Stations of the Cross Reviews

July 10, 2015
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 9, 2015
An austere, beautifully filmed and powerfully acted portrait of extreme religious fervor that slyly flirts with comedy.
Top Critic
July 9, 2015
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 7, 2015
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
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
The ending's a touch too cute, but the best scenes here stand as potent, empathetic, well-observed broadsides against fundamentalism.
December 1, 2014
Dietrich Brggemann's disturbing drama premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and is divided into 14 parts, often pale, minimalist tableaux, for the 14 Stations of the Cross.
November 28, 2014
Passionate, generous, witty; Dietrich Bruggemann's study of a fanatical Catholic family renews one's faith in the power of slow art movies to change the world.
November 28, 2014
This brilliant and subtle comedy about teenage martyrdom argues that extremism has no place in the modern world.
November 28, 2014
Strangely moving, because of the relentlessness of the narrative progression, underscored by its biblical intertitles; the episodes paradoxically generate a kind of suspense.
November 25, 2014
The film showcases Lea Van Acken's remarkable central performance and director Dietrich Brggemann's adept control of a deliberately rigorous aesthetic.