Enough to re­store your faith

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television Free To Air - The Young Pope,

“I don’t have any sins to con­fess,” 47-year-old con­ser­va­tive Amer­i­can pope Pius XIII, for­merly Lenny Be­lardo (Jude Law), tells a dis­creetly as­ton­ished priest. “My con­science does not ac­cuse me of any­thing.” And that seems to be true: a cig­a­rette-smok­ing, cherry soda-drink­ing go-get­ter, Be­lardo be­came the youngest (and first Amer­i­can) pope ever only be­cause his men­tor, car­di­nal and for­mer arch­bishop of New York Michael Spencer (James Cromwell, the farmer in Babe), mis­judged the power play that should have el­e­vated him to the pa­pacy.

Yet as cun­ning as he at first comes across comes, he’s about to face, with trusted as­sis­tant Sis­ter Mary (Diane Keaton), both holy of­fice pol­i­tics at the high­est level and his own in­ter­nal de­mons. The is The Young Pope, the sin­gu­lar new se­ries from film di­rec­tor Paolo Sor­rentino, whose cin­e­matic suc­cesses in­clude Il Divo and the best for­eign lan­guage Os­car-win­ning The Great The Young Pope Beauty. An im­mensely tal­ented vis­ual stylist, Sor­rentino prefers to work with the same cin­e­matog­ra­pher and ed­i­tor on all his projects. Thus two of the stars here are the rav­ish­ing pho­tog­ra­phy of Luca Bigazzi (the in­te­rior Vat­i­can sets were built at Rome’s leg­endary Cinecitta stu­dios) and the stately yet sub­tly dis­ori­ent­ing edit­ing of Cris­tiano Travagli­oli.

Orig­i­nally a 10-episode lim­ited se­ries (which took al­most three years to make), The Young Pope was such a suc­cess in some mar­kets (in­clud­ing Bri­tain, Ire­land and, of course, Italy) that a sec­ond sea­son has been com­mis­sioned. The Young Pope has been called the Board­walk Em­pire of the Vat­i­can but in truth is a much more orig­i­nal and hyp­notic ex­pe­ri­ence, and proof, as if it were needed at this point, that some of the best work in film is hap­pen­ing on tele­vi­sion. Wed­nes­day, 10.25pm, SBS

Jude Law and Diane Keaton in Paolo Sor­rentino’s

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