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In a small town in 1970's southern Germany, Michaela, 21, has grown up in a deeply religious family. Despite her long battle with epilepsy, Michaela burns to leave home and study at the university. There, she experiences her first taste of freedom, her budding love for Stefan and her friendship with Hanna. Slowly, her protective shell of faith and family starts to crack open, but it results in her having a breakdown. Not a normal epileptic attack, but a frightening onrush of grotesque faces and voices. Afraid of being sent back home to her family, Michaela seeks help from a priest who… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"Working from an economical and intelligent script by Bernd Lange , Schmid directs his first feature with the easy conviction that eluded the makers of the preposterous Emily Rose."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"The confusion and panic and everyday interactions in Requiem feel honest and true-to-life, which has nothing to do with how factual it is, or isn't."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"an intense, disturbing and bleak drama of ecstasy and insanity, all set in a world where, if there is a God at all, it truly requires a leap of faith into the dark to grasp Him."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"Sandra Hueller leads a fine cast and gives a textured performance as wallflower Michaela who is suddenly freed when she goes out into the world, only to be done in by her inner, psychosis-driven demons."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"A naturalistic and thrillingly powerful film, with a stand-out performance from Hüller at its centre."
‑ David Mattin,
"Stage actress Sandra Huller delivers a stunning, understated performance..."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"In lesser hands, Requiem would seem merely bleak, but Schmid makes a rigorously urgent and compelling film out of Michaela's odyssey."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A convincing portrayal of a helpless soul wavering between fear and faith, and the madness of murder being perpetrated in the name of Christ."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
"[Huller] combines the raw physicality of Michaela's seizures with an emotional confusion as she ponders the cause of her attacks and how to react to them."
‑ Ed Scheid, Boxoffice Magazine
"The movie ends a little too abruptly, but it features a heartrending performance from Sandra Huller that brought her the best actress award at this year's Berlin Film Festival."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"The nonsensationalistic results are also somewhat ho-hum -- and oddly less convincing than Friedkin's lurid mess, let alone the elegant satanism sagas of Tourneur and Polanski."
‑ Martin Rubin, Chicago Reader
"Quietly devastating and unbearably moving, this is a soul-searching classic."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"What matters in Requiem amounts to the fine performances, Schmid's assured hand, and the magnificent rustic scenery."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"A tragic tale of teen rebellion and misplaced faith, this is a sober and sobering account of a young girl's untimely end, made enthralling by great performances and restrained direction."
‑ Helen OHara, Empire Magazine
"What cannot be debated is the strength of Huller's naturalistic lead performance, a frighteninglyn intense turn that brings to mind Emily Watson's work in Breaking the Waves."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
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