Paul Verhoeven Benedetta Certainly not pulling the punch. The film follows Benedetta Carlini (Virginie Efira) as a 17th-century nun. This nun grew up as a nun in a small town monastery from the age of nine. Benedetta has always been a strange being, and the appearance of Jesus’ hallucinations on her routinely leads to passionate frenzy. She literally embraces the concept of “the bride of Christ” and there is strange eroticism in her vision of sitting uncomfortable beside her generally obvious alienation from her own sexuality.
The situation changes with the arrival of Bartolomea, a young woman desperately pouring into the monastery to escape her abusive father. Despite her troubled past, Bartolomea is a confident (when young) passionate woman who does not rely on the strict rules of the monastery … and she knows Benedetta in the most biblical way. I think I want to do. Bartolomea is dispatched to take care of Benedetta as Benedetta’s vision and mysterious illness take root, and Benedetta receives the stigmata on a tense night. This spirals her to a local celebrity, overturns the political structure of the monastery and puts her on the crosshairs of the Catholic Church … allowing her to continue her relationship with Bartolomea.
Virginie Efira performs exceptionally well as the renowned Benedetta. As the locks open and she becomes herself and continues to walk the line between devotion and inadequacy, she becomes more and more erotic and confident (dare to say, powerful). Daphne Patakia’s Bartolomea also offers a performance with surprisingly subtle nuances-young, passionate, a little naive, but ultimately perceptual … she’s impulsive, passionate and confident. Excellent as a full character. It goes without saying that Charlotte Rampling’s extraordinary Sister Felicita has been politically demoted in favor of Benedetta’s miracle.
This movie walks well on many thin lines at its best. Benedetta’s vision and miracles are treated with caution. There is strong suspicion that they are just wise women who understand the rules of the Church and are finding ways to regain power, but their status is never clearly fixed. On the other hand, the political cat and mouse in the movie between Benedetta and Powers That Bee is an electric movement with political tactics as interesting as what you see on the screen. How does a woman look like an agent as that very patriarchal nun? saint. This film is well-written and structured to emphasize that beyond all bombs and sensuality, it is a story about the use of political leverage, a story that is brilliantly told. It has been.
The film has also landed from a technical point of view, with Katia Wyszkop’s spectacular production design creating a rich and vibrant world. Jeanne Lapoirie’s filming strikes a balance between the realism of the monastic life in which he lived and the surrealism of the sudden “illusion” of Jesus, which together create a detailed medieval world. Overall, it’s an exceptional film whose elements larger than life are balanced with detailed realism, and the two land the film well.
The biggest problem Benedetta Certainly a small one. Tone, all the forged controversies surrounding “Lesbian Nun Films” could further sharpen its criticism of the Church and its institutions. At present, there are certainly moments when the hypocrisy of the Church is at the forefront and can lead to clearer developments, but nonetheless, they are mostly present where and when they are needed. Balancing with the uncertainty of Benedetta’s vision, it leaves a slightly confusing conclusion that it is possible (and the ending, because of all its true benefits, it is early in the conclusion. I feel like it’s going to break).
Overall it’s a great movie. It’s erotically charged, but it has some intelligent, complex, timely, and truly impressive central performances. Because of all its religious and sexual controversy, the film is a political plot of intelligent cats and mice among nuns, pushed into the church as a child, finding an agency in the fine print of the church, and Without a monastery that does not support such turmoil. Electrical, gorgeous shot, skillfully portrayed, and unflinching, inspirational Benedetta One of the best movies of the year and a real must-see.
Benedetta It will premiere at the theater on December 3rd.