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Directed by : Hans-Christian Schmid

Synopsis: The film concerns a young woman in the thrall of religious ecstasy and the failed exorcism that ultimately kills her. But this seemingly exploitative subject matter - see last year’s screamfest The Exorcism of Emily Rose - gives way to a more subtle and interesting idea: Schmid gently suggests that meek Michaela Klinger (Hüller) allowed herself to be overcome by this possession. She welcomed it to avoid confronting the baffling social mores of seventies West Germany and a cruel, abusive mother. The social shifts and pressures of that confusing age in a sense compelled her into a medieval state of being.

Production Company: 23|5 Filmproduktion

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