On Friday the 21st of October I went to the movie Paradise Broken with a friend of mine. When the movie was finished my friend really wanted to see this other movie called Operation 8. And since I could see movies for free with my press pass I joined him. He told me it was an action movie about criminals in New Zealand. But after 10 minutes I realized it was a boring documentary about The War on Terror in Aotearoa. I carefully asked him if he liked it so far and fortunately he didn’t either. I got the HIFF program out of my bag and made some light with my phone to see if we had any other options. I found a movie that was about to start in the cinema next to ours so we sneaked out and managed to get in without buying a new ticket. The movie we saw is called ‘We have a pope’ or ‘Habemus Papem’ in Italian. I didn’t know what it was about and therefore had no expectations. All I thought was it had to be better than the boring documentary I just saw. And…. It was! The movie caught me totally by surprise. We were laughing out loud after 5 minutes, when it actually wasn’t even a comedy. The story begins shortly after the pope dies in the Vatican. Cardinals from all over the world are flown in to go into conclave and decide who the next pope will be. In one scene they show all Cardinals up close praying, and as the camera moves from one close-up to the next, most people in the audience probably thought the same thing I did. They were praying that they would be the chosen one. But after a minute or so we suddenly hear the thoughts of the Cardinalsand all they are thinking is: “Please don’t let it be me”. This was very hilarious as well.
In short, without giving too much away, a new pope is chosen but he doesn’t feel fit for this big task. So as the white smoke comes out of the Vatican and all the crowd outside goes wild he escapes and wonders the street of Rome to relive all sorts of memories in his life that he’ll never experience again when he becomes pope. It was a very sweet movie with an adorable old little man as the main character. We join him on his journey and really understand what he is going trough. Without knowing what will happen next. I can recommend it to anyone that’s in for a feel good movie.