The Two Popes

Director: Fernando Meirelles

2019, 126 minutes, Digital, PG-13


Cast: Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins

Distributor: Netflix

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.

“This lively, intriguing and insistently humanistic flight of fancy… brims with wit, warmth and some tantalizing what-ifs.” – Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post