Saturday, July 11, 2015

Movie Review: ‘Stations of the Cross,’ a Portrait of Religious Fervor

By Stephen Holden
Lea van Acken and Florian Stetter in “Stations of the Cross,” directed by Dietrich Brüggemann.
HOLLYWOOD---There are three ways to look at the German director Dietrich Brüggemann’s “Stations of the Cross,” an austere, beautifully filmed and powerfully acted portrait of extreme religious fervor that slyly flirts with comedy. It is also possible, although extremely far-fetched, to see “Stations of the Cross” as a genuinely religious work exalting self-deprivation in pursuit of eternal life. The third way to view “Stations of the Cross” is as a provocative straight-faced comedy in the mode of “Paradise: Faith,” the satire by the Austrian director Ulrich Seidl. [link]