Benedetta (Paul Verhoeven, 2021) | French Film Series

Location: Rubenstein Arts Center Film Theater

Part of the 2023 French Film Series:

Benedetta
(Paul Verhoeven, 2021, 131 min, France, French with English subtitles, DCP)

-- Introduced by Hélie Vigor (Romance Studies). Q&A to follow screening.

Based on true events, Benedetta unearths the story of Benedetta Carlini, a 17th-century nun in Tuscany who believed she saw visions of Christ and engaged in a sexual relationship with a fellow sister at her abbey. Directed by Paul Verhoeven (Robocop, Basic Instinct), this delirious, erotic, and violent melodrama is told with a boundless spirit for scandal, and unabashedly courts blasphemy as it unfolds its tale of religious hypocrisy. Wildly entertaining, Benedetta maintains both a feverish pitch and a fascinating ambiguity in its depiction of the miraculous and the mundane, the sacred and the profane. 

“True disciples will appreciate the outlandish craft and courage of Verhoeven’s best film in years: a feminist allegory about a woman establishing power in a patriarchal system — through faith, love and dildos. A funny, filthy, iconoclastic riot.” – Empire

“Mixing lurid, cynical exploitation with fluid storytelling and the principled irreverence of a satirist whose art always punches up against institutional dogma, [Verhoeven] scores a knockout.” – The Ringer


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Contact: Hank Okazaki

Email: hokazak@duke.edu

Sponsor: Center for French and Francophone Studies

Co-Sponsors: Duke Cinematic Arts