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Film / We Have A Pope

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We Have a Pope (originally titled Habemus Papam) is a 2011 French-Italian film directed by Nanni Moretti.

The story is about a newly elected Pope (Michel Piccoli) who finds his new position profoundly distressing. The cardinals are forced to call a therapist. Of course, on the way back from an appointment, the pope runs away...

Hilarity, confusion, and volleyball games ensue.

Tropes Found in this Film Include:

  • El Cid Ploy: When the pope goes missing, a Swiss guard is brought in to stand in his room and hover by the windows so the majority of the cardinals won't know.
  • Got Volunteered: At the beginning, all of the cardinals pray that they won't be chosen... and the man who is reacts first by crying and then by running away.
  • Reluctant Ruler: Our poor protagonist really doesn't want to be pope. He'd much rather be an actor, like his sister.