A 17th-century nun becomes entangled in a forbidden lesbian affair with a novice. But it is Benedetta's shocking religious visions that threaten to shake the Church to its core.

  • Released: 2021-07-09
  • Runtime: 127 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, History, Romance
  • Stars: Virginie Efira, Charlotte Rampling, Daphne Patakia, Lambert Wilson, Olivier Rabourdin, Clotilde Courau, Louise Chevillotte, Hervé Pierre, Guilaine Londez, Alexia Chardard, Quentin D'Hainaut, Jonathan Couzinié, Satya Dusaugey, Antoine Lelandais, David Clavel, Nicolas Gaspar, Gaëlle Jantet, Justine Bachelet, Lauriane Riquet, Eléna Plonka, Héloïse Bresc, Vinciane Millereau, Jérôme Chappatte, Ewan Ribard, Nicolas Béguinot, Pedro Radicic, Benjamin Penemaria, Frédéric Sauzay, Sophie Breyer, Célia Kaci, Alexia Chardard, Sébastien Chabane, Boris Gillot, Léa Lopez, Olga Milshtein, Pascal Le Corre, Raphaël Potier, Philippe Saunier, Fabrice Cals, Gaëlle Jeantet
  • Director: Paul Verhoeven
  • johnpmoseley - 16 November 2022
    Is it about Donald Trump?
    I mean, if you had to have Trump played by a woman, Virginie Efira, who stars as Benedetta, would be a good choice visually. And her character's a lying narcissist putting herself forward as God's anointed (as per evangelicals' weird kink for Trump), whipping up the mob against the establishment, and retaining her populist appeal even when clear proof of her deceit and sexual impropriety emerges.

    Just saying.

    Simply as a story, the film offers strong characters sucked into a buffeting storm of conflict throwing out many twists. Really nice to see that done well in an era so beset by weak scripts.

    The Abbess of the convent, ably portrayed by Charlotte Rampling, is especially interesting and suffers especially excruciating choices and hurts. Louise Chevillotte as her daughter is also great.

    The movie could have given us all that without the soft porn, and I could've done without that too, but...oh well. Maybe it's sort of there for a reason. Not sure.
  • m-ramanan - 26 June 2022
    Not for everyone
    RATED 6/10 Language: French

    Good making and it makes me to dig more on the character. The movie is so bold and has lot of scenes cant be agreed by any religious person... If you are religious, just avoid this. The way they portrayed the character is so good.... you can find the evil in once scene and god in the immediate next scene.... It was well made presentation but the content is not everyone cup of tea....