We Have A Pope

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Rhinebeck
Mar 1 -3
Fri 9:10
Sat 4:40
Sun 2:20
(Italy / 2012 / Nanni Moretti)
unrated / 105 mins
The world may no longer have one, but at Upstate… “We Have a Pope!” Nanni (The Son’s Room, Dear Diary) Moretti joins forces with the great French actor Michel (Belle de Jour, Contempt, plus a few hundred other films) Piccoli to tell the story of Melville, a French cardinal who finds himself elected as the next Pope...
The Cardinals, hopelessly deadlocked and unable to agree on a new pope, have come up with a compromise, selecting the French Cardinal Melville (Michel Piccoli). Caught completely off guard, he panics, refusing to go out on the balcony to greet the thousands of faithful waiting in St. Peter’s Square. To prevent a crisis, the Vatican calls in a psychiatrist (Nanni Moretti), who is neither religious nor all that committed, to find out what is wrong with the new Pope, and get him to don the miter and take his new exalted position. Outside, the world nervously waits, inside the therapist tries to find a solution, even organizing a volleyball tourney. But Melville is adamant: he does not want the job, or at the least needs time to think it over. What follows is a marvelous insight into the concept of a human being wary of taking on the title of God’s representative on Earth weighed down by the daunting responsibility of being the leader of a billion souls.
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