France | 2021 | 131 min. | Paul Verhoeven

October 3, 2022

A 17th-century nun in Italy suffers from disturbing religious and erotic visions.

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Based on a true story, a 17th-century nun becomes entangled in a forbidden lesbian affair with a novice. But it is Benedetta’s shocking religious visions that threaten to shake the Church to its core.

  • Director: Paul Verhoeven
  • Principal Cast: Virginie Efira, Charlotte Rampling, Lambert Wilson
  • Country: France
  • Year: 2021
  • Running Time: 131 min.
  • Screenplay: David Birke, Paul Verhoeven
  • Cinematographers: Jeanne Lapoirie
  • Editors: Job ter Burg
  • Music: Anne Dudley
  • Language: French
  • US Distributor: IFC Films