Brilliant portrayal of the fatal damage done by the misguided belief that a serious mental illness coupled with epilepsy is not physical or psychological but rather is demonic and must be exorcised. As an atheist I found it extremely difficult to watch the damage being done by the religious around the young woman. Well acted and drives the point home of the folly of religion. Truly aptly named "Requiem".
Stylistically this film is awesome and the lead actress incredible but I was a bit let down by the plot: a less-intense incarnation of something like Breaking the Waves (von Trier, 1996) -- devoutly religious, grey skies, a sheltered girl trying to come-of-age under her parents' rule. Lord knows if it's Satan or the stress of a repressive upbringing...
Epilepsy, angst and a Christian conscience is worse than the paranormal demonic possessions and exorsisms of it's amerian genre counterparts. This is horror for the soul. Cannot praise the guts the production making a film relying solely on the epileptic, exhausted, heartaching performance of a brilliant Sandra Hüller in her debut. It's humeur is reminiscent of Haneke, but it's coreography is dancing with Hüller.
The main character is greatly enigmatic, but the way the movie frames her is not. The visual aspect and the written scenarios are not very compelling at all. Way too "gray" and bleak. Lacks the necessary spaces for the audience to breath. I’m guessing it’s supposed to be realistic and “close to our reality”, but it ends up being very distant.
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 ostentation, which is not ultimately too impressive, it is a correct approach but the ending was a little anticlimactic for my taste. Sandra Hüller's performance is by far the best of all.