The Stations of the Cross
dir. Dietrich Bruggeman, Germany, 2014, DCP, 107 mins. color, German w/ English subtitles
Told in fourteen fixed-angle, single shot, and individual tableaus that parallel Christ's journey to his own crucifixion, The 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. Though from the outside Maria lives in the modern world, her family and her heart are faithful to a Catholic radicalism that requires sacrifice and devotion at every turn. As she struggles to balance her own desires with the dictates of her family's faith, she makes ever more perilous sacrifices, attempting to please a God she worships unquestioningly in the pious hopes of curing the autistic younger brother she adores.