'We Have a Pope': A reluctant pontiff goes on the lam
A movie review of Nanni Moretti's "We Have a Pope," which offers an interesting depiction of life within the Vatican and a soulful late-career performance by Michel Piccoli as a cardinal who is elected pope against his wishes.
'We Have a Pope,' with Michel Piccoli, Nanni Moretti. Directed by Moretti, from a screenplay by Moretti, Francesco Piccolo and Federica Pontremoli. 102 minutes. Not rated. In Italian, with English subtitles. Guild 45th.
The chief pleasures of Nanni Moretti's "We Have a Pope" is an interesting depiction of life within the Vatican, and a soulful late-career performance by Michel Piccoli, who was in Jean-Luc Godard's "Contempt" and Luis Buñuel's "Belle de Jour."
Now 86, he plays Cardinal Melville, who is elected pope against his wishes. It triggers a life crisis, and he escapes from the Vatican for a Roman holiday, creating an international incident.
Moretti ("The Son's Room," "Caro Diario") is a psychologist called to the Vatican to help the man, but when Melville goes on the lam, he's stuck organizing a volleyball game among the other cardinals.
That's the film's flaw. Spike the volleyball game, and keep the focus on Melville. Piccoli gives the film a depth it perhaps doesn't deserve.
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