Stations of the Cross

Synopsis: Maria is 14 years old. Her family is part of a fundamentalist Catholic community. Maria lives her everyday life in the modern world, yet her heart belongs to Jesus. She wants to follow him, to become a saint and go to heaven - just like all those holy children she's always been told about. So Maria goes through 14 stations, just like Jesus did on his path to Golgatha, and reaches her goal in the end. Not even Christian, a boy she meets at school, can stop her, even if in another world, they might have become friends, or even more. Left behind is a broken family that finds comfort in faith, and the question if all these events were really so inevitable. STATIONS OF THE CROSS is an indictment and, at the same time, the legend of a saint. It's a story of religion, devotion and radical faith, and the film itself comes along just as radical as the subject matter, telling the story in only 14 fixed-angle long shots, allowing the viewer to contemplate the interactions on screen in an entirely
Genre: Drama
Production: Film Movement
  9 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min



Are you all finished?

Good, let's put our notes away

and return to them later.

First we want to recap

all we've learnt in the last weeks.

We'll start with a simple question:

What happens next Sunday?

Fine, that's too easy.

I'll answer myself:

Bishop Rabelais

will administer Confirmation to you.

What is Confirmation?

Confirmation is a sacrament.

What is a sacrament,

and how many are there?

The seven sacraments are the graces

God gives man through the church.

Right. Would someone list them?


Eucharist, Reconciliation, Confirmation,

Marriage, Holy Orders,

and Anointing of the Sick.

And what exactly happens at Confirmation?


I'd prefer someone else to answer.

The Holy Spirit descends.

The Pentecostal event is repeated.


And finally...

What does Confirmation

mean in your lives?

Which passage are we celebrating here?

The passage to adulthood.

Right. And that's what I'd like

to talk about today in our final class.

If we look back,

what did our lives begin with?

At birth?


- Conception.


Human life begins

at the moment of conception.

But we're talking about spiritual life,

and that starts when?

At baptism.

- Exactly.

It begins when original sin

is washed away by baptism,

that the love of God

may grow unfettered.

What's the next age in life?


- No.

School doesn't start at baptism.

Who goes to school?

Children go to school.

Childhood! Confirmation is its end.

- Exactly.

Childhood begins at baptism.

As the child grows,

the love of God grows within him.

Then the young person

is assailed by new challenges,

and receives spiritual nourishment

in the form of the Eucharist.

At the threshold to adulthood, then,

it's important that the flame of faith

should grow into a large fire

to illuminate this dark world

so everyone can see:

This is a very special person.

Not someone who sold his soul.

This person is a warrior for Christ.

The sacrament of Confirmation

will help you in this.

It's a grace that can enable you

to show great proof of faith.

At the seminary several weeks ago,

we had a brother from Mexico as a guest.

He told us the story of the Christeros.

In the 20s the president of Mexico

attempted to eradicate the Church,

but Catholic families resisted.

Among them were children of your age,

12, 13, 14.

They've fought alongside their parents,

and were captured,

martyred and killed.

They'd received the grace of Confirmation

and the Holy Spirit gave them courage

to fight next to their parents

and die for their faith.

They were warriors for Christ,

and that's what...

you'll become at Confirmation:

warriors for Christ.

But what does that mean for you?

If you step outside,

you see people, cars and houses

but no enemies, no army,

and you may think:

How am I to be a warrior?

Where is the battle? So where is it?

At school?

- Yes, but where else?

In front of the TV?

- There, too.


- And in one place in particular.

In our hearts.

- In our hearts...

where a battle

between good and evil is fought.

You look at yourself in the mirror

and think:
I look good,

my classmates will admire me.

A tempting scenario, right?

Or is it righteous to look away

and pray to Saint Mary?

Or when the radio plays a song

with an agitating rhythm,

those sounds are seductive.

They invite you to dance and sin.

They tell you:
Have fun! You live now!

Do you surrender?

Or do you remember it is bad music

tempting you to do wrong?

Be it provocative clothing,

obscene advertising,

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Anna Brüggemann

Anna Brüggemann (born 24 March 1981) is a German actress and screenwriter. She has appeared in more than sixty films since 1997. more…

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