The Pope is dead, long live the Pope. Beginning with an hilarious sequence in which an Italian TV newscaster reports a convocation of cardinals like a sporting event, veteran Italian director Nanni Moretti's latest settles down to become The King's SpeechItalian style. Which is to say, the new Pope, played by the always compelling veteran French actor Michel Piccoli, suffers a crisis of self-confidence, and turns down the position. First Tony Soprano, then Patty Hewes, and now the Pope-to-be consults a shrink. Self-proclaimed atheist Moretti treats the Catholic hierarchy with surprising affection and good humor. He can't help scoring some political points, but the portrayal of the new Pope's emotional and spiritual struggles is poignant and affecting. Moretti in competition for the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
"Habemus Papam wants to emphasize the human consequences of a great religious office, and in that it succeeds." --Andrew Parker, Guardian (UK)
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