MOVIE OF THE MOMENT
So the Vatican chimney has belched out the white smoke. And as Pope Francis prepares for his papacy, here's a movie for your papal weekend. Nanni Moretti's We Have A Pope may not be the sharpest satire of the Catholic Church, but it certainly has its bites and a soulful, sympathetic performance by Michel Piccoli, playing an underdog cardinal who's crowned Pope and suddenly finds himself in a spiritual meltdown.
Michel Piccoli plays a newly elected Pope facing a spiritual crisis.
The original title of this 2011 Italian film is Habemus Papam _ the Latin phrase announced to the crowd when the conclave holed up in Sistine Chapel finally gets a new Pope (the English title is the translation of the phrase). It begins, naturally, with the death of the old pontiff, prompting the Vatican to convene the meeting of cardinals, most of them adorably old and plump. Not tipped as a frontrunner, Cardinal Melville is however elected, much to his alarm, and when it's time for him to make a debut appearance on the balcony to greet the throngs of Catholics waiting at St Peter's Square, Melville is a wreck of doubt and fear, then the worst strikes: He's lost faith.
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