Recently, a trend has appeared in cinema for the production of films, where the main theme is religion, many films are based on real events. One of these films was the French-Dutch historical drama "The Holy Virgin" (2019). The exact release date of the picture is still unknown, but viewers will be able to enjoy it already in 2019. Unfortunately, the creators did not release the trailer, but the plot of the picture is already known, and you can also see the first few frames from the film.
The age limit is strictly 18+.
Genre: biographical, drama, historical, melodrama
Producer: Paul Verhoeven
Release date: 2019 year
Actors: W. Efira, S. Rampling, O. Raburden, L. Chevillot, L. Wilson, K. Kuro, A. Chandar, D. Patakia, E. Pierre, A. Lelande and others.
About the work on the picture
The director’s chair was taken by the cult Dutch and American film director Paul Verhoeven. His works include such famous projects as Turkish Delights (1973), Robocop (1978), Basic Instinct (1992).
The work of Paul is characterized by frank and erotic scenes. Also, his work is highly appreciated by film critics, and he is the owner of several awards and nominations, including the Golden Globe and the Cesar Award.
Paul’s awards include Golden Raspberry, an award given by the Foundation’s special convener for the worst films. He earned this award for the 1996 Shougels film. At the same time, the film became a cult and became a box office record holder with a rating of 18+.
The script was worked by David Birk and Paul Verhoeven. The musical component of the film was developed by Ann Dudley. Her famous works are The Black Book (2006), American History X (1998), The Tenth Kingdom (2000) television series. Ann is also the winner of the Academy Award for Best Music for the film Male Striptease (1997). )
Judith S. Brown's book Indiscreet Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy formed the basis of the idea for the movie. The book is based on memoirs stored in the archive, telling about the life of Benedetta Carlini, a nun, and then the abbess of the church.
The film is based on real events that occurred in the 17th century in Italy. Young Benedetta Carlini came to the monastery at the age of nine. And after a few years, the novice begins to pursue erotic visions, where men were the main source of evil. The nun was able to reach the post of abbess of the monastery and become famous for her prophecies, but soon the papacy accused her of being close to a woman (testimony against the abbess was given by Bartolomei, a nun with whom Benedetta had a love affair). So Carlini was sent to prison, where she spent the rest of her life until her death.
From the cast, you can distinguish the leading role, Virginie Efira, the Belgian actress and TV presenter. Her most recognizable projects are Love at Risk for Life (2010), Caprice (2015), and In Bed with Victoria (2016).
Also in the film were Charlotte Rampling, an Academy Award nominee known for her roles in the cult films Basic Instinct 2 (2006), Melancholy (2011), 45 Years (2015); Lambert Wilson - “Frankenstein” (1992), “The Matrix: Reloaded” and “The Matrix: Revolution” (2003); Olivier Raboudin, who took part in the film projects "Joan of Arc" (1999), "Hostage" (2007), "The Untouchables" (2011), etc.
One of the many films about religion, the "Holy Virgin" of 2019 should appeal to all lovers of historical dramas. But he, like all the films directed by Paul Verhoeven, will be filled with erotic scenes, and you decide whether they are appropriate in religious films or not. In any case, the movie will bring the proper resonance. And we just have to wait for the exact release date of the premiere, and believe that it will turn out to be difficult, full of hidden meaning and will be able to convey to us the difficult life of a nun in the 17th century.