Requiem (2006)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 20, 2006
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2007
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This harrowing, naturalistic drama holds you in its grip through Huller's intense performance.

Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

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.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

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.

Anton Bitel

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.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Stage actress Sandra Huller delivers a stunning, understated performance...

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

In lesser hands, Requiem would seem merely bleak, but Schmid makes a rigorously urgent and compelling film out of Michaela's odyssey.

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Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine

A convincing portrayal of a helpless soul wavering between fear and faith, and the madness of murder being perpetrated in the name of Christ.

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Martin Rubin
Chicago Reader

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.

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out

Quietly devastating and unbearably moving, this is a soul-searching classic.

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Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

What matters in Requiem amounts to the fine performances, Schmid's assured hand, and the magnificent rustic scenery.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
a tragic clash of science and superstition inspired by the case of a mentally ill and very religious german girl who died under exorcism in the 70s. the film… More
Pierluigi Puccini
The German counterpart of "The exorcism of Emily Rose" but with more emphasis on the family and the human drama. told with lack of grandeur and… More
El Hombre Invisible
Don't see this expecting something in the vein of The Exorcist. There aren't any spinning heads or projectile vomiting and no sign of the demon… More
Drew Smith
Requiem is an odd little movie. It's a subversive, tiny attack on basically everything - conservative idealism, the medical system, religion. The movie is… More
Jens S.
Like "The exorcism of Emily Rose" this film is (merely) inspired by the true events around Anneliese Michel in Germany of the 70s. A girl raised in… More
Gordon Anderson
Impressive evocation of drab 70's life and the clash of religion and medicine in trying to explain mental illness