El Baño del Papa (The Pope's Toilet) (2007)

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Critic Consensus: An offbeat charmer, The Pope's Toilet is a humorous, well-crafted tale with plenty of heart and a poignant social message.


Movie Info

Uruguayan directors César Chalone and Enrique Fernández co-helm the nutty Spanish-language farce El Baño del Papa (The Pope's Toilet). The film unfolds in 1988, during Pope John Paul II's visit to Uruguay. While dozens of economically struggling locals devise plans to turn a buck from the arrival of the papal father -- such as baking cakes and wrapping chorizo sausages -- only one concocts a scheme to earn a fortune from defecation. Beto, a nickel-and-dime smuggler, reasons that all of those … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama , Art House & International , Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: César Charlone , Enrique Fernández
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 14, 2009
Runtime:
Cinemien

Cast


as Valvulina

as Álvarez, Captain

as Child In Shop

as Ches The Madman

as Barman, "Stuttermout...

as IMCL Official

as Shopkeeper

as Silvia's Friend

as Journalist

as Neighbour 1

as Neighbour 2

as Boy With Stone

as Mother With Baby

as student

as student

as student
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Critic Reviews for El Baño del Papa (The Pope's Toilet)

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (7)

The cast of pros and amateurs provides realistic performances, and co-director Charlone's lensing makes beautiful use of the rough landscape in a movie even the pope would enjoy.

Full Review… | April 10, 2009
New York Post
Top Critic

Watch it now, and you'll be surprised how such a little movie can cut so deeply to the bone.

Full Review… | April 8, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

The Pope's Toilet entertains, even while it illustrates how the impoverished can adjust their religious ideals out of desperation.

Full Review… | April 8, 2009
Village Voice
Top Critic

The Pope's Toilet cloaks religious critique in the scrappy tempo of irremediable poverty and irrepressible enterprise.

Full Review… | April 8, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

The movie isn't as bad as I feared, but I can't give it much of an endorsement, either.

Full Review… | January 30, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The Pope's Toilet excels most in its expression of a particular time and place, which Charlone films with the kind of physical intensity and realism associated with recent Argentine cinema.

Full Review… | October 22, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for El Baño del Papa (The Pope's Toilet)

½

In "The Pope's Toilet," to make ends meet, Beto(Cesar Troncoso) smuggles goods across the Brazilian border by bicycle where on one trip his pal and fellow smuggler Valvulina(Mario Silva) is unlucky to have his goods confiscated by their nemesis, Meleyo(Nelson Lence). Anyway, Beto is not getting any younger and would like his teenaged daughter Silvia(Virginia Ruiz), a wannabe journalism student, to join in the family business but his wife Carmen(Virginia Mendez) violently disagrees. This is all towards buying a motorbike which would make his job that much easier, especially with his knee acting up. His bad knee also forces him to take the low road on a run which leads to an unfortunate run-in with customs. But the Pope is coming to visit and Beto has a plan...

Inspired by a real story, "The Pope's Toilet" is a heartfelt movie about a poor community that is hampered by the arbitrary nature of borders and authority that preys on the weak. So, you can understand that they see a huge opportunity when the Pope comes to visit. For the faithful, this means spiritual but most see it as a chance to make money to at least temporarily lift them out of poverty. And some wonder if it is right to make money off the Pope's visit. But, then, they do not have any choice, do they? And what's more important, anyway?

Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

½

This movie is a GEM! The story is filmed based on a true event that happened in 1988 when the Pope visited Melo, Uruguay. It's beautiful, sad, inspiring, truthful, funny and angry. Superb music! EXCELLENT acting! A must watch!

Jossepi
Jojo Shek

Super Reviewer

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