Requiem Review

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A girl suffering from epilepsy wants to go to University, despite the difficulties, but she finds the experience has unexpected effects on the disease and how she copes with the repurcussions of her strictly religious upbringing.


Last year’s Exorcism of Emily Rose was inspired by the story of the Church-sanctioned exorcism of a Bavarian girl in the 1970s, told here with none of the horror or courtroom trappings of its US counterpart.

This is a character study of a religious family and their daughter (the excellent Hüller), determined to go away to university despite her severe epilepsy. But as her new freedom comes into conflict with both medication and morality, her illness returns in a deeply disturbing form. While Emily Rose hung its hat on the question of faith vs. science, this describes an illness tragically mishandled by those trying to help. Its intelligent, reserved tone makes it a perfect companion piece to more sensational treatments.

A tragic tale of teen rebellion and misplaced faith, this is a sober and sobering account of a young girl's untimely end, made enthralling by great performances and restrained direction.