When a young woman leaves her native village to start life in college, a new beginning unfolds. Leaving behind the illness that has plagued her since childhood, this is Michaela's opportunity to experience life for the first time. When her illness returns and manifests itself in the form of voices and visions, Michaela believes she is possessed by demons and seeks a local priest to help her.

Arriving with great praise from the European cinemas and winner of several awards for 'Huller', director Hans-Christian Schmid has created his own version of Dogma filmmaking. Using authentic 70s settings, he invites audiences into this simple story of a woman torn between her new life and the life she is trying to leave behind.

After suffering for most of her adolescence with epilepsy, Michaela longs for independence and distance from her cold-hearted mother (Kogge). Her father supports her decision and allows her to join college in the hope of a better future. Michaela's new freedom brings new friends in the form of Hanna (Blomeier) and a sexual awakening with boyfriend Stefan (Reinke). Despite her medications she struggles more and more with epileptic fits and hallucinations.  Unable to pray anymore she turns to the church for help. She identifies a similarity with St Katrina whom she has a new devotion to. Struggling to balance her new freedom with her religious beliefs she feels abandoned by her family, friends and, ultimately, God and believes it is her fate to suffer.

Nicely paced, Schmid's film is spiritually based and inspired by suffering. The acting and settings are understated and the director steers the audience down a path less travelled by so many other films dealing with the subject of exorcism. Themes of abandonment and suppression run through this very personal and intense movie.

Sean Kavanagh