Pope Joan (2009)
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'Pope Joan' is an interesting film about faith that is based on actual mythology but it often suffers from taking itself too seriously and often escaping its own reality. Some of the dialogue is simply clunky. Who calls their sister, "My sister?" Even if it was common in Old England, it still comes off as cheesy for film purposes. Pope Joan also suffers from its own premise. It is about a woman who grew up in poverty named Johanna. She defies the odds with her resilience and intellectual prowess but in order to rise in the world, she disguises herself as a man. Johanna eventually becomes Pope. My only misgiving is that she still clearly looks and sounds like a woman throughout all of this. This film pretty much insults the intelligence of people back in 9th Century Europe. This film redeems itself by being a pretty moving story of faith and for having good performances from a cast including Johanna Wokalek (who ironically plays Johanna), John Goodman, David Wenham, Iain Glen.
If Edith Piaf lived as a man in the 13th century, and cross dressed to be in a monastery, add a few songs, then she'd be Pope Joan...wait a minute, thats a great idea for a new Mel Brooks comedy. Pope Joan: The Musical
Intelligent and entertaining mix of history and legend. All around well cast, and Wokalek is a winner. Too abrupt: could have been even more.
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