a 17th-century Italian nun who professed a direct connection to Jesus and the Virgin Mary, was prosecuted for being a lesbian, and manipulated her way into obtaining sainthood.
‘“Benedetta” is full of surprising tones shrewdly introduced by Verhoeven, who keeps us leaning forward to suss out just what his film is trying to be and to say. Cloister drama gives way to steamy soft-core romance gives way to camp comedy gives way to apocalyptic horror… I think the film is at its most salient when it is depicting, with terror and awe, the doomsday scramble: petty humans brandishing their faith and their imagined might as protection against the creeping end of things…”—Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
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