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Benedetta Movie Review: Going Through Horny Churches and Sexy Prisons

Paul Verhoeven, you’re a horny motherfucker, you did it again.

Few filmmakers, like Verhoeven, violently confront the almost pure state of modern cinema.All his signature styles NS many When it comes to portraying sex and violence, it combines unnecessary aesthetics with unusual thoughtfulness. That approach has brought him a lot of success, even if it’s usually delayed long after his film was shown.

Verhoeven’s big-budget Hollywood movies of the 80’s and 90’s are dazzling in retrospect. He made five films with uneven commercial and significant success — Robocop, Total recall, Basic instinct, showgirl When Space warrior — But since then, almost everyone has been re-evaluated and admired in a mysterious way that blends uncompromising socio-political satire with genre practices.

21st century Paul Verhoeven slowed down his output and took it out of Hollywood. Benedetta, His first movie since the acclaimed thriller of 2016 ElleIs probably the most openly provocative film of 2021 and probably Verhoeven’s filmography. Benedetta It focuses on religious scandals and the sexual taboos of lesbian cases in monasteries. Provocative in every sense, the film draws viewers in a witty study of sexuality and faith, and can pull them apart by inspiring them without embarrassment. In this film, as with many of Verhoeven’s previous works, these two opposing forces are very important.

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The story is set in 17th-century Italy, and Virginie Efira has felt a supernatural touch in her life from an early age. The belief that God speaks to her was constantly reaffirmed by a small miracle that saved her and her family as a child, and her family dedicated her life to God and sent her to a monastery. As she grows up, her daily life in the monastery is overturned by the arrival of Bartolomea (Daphne Patakia), who begin a secret romantic relationship. Almost at the same time, her vision turns erotic and her sexual awakening is intertwined with the spiritual.

As Benedetta shows the stigmata and begins speaking in the voice of God, her position in the monastery rapidly rises, threatening the authority of the abbot (Charlotte Rampling) in charge of the monastery. The abbot also suspects the cases of Benedetta and Bartolomea. As the power of Benedetta grows within the monastery, some consider her a saint and are the only one to keep the plague away from their villas. Others suspect that her vision is a lie. No one really knows about their sexual nature, but the monastery is a political place. It is sinful enough that Benedetta wants power. If she doesn’t tell the truth, she may be more guilty.

Based on a book Humble Act: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy By Judith C. Bowen, Benedetta It’s a hybrid of a dazzling genre. It is sometimes presented in the rigors and air of historical drama, but infused with the average wit of black comedy, all wrapped in erotic thrillers. It pleases the act of blasphemy, a dildo carved from a statuette of the Virgin Mary, a vision of Christ crucified, and a naked body happily writhing in a holy place, commanding Benedetta to strip, after. So they were sexually tortured.

In these juxtaposition, BenedettaProvocation exposes their teeth: if the monastic sisters are verbally married to Christ, why not a certificate? Are carnal and spiritual desires different? Verhoeven raises many questions at Benedetta, And provide some answers. Like the Bible, where the early Catholic Church claimed its authority but prevented the general public from reading it, the film supports endless interpretations and admits simple rejections.

May find Benedetta It’s too exploitative to take seriously. The criticism has its merits. You can read that the lasciviousness of a movie is aimed at the camera as well as the character. That quianeness can be encountered purely as intended to inspire heterosexuals.But in the context of the strict Catholic range at the peak of its power, Verhoeven’s claim is BenedettaThe two extremes are convincing. He imposes the sacred on the blasphemous and questions the religious denial of human experience.

Throughout Benedetta, God is just a cover, and few are actually protected when God is called. The monastery claims that it does the work of the Lord, but it only accepts girls whose families can pay “dowry”. The Pope’s ambassador arrives in the town, but with him brings the plague. And when Benedetta begins to claim her holiness, Bartolomea becomes disposable to her. If desires are denied and hidden behind euphemisms, it is incomprehensible, Verhoeven suggests, and unexamined desires can be indiscriminate consumption.

Benedetta runs through the mob in the movie Benedetta Kurt

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In some forms of Christianity, the ultimate sin is blasphemy — a word or act of contempt for God or a desire to blasphemy the holy. It is also a convenient sin and a flexible sin that can be imposed against opponents of the religious order in question.In the eyes of the church, the blasphemy is very Contemplation In the acts they are accused of, it can be seen as a shock and insult to the status quo. It sets up a scenario where you can feel that you shouldn’t even try to understand the accused and their beliefs so that believers don’t find themselves on the path to blasphemy.

This is ultimately Verhoeven’s most evil trick BenedettaA movie that dares to find the viewer as it is blasphemous, an insult to some sensibilities. At one level, it bears the stigma of Smat because it’s an irreverent and mischievous job aimed at shocking you with its glitter, but it’s also about its impact as another control system. I have.favorite RobocopWith violent deconstruction of how capitalism transforms cities Space Warrior’ Elimination of brutal war as a mechanism to foster a more fascist culture, Benedetta It can be read as a cinematic path to a culture of oppression. There, the collective denial of the scope of human sexuality in the name of the saint is another way to secretly create a more terrifying sinner.

Benedetta It will open in theaters on December 3rd and will be available for digital rental on December 21st.

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