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The Two Popes
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The Two Popes - Movie Synopsis & Plot

From Fernando Meirelles, the Academy Award-nominated director of “City of God,” and three-time Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Anthony McCarten, comes an intimate story of one of the most dramatic transitions of power in the last 2,000 years. Frustrated with the direction of the church, Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins). Instead, facing scandal and self-doubt, the introspective Pope Benedict summons his harshest critic and future successor to Rome to reveal a secret that would shake the foundations of the Catholic Church. Behind Vatican walls, a struggle commences between both tradition and progress, guilt and forgiveness, as these two very different men confront elements from their pasts in order to find common ground and forge a future for a billion followers around the world. *Inspired by true events

MOVIE REVIEW

The Two Popes is most powerful when it’s just Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins—as Pope Francis and his predecessor Pope Benedict—alone, debating morality and theology. The movie, from director Fernando Meirelles, doesn’t have nearly enough of that, but it’s still an oft compelling clash of beliefs and an examination of the rare—once in a millennia—handoffs of the papacy.
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