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Benedetta  2021
Saint Vierge / Blessed Virgin
Director:  Paul Verhoeven
Producer:
  Said Ben Said, Michel Merkt and Jérôme Seydoux
Art Director:
  Eric Bourges
Editor:
  Job ter Berg
Music:
  Anne Dudley
Screenplay:
  David Birke and Paul Verhoven (uncredited - and Gerard Soeteman), based on the book Immodest Acts: The Life Of A Lesbian Nun In Renaissance Italy by Judith C. Brown
Director of Photography:
  Jeanne Lapoirie
Cast:
spacer1 Virginie Efira
spacer1 Charlotte Rampling
spacer1 Lambert Wilson
spacer1 Daphné Patakia
spacer1 Olivier Rabourdin
spacer1 Louise Chevillotte
spacer1 Alexia Chardard
spacer1 Clotilde Courau
spacer1 David Clavel
spacer1 Antoine Lelandais
spacer1 Hervé Pierre
spacer1 Nicolas Gaspar
spacer1 Virginie Efira spacer1 Charlotte Rampling spacer1 Lambert Wilson
spacer1 Daphné Patakia spacer1 Olivier Rabourdin spacer1 Louise Chevillotte
spacer1 Alexia Chardard spacer1 Clotilde Courau spacer1 David Clavel
spacer1 Antoine Lelandais spacer1 Hervé Pierre spacer1 Nicolas Gaspar
spacer1 Virginie Efira spacer1 Charlotte Rampling
spacer1 Lambert Wilson spacer1 Daphné Patakia
spacer1 Olivier Rabourdin spacer1 Louise Chevillotte
spacer1 Alexia Chardard spacer1 Clotilde Courau
spacer1 David Clavel spacer1 Antoine Lelandais
spacer1 Hervé Pierre spacer1 Nicolas Gaspar

Synopsis:
Adapted from Judith Brown’s Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy, Benedetta tells a story that scandalised Florence in the early 1600s: an infamous nun rose to local power as a mystic, but was subsequently charged with committing scandalous heretic acts (trying to pass off self-inflicted stigmata as miraculous, having a long passionate affair with another nun).

It’s a stranger-than-fiction true story that in the hands of the provocateur who gave us Showgirls and Elle, becomes even wilder – both in satire and fetishisation – and a whole lot of fun. Whether fantasising about a hunky Christ or repurposing a statuette of the Virgin Mary, the excellent Virginie Efira enthrals as Benedetta, seamlessly shifting from sincere intensity to scheming camp as the scenes demand. She’s matched by a superb Charlotte Rampling as the convent’s Abbess. And Belgian rising star Daphné Patakia also impresses as Benedetta’s young lover Bartolomea. Lusciously shot by director of photography Jeanne Lapoirie (frequent Catherine Corsini and Robin Campillo collaborator), this is typically tonally complex filmmaking from Verhoeven.

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