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By Aurore Duiguo
Italian director Nanni Moretti’s “Habemus Papam” is a movie about a wandering, about a man who has fled.
It is the wandering of a newly elected pope (played by Michel Piccoli), who is chosen against his will. “Habemus Papam” (“We Have A Pope”) is about a man who believes that he can’t assume this huge burden. In fact, he does not want to.
After a new pontiff is elected, tradition dictates that he will appear through a balcony window at the Vatican to introduce himself to the faithful. But before this can happen, the chief of the College of Cardinals is called upon to reveal the name of the next head of the Church. The new Pope is completely shattered by his selection.
He begins to scream and can’t stand up. His disconcerting reaction reveals his uneasiness and makes us understand the existential crisis he is experiencing. Dwarfed by the role he is about to assume, he is unable to make up his mind about being Pope. Everything is on hold.
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