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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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it was mental illness, i am quite sure. But I am not God if there is one, and can't say what chemical imbalance causes such horrific sounds.
But then i've ad a nervous tic for 40 years and it hasn't brought me a dam bit of luck lol.
take that mental defect to the extreme and i guess this is what you get. sad. she didn't have to die.
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I grew up in a German Catholic atmosphere from the 50's in central Wisconsin. If there wasn't a supernatural explanation for anything, it was always a 'mystery', and boy, did those... Read morePublished 18 months ago by rickyraybill
ESP: La película esta bien realizada, a la usanza europea, sin escenas de gran terror como ocurre en el cine de EUA; pero el personaje de Anneliese Michel fue un poco... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Antonio G
An outstanding movie, far superior to it's American counterpart "The Exorcism of Emily Rose". Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by tarantula arms
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 morePublished on September 2, 2013 by Book Hawk
ve got to say that I marveled over Sandra Hüllers performance, its absolutely astonishing! The young lady is talented beyond belief. Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by Natja K.
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 morePublished on March 5, 2013 by claudia sausa
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 morePublished on January 8, 2013 by Dmitry
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 morePublished on November 14, 2012 by polaroid seeker
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 morePublished on July 18, 2012 by Jonathan