We Have a Pope

April 15th, 2011


We Have a Pope

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A story centered on the relationship between the newly elected Pope and his therapist.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 6.9/10 (3,046 voted)

Director: Nanni Moretti

Stars: Michel Piccoli, Jerzy Stuhr, Renato Scarpa

At the Vatican, following the demise of the Pope, the conclave to elect his successor settles on Cardinal Melville. But the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square wait in vain for the new Pope to step out on the balcony. What is going on? Behind the thick walls of the Vatican panic has set in. After uttering a terrible howl of fear, the Cardinal refuses the office. The officials do everything to try to reason with Melville, including a psychoanalyst, appointed by the Vatican... Do we really have a Pope?

Writers: Nanni Moretti, Francesco Piccolo

Michel Piccoli - Il papa
Jerzy Stuhr - Il portavoce
Renato Scarpa - Cardinal Gregori
Franco Graziosi - Cardinal Bollati
Camillo Milli - Cardinal Pescardona
Roberto Nobile - Cardinal Cevasco
Ulrich von Dobschütz - Cardinal Brummer
Gianluca Gobbi - Guardia svizzera
Nanni Moretti - Lo psicoanalista
Margherita Buy - La psicoanalista
Camilla Ridolfi - Bambina
Leonardo Della Bianca - Bambino
Dario Cantarelli - Attore
Manuela Mandracchia - Attrice
Rossana Mortara - Attrice


Official Website: Official site [France] | Official site [Italy] |

Release Date: 15 April 2011

Filming Locations: Cinecittà Studios, Cinecittà, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Opening Weekend: €26,229 (Netherlands) (16 October 2011) (22 Screens)

Gross: €56,996 (Netherlands) (19 October 2011)

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User Review

a funny and respectful movie with an unusual lead role

Rating: 9/10

This is a movie about an elderly man who has been chosen to be the next Pope. But, beware: the operative word in the previous sentence is "man", not "Pope", because the story is not about the challenges of being (or becoming) Pope: the story is about the struggles of being human. That's the reason why each and every one of us should be able to easily follow and enjoy this funny, educated movie. Taking for granted that all the viewers will be men (and women) themselves, it will be easy for everybody to get in touch with the doubts, the fears and the memories that the main character has to confront after he is called to take on himself one of the greatest responsibilities that the world has to offer.

Of course a lot of risks were involved in dealing with such issues as faith and self confidence using such an unusual and peculiar subject. But, just like a slim young acrobat on a flying trapeze daring to attempt a difficult exercise, the movie achieves the result of telling this strange story with grace, with humor, with kindness, and with a respect for the themes involved that, I think, the faithful part of the audience should be able to appreciate even more than those among us who wouldn't define themselves religious, or catholic.

Furthermore, I can't resist to notice how funny it is that a movie realized by an openly atheist author depicts catholic hierarchy with such a sympathetic view – with tones much more friendly, I would say, than the ones of many mainstream blockbusters we have seen in recent years. So, go watch this movie with confidence (it's an entertaining, interesting work of fiction), and trust (it's soft-spoken, and respectful): you could take even your kids along – and, go figure, even your confessor!


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