‘Benedetta’: 5 things to know about French films on VoD

“Benedetta” is a new French film, the screenplay of which is loosely based on the non-fiction book “Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy” by Judith C Brown. The film premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, in competition for the Palme d’Or.

Set in 17th-century Italy, the film follows the events of the main character Benedetta Carlini, who is an Italian nun in a convent abbey in Tuscany. Carlini was known to be a mystic because of her religious entourage, and eventually she was arrested for her sexual exploitation.


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When is ‘Benedetta’ coming out and where can you watch it

‘Benedetta’ is released on December 3, 2021 and can be watched on VoD.

What is ‘Benedetta’

The official synopsis reads: “A 17th century nun in Italy suffers from disturbing religious and erotic visions. She is assisted by a companion and the relationship between the two women turns into a romantic love affair.”

Who plays in the movie VoD

Virginie Efira as Benedetta

Virginie Efira is a Belgian actress and writer. She first gained popularity when she was hired by Club RTL (a Belgian TV channel) to present a children’s show called ‘Megamix’. Efira then presented several programs in Belgium, including “In search of the new Star”. In 2002, he was asked to present the Belgian version of ‘Star Academy’.

Efira is known for her roles in “Elle”, “Victoria” and “Sibyl”. She got her first role in the romantic comedy It Boy. She later received praise for her excellent performance in the drama “In Bed with Victoria”, for which she also received the Magritte Award for Best Actress and the César for Best Actress.

Efira has also made appearances in the drama “An Impossible Love” and the black comedy titled “Bye Bye Morons”. She was married to Patrick Ridremont, a well-known Belgian comedian and actor.

The rest of the cast includes Charlotte Ramplingas Sister Felicita, Daphne Patakia as Bartolomea, Lambert Wilson as Alfonso, Olivier Rabourdin as Alfonso Cecchi, Louise Chevillotte as Sister, Herve Pierre as Paolo Ricordati, Clotilde Courau as Midea, David Clavel as Giuliano, Guilaine Londez in Sister, Gaëlle Jeantet as Sister, Justine Bachelet as Sister, Lauriane Riquet as Sister, Héloïse Bresca as Christina as a child, Jonathan Couzinie as Jesus, Vinciane Millereau as The Doctor and Jérôme Chappatte as The Secretary of the Nuncio.


The film’s writers are David Birke and Judith C Brown, with Paul Verhoeven as director.


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