Requiem: October 20,
Michaela has grown up in a deeply
religious family, in a small town in Germany, in the 1970's.
Despite her long battle with epilepsy, she leaves home and
secures her first taste of freedom while studying at the
university. Her budding love for Stefan and her friendship with
Hanna crack open the shell of faith and family within which she
had always felt secure and protected. The result is a breakdown.
Not a normal epileptic attack, but a frightening rush of
grotesque faces and voices. Afraid of being sent back home to
her family, Michaela seeks help from a priest who reinforces her
conviction that she is possessed. Though Stefan and Hanna beg
her to seek psychiatric help, they are unable to break through
the dense religious and moral ties binding Michaela to her
family. They have no choice but to leave her to her fate. The
harrowing events portrayed are based on a true story which also
inspired the US film, THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE.
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Director: Hans-Christian Schmid
Writer: Bernd Lange
Drama, Horror, Thriller
Starring: Sandra Hüller
Rating: Not Yet rated.
October 20, 2006