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Requiem (2006)

Sandra Hüller , Burghart Klaußner , Hans-Christian Schmid  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Sandra Hüller, Burghart Klaußner, Imogen Kogge, Anna Blomeier, Nicholas Reinke
  • Directors: Hans-Christian Schmid
  • Writers: Bernd Lange
  • Producers: Hans-Christian Schmid, Anja Klement, Anja-Karina Richter, Bettina Reitz, Georg Steinert
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Ifc
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,475 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Based on a true story that inspired the horror film The Exorcism of Emily Rose. An epileptic girl suffers a breakdown during her first year at university, then decides to seek help from a priest who reinforces her conviction that she is possessed. The Official Selections for the Toronto International Film Festival 2006 & Seattle International Film Festival 2006

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Germany's equally impressive answer to Emily Rose January 3, 2008
Requiem (Hans-Christian Schmid, 2006)

The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Scott Derrickson's 2005 reimagining of Felicitas Goodman's nonfiction book on the Anneliese Michel possession case, is one of the best American horror films of the past decade, and arguably the best from a major studio. The source material, however, by virtue of the case itself, belongs to the Germans. It's no surprise that German director Hans-Christian Schmid (Crazy, It's a Jungle Out There) and first-time feature writer Bernd Lange crafted what can be seen as an answer to Emily Rose with Requiem, a decidedly different take on the Michel case, but one that is just as effective in its treatment.

The story concerns Michaela Klingler (stage actress Sandra Huller, in only her second big-screen appearance), a college student on her way to becoming a teacher. Vague references are made early on to bad events that occurred in her past, but the first glimpse we get that something is amiss comes when we see what appears to be a minor seizure. We get more vague mentions of what happened in the past, and a lot of short scenes of Michaela taking her prescription anti-seizure medication. Michaela, it comes out, is convinced that she is being assaulted by evil spirits. Those around her have very different opinions as to the accuracy of her beliefs. The priest who serves her parish is convinced she has a mental problem, while the guy he replaced is intrigued with the idea that Michaela may be possessed. Her mother, deeply and conservatively religious, is of the opinion that the only "evil spirits" involved are those any college girl is exposed to when away from home. Her father just wants his daughter to get better, and doesn't care what the reasons are, as long as they can be fixed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
There has been quite a good number of movies that have been inspired by the life a German- Catholic young woman named Anneliese Michel, who was believed to have been possessed by 6 or more demonic entities. More or less, folks are very familiar with Scott Derrickson`s "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" which may be the most popular one due to Hollywood`s marketing ability. Another film that depict her life is "Exorcism: the Possession of Gail Bowers" which I haven't seen yet. "REQUIEM" however, has been billed as the most accurate and truthful depiction of the events in Anneliese Michel's experience with exorcism and bouts with epilepsy. The film is directed by German director Hans-Christian Schmid and presents a dramatic approach of the true events rather than approaching them with the trappings of a horror movie. The names have been changed to protect the persons involved.

Germany in the late 1970's. Michaela Klingsler (played by Sandra Huller) is young devout Catholic woman who suffers from Epilepsy who is determined to get a college degree regardless of her condition. She sees education as a form of an `escape" away from her family's overly religious ways and traditional beliefs. She shows great potential in becoming a scholar and with a very timid support from her father (Burghart Klausner), she begins to excel in her studies. She also tries to build relationships while fighting a feeling of loneliness and sexual awakening. Several months after Michaela becomes a college student and she begins to experience strange things within her psyche; Michaela begins to hear voices, she begins to see things no one else could and what is more disturbing is that she has begun to be repulsed by religious objects, prayers and priests.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Requiem June 1, 2010
REQUIEM retells the haunting story of Anneliese Michel (changed to Michaela for the film) , a young college student plagued by 'demonic' forces that caused her both physical and mental harm before a rogue exorcism lead to her death in July of 1976. The story had been popularized a year earlier in THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE, but where EXORCISM seemed to promote the idea that Anneliese was, in fact, possessed, REQUIEM takes a much less theatrical approach in depicting the events from a psychological standpoint. Michaela's spastic behavior and horrified reactions to her visions are the only clues the audience is given as to the hidden terrors that she is experiencing. The documentary-style filming gives the viewer intimate access to the events as they occur, drawing additional sympathy from those watching as they are faced with the deteriorating effect Michaela's condition has on her sanity and those around her. What many will find to be the most disappointing aspect of the film is that it ends at what would be the story's climax (that being the series of exorcisms that resulted in her death). This choice was presumably made to allow the viewer the chance to decide whether or not Michaela was possessed for themselves, but how she may have acted during these missing sequences may have had a profound impact on the viewer's final opinion. REQUIEM remains a competent character study that approaches the subject from a subtle and unique angle.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
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5.0 out of 5 stars Film like medicine to the tortured psyche June 22, 2010
Schmid's Requiem is a sober case study of the effect of freedom on a pill-taking epileptic who hears voices as she tries to move outside of her deeply religious family's restrictive upbringing. She tries to cope at university, for the first time outside the narrow world that she knew,making new friends of both sexes.Michaela reaches out for saints,crosses and prayer rather than psychiatry, as she has her seizures.Her family, priests and friends restrict her choice of solutions to those of exorcism or prayer and 'home treatment'.The actress playing the central role of Michaela(Sandra Huller), conveys the religious-epileptic ambiguity very well.This film was so free of the sensationalism of the Emily Rose variety,even the death happens in the subtitles, that I thanked the greater subtlety of European cinema for this called-for treatment.

The question of possession is left open,it is not ruled out.She believes she is possessed but the director films with a clear mind the alternative theories of what is going on.The conflict between her parents,her father's closeness set against her mother's controlling nature,her epilepsy,her religiosity,leave her with limited interpretations of her experience.The lead performance was superb,coming as she does from stage acting.Again, German cinema,with films like this,Sophie Scholl,The Edukators,The Lives of Others,The Nasty Girl,Downfall and The Baader-Meinhoff Complex,is forging ahead,showing European cinema with a fine conscience what it can do.I recommend
this film like a doctor recommends you take your medicine!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Real "Emily Rose"
An outstanding movie, far superior to it's American counterpart "The Exorcism of Emily Rose". Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jessie King
2.0 out of 5 stars Misses the mark
This movie was recommended to me because I had watched (and loved) the Exorcism of Emily Rose (an awesome movie). This movie, Requiem, is about the same character. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Book Hawk
3.0 out of 5 stars An astonishing performance from the female lead makes this worth a...
ve got to say that I marveled over Sandra Hüllers performance, its absolutely astonishing! The young lady is talented beyond belief. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Quadro Sinead Summer
1.0 out of 5 stars DUMB
I was very disappointed with this movie its a far cry from "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" by watching this movie in no way would you have thought she was really POSSESSED! Read more
Published 17 months ago by claudia sausa
1.0 out of 5 stars This movie was not good.
This movie made the story look as if the girl just had mental illness and there was no real spiritual cause of what happened to her. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Dmitry
4.0 out of 5 stars True story
This movie "Requiem" does not show scary. It talked about true story of Annelisne Michel was possessed by the six or more devils included hitler. Read more
Published 21 months ago by polaroid seeker
4.0 out of 5 stars A Creepy and Effective Drama
Requiem is a drama film based on demonic possession and epilepsy. Don't be fooled though, this film is not a horror movie like most popular possession films. Read more
Published on July 18, 2012 by Jonathan
3.0 out of 5 stars Requiem movie
This movie will not offer horror movie thrill or suspense, but is total Drama. I am however glad i ordered it though based on the fact i enjoy the music and dance shown on it. Read more
Published on March 7, 2011 by Earl
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is an excellent film putting a totally different spin on the events also covered in the film The Exorcism of Emily Rose. This film is significantly more boring though. Read more
Published on April 23, 2009 by M. J. Perrone Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars We're not in Hollywood anymore!
What a quirky movie yet there was something compelling about it that made me keep watching. The perpetually overcast scenery and the not frigid but still chilly weather threw a... Read more
Published on April 13, 2009 by Cynthia
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