We Have a Pope

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In theaters Apr 06, 2012
Unrated, 1 hr. 44 min.


Movie Info

Synopsis: Nanni Moretti joins forces with the great French actor Michel Piccoli to tell the story of Melville, a cardinal who suddenly finds himself elected as the next Pope. Never the front runner and
Director: Nanni Moretti
Rated: Unrated
Running Time: 1 hr. 44 min.
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Theater Release: Apr 06, 2012
DVD Release: Sep 11, 2012


Michel Piccoli

The Pope
Nanni Moretti

Male Psychotherapist
Jerzy  Stuhr

Renato Scarpa

Cardinal Gregori
Margherita Buy

Female Psychotherapi...
Franco Graziosi

Cardinal Bollati
Camillo Milli

Cardinal Pescardona
Roberto Nobile

Cardinal Cevasco
Ulrich Von Dobschütz

Cardinal brummer
Gianluca Gobbi

Swiss Guard

Critic Reviews

  • Always the star of his movies, even when he shouldn't be, the atheist Moretti gets caught up in his own papal bull. But Piccoli's blessed empathy prevails. More...
  • This is rich material that Moretti mines for both superficial absurdity and deep pathos. But he refuses to forge an orthodox happy ending, let alone a tinny satire. More...
  • We Have a Pope takes its shots at the institution of the Catholic Church, but this is by no means a scathing satire. It's more of a character study, insightful and nuanced, about a man grappling with a profound sense of inadequacy, questioning himself. More...
  • Though skeptical, the film isn't at all mean-spirited. More...
  • "We Have a Pope" is a nuanced, moving and profoundly humane exploration of doubt, faith, weakness and resolve. More...
  • "We Have a Pope" has great heart. More...
  • On the surface, this Italian dramedy about a troubled cardinal reluctant to accept his election to the papacy is a likable, understated farce. Look closer and you'll see that it has serious issues on its mind. More...
  • Moretti's latest work looks at the church sympathetically, veristically, comically. More...
  • There's a sweetness to Italian director Nanni Moretti's "We Have a Pope" that belies its seemingly unholy premise... More...
  • Piccoli gives the film a depth it perhaps doesn't deserve. More...

User Reviews

  • Even with Piccoli in a strong performance, this drama doesn't live up to the promise of its premise. While the first half is efficient and has a good...
  • What a wonderful film. Shame that it didn't get more recognition in Cannes. Cloaked in humor, this is nonetheless a serious look at a religious...
  • As the Papal Conclave wears on, it appears that there is no clear frontrunner which might have something to do with nobody really wanting the...
  • A promising beginning turns into a bit of a mess. This is a film that does not know whether to take itself seriously or as a pure comedy and leads to...