Requiem (2006 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Hans-Christian Schmid
Produced by Hans-Christian Schmid
Written by Bernd Lange (de)
Starring Sandra Hüller
Burghart Klaußner
Imogen Kogge
Anna Blomeier
Nicholas Reinke
Jens Harzer
Walter Schmidinger
Cinematography Bogumil Godfrejów
Edited by Bernd Schlegel (de)
Hansjörg Weißbrich
Release date
2 March 2006
Running time
93 minutes
Country Germany
Language German

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 filmmaking, 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.

The film focuses on the medical condition (epilepsy) as seen in the real-life events of Anneliese Michel, a German woman who was believed to have been 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.

The film was cast with Sandra Hüller, Jens Harzer, Burghart Klaußner, Imogen Kogge, Irene Kugler, Johann Adam Oest, Walter Schmidinger, Eva Löbau, Anna Blomeier, Nicholas Reinke and others


Home media[edit]

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

Critical reception[edit]

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.  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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