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Episode #1.8 

The Pope deals with his grief after experiencing a personal loss, and travels to Africa where his eyes are opened to wider suffering.


Paolo Sorrentino




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jude Law ... Lenny Belardo
Diane Keaton ... Sister Mary
Silvio Orlando ... Cardinal Voiello
Javier Cámara ... Cardinal Bernardo Gutierrez (credit only)
Scott Shepherd ... Cardinal Dussolier (credit only)
Cécile de France ... Sofia
Ludivine Sagnier ... Esther Aubry (credit only)
Toni Bertorelli Toni Bertorelli ... Cardinal Caltanissetta
James Cromwell ... Cardinal Michael Spencer
Andre Gregory ... Elmore Coen
Ignazio Oliva ... Valente
Milvia Marigliano Milvia Marigliano ... Sister Antonia
Sebastian Roché ... Cardinal Michel Marivaux
Robert Brodie Booth Robert Brodie Booth ... Reporter on the Plane
Francesca Cutolo ... Reporter on the Plane


Lenny prays for the soul of Dussolier, and sister Mary bitterly laments the death of her former pupil. Lenny calls Sophia, who advises him to visit the famous mission center in Africa. To everyone's surprise, the Pope agrees. During his journey, the press unsuccessfully tries to talk to Lenny, and tells Voiello that Curtwell may have been blackmailing the pontiff. In Africa, the Pope has conflicting feelings about the activities of Sister Anthonia, but his attempt at recognition is interrupted when a local priest hands him a revealing note. Now, carefully observing the injustices, Lenny is giving an inspirational speech. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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6 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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On the Move to Nondescript Africa
16 July 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

It's an odd dichotomy. Pope Lenny at times deplores publicity and turns his back on the traditional avarice necessary to run his domain. He is truly pious. But now he sees his work as a publicity nightmare and in comes his favorite girl. She makes recommendations about sticks with no carrots. Eventually, he reluctantly makes his way to see an African nun who is corrupt and narcissistic. She is thought of as a saint and yet she is much responsible for deplorable conditions in her country. She is more interested in getting a selfie with the Pope than serious discussion. He sees how awful things are but, in his inimitable way, isn't all that interested in closing up the gaps. He has become more and more pretentious and some of the directors images really enhance this.

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