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We Have a Pope (2011)

Habemus Papam (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 15 April 2011 (Italy)
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A story centered on the relationship between the newly elected Pope and his therapist.

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Nanni Moretti
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Piccoli ... Il papa
Jerzy Stuhr ... Il portavoce
Renato Scarpa ... Cardinal Gregori
Franco Graziosi Franco Graziosi ... Cardinal Bollati
Camillo Milli Camillo Milli ... Cardinal Pescardona
Roberto Nobile ... Cardinal Cevasco
Ulrich von Dobschütz Ulrich von Dobschütz ... Cardinal Brummer
Gianluca Gobbi Gianluca Gobbi ... Guardia svizzera
Nanni Moretti ... Lo psicoanalista
Margherita Buy ... La psicoanalista
Camilla Ridolfi Camilla Ridolfi ... Bambina
Leonardo Della Bianca ... Giulio
Dario Cantarelli Dario Cantarelli ... Attore
Manuela Mandracchia Manuela Mandracchia ... Attrice
Rossana Mortara Rossana Mortara ... Attrice
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Storyline

At the Vatican, following the demise of the Pope, the conclave to elect his successor settles on Cardinal Melville. But the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square wait in vain for the new Pope to step out on the balcony. What is going on? Behind the thick walls of the Vatican panic has set in. After uttering a terrible howl of fear, the Cardinal refuses the office. The officials do everything to try to reason with Melville, including a psychoanalyst, appointed by the Vatican... Do we really have a Pope? Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | German | Latin | English | Spanish | Polish | French

Release Date:

15 April 2011 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

€9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€1,298,524 (Italy), 17 April 2011, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,368, 8 April 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$480,926, 10 June 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,157,875, 31 December 2011
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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An ass between two bales of what?
4 November 2011 | by velijnSee all my reviews

Moretti is an interesting director and his documentaries and movies (like "The Son's Room") shows us why. But what in the name of the Holy Spirit is he trying to tell us here? To get a foothold inside the Vatican, the nucleus of one of the great (well, at least by numbers) religions in the world, is a daunting task. It becomes clear that the director had been more interested in the the mindset of the man who's to be the next pope, than in any political or human machinations of the electors. We know our popes of the past - Peter O'Toole's or John Goodman's pope are a delight - but any effort to get into the inner workings of the Vatican has eluded us: Preminger's "The Cardinal" and Anderson's "The Shoes of the Fisherman" just scratch the surface and are too reverential, so Fellini still steals the show with his delightful religious fashion show in "Roma".

And that for a job description to head a congregation of over a billion, elected by a college of a mere hundred or so cardinals. Stuff for either historical pageantry (we all love our Borgias) or an insight into the mindset of electors or popes-to-be, about why a job can make or break a man, or how the past does influence your future. Instead we're offered the choice of an ass between two bales.

Is it is meant to be a farce? Then the bunch of actors hired to play a bunch of totally idiotic cardinals playing volley-ball in the aftermath of the conclave are right fitting in. But because of that it is very difficult to sympathize with the turmoils of a Pope-to-be with those allusions to All the world's a stage, the heavy references to Chekhov and all that. I mean, who wants to be a pope over this lot of twittering morons? And Piccoli is certainly not a fool, but a tormented soul who seems to have lost his confidence and the past. How does that fit in with farce? With a bunch of blabbering idiots playing pinocchio or volley-ball and a man in crisis? So, is it then meant to be a probing insight into the soul of a man who's thrown into this world as the next Pontiff? Is this a probe into the turmoils of a Pope-to-be? After all, apart from power-hungry popes in fiction, it is indeed an almost inhumane job. Then the bunch of actors hired to play a bunch of totally idiotic cardinals inside the conclave or playing volley-ball in the aftermath are totally unbelievable. They deny us any symphatising with the main character as we're lead to believe that some of the most powerful men in the world are blabbering idiots playing pinocchio. Alas, the director, playing the part of an atheistic psycho-analist, fits right in with this cardinal bunch.

The director should have known that the real world is barging in with almost every frame, with a church and its board of managers wading through a lot of controversial items. As a viewer you can't exclude that: we don't live in a vacuum. Moreover, the allusions to John XXII, Paul VI and John-Paul I are drawn with heavy strokes indeed.

So, we're stuck between two bales of hay. Bad choice. The director couldn't make an artistic choice and left us with no choice at all. In the end we can understand the Pope's decision, but not because we care for him or his struggle, but who in his or her right mind would govern a church with a council of idiots? Mmm… that may be the point the director is making?


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