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Country: France | Netherlands , Language: French, 127 mins

  • Director: Paul Verhoeven
  • Writer: Paul Verhoeven; David Birke; Judith C. Brown
  • Producer: Saïd Ben Saïd; Michel Merkt

CGiii Comment

Take this your peril.

The atrocious Showgirls gets a 17th century make-over...with bigger production values, more acting fact, more of everything.

Stigmata, a wooden dildo and lesbian nuns...what more could Paul Verhoeven throw at the screen? Plenty...the 'nunsense' just keeps on coming! There's never a dull moment in this religious much so, it bounces, back and forth, across that fine line between high camp and downright sexploitation...wonderfully so...and, with unabashed gay abandon! it anti-religious? What a stupid question...of course it is! Every horror-loving, devout catholic should watch this...they will squirm at this despicable depiction of their faith. As it is now, as it was then...the catholic church is a bigger business than it is an harbinger for the second coming!

Is it a feminist film? Well...that all depends on what kind of feminist you are! The man-hating fems will be in two minds...powerful women directed by a man!

Look, in all fairness, Benedetta is nothing but a rabble-rousing, fabulous farce...sure, it's heresy and blasphemy all rolled into one fact-based, semi-erotic, anti-religious fiction.

Just don't take it too seriously...and, if you do or don't, these frolicking nuns will certainly titillate...or, traumatise!


The(ir) Blurb...

A 17th-century nun in Italy suffers from disturbing religious and erotic visions. She is assisted by a companion, and the relationship between the two women develops into a romantic love affair.

Cast & Characters

Charlotte Rampling as Felicita
Lambert Wilson as The Nuncio
Virginie Efira as Benedetta Carlini
Daphne Patakia as Bartolomea
Olivier Rabourdin as Alfonso Cecchi
Hervé Pierre as Paolo Ricordati
Clotilde Courau as Midea Carlini
Guilaine Londez as Soeur Jacopa
Quentin D'Hainaut as Un villageois
Alexia Chardard as Giulia
Louise Chevillotte as Christina
Satya Dusaugey
Elena Plonka as Benedetta enfant
Jonathan Couzinié as Jesus
Antoine Lelandais as Lieutenent