Cannes Film Festival 2021 Critic’s Notebook 2: Benedetta, Hit the Road

Dutch director Paul Verhoeven’s “lesbian nun movie” Benedetta may have taken two extra years to land (Verhoeven’s hip surgery in 2019 prevented him from completing post-production in time for that year’s Cannes), but its prologue wastes no time informing the audience of its mischievous timbre (for the handful heading into it expecting anything close to reverence), slipping in flame-farting jesters and a bird (ostensibly possessed by the Virgin Mary) dropping a turd in a bandit’s eye at our young heroine’s request.

Adapted from Judith C.

Brown’s 1986 book Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy, the […]The post Cannes Film Festival 2021 Critic’s Notebook 2: Benedetta, Hit the Road first appeared on Filmmaker Magazine.

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