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A "Requiem" for Possession Movies?

The 56th Berlin International Film Festival may have a morsel for horror aficionados in 2006. According to a festival press release, Hans-Christian Schmid's "Requiem" will tell the stoy of--are you ready for this?-- the supposed possession of a young woman! But wait, "Requiem" may be a horse of another color.

The story is set in the 1970s in the Federal Republic of Germany and revolves, thematically, around the limits of human reason in the face of seemingly inexplicable phenomena. It's an interesting focal point but not dissimilar to a theme explored in some detail by William Friedkin's original "Exorcist" film. With any luck, "Requiem" will take the theme one step further by debunking the demonic elements entirely. After the disappointing reemergence of the possession subgenre with 2005's "The Exorcism of Emily Rose," a debunking approach to the subject matter would be much appreciated.--Pete Mesling

Posted by Pete on December 22, 2005 7:16 AM
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