Requiem (2006)

I had seen The Exorcism of Emily Rose, an American production based on the same true events and thought I would complete the story by watching this German-made film about Anneliese Michel, the real life woman who was given multiple exorcisms when medical treatment failed.

Michaela begins attending university in a nearby German town after missing high school years because of seizures. She promises to faithfully take her medication, but soon begins drinking and having a relationship with one of her school mates. Her strong Catholic faith causes her to feel guilty and when her seizures return, she believes them to be expressions of demon possession.

The film is set in the 1970's and is truly remarkable in its melancholy and the fact that it doesn't play the horror card when it easily could have. It emphasizes the fact that she was mentally ill and that medicine was a far better result than the exorcisms which ended tragically.

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