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Truth-inspired, but fictionalized, drama set in Germany about a sheltered, devoutly Catholic, epileptic college student (Sandra Huller) who suffers increasingly severe episodes and comes to believe that she is possessed by demons, prompting conflicting responses from her religious parents (Burghart Klaussner and Imogen Kogge), parish priests (Walter Schmidinger and Jens Harzer) and secular-minded students (Nicholas Reinke and Anna Blomeier). Loosely based on the same 1976 case as "The Exorcism of Emily Rose," director Hans-Christian Schmid's deliberately paced consideration of faith, psychology and suffering avoids sensationalism and horror cliches for sober realism. Schmid maintains respectful impartiality in presenting the various points of view -- taking the family's beliefs seriously -- and though the film would seem to suggest a scientific, rather than a supernatural, explanation, it ultimately remains inconclusive on the central question. Subtitles. Disturbing scenes of mental affliction or possible demonic possession, an implied sexual encounter and some crude language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.

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