At the recent Golden Globe Netflix has been exalted in the nominations but hasn't collected much in terms of awards. One of the titles that was favorably surprised was "Two Popes". Jonhnatan Pryce and Sir Anthony Hopkins lend face and soul to 2 characters who have made recent human history: Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. As the title in the film tells the story of the historical transition from one Pope to another that took place only a few years ago. Ratzinger's resignation in favor of Bergoglio has upset all the consolidated and millennial practices of the Christian Church. The world has been overwhelmed but few have understood or deepened why behind such a drastic choice. We found ourselves with two popes, one active and one in pectore or as he likes to say "silentium". The film is very powerful because it shows us how behind such an incredible choice there are very political reasons if we want to simplify and very important for the whole sacred Roman church. Ratzinger was elected following the death of Pope John Paul II, a beloved pope who had had the merit of bringing the faithful together and increasing the popularity of the Christian church in the world. A unifying Pope but who is also shown in the film as a Pope behind whom too many shadows had been cast. From sexual scandals to a very marked conservatism that did not tolerate modernity, which was far removed from issues such as abortion, homosexuality and divorce. Ratzinger took up the inheritance but without the charisma of his predecessor. He continued to preserve the sacred and indissoluble centenary values of the Catholic Church but soon managed to lose faithful, lose appeal because of his closed and gruff character that cost him the unorthodox title of "Nazi" Pope. At the time of his election many cardinals and not only hoped for the rise of a reformist pope. Surprisingly it was Bergoglio himself who was indicated as one of the potential popes who could bring the church into the new millennium. This was not the case and that defeat led Bergoglio to rethink his role until the decision to resign. Resignation always rejected by Ratzinger, despite seeing Bergoglio as a potential enemy son of over-reformist ideas. After years spent depowering the church and seeing scandals and criticism rain down on his pontificate, Ratzinger came to the incredible conclusion that Bergoglio would be the salvation of the Papal institution. His resignation began with the awareness that the Church needed to be modern, to welcome the last and the different, to open itself to a world that was changing too quickly. The rest is history. Of this film will remain the incredible performances of Pryce and Hopkins, literally identical to their two counterparts and above all a ruthless but fundamental examination of what happened only a few years ago.
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