BENEDETTA — CANNES 2021
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Daring, and bristling with bold artistic license, this social satire burns at the stake.
Virginie Efira is electric as Benedetta, a 17th century lesbian nun living in a convent in Renaissance Italy.
Catherine Deneuve's baton has successfully been passed down.
Based on Judith C. Brown's book "Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy," "Benedetta" juggles religion, politics, and sexual identity like so many electrons in a social atom attempting to split.
Holy fucking hell.
Paul Verhoeven's cinematic mastery just gets sharper.
This is a high-wire act that not many seasoned filmmakers would attempt, lest they fall flat on their blushing faces.
Long live Paul Verhoeven.
No prisoners taken. Many gifts given.
Not Rated. 131 mins.