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Benedetta

RATING
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Introduction

After a small break yesterday due to mental fatigue, I am back with another review. And since there are no midweek releases, I decided to go through my watchlist and hand pick a film to review. But before that I would like to wish everyone Eid Mubarak from the Popcorn Reviewss family. May we all prosper and succeed in the most seamless manner. And now back to the review and I finished watching the French film Benedetta. The religious thriller genre has been running thin since a very long time and that is understandable. Not evety filmmaker has the guts to go all out with the religious subject at hand without hurting the sentiments of the religious groups. And so I was really looking to invest in Benedetta and what it really has to offer. To top it, it is directed by Paul Verhoeven who had previously directed Basic Instinct which is regarded as one of the best erotic thrillers of all times. So Benedetta had a lot running for it, does it manage to impress, lets find out.

Story & Screenplay

Benedetta is a semi biography which follows the story of Nun who has an affair with another nun in the Italian convent. The story has enough of explosives to ruffle many feathers. Often termed as a cardinal sin, the story has a lot going to exposing the politics behind the churches. The screenplay is a bit of a slow burner but it manages to hold your attention throughout. You get glimpses of the childhood of the protagonist before she ventures into her journey as a nun. Soon the conflict is introduced after a jump in the timeline and this is when things start getting interesting. There are so many graphic scenes which ensured that the central theme of the film was uncompromised.

But what the film does well is touch upon the politics which runs inside the convent. The brief supernatural element will keep you guessing about the final outcome of the film. This culminates into a rivetting final act which keeps you on the edge of your seat. I feel obe minor drawback was that the screenplay could have been tighter. Some elements are repeated which makes the drama lag just that little bit. But overall, a very gutsy and bold screenplay.

Dialogues, Music & Direction

The dialogues are conversational but they keep you engaged. The BGM is almost haunting and it adds a layer of intrigue to the drama. The cinematography is beautiful and it really captures some of the most mesmerizing frames in the most breathtaking manner. Ofcourse some of the graphic scenes are captured aesthetically. Director Paul Verhoeven has done a good job here is being unabashed and unapologetic and literally going all out. And this is what creates a lasting impact in the screenplay. The direction is top notch.

Performances

The performances are pretty good. Louise Chevillotte as Christina has her moments to shine. Charlotte Rampling as Felicita is first rate. Lambert Wilson as Nuncio will make your heart boil with anger which means a great job done. Daphne Patakia as Bartolomea looks very pretty and makes for an impactful performance. Virginie Efira as Benedetta is absolutely brilliant and brings about a wide range of emotions to her character.

Conclusion

Benedetta is a twisted religious thriller which is well worth your time. Soon to be out on Mubi.

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