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We Have a Pope
The newly elected Pope suffers a panic attack just as he is about to greet the faithful who have gathered to see him. His advisors, unable to convince him he is the right man for the job, call on a renowned therapist who also happens to be an atheist. But the Pope's fear of his newfound responsibility is one he must face alone. Winner Best Film at the Italian Golden Globes.
The wry humor and power in observation is a favorite point of Italian writer-director-star Nanni Moretti, whose Cairo Diario powerfully addressed aging, travel and human frailty in a perfect Chaplin-esque package. In We Have a Pope we get this wonderful sensibility once again in a charming, quirky and witty humanizing process that turns in a cutting look at the feeling of self-inadequacy in its funny wake.
Moving at a brisk speed Moretti directs, writes and plays a highly paid shrink at the canter conflict, brought in by the Catholic Vatican to administer non-spiritual help to a freshly elected and newly deeply scared Pope played by Michel Piccoli. Moretti's psychiatrist goes about analyzing a patient of whom he is allowed to…
I was brought up Catholic, but have never been particularly religious, especially as a kid. Sundays were a ritual of my Mom dragging me to Church ( apparently my Dad was absolved from attendance because he claims to have had some special dispensation from the Pope that he received when he joined the Canadian army and never received any documentation that this privilege was rescinded ). I lived in a primarily Italian neighbourhood so the individual masses alternated between Italian ones, led by Father Simonelli, or English ones, led by Father Clune. My mom nor I spoke any Italian, but would sometimes go to the 10:15am Italian mass, the first of the day, to get it out of the way.…
We Have a Pope is a slight and lightly satirical comedy from director, Nanni Moretti (The Son’s Room). Following the death of the Pope a new pontiff must be elected by a cadre of Cardinals. After much deliberation Cardinal Melville is chosen for the highest position, much to his surprise. However, he struggles with the weight of his new responsibilities and flees the Vatican before being unveiled to the gathering masses.
It’s an interesting premise for a film that humanises a public position that is almost impossible to comprehend. Rather than a searing satirical attack on the Catholic church, Moretti treats the institution with respect whilst gently poking fun at some of the absurdities of its customs and officials. This…
Can't wait for the Pope to shut down Philadelphia in about a month. They are literally closing the bridges and highways down for that entire weekend. And if you leave city limits, you can't get back in until the Pope is gone.
Also the Dalai Lama is coming here the following month. Philly is the place to be if you are a religious leader.
There were two alternatives:
a) Criticize the worldwide blind fanaticism that exists towards the Catholic Church and the non-existent "authority" of the Pope.
b) Dedicate a controversial mockery statement towards the monster that the Vatican (along with the Catholic Church) has represented for centuries.
The result was a mixture. We enter the entrails of the Vatican with a satyrical approach, sometimes adopting the appearance of a spoof of all its members, sometimes becoming a character study, and closing with an ending which bravery deserves an applause. However, it is precisely its lack of focus and balance the major issue, making difficult for the viewer to truly understand the motives of the film. It is a mixed bag with good performances…
The inner confines of the Vatican have been shrouded in mystery, particularly the process involved with the selection of a new Pope (papal conclave) to lead the faith. Forthright Italian director and actor Nanni Moretti attempts to give us an insight into the whole secretive charade, upsetting the Christian leaders by stealing away their almost inhuman cloak.
Like some sort of Christian version of the Soprano’s, a newly chosen Pope (Michel Piccoli) is put on the psychiatrist’s couch in an attempt to clear the sacred ones mind of all the doubt and mental anguish he faces when voted in. None of this is taken too seriously by the director however who adds some natural gentle humour along the storyline adding…
This made me sad, but, like, not suuuuper sad
Considerato da molti un film addirittura profetico, Habemus Papam narra le vicende di un uomo (Michel Piccoli) che, nell’istante in cui viene eletto Papa, viene colpito da una nevrosi dovuta alla non accettazione di questo ruolo. Entra dunque in terapia, seguito da Margherita Buy, per riflettere sulla sua condizione di uomo prima che di Papa.
Cardinals Are People Too™
Singolare operazione di Moretti, che per l'occasione affida un ruolo scomodo ad un grande attore come Michel Piccoli, che da par suo riesce a dare corpo ai tormenti che pervadono il suo Papa (l'inadeguatezza, la crisi d'identità e la responsabilità). Non male l'idea di mostrare il lato umano della Chiesa attraverso la semplicità di un torneo di pallavolo o di una partita a carte. La sceneggiatura però non convince appieno, così come si avverte una certa disarmonia tra i registri.
Started off very well, but really fell off towards the end. Having a very slow film with humoristic elements rarely works. The second act just seemed like a bit of rumbling around, thus the ending feels abrupt and unsatisfying.
I’ve only seen one other Nanni Moretti film and I expected this to be a satire, something hard, but it is a very soft: if you are sympathetic you will warm to its gentle comedy, if less sympathetic you might find it twee. The Pope is dead, a new one has to be elected. There is an amusing scene when all the cardinals are praying that it won’t be them...and finally Michel Piccoli is chosen. But when he is expected to come out onto the balcony and greet the faithful he has a panic attack. There is a lot of good stuff here: the community of cardinals separating from the outside to make their decision (there is a twerpy journalist…
A light and wry comedy about a newly elected pope who experiences a crisis regarding his ability to perform the role. Rather quaint.
The grandiose environs of the Vatican are oddly enough the perfect place for Moretti's uniquely silly brand of humour; the cardinal's volleyball game is a treat (Go Oceania!). Moretti's directorial strength has always been his mastery of tone- for everything silly here there's something just as moving, and it all melds together nicely. My only real complaint is rambles too much in the second half.
Skatīties uz tik cilvēcīgu pāvestu Michel Piccoli izpildījumā nudien bija liels prieks.
NN: "Gudra, fantastiski smalka, vienlaikus indīga satīra par Vatikāna elites – «garīdzniecības galveno kustoņu» iekšējo dzīvi – kas var būt jautrāks par šo? Ne velti piesaucu analoģiju ar dzīvnieku pasauli – tās smalkās attiecības, reglamenti, likumi, kurus filmā iemieso ļoti noslēgtā Vatikāna sabiedrība, šī pasaule pasaulē, brīžam atgādina cilvēkiem neizprotamu terāriju, kurā kaklu var nolauzt. Un kas notiek, ja pāvests izrādās «tikai cilvēks»? Ja viņš rīkojas nevis pēc gadsimtos rakstītiem likumiem, bet «pēc dabas»? Ja pāvests improvizē? Un vai vispār tik nozīmīgai politiskai, sabiedriskai, garīgai pasaules līdera figūrai var būt sava privātā dzīve. Franču aktieris, izcilais kinoveterāns Mišels Pikolī itāļu katoļu virsgana lomā ir neatvairāms. Spoži! "
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
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