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ma 24 feb
20:30

The Two Popes

The Two Popes Language: English | Subs: Dutch Captivating, ironic drama about the confrontation between two church leaders of greatly differing attitude and character. Top-notch actors Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce are phenomenal in the roles of the conservative Pope Benedict XVI and the more progressive Jorge Bergoglio (the present Pope Francis). Their performances earned them both best-actor Oscar nominations. The Argentinian cardinal Bergoglio wishes to resign from his office in Buenos Aires and return to his work as a simple priest. His letters to Pope Benedict XVI remain unanswered, however, and he travels to Rome to speak with the pope personally. Pope Benedict will not accept his letter of resignation, though, as the conservative 83-year-old wants to step down himself – and though Benedict had previously viewed Bergoglio’s progressive style as a threat, he now sees the cardinal as his ideal successor. Benedict has been at a loss to address the sex abuse scandal that has become fully public during his papacy. According to Bergoglio, the Church is to blame for this black page in history because it has turned away from the world and has not taken enough action against priests guilty of abuse. Moreover, Bergoglio feels that the Church has simply ignored the challenges of the 21st century. During the conversations that follow, the two men cross swords over what course the Church, with its 1.3 billion faithful, should take. Though the two do not agree, their mutual respect and admiration grow, and they even develop a kind of friendship. Whether or not viewers support the papacy and the Church, this film does demonstrate that mutual understanding between two people of different minds is a sign of great intelligence – even though the movie also shows the two popes’ human weaknesses. The Two Popes is lively, resplendent and full of witty remarks, without losing sight of its serious subject matter. It succeeds due to tip-top acting, dynamic camera work and excellent editing. The majestic, beautiful scenery are a visual treat; the light-hearted music provides glorious, ironic balance.
Language:
English
, subs:
Dutch

Next week

The Two Popes
The Two Popes Language: English | Subs: Dutch Captivating, ironic drama about the confrontation between two church leaders of greatly differing attitude and character. Top-notch actors Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce are phenomenal in the roles of the conservative Pope Benedict XVI and the more progressive Jorge Bergoglio (the present Pope Francis). Their performances earned them both best-actor Oscar nominations. The Argentinian cardinal Bergoglio wishes to resign from his office in Buenos Aires and return to his work as a simple priest. His letters to Pope Benedict XVI remain unanswered, however, and he travels to Rome to speak with the pope personally. Pope Benedict will not accept his letter of resignation, though, as the conservative 83-year-old wants to step down himself – and though Benedict had previously viewed Bergoglio’s progressive style as a threat, he now sees the cardinal as his ideal successor. Benedict has been at a loss to address the sex abuse scandal that has become fully public during his papacy. According to Bergoglio, the Church is to blame for this black page in history because it has turned away from the world and has not taken enough action against priests guilty of abuse. Moreover, Bergoglio feels that the Church has simply ignored the challenges of the 21st century. During the conversations that follow, the two men cross swords over what course the Church, with its 1.3 billion faithful, should take. Though the two do not agree, their mutual respect and admiration grow, and they even develop a kind of friendship. Whether or not viewers support the papacy and the Church, this film does demonstrate that mutual understanding between two people of different minds is a sign of great intelligence – even though the movie also shows the two popes’ human weaknesses. The Two Popes is lively, resplendent and full of witty remarks, without losing sight of its serious subject matter. It succeeds due to tip-top acting, dynamic camera work and excellent editing. The majestic, beautiful scenery are a visual treat; the light-hearted music provides glorious, ironic balance.

Language:
English
, subs:
Dutch

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