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Benedetta ()


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A 17th-century nun in Italy suffers from disturbing religious and erotic visions. She is assisted by a companion, and the relationship between the two women develops into a romantic love affair.

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Benedetta
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Soeur Felicita - abbesse
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Bartolomea (as Daphné Patakia)
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Le nonce
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Alfonso Cecchi
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Christina
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Paolo Ricordati
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Midea Carlini
David Clavel ...
Giuliano Carlini
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Soeur Jacopa
Gaëlle Jeantet ...
Soeur Petra
Justine Bachelet ...
Soeur Juliana
Lauriane Riquet ...
Soeur Rosanna
Elena Plonka ...
Benedetta enfant
Héloïse Bresc ...
Christina enfant
Jonathan Couzinié ...
Jésus
Vinciane Millereau ...
Le docteur
Jérôme Chappatte ...
Le secrétaire
Erwan Ribard ...
Le bourreau
Nicolas Béguinot ...
Le scribe (as Nicolas Beguinot)
Pero Radicic ...
Mercenaire borgne
Satya Dusaugey ...
Mercrenaire dragon
Nicolas Gaspar ...
Capitaine des mercenaires
Benjamin Penemaria ...
Le capitaine des soldats (as Benjamin Penamaria)
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Lieutenant
Frédéric Sauzay ...
Le berger
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Novice
Célia Kaci ...
Jeune novice
Alexia Chardard ...
Giulia
Sébastien Chabane ...
Badaud #1
Boris Gillot ...
Marchand
Léa Lopez ...
Adolescente Pescia 1
Olga Milshtein ...
Adolescente Pescia 2
Pascal Le Corre ...
Flagellant #1
Raphaël Potier ...
Victime de la peste
Philippe Saunier ...
Habitant de Pescia
Fabrice Cals ...
Habitant de la ville
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Un villageois (uncredited)

Directed by

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Paul Verhoeven

Written by

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David Birke ... (screenplay) &
Paul Verhoeven ... (screenplay)
 
Judith C. Brown ... (book "Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy")
 
Pascal Bonitzer ... (screenplay collaboration)

Produced by

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Conchita Airoldi ... executive producer italy
Saïd Ben Saïd ... producer
Kevin Chneiweiss ... associate producer
Fabrice Delville ... co-producer
Arnold Heslenfeld ... co-producer
Teun Hilte ... co-producer
Kateryna Merkt ... associate producer
Michel Merkt ... producer
Laurette Schillings ... co-producer
Jérôme Seydoux ... producer
Job ter Burg ... associate producer
Christophe Toulemonde ... co-producer
Frans van Gestel ... co-producer
Patrick Vandenbosch ... co-producer

Music by

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Anne Dudley

Cinematography by

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Jeanne Lapoirie

Film Editing by

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Job ter Burg

Editorial Department

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Serge Anthony ... colorist
Audrey Kleinclaus ... digital intermediate producer
Mustapha Laatita ... workflow supervisor
Maurits Malschaert ... teaser editor
Julie Wuillai ... post-production assistant

Casting By

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Stéphane Batut

Production Design by

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Katia Wyszkop

Art Direction by

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Eric Bourges

Costume Design by

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Pierre-Jean Larroque

Makeup Department

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Karine Atalla ... makeup artist
Diego Avolio ... makeup artist
Priscilla Baratiny ... additional makeup artist: France
Veronica Beffa ... assistant makeup artist: Italy Unit
Véronique Boslé ... hair stylist (as Veronique Bosle)
Amélie Bouilly ... makeup artist
Guillaume Castagné ... special makeup effects artist
Sara Cattani ... assistant makeup artist: Italy Unit
Valérie Chapelle ... makeup artist
Antoine Delannoy ... special makeup effects artist
Eleonora Dessi ... assistant makeup artist: Italy Unit
Virginie Duranteau ... key hair stylist
Odile Fourquin ... key makeup artist: Virginie Efira
Christine Giugno ... makeup artist
Mathieu Gueracague ... key hair stylist
Panos Kondylis ... makeup artist
Frédéric Lainé ... special makeup effects artist
Céline Llerena ... special makeup effects artist
Laura Ozier ... key makeup artist
Francesca Piani ... additional hair stylist
Stefania Piovesan ... assistant makeup artist: Italy Unit
France Rossi ... hair stylist
Floris Schuller ... special makeup effects artist
Marine Tesson ... additional makeup artist: France
Justine Landais ... trainee prosthetic maker (uncredited)

Production Management

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Giacomo R. Bartocci ... production secretary: Italy
Jeremy Cahagnet ... assistant production manager
Loris Camacho ... assistant to Virginie Efira
Maurizio Cossu ... assistant unit manager
Julien Fornareso ... assistant unit manager
Damiano Gennaro ... unit manager
Giallo Giuman ... production secretary: Italy
Léo Grignon ... Italy
Olivier Hélie ... production manager
Simone Perrone ... production supervisor
Karine Petite ... unit manager
Aurore Pomies ... assistant unit manager
Sophie Roudaut ... executive in charge of production
Alain-Gilles Viellevoye ... production executive
Clara Vincienne ... post-production manager
Fabrizio Weiss ... Italy

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Mita de Groot ... Assistant to the Director
Arthur Dupont ... trainee assistant director
Laura Iandolo ... second assistant director: Italy
Elise Lahouassa ... second assistant director
Tanguy Mottin ... third assistant director
Jeanne Privat ... third assistant director
David Maria Putorti ... first assistant director: Italy
Vanessa Zerda Rueda ... Third assistant director Italy
Brieuc Vanderswalm ... first assistant director
Vanessa Zerda ... third assistant director italy

Art Department

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Lionel Callari ... property master
Clémentine Carrasco ... assistant art director
Fabio Carussi ... construction coordinator
Pascal Chevé ... plaster department head
Victor Crippa ... Art Department Assistant
Marie Eynard ... storyboard artist
Benoit Godde ... Concept Artist
Alexandre Iachella ... Swing gang
Julien Joanny ... props buyer
Alain Lebouvier ... construction coordinator
Thomas Lechevallier ... set designer
Christophe Maratier ... weapons coordinator
Sophie Martel ... set dresser
Eugénie Naert ... assistant art director
Vincenzo Napoli ... assistant art director
Thibaut Peschard ... construction buyer
Thierry Poulet ... assistant art director

Sound Department

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Riccardo Alfano ... Assistant sound
Samuel Balmes ... dialogue editor
Katia Boutin ... adr supervisor / dialogue editor
Maria Carolina Santana Caraballo-Gramcko ... sound mastering engineer
Mathieu Chatagnon ... a.d.r. boom operator
Antoine Citrinot ... assistant sound editor
Charles de Ville ... sound editor
Matthieu Fraticelli ... trainee sound re-recording mixer
Cyril Holtz ... re-recording mixer
Matthieu Lasausa ... sound technician
Jules Laurin ... foley editor
Damien Lazzerini ... re-recording mixer
Damien Luquet ... boom operator
Jean-Paul Mugel ... sound mixer
Florian Penot ... assistant foley artist
Philippe Penot ... foley artist
Alexis Place ... sound supervisor
Margot Saada ... a.d.r. editor

Special Effects by

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Paolo Galiano ... special effects supervisor: Italia
Christophe Pizetta ... special effects makeup
Enrico Toscano ... special effects
Clément Wintz ... special effects crew / special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Ayelen Camiña ... visual effects coordinator
Alain Carsoux ... visual effects director
Noémie Cauvin ... Digital Matte Painter
Estelle Chesneau ... digital compositor
Benoit Delozier ... digital compositor
Maxime Deslande ... roto artist
Stephan Dumoulin ... digital compositor
Marion Frelat ... visual effects coordinator
Ludovic Gramont ... digital compositor / on set vfx assistant
Pierre Gras ... digital compositor
Christophe Laya ... Flame Artist
Guillaume Le Gouez ... visual effects supervisor
Romain Moussel ... i/o editor
Emilia Napame ... visual effects artist
Benjamin Pelletreau ... digital compositor
Florian Perrault ... matchmove artist
Vincent Perzo ... digital compositor
Alexis Ripa ... compositor: visual effects
Aurore Rousset ... cg sequence supervisor
Fred Roz ... titles
Martyn Stofkooper ... visual effects
Christian Tomikowski ... digital compositor
Olivier Veau ... digital compositor
Benjamin Westercamp ... senior visual effects artist

Stunts

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Gaëlle Brigo ... horse stunt coordinator
Amedéo Cazzella ... stunt performer
Quentin D'Hainaut ... stunt performer
Agostino De Cesaris ... stunts
Alessandro Xavier De Silva ... stunt performer
Charles Delaunay ... stunt performer (as Delaunay Charles)
Julien Duverger ... stunt performer
Rocco Maria Franco ... stunts
Jérôme Gaspard ... stunt performer
Clément Huet ... stunt performer
Melissa Humler ... stunt double: Charlotte Rampling, Daphné Patakia, Louise Chevillotte
Emmanuel Lanzi ... stunt coordinator
Marion Levavasseur ... stunt double: virginie efira
Mario Luraschi ... equestrian stunt advisor
Pascal Madura ... equestrian stunt advisor
Anthony Pho ... assistant stunt coordinator
Stefano Saveriano ... stunt performer
Marco Stefanelli ... stunt coordinator: Italy
Pierre Henri Toubas ... stunt performer
Massimiliano Ubaldi ... stunt performer
Vittorio Verdirosi ... stunts
David Zamperla ... stunts
Mirko Zamperla ... stunt performer

Camera and Electrical Department

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Guillaume Barbe ... additional electrician
Mike Bayard ... q-take operator: addiitonal
Camille Bonin ... key grip
Pierre Bonnet ... gaffer second unit
Jimmy Bourcier ... first assistant "b" camera
Julie Bureau ... third assistant camera additional
Jean-Guy Cheny ... additional grip
Lucie Colombié ... first assistant "a" camera
Nicolas Dixmier ... gaffer
Pablo Dolado ... additional electrician
William Dumont ... electrician
Brendan Durand ... grip
Guy Ferrandis ... still photographer
Mario Leonardo Frosina ... d.i.t. (Italy segments)
Grégori Gajéro ... additional first assistant camera
Mattia Gelain ... second assistant camera: additional
Alexandre Gotkovski ... electrician
Adrien Grasswill ... electrician
Andrea Grossi ... additional camera operator
Arnaud Hermeline ... electrician
Olivier Joudiau ... grip
Antoine Lagarde ... drone operator
Sébastien Leclercq ... C camera operator
Antoine Machon ... drone operator
Victor Pichon ... second assistant camera
Christine Reymond-Laruinaz ... second assistant camera
Vincent Richard ... second unit director of photography
Renaud Seveau ... additional electrician
Diarra Sourang ... camera trainee
Antoine Struyf ... camera operator / steadicam operator
Ugo Villion ... third assistant camera
Sandro Magliano ... dailies colorist (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Franzo Curcio ... extras casting
Elisabeth Guthmann ... children's casting director
Lucie Perraudin ... extras casting assistant
Peggy Quetglas ... extras casting assistant
Maria Federica Razza ... extras casting: Italy
Alessio Rossi ... extras casting assistant: Italy
Colia Vranici ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Pierre-Adrien Gassot ... assistant costume designer
Aurelie Guermonprez ... Ager dyer
Samuel Lumbroso ... Assistant Unit Manager

Location Management

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Michaël Ben Hammouda ... assistant unit manager
Daniele Di Biasi ... location scout: italy
Paola Piattelli ... Location Scout: IT
Rita Vannuccini ... location scout/fixer: tech recce Tuscany - IT

Music Department

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Barnaby Archer ... Musician: Timpani
Mat Bartram ... score engineer
Arran Price ... Assistant Composer
Patrick Savage ... musician

Script and Continuity Department

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Bénédicte Darblay ... script supervisor
Léa Mothet ... assistant script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Damiano Gennaro ... transportation captain

Additional Crew

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Anne-Charlotte Bradfer ... production coordinator: Italy
Care-on-set ... medic on set
Kate Cavendish ... publicist
Elisabeth Croÿ ... publicist
Nicole Cyrille ... audio description voice talent
Chiara Ferrara ... assistant production coordinator: Italy
Marie-Christine Février ... production administrator
Laudati Dario ... production assistant
Blandine Masseron ... Legal Counsel
Nicolas Moutte ... assistant production coordinator
Clémence Névot ... production coordinator
Myriam Rak ... legal clearance supervisor
Sophie Roudaut ... production assistant
Emily Taffel ... publicist
Nora Thomas ... production assistant

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Special Effects

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

17th-century Tuscany, Italy. As the sinister threat of the Plague looms over Europe, the sincerely devout eight-year-old novice, Benedetta Carlini, is brought into the Theatine Convent of the Mother of God in Pescia as a bride for Jesus Christ. Eighteen long years later, as ominous whispers of disputable miracles scandalise the cloistered sisters, a test of faith awaits deeply pious Benedetta in the shape of bruised, abused, and earthly Bartolomea: a young woman fleeing her violent father. Now, while under the vigilant eye of cynical Abbess Felicita, fleeting glimpses of the forbidden fruit invite a tentative intimacy, ungovernable desires, and intense diabolical obsessions in, and suddenly, the holy signs of faith are manifest in Sister Benedetta's body. But, few can wrestle with guilt and emerge unscathed. Is there an escape from sin when the flesh is the enemy? Written by Nick Riganas

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Also Known As
  • Sainte Vierge (France)
  • Blessed Virgin (World-wide, English title)
  • 圣母 (China, Mandarin title)
  • 聖慾 (Hong Kong, Cantonese title)
  • Искушение (Russia)
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Runtime
  • 131 min
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Budget $24,350,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Production ended November 2018, and the film was initially scheduled for release at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019, but in December 2018, director Paul Verhoeven had to undergo surgery for a hip injury suffered due to the set's location, which involved lots of hills and climbing. Post-production in Amsterdam had to be delayed until June 2019 to allow time for him to recover from his surgery. However, subsequent complications from pain medication caused an intestinal obstruction that ended in a life-threatening colon perforation; fortunately, Verhoeven's wife urged him to go to the hospital in time. Verhoeven and producer Saïd Ben Saïd agreed to delay the release to 2020 in order for Verhoeven to recover, and be fully present during the post-production process. Verhoeven still credits his editor Job ter Burg for finishing much of the film on his own while he himself was recovering and unable to attend. Eventually, the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic caused the movie to be delayed for another year. See more »
Goofs Nuns Benedetta and Bartolomea are living in Italy in the late 1600s, yet have shaved armpits and trimmed pubic hair. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Serebrennikov in Cannes, Russian "Inglourious Basterds", Pierce Brosnan... (2021). See more »
Quotes Benedetta: I don't know God's ways, but he works his will through me.
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