Stations of the Cross
Stations of the CrossOriginal Title: Kreuzweg
Director: Dietrich Brüggemann
Germany, France | German
Subtitles: Arabic, English
Dietrich Brüggemann confronts extreme fundamentalist faith and religion in this tragic tale of suppressed teenage desires and a wasted life. The story is seen through the eyes of 14-year-old Maria, whose delicate appearance hides a steely resolve to follow Christ’s path of the 14 Stations of the Cross. The film is divided into 14 chapters named after the stations. The script by Brüggemann and his sister Anna won a Silver Bear for Best Script at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival.
As Maria prepares for her Confirmation, she faces almost impossible expectations placed on her by her mother and the priest. In a pre-Confirmation talk, the priest of their fundamentalist Catholic sect tells her about the evils of temptation and how important it is to be Christ’s warrior. As a result, the impressionable Maria resolves to become a saint.
But before long temptation comes along in the form of a cute boy, Christian, whose attentiveness awakens romantic feelings in Maria. He invites her to join his choir group, but the group also sings soul and gospel, music that Maria has been warned could have evil influences. As Maria denies herself these pleasures of life, and her own human nature, she puts herself on a path of self-destruction, and we are confronted with the dark side of fundamentalism and how it can suffocate us.