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'Benedetta': 5 things you need to know about Virginie Efira and cast

The cast looks full of promises with Virginie Efira and Charlotte Rampling in lead roles
Virginie Efira and Charlotte Rampling in 'Benedetta' (Instagram - @efira_virginie)
Virginie Efira and Charlotte Rampling in 'Benedetta' (Instagram - @efira_virginie)

'Benedetta' is a new French film, the storyline of which is loosely based on the non-fiction book called 'Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy', by Judith C Brown. The film premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, competing for the Palme d'Or.
Set in 17th century Italy, the film follows the events of the lead character Benedetta Carlini, who is an Italian nun in the abbey of a convent in Tuscany. Carlini was known to be mystical because of her religious entourage, and eventually, get arrested for her sexual exploitation. 


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Here's a look at who plays who in the movie.


Virginie Efira as Benedetta

Virginie Efira is a Belgian actress and writer, and started her onstage career as a TV presenter, way back in 1998. She landed her very first acting debut in 2004, providing the voice of Liz Wilson (played by Jennifer Love Hewitt) in the French dubbed version of 'Garfield'. She is popularly known for her roles on 'Elle', 'Victoria' and 'Sibyl'.

Efira got her debut leading role in the comedy 'It Boy', soon after which she received immense praise for her work in the comedy-drama, 'In Bed with Victoria'. She took up acting studies at both the INSAS (Institut national superieur des arts du spectacle et des techniques de diffusion) and at the Belgian Royal Conservatoire.

Efira also appeared in 'An Impossible Love', and the comedy, 'Bye Bye Morons'. Today, Efira is a member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 78th Venice International Film Festival in 2021.


Charlotte Rampling as Soeur Felicita

Tessa Charlotte Rampling used to be a famous model before she entered the film industry. Rampling is known for her roles in 'Georgy Girl' and 'The Damned', and is famous worldwide for her role in 'The Night Porter'. Nazi

Rampling co-starred with Sean Connery in 'Zardoz', with Robert Mitchum in 'Farewell, My Lovely', with Woody Allen in 'Stardust Memories', and with Paul Newman in 'The Verdict'. Rampling also appeared in the 1986 comedy, 'Max My Love', playing the role of Margaret, a woman in love with a chimpanzee. 

Charlotte Rampling is a four-time Cesar Award nominee and was even awarded an Honorary Cesar (2001) and a Legion of Honour (2002). She was awarded the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the European Film Awards. Rampling released her autobiography in 2015, written in French, called 'Qui Je Suis' or Who I Am. She also worked on an English translation and had it published in 2017.


Other cast details

The rest of the cast includes Daphne Patakia as Bartolomea, Lambert Wilson as Alfonso, Olivier Rabourdin as Alfonso Cecchi, Louise Chevillotte as Soeur, Hervé Pierre as Paolo Ricordati, Clotilde Courau as Midea, David Clavel as Giuliano, Guilaine Londez as Soeur, Gaëlle Jeantet as Soeur, Justine Bachelet as Soeur, Lauriane Riquet as Soeur, Héloïse Bresc as Christina enfant, Jonathan Couzinié as Jésus, Vinciane Millereau as Le docteur, and Jérôme Chappatte as Le secrétaire du Nonce. 

'Benedetta' releases on December 3, 2021, on VoD.