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New Pope (The)

Country: Italy, Language: English, 60 mins

  • Director: Paolo Sorrentino
  • Writer: Paolo Sorrentino; Umberto Contarello; Stefano Bises
  • Producer: Laurence Bowen; Simon Arnal; Carole Scotta; Caroline Benjo

CGiii Comment

Where do you go after The Young Pope?!? To La-La Land...that's where!

Paolo Sorrentino & Co. have gone off-piste...into a vortex of outrageous camp and religious neon-lit absurdity. It's hilarious, terrifying, touching and - at times - truly surreal.

Here, John Malkovitch dons the papal ferula...embellished by eyeliner, a few mental health issues and a serious drug habit. Riddled with affectations and eloquence, his mission is to 'upgrade' his inherited institution...allowing gay marriage, allowing priests to marry...metaphorically and cataclysmically, dropping a bomb on the Vatican and its preposterous piety. The question is: Will he succeed? Not if Cardinal Angelo Voiello has anything to do with it! Yes, there is a god, Silvio Orlando returns [in duplicate]...this man does contempt and comfort with eye-blinking ease. Prepare for a duel of minds...with flurries of flicks, fleches and feints.

This is haute couture irreverence, this is malignant beauty. This is a statement.


The(ir) Blurb...

Follow-up series to Paolo Sorrentino's 'The Young Pope.'

Cast & Characters

Jude Law as Lenny Belardo;
Stefano Accorsi as Italian Prime Minister;
Javier Camara as Cardinal Gutierrez;
Cecile De France as Sofia;
Kika Georgiou;
Massimo Ghini;
Henry Goodman;
Mark Ivanir as Bauer;
Maurizio Lombardi as Cardinal Mario Assente;
John Malkovich as Giovanni Paolo III;
Marilyn Manson;
Silvio Orlando as Cardinal Voiello;
Ludivine Sagnier as Esther;
Yuliya Snigir;
Sharon Stone;
Ulrich Thomsen;
Sophia Zaccaron;
Sonia Amini as Journalist;
Tomas Arana;
Ramon Garcia as Aguirre