Stations of the Cross

2015

Stations of the Cross

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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.

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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 (25) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (2)

  • Built around an exceptional lead performance from débutante Lea van Acken, Stations of the Cross is a captivating and visually arresting catastrophe.

    April 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ben Nicholson

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  • Stations of the Cross is a quiet film, deep in content and profoundly critical of the Catholic Church's culture of repression that misguides young minds by limiting their senses and curtailing their experiences.

    June 21, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Stations of the Cross belongs among the decade's best films about the lengths one must go to in order to balance strong beliefs with a tolerance toward a secular world that fights against those beliefs.

    July 16, 2015 | Rating: 8.9/10 | Full Review…
  • 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…

Audience Reviews for Stations of the Cross

  • 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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