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Benedetta (2021)



Critic Consensus: Precariously walking a tightrope of varying genres and tones, Benedetta provokes salient questions about sexual freedom and its relationship to faith.

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Based on a true story, 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.

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Charlotte Rampling
as Soeur Felicita, l'abbesse
Daphne Patakia
as Bartolomea
Lambert Wilson
as Alfonso Giglioli, le Nonce
Olivier Rabourdin
as Alfonso Cecchi

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Will Benedetta's personal relationship with God spare their Tuscan town from mass death, or will her forbidden sapphism be both her and the village's demise? You're going to want to find out - trust me.

January 6, 2022 | Full Review…

A truly strange brew, coupling probing, thoughtful questions of faith and religion with the kind of sexual ribaldry and scatological humor you'd expect from a picture that's already being shorthanded as "the lesbian nun movie."

December 27, 2021 | Full Review…

If you go into Benedetta wanting sacrilege, you will technically find it. But if you're queer, sacrilege is nothing new.

December 21, 2021 | Full Review…

Verhoeven does, mixing lurid, cynical exploitation with fluid storytelling and the principled irreverence of a satirist whose art always punches up against institutional dogma and scores a knockout.

December 20, 2021 | Full Review…

...a bawdy, pot-stirring satire of religious chastity...

December 10, 2021 | Full Review…

A lot but not quite enough, Benedetta has the odd distinction of being both OTT and underwhelming...While some zealots may find Verhoeven's latest to be irreligious, for many others, it simply preaches to the choir.

December 10, 2021 | Full Review…

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