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We Have a Pope -- When Melville, a cardinal, suddenly finds himself elected as the next Pope, he panics as he's presented to the faithful in St. Peter's Square.  To prevent a world wide crisis, the Vatican's spokesman calls in an unlikely psychiatrist who is neither religious or all that committed to find out what is wrong with the new Pope.

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15 April 2011 (Italy) See more »
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Cast

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Directed by
Nanni Moretti 
 
Writing credits
Nanni Moretti (written by) and
Francesco Piccolo (written by) and
Federica Pontremoli (written by)

Produced by
Jean Labadie .... producer
Nanni Moretti .... producer
Domenico Procacci .... producer
 
Original Music by
Franco Piersanti 
 
Cinematography by
Alessandro Pesci 
 
Film Editing by
Esmeralda Calabria 
 
Production Design by
Paola Bizzarri 
 
Set Decoration by
Laura Casalini 
 
Costume Design by
Lina Nerli Taviani 
 
Makeup Department
Massimo Allinoro .... additional hair stylist
Giammarco Gaeta .... hair stylist
Raffaella Iorio .... makeup artist
Silvia Persica .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Fabrizio Amato .... unit manager
Alessandro Del Vecchio .... production secretary
Ezio Orita .... production manager
Andrea Piazza .... production secretary
Cortesi Pierpaolo .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Barbara Daniele .... first assistant director
Natalia Fago .... assistant director
Ciro Scognamiglio .... assistant director
Giorgio Servillo .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Giorgio Barullo .... head painter
D'Ubaldi Cinzia .... digital intermediate assistant
Erminio Lauri .... art department
David Orlandelli .... storyboard artist
Melina Ormando .... first assistant art director
Gianpaolo Rifino .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Laurent Boudaud .... sound re-recording mixer
Simone Carnesecchi .... boom operator
Andrea Caucci .... sound effects editor
Alberto Doni .... sound mixer
Saverio Lancia .... sound effects editor
Alessandro Zanon .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Tiberio Angeloni .... special effects coordinator
Franco Galiano .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Gilberto Arpioni .... compositor
Francesca Baiardi .... visual effects coordinator
Andrea Baracca .... digital artist
Francesca Bellettato .... compositor
Chiara Costantini .... compositor
Francesco Dell'Anna .... digital compositor
Stefano Ferrera .... visual effects artist
Saul Galbiati .... compositor
Denis Kosar .... compositor
Ali Moravec .... compositor
Jirí Sindelár .... compositor
Guido Tognoni .... visual effects artist
Ruggero Tomasino .... compositor
Mario Zanot .... visual effects supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mauro Belli .... electrician
Alessandro Brambilla .... steadicam operator
Emiliano Canevari Intoppa .... focus puller camera "b"
Emanuele Chiari .... additional camera operator
Roberto De Nigris .... camera operator
Aniello Grieco .... additional camera operator: HD
Marco Sacerdoti .... b camera operator
Fabrizio Vicari .... camera operator
Davide Zanetti .... additional assistant camera
Valerio Evangelista .... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Luciano Teolis .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gaia Calderone .... assistant costume designer
Caterina Micheli .... costume assistant
Alexandra Toesca .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Andrea Baracca .... colorist
D'Ubaldi Cinzia .... digital intermediate assistant
Dario Di Vito .... post-production producer
 
Music Department
Angelo Giovagnoli .... orchestra coordinator
Giannandrea Mazza .... music pre-production
Roma Film Orchestra .... music performed by
 
Transportation Department
Paolo Bernardini .... production driver
 
Other crew
Paola Bonelli .... script supervisor
Bruno Di Bartolomei .... accountant
Maurizio Di Bartolomei .... cashier
Marco Ferreri .... crowd marshall
Alessandro Luzi .... cashier
Emanuela Valente .... accountant
 
Thanks
Elisabetta Olmi .... thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Habemus Papam" - Italy (original title)
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102 min
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10 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Il papa, Can You Hear Me?, 19 May 2012
Author: jadepietro from United States

This film is mildly recommended.

In one of my all-time favorite romantic comedies, Billy Wilder's enchanting Roman Holiday, a princess, with an aversion to her royal responsibilities and its added pressure of pomp and circumstance that comes with it, flees her guardians to escape to a simpler commoner's life in Rome. Complications ( and love ) ensue. In Nanni Moretti's engaging We Have a Pope, the job description might have changed slightly, but the same intensity and stress of duty and honor remains. And while the main character is never in search of love, complications begin to pile up.

The pope has died and a new successor must be elected. After multiple voting, the conclave of cardinals decide that Cardinal Melville would be the best candidate to fill that void. The crowds form outside the Vatican awaiting their decision, all eyes focused on that central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica and its new pontiff. Yet inside, it is another story entirely as the newly anointed and appointed leader refuses to take on that role. A psychotherapist is brought in to convince Cardinal Melville that this big white whale of a job belongs to him. So what does the cardinal do? He escapes, seeking la dolce vita that others have.

Now Moretti's basic idea is an intriguing one, that one man who so many look to for spiritual guidance is himself in search of that elusive goal and is in the midst of his own personal crisis of faith. Morretti serves his story well as a director, setting up his characters, all of whom are held captive in their grandiose surroundings and involving the movie audience with the regal pageantry and splendor.

But as screenwriter, his script loses its focus with some subplots and actions that never quite gel. Just as his character becomes lost, so does his film. Scenes involving his interactions and experiences with the common folk fall flat and don't seem to resolve the complex issue or provide any insight for this troubled soul's introspection. As the film progresses, the remaining cardinals become more one-dimensional and their behavior, while slightly amusing, become easy folly as they play volleyball in their fancy silk trappings, merely decoration rather than real people. ( Only Renato Scarpi as Cardinal Gregori provides any depth to his character. ) Plus, the role of the psychologist ( also played by Moretti ) becomes a mere afterthought, never really building any relationship with his patient. And, those annoying Leaps of Logic comes to the forefront during his respite allowing him his "Roman Holiday", though those everyday "economic" expenses are not explained in the least ( free hotel room, food, theater ticket, bus transportation, etc.).

The film detours to an unsatisfying and unexpected conclusion that basically negates everything before it. As Cardinal Melville grapples with the anxiety of becoming one of the world's most exalted religious leader, Moretti too never comes to terms with his initial fascinating premise and his film's plot structure.

Fortunately, the talented French actor, Michel Piccoli gives a wonderfully subtle performance as Il papa. His nuanced facial expressions and sad soulful eyes convey the character's humility, fear, and wisdom beyond his years. It is superb acting that nearly makes up for some of the film's missteps along the way.

While many of the compelling elements are up there on the screen for a fine film, We Have a Pope simply needed to have a better script ( and ending ) to achieve a level of success. Still, Moretti does stay true to his vision and never becomes sentimental or mawkish. In We Have a Pope, while the job may remain unfilled, the moviegoer in us all regretfully remains unfulfilled as well. GRADE: B-

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