly flirts with comedy.
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.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Stations of the Cross
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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