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Based on a true story, a 17th-century nun becomes entangled in a forbidden lesbian affair with a novice. But it is Benedetta’s shocking religious visions that threaten to shake the Church to its core.
France | Belgium | Netherlands, 2021, 131 minutes, Not Rated, In French and Latin with English subtitles, Directed by Paul Verhoeven
“A tale of sex, blood, and sacrilege”— The Film Stage
“Verhoeven once again pushes all the buttons that will titillate, provoke, excite, offend and -- a quality he's maintained throughout the decades -- mix impudent and outrageous conceits with serious smarts..”– Todd McCarthy, DEADLINE
“’Benedetta’ is funny, ridiculous, sarcastic, sexy, and consistently compelling. That's the secret sauce here.”– Joey Magidson, AWARDS RADAR
“[A] gleefully lurid period-piece look at sapphic lust and religious rot.”– Stephen Garrett, OBSERVER
“Like ‘Elle’ or ‘Showgirls’ or even ‘Basic Instinct,’ ‘Benedetta’ is about a woman clawing her way to power in a male-dominated world, gradually finding her own voice and then achieving emancipation.”– Jordan Mintzer, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“A substantial, sophisticated, yet briskly paced and always highly entertaining drama, which balances quiet scenes of shrewd backroom politicking with lurid scenes of wild religious madness.”– Nicholas Barber, BBC.COM
“Gleefully transgressive…a psychosexual Grand Guignol pretending, quite slyly, to be a stately period biopic.”– Richard Lawson, VANITY FAIR