Benedetta

Benedetta

Benedetta

Director Paul Verhoeven reteams with Elle star Virginie Efira and producer Saïd Ben Saïd for this true story drama set in 17th-century Italy. More

A novice nun falls in love with a female companion from whom she receives help for her persistent, disturbing erotic and religious visions.

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2020131 minsFranceFrench with English subtitles
DramaTrue Story & BiographyWorld Cinema

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Benedetta | Reviews

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IndieWire

IndieWire

The flesh is weak but the third act is even weaker...

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

Every bit as outrageous as you'd expect...

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Verhoeven may have to do some contrite murmuring in the confessional for this one.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The narrative can feel a bit clunky... although Verhoeven throws in a few funny lines and enough action to keep Benedetta from descending into a long-winded sacrilegious exposé...

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Variety

Variety

Paul Verhoeven’s lesbian nun drama pushes the envelope on sexuality, but proves fairly conventional in most other respects.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

It’s the tone that’s off here, as it is throughout a film which seems to wink at what it perhaps wants us to see as irony... while keeping both eyes firmly open.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

A heady, campy mix of religious imagery, corporeal abjectness, and masochism.

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IGN

IGN

Equal parts funny, sensual and incendiary, it's a committed work... even if its exploration of the war between body and spirit occasionally falls short.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

An enjoyable, provocative experience.

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The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

As ever, (Verhoeven) is just as invested in salacious shock as he is in itchy profundity.

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

Violent, erotic, and hollow...

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Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

Elegantly crafted, formidably well performed and as fascinating as it is lurid.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Verhoeven brings more vitality to his work than many filmmakers half his age, and his screenplay (with David Birke) is a tasteless hoot...

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Associated Press

Associated Press

The only blessing here is when it's over.

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Chicago Reader

Chicago Reader

A biting examination of Catholicism with a sly sense of humor.

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