The Two Popes

2019 | Drama | 125 minutes | In English | Available on Netflix (December 20, 2019)

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In 2012, Cardinal Bergoglio is frustrated with the direction of the church so he notifies Pope Benedict of his wish to retire. Pope Benedict summons  the Cardinal, his harshest critic (and his eventual successor), to come to Rome to discuss this decision. The Pope also wants to inform the Cardinal of a huge scandal that’s brewing that could shake the foundations of the Church. The Pope and the Cardinal talk about the changing Church tradition, about the importance of progress, and about guilt and forgiveness. They are two men with divergent positions as to how the Church must face its future. But, confronting their past, they struggle to form a common ground that will affect  over a billion worldwide followers.   

Cast
Anthony Hopkins (Pope Benedict XVI) / Jonathan Pryce (Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the future Pope Francis) / Juan Minujin (Young Jorge Marion Bergoglio)
Why Stream This Film?
Firstly, there is the riveting experience of seeing two extraordinary veteran actors each giving one of the best performances of their careers. Secondly, as critic Peter Debruge writes, “The film does not try to convert the viewer. Instead it eloquently communicates the importance of giving people something to believe in.” 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 90%
  • Metacritic Score: 83
Accolades
  • Hamptons International Film Festival: Winner, Audience Award, Narrative Feature
  • The Two Popes will no doubt be nominated for multiple Oscars

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The fate of the Catholic faith hangs in the balance in this literate, exceptionally acted drama starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce. THE TWO POPES isn’t nearly as concerned with either of these men’s individual pasts as it is with the Church’s future. And when it comes time to consider what’s at stake, the movie goes big, reminding why the Pope can be the world’s greatest ally—a leader in knocking down walls, respecting those without resources, protecting the planet and unifying its inhabitants.
Peter Debruge

VARIETY

Among many higher-profile films at this year’s Telluride Film Festival, THE TWO POPES might turn out to be the sleeper hit of the entire four-day movie orgy. Anchored by two outstanding performances from Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce, the film is a triumph of writing as well as unostentatious filmmaking.
Stephen Farber

The Hollywood Reporter

I wasn’t really looking forward to Fernando Meirelles’s THE TWO POPES until the Telluride response was so positive, and it fit nicely into my Saturday morning schedule. I’m very happy it did. This is a smart, emphatic film about the need for both resilience and uncertainty in a faithful heart. And it’s a funny character piece for a pair of living legends, who just happen to play Popes.
Brian Tallerico

RogerEbert.com

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