Review of Stations of the Cross (2014)

Moving picture, 110 minutes

Seen in 2019.

A strict Catholic 14-year-old considers sacrificing herself like Jesus to cure her 4-year-old brother’s unexplained muteness.

The parents are one-dimensional, but I like the concept of combining teen angst and a critical view of Christianity with neatly composed long takes. It’s not quite Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995) and the PE scene in particular is unconvincing, but the concluding miracle makes a good joke: After all this oppression and self-harm it also turns that sinister old Yahweh was, in fact, suppressing Johannes’s speech to provoke disaster.

fiction moving picture