Fifth about The Seventh

Benedetta

Benedetta: the title character of Paul Verhoeven’s entertaining biopic is certainly very interesting: a nun straddling the line between a con woman and a delusional martyr (the film smartly doesn’t really take sides), all the while having a forbidden love affair with another member of her religious order. The director famously doesn’t shy away from being graphical, but the film is far from being as scandalous as made out. Virginie Efira’s looks make her casting quite smart as someone who sees herself as touched by the divine, and she navigates the self-confidence of the character quite well; Daphné Patakia is quite good as her seductress of a companion. Charlotte Rampling is regal as the abbess of the order, and Lambert Wilson is sleazy as the religious figure responsible for looking into Benedetta’s case. Cinematographer Jeanne Lapoirie beautifully captures the images in low light. Editor Job ter Burg gives it a very good pace.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: