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In the 9th century, a woman disguises herself as a man and rises through the ranks of the Vatican.

Cast & Crew

Johanna Wokalek
Johanna von Ingelheim
John Goodman
Pope Sergius
Iain Glen
Village Priest
Lotte Flack
Johanna von Ingelheim - Age 10-14
Tigerlily Hutchinson
Pope Joan - age 6-9
Jördis Triebel
Suzanne Bertish
Bishop Arnaldo
Sönke Wortmann
Screenwriter
Marcel Barsotti
Original Music
Tom Fährmann
Cinematographer
Hans Funck
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Bernd Lepel
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  • Aug 06, 2011
    Christianity overall, and in all it's manipulative power over the ages, has more than surely hidden so much under the rug, secrets that eventually all faced/will face the public. The first woman pope and as i know the only woman pope ever to have ruled from Rome. In those times women were looked down upon, spat on, treated like slaves, like man's boot heal, as a woman it would've been impossible to succeed so quick, well one did, as a man. Manuscripts have been found, bits and pieces here and there that depict some truth. This film portrays Johanna Wokalek as the pope pretending to be a man but eventually a not so anticipated twist mixed with some love turns the tides dramatically. <a href="http://s278.photobucket.com/albums/kk89/ovinemesis300/?action=view¤t=images-1.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk89/ovinemesis300/images-1.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> young Johanna <a href="http://s278.photobucket.com/albums/kk89/ovinemesis300/?action=view¤t=pope-joan-688128l-imagine.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk89/ovinemesis300/pope-joan-688128l-imagine.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> Pope Johanna This film has incredible bits of history, mixed with a drop of fiction. It has a veritable medieval feel to it, everything feels so old and realistically rendered to a point you can easily fall into this very nicely performed and written storyline, adapted by a novel by Donna Woolfolk Cross, whom in her turn inspired her story by various legends and/or facts. Problem with legends is, they tend to change over the years. An outstanding performance by Johanna Wokalek (a not so known actress) and David Wenham that has always had huge potential and he clearly proves it here, with John Goodman as the fat pope and quite a few more known faces, but an overall great acting. On normal occasions, i get bored by this particular genre, not the case with Pope Joan, a simply great enjoyable dramatic bread crumb of history. Enjoy! Peace 'n <3
    Ovi G Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2011
    When it comes to stories of the Medieval, I must admit I am limited in knowledge.So if this was real or a legend, I really don't know.Pope Joan was the story of Johanna, who grew up in Germany in the year 800 something AC, in an unfair condition for all women during that time. The movie portrayed her personality and as a legend of a woman posed as a man to enter the monastery and become Pope.German actress Johanna Wokalek was pretty good for that role and the other performances were decent as well.The portrayal of the time, crowds and the cities was below average, but very effective, since it was a low-budget movie, the image and lighting quality was not always good.The weak point of the movie was in the rhythm, which at times was uneven, and went from fast to very slow, but still it was never boring because of the strong plot. Pope Joan was a decent good historical movie and what it lacked in the visual arts, made up in strength of plot and screenplay.
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