Benedetta ★★★½


Paul Verhoeven is back, and he's in goofball mode. Benedetta doesn't hold a candle to Elle, a genuinely thorny jolt of provocation, but it's nice to see our favorite Dutch-pervert indulging in his two favorite obsessions: Catholicism and Boobs. As a piece of Nunsploitation, this is cheaply made and a clear case of Paul playing the hits, and very much an example of 'Late Style', but there's plenty of entertaining junk to balance his usual preoccupations of rigid power structures and sexual repression. Visions of Sexy Jesus, makeshift dildos, fart jokes, plague shenanigans, and a stunning supporting role by Charlotte Rampling - do you need anything else? Pair it with The Little Hours or Nacho Libre.

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