Behind Vatican walls, the conservative Pope Benedict XVI and the liberal future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church.

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Fernando Meirelles
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Cardinal Ratzinger / Pope Benedict
Jonathan Pryce ... Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio / Pope Francis
Juan Minujín ... Younger Jorge Bergoglio
Luis Gnecco ... Cardinal Hummes
Cristina Banegas ... Lisabetta
María Ucedo María Ucedo ... Esther Ballestrino
Renato Scarpa ... Camerlengo
Sidney Cole ... Cardinal Turkson
Achille Brugnini Achille Brugnini ... Cardinal Martini
Federico Torre ... Protodeacon Estevez
Germán de Silva ... Father Yorio
Lisandro Fiks Lisandro Fiks ... Father Jalics
Libero De Rienzo ... Roberto
Willie Jonah Willie Jonah ... Cardinal Arinze
Sofia Cessak Sofia Cessak ... Amalia Damonte (as Sofia Mayra Cessak)
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Storyline

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 their pasts in order to find common ground and forge a future for a billion followers around the world. Inspired by true events. Written by Netflix

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Inspired by true events.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic content and some disturbing violent images. | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Premiered at the 2019 Telluride Film Festival in August. It then enjoyed a brief theatrical window before arriving on Netflix in December. See more »

Goofs

In one scene, after a long discussion, Pope Benedict gives Pope Frances a CD of Abbey Road. The background music then chimes the music and lyrics of "Blackbird," which is from the album the Beatles released before Abbey Road, The Beatles ("White Album") See more »

Quotes

Pope Francis: Um, I am trying to get the Wi-Fi in here. You know how it works?
Swiss Guard: The Wi-Fi?
Pope Francis: S, si. I'm trying to make a booking, and apparently, the only way it can be done is online. Can you help me at all?
Swiss Guard: Of course, Holy Father...
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, the title characters watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup final. See more »


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Clair de Lune
Written by Claude Debussy
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Pleasantly surprised
11 September 2019 | by gregorycookjohnsonSee all my reviews

I just watched this at TIFF, and thought it was a very charming film. The performances by Pryce and Hopkins were exceptional - very humorous, and the subtleties of there characters made for a fascinating chemistry. Highly recommended!


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UK | Italy

Release Date:

20 December 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Two Popes See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$243,711
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Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color | Black and White (some scenes)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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