'Benedetta': 5 things to know about the French movie on VoD

'Benedetta': 5 things to know about the French movie on VoD
Virginie Efira in 'Benedetta' (IMDb)

'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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When does 'Benedetta' release and where can you watch it 

'Benedetta' releases on December 3, 2021, and can be watched on VoD.

What is 'Benedetta' all about

The official synopsis reads: "A 17th-century nun in Italy suffers from disturbing religious and erotic visions. She is assisted by a companion, and the relationship between the two women develops into a romantic love affair".

Who stars in the VoD movie

Virginie Efira as Benedetta

Virginie Efira is a Belgian actress and writer. She first gained popularity when she was hired by Club RTL (A Belgian TV channel) to present a children's show called 'Megamix'. Efira later presented several programs in Belgium, one of which was 'A la recherche de la nouvelle Star'. In 2002, she was offered to present Belgian's version of 'Star Academy'.


Efira is popularly known for her roles in 'Elle', 'Victoria' and 'Sibyl'. She got her debut role in the romantic comedy It Boy. Later, she received commendable praise for her excellent performance in the drama, 'In Bed with Victoria', for which she also received the Magritte Award for Best Actress and the Cesar Award for Best Actress nomination.

Efira also made appearances in drama,  'An Impossible Love' and the black comedy called 'Bye Bye Morons'. She used to be married to Patrick Ridremont, a well-known Belgian comedian and actor. 



The rest of the cast includes Charlotte Ramplingas Soeur Felicita, Daphne Patakia as Bartolomea, Lambert Wilson as Alfonso, Olivier Rabourdin as Alfonso Cecchi, Louise Chevillotte as Soeur, Herve Pierre as Paolo Ricordati, Clotilde Courau as Midea, David Clavel as Giuliano, Guilaine Londez as Soeur, Gaelle Jeantet as Soeur, Justine Bachelet as Soeur, Lauriane Riquet as Soeur, Heloise Bresca as Christina enfant, Jonathan Couzinie as Jesus, Vinciane Millereau as Le docteur, and Jerome Chappatte as Le secrétaire du Nonce.



The writers of the movie are David Birke and Judith C Brown, with Paul Verhoeven as the director.  




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