It's sold as a satire, but this is more an existential dramedy about faith -- or the absence of it, or the doubts that come with it --, christianity -- and how it works as an ambiguous and complex social mechanism --, unfulfilled dreams and hidden desires. Not a masterpiece, but quite an adventurous and brave film on these topics.
Surprisingly fun... for an hour. The pope has died, the cardinals assemble to pick a new one ("Not me, Lord!" "Not me, Lord!" "Please, Lord, not me!"), white smoke comes out, and the next white-haired man is poised to step out and bless the masses... then he does what many of us would do: screams in terror and runs away. It's a great idea for a comedy that wants to actually say something as well. Sadly, in the second half the movie runs out of ideas and just slowly winds down.
Should've been better. It has some great ideas, but it lacks focus. It's hardly "centered on the relationship between the newly elected Pope and his therapist" when they have literally one fairly short scene together before the therapist character is rendered useless to the plot and spends the rest of the film talking about his ex wife to any cardinal who will listen and organizing a world-cardinal-volleyball-tournament. Which is entertaining enough, but it doesn't make for a coherent film.
Roman Holiday: Papal Edition. Dramatically limp, the film wastes a wonderful, nuanced performance by Michel Piccoli. The premise is interesting enough, but for it to work on a narrative level, it needs to offer something like insight on the life of faith, a comment on leadership, or wisdom about the culture of the church today. We get instead a volleyball tournament and an acting troupe. Too easy. Further, Moretti's character seems completely superfluous to the action. What a wasted opportunity.
This filmmaker seems to possess the admirable intention to create gently and unpretentiously beautiful cinema, but in this case the ephemerality of the narrative needed to be counter-balanced by funnier jokes. Also, Moretti's approach to filming himself somehow comes across as being quite narcissistic.
The curious premise is lost soon, and became a lighter experience. I also don't think the relationship between the Pope and therapist is so important, though that's what every synopsis tries to sell, it's not really too much time of the movie. Anyway, it's an interesting movie with some funny moments (though is a serious one) and an interesting idea probably wasted.
An interesting idea for a movie is sadly ruined at some points.This movie tells a story of a man, who thinks he's not fit to play a role some people expect him to.This is definitely not a movie againstChristians or christianity as some people tend to think.Michel Piccoli's acting is not always naturally looking,especially at the beginning.Other actors are more like a background for him,but they're ok.Some ideas shown here are,IMO,unnecessary.It should be more focused on the feelings of the pope.