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This movie begins in the conclave of cardinals to choose a new pope. The cardinals are in a deadlock.
Again and again, they try to arrive at consensus. They can't. They choose a compromise candidate instead. The new Pope is aging, very kind, and bemused by it all. When he learns the news of his elevation, he screams and passes out. Against all urging, he knows that he is not the one to be Pope. Its not stage fright but his deep personal conviction. What does he do? He slips out of the conclave and onto the streets of Rome. He encounters people of all kinds. He asks himself is he one to be Pope? Or would he rather have a simpler life?
This is a gentle, spiritual, and humorous movie. Its most amusing moments as the church officials try to explain the absence of the new pope. Its most touching moments are as the new Pope discovers his path.
But is makes its point: all of us need to follow the journey to find our true selves. If you are a Christian, it means finding your soul. Alan Minarcik
However, amazing as this movie's timing is, there are plenty of other good reasons to enjoy it, starting with Michel Piccoli's career-best performance. Nanni Moretti does his usual great work as actor and director.
As an atheist myself, I can say that no matter what religious beliefs you do or do not have, this movie can make you laugh, cry and think like very few others.
The director's bold attempt to portray a pope as a human is a worthy one, but his approach is tame at best. Michel Piccoli is wonderful as Cardinal Melville, but even the veteran player like Piccoli cannot make the character of Cardinal Melville credible, because the unfocused script fails to delve into his personality as deeply as it should. His interactions with people in Rome do not reveal much about the person for which the film is made. The reference to a stage drama (Chekhov ... what else?) is too obvious. After all, we are all actors.
Moretti himself plays a psychiatrist, who is called in to talk to the newly elected pope (while other cardinals are watching). The nicely understated comic scene is pretty funny, but his character overstays its welcome and becomes a little annoying when he starts organizing a volleyball tournament for the cardinals. This subplot adds nothing to the film's intriguing theme.
I think there is nothing that would offend the viewers. Not one person is described in a negative light. I respect Moretti's decision to tell the story in this way, but maybe he went too far. Despite the interesting idea, the film's narrative lacks the emotion and tension between the characters, most of whom look one-dimensional. How would other cardinals feel and react (when we know through their voiceovers that most of them, like Cardinal Melville, did not want to be elected), for instance?Read more ›
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All photography, no story, no development. It's hard to believe that anyone thought this movie worth making. Read morePublished 6 months ago by joel
This was not my cup of tea. Maybe I just need to stay away from subtitled movies. The ending was a disappointment.Published 6 months ago by Connie
With the accession of Pope Francis, this fine film, about a sensitive new pope, takes on new resonance, reminding you how hard it must be to actually BE the pope, the head of a... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jim Bklyn
A satirical movie about a Pope who does not want to accept that responsibility and decides to go missing. A favourite movie of ours.Published 14 months ago by Bruce Hart
This is a thinking person's movie. No exploding cars or gun fights. This is an examination of a man being pushed into a role he feels unprepared for and being willing to walk away... Read morePublished 14 months ago by RopeMan
When the current Pope dies the Cardinals gather to vote. Many do not want the position themselves. A guy is selected. Read more
This movie was recommended by an author Donald miller and quoted in his new book scary close . I was not raised catholic so this movie was a different experience for me. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Linda Shoemaker
I think any minister, priest, monastic might find this funny and enjoyable. It is said, that only someone who does not want to be Pope should be the Pope; well this story explores... Read morePublished on June 11, 2014 by Cryeff