Requiem (2006 film)

Requiem is a 2006 German drama film directed by Hans-Christian Schmid. It stars Sandra Hüller as a woman with epilepsy, Michaela Klingler, believed by members of her church and herself to be possessed. The film steers clear of special effects or dramatic music and instead presents documentary-style film making, which focuses on Michaela's struggle to lead a normal life, trapped in a limbo which could either represent demonic possession or mental illness, focusing on the latter.

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Directed byHans-Christian Schmid
Written byBernd Lange [de]
Produced byHans-Christian Schmid
StarringSandra Hüller
Burghart Klaußner
Imogen Kogge
Anna Blomeier
Nicholas Reinke
Jens Harzer
Walter Schmidinger
CinematographyBogumil Godfrejów
Edited byBernd Schlegel [de]
Hansjörg Weißbrich
Release date
2 March 2006
Running time
93 minutes

The film focuses on the medical condition (epilepsy) as seen in the real-life events of Anneliese Michel, a German woman who was allegedly possessed by six or more demons and died in 1976.[1] These events also served as the basis of Scott Derrickson's 2005 film The Exorcism of Emily Rose.




Home mediaEdit

In the US, Requiem was released as a region 1 DVD in 2007.[2]

Critical receptionEdit

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 86% based on 35 reviews, and an average rating of 7.4/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "This harrowing, naturalistic drama holds you in its grip through Huller's intense performance."[3] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 82 out of 100, based on 13 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[4]


  1. ^ Hansen, Eric T. (4 September 2005). "What in God's Name?!". The Washington Post. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  2. ^ Requiem (DVD (region 1)). Genius Products. March 6, 2007. OCLC 742540614. {{cite AV media}}: |format= requires |url= (help) English and Spanish subtitles.
  3. ^ "Requiem (2006)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  4. ^ "Requiem Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 15, 2018.

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