Benedetta ★★★½

2021 Ranked

A part of me can’t help but feel this is disappointingly tame given that Paul Verhoeven of all people directed it, but at the same time, the central relationship is treated wholly with dignity and never felt like outright exploitation, choosing to trade in what potentially could’ve been exciting crassness for something beautiful and rooted in genuine pathos instead. Somewhat unfocused narratively as the stuff regarding organized religion, while well-handled, felt disconnected from the central narrative, but Virginie Efira is tremendous and the drama is often compelling. Much better than the convoluted and plodding Elle, FWIW.

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