14 year old Maria (Lea Van Acken) is a member of a strict branch of Catholicism that rejects all the reforms that were made in the Church since the 1960s. Maria lives her everyday life in the modern world, yet yearns to follow Jesus fully, to become a saint and go to heaven. Christian, a boy she meets at school, almost draws Maria away from her goal with an invite to join the school's gospel choir, but her strictly pious mother (Franziska Weisz) pulls her back in line, seeing his tentative approaches as a temptation to sin, along with participating in what she sees as the 'Devil's music'. Told in fourteen individual tableaus that parallel Christ's journey to his crucifixion, 'Stations of the Cross' is both an indictment of fundamentalist faith and the articulation of an impressionable teen's struggle to find her own path in life.
A rewarding watch if you can stand the pace.
- Stations of the Cross review by PC
With only 14 scenes, 10 of which are static, this film may prove too slow for many. However, If you can overcome the film's slow pace you will be rewarded with great natural performances and a cautionary tale of religious doctrine on an impressionable mind.
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Not the cheeriest of films but worth a viewing
- Stations of the Cross review by JD
I found Stations of the Cross rather a bleak film made watchable by some excellent performances, most notably by Lea van Acken, the young star.
As a woman who also comes from a Catholic family (although thankfully not such a fundamentalist one as that depicted here), watching Maria's struggles with normal teenage instincts versus the dictates of inflexible religious beliefs brought back quite a few memories for me personally - not all of them particularly happy ones.
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Doctrination alert (beware spoiler)
- Stations of the Cross review by BE
A cautionary tale of a young teenager on the cusp of womanhood, destroyed by the extreme faith of her elders. A slow movie, beautifully acted in a natural way by the main character. Quiet but good viewing.