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Elena Sofia Ricci,
Young and charming, newly elected Pius XIII, aka Lenny Belardo, is the first American Pope in history. His ascension appears to be the result of a simple, effective media strategy implemented by the College of Cardinals. In the Vatican, however, the prevailing wisdom is the church's leaders have chosen a mysterious figure as their guiding force. And Pius XIII proves to be the most mysterious and contradictory of them all. As Belardo begins his reign, he is stubbornly resistant to the Vatican stewards, instead relying on Sister Mary to serve as his chief adviser. While she urges him to focus on leading his billion followers, the young pope shows little interest in making himself known, either to the College of Cardinals or to the masses. The 10-episode drama series stars Jude Law in the title role and Diane Keaton as Sister Mary, a nun from the U.S. now living in Vatican City.
its basic virtue - it is a provocative series. because it could be perceived as blasphemy. or honest perspective about Romano- Catholic Church. because it could be discovered as free adaptation of Karamazov Brothers. or as next step of the successor of Francis I. because it seems more than fiction. and it is a refined embroidery of themes about Vatican who becomes more shining in the new light. Jude Law is Pius XIII. the role is the perfect clothes for him and nobody could be imagine in the lead role. Diane Keaton does an interesting role. maybe, too interesting, remembering Borgia series. it is a provocative project. this is its virtue and its sin. and the basic motif to see a series with, at the first sigh, huge ambitions. like the young pope.because its great virtue is the delicate-precise manner to remind the essence of Christianity. and the fragility of man. it is almost one of the Eastern Orthodox story, maybe, Russian, about faith and its challenges. so, just a provocative series.
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