We have a pope

We have a pope

Habemus papam

DVD - 2012 | Italian
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At the Vatican, following the demise of the Pope, the conclave to elect his successor settles on Cardinal Melville. But the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square wait in vain for the new Pope to step out on the balcony. Behind the thick walls of the Vatican panic has set in. After uttering a terrible howl of fear, the Cardinal refuses the office. The officials do everything to try to reason with Melville, including a psychoanalyst, appointed by the Vatican.

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AureliaReads
Aug 01, 2016

Delightful, moving, thoughtful, gentle, quirky, unconventional look at humanity, in the very unique circumstance of the election of a pope. I loved it. Refreshing to see a movie that is about human beings, not franchise-selling, gun-carrying caricatures, Hard to imagine how it could offend anyone, of any religion, or of no religion.

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BeccaG98
Feb 06, 2016

I had high hopes for this film, but it was a dud. Billed as a comedy, it had a few smile-worthy moments, but no laughs. Some pretty scenes, but not enough to make this one worth a recommendation.

Samsung Dec 19, 2014

True, the movie is not a comedy in the typical sense and maybe not even in any sense. It was, for me, an eye-opening and even shocking exploration in leadership. Although, the exploration did not come through for me until the very end; the movie does build quite slowly, but that is just part of the movie's rhythm. Keep your ears open for a fantastic performance by Mercedes Sosa of Todo Cambia, and in hindsight, keep in mind the foreshadowing which this song presents.

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mexicanadiense
Nov 11, 2013

Can this film even really be considered a comedy? The sight of cardinals in full regalia playing volleyball provoked mild guffaws, but the film's "shocking" ending fell completely flat. Comedies are usually are their least enjoyable (for me) when the ultimate joke is on the audience. Disappointing, at best.

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booklover717
Oct 12, 2012

This movie started out so well ... comically all the Cardinals voting for the next Pope, with each praying that they will not be picked! But, sadly the movie fizzles ... and I fell asleep through most of the second half.

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joseph
Oct 03, 2012

Skip It – We Have a Pope (2011) [Foreign – Italian] 102 min. There’s nothing wrong with highlighting the fact that the Pope and cardinals that lead the Catholic Church in issues of faith are portrayed as human with all the frailties of humanity but to portray them as a bunch of relics that are easily duped is insulting. The story explores the ensuing ramifications if the newly elected Pope decided not to assume the position - fair enough speculative query to an institution that was formed by Christ Jesus Himself. The other concern I had with the film is the clear suggestion that the leaders of the Catholic Church are nothing more than actors playing a part for the benefit of the faithful – I don’t think so. With all the reservations shown above, the film itself is slightly better than a bore.

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re_discover
Sep 30, 2012

This film was definitely not what I was expecting. Instead of a more humorous look at the pomp and fair of the Vatican, the film tries to deal with not a question of faith, but a question of the institution itself, and the ultimate truth between oneself and God.

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