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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Il papa
... Il portavoce
... Cardinal Gregori
Franco Graziosi ... Cardinal Bollati
Camillo Milli ... Cardinal Pescardona
... Cardinal Cevasco
Ulrich von Dobschütz ... Cardinal Brummer
Gianluca Gobbi ... Guardia svizzera
... Lo psicoanalista
... La psicoanalista
Camilla Ridolfi ... Bambina
... Giulio
Dario Cantarelli ... Attore
Manuela Mandracchia ... Attrice
Rossana Mortara ... Attrice
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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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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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Cardinal Ravasi forbade Nanni Moretti to film at the Vatican. See more »

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Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2011 (2011) See more »

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Miserere
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Habemus really?
31 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

This is going to be one of the most watchable films of the year, a conversation piece to shoot the breeze around religion. It is about a new Pope elect who, after the elaborate ritual has drawn thousands of people in anxious anticipation outside the Holy See, discovers that he cannot go out on the balcony and give his blessing. He cannot be what he's expected to be.

So the eye turns inwards for self-discovery. On that level the film adopts a tone of melancholy yearning. It is sad, just to see a man weighed down by the will of god, possibly dismayed at the silence. On the flipside it is funny, when all the ordained officials are worried about is the ceremonial shibboleth or a cup of cappuccino. It is generally bittersweet with old life greeting itself from a pulpit that demands closure, revelation. Meanwhile conjecture and idle speculation are continuously throughout the film being blabbed from the TV.

But does it matter, which is to say can it weigh down on us or instill a silence in which to seek our words? I'm not just idling here, what I mean is this; although enjoyable on a very plain level, melancholy with red curtains fluttering in absence, and since it competed with both Tree of Life and Melancholia this year at Cannes, does it offer its own ascetic images to contemplate?

The answer is likely no, but not for failing to provide opportunities. Exemplified in two instances, double perspectives both; one is of course at the beginning, with outside the triumph and celebration of organized faith, faith in god's will, but from inside there is only the confused, agitated mind of a plain man who must embody that will. The other is when the cardinals rejoice that the Pope is finally doing better; but of course, from our perspective, we know that inside the chambers is only an even more plain man as substitute, baffled at his newfound importance. He stages behind the papal curtains a play of light and shadow for the gathered congregation outside, this is a fitting image of what Moretti is looking to exemplify.

So in both cases we are directed to recognize a charade of profoundest deception or false hope. Where god should be made manifest, we have instead the same hapless poor schmucks as the rest of us. There is no higher wisdom, atheists will rejoice in this. Another opinion is that his depiction of cardinals, despite the odd sour face, as kindly old men, overgrown children really, is not as scathing as some might have hoped.

But the old man heard at the sermon, about the wisdom that comes from humility. Some weighs we let fall on our shoulders, because there's no two ways around it. So even though this spiritual absence becomes deafening in the finale, I just cannot embrace any of it.

Catholicism may or may not deserve our modern scorn, but faith isn't doctrine. Faith being a personal attainment, it is not an old man greeting us from a balcony.


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