Plots and counter-plots aplenty in The Vatican

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FOR­GET the Mafia, here the plot­ting, dirty deal­ing and power strug­gles take place in the grandeur of the Vatican.

It brings star Jude Law and Os­car-win­ning di­rec­tor Paolo Sor­rentino to the small screen with a lav­ish and en­gross­ing story to tell. In ashock­de­ci­sion young con­tender Lenny Be­lardo who was born on the tough streets of Brook­lyn is elected PopPiusX111be­causethe­p­ow­er­ful car­di­nals think they can con­trol him. No chance. This Pope’s no pup­pet and ruth­lessly sets about wield­ing a big pa­pal stick while out-plot­ting all the plot­ters around him. It’s like the West Wing in robes. It’s spell­bind­ing, beau­ti­fully filmed and great co-stars in­clude Diane Keaton and James Cromwell.

Nameafilm­setintheVat­i­can. En­tries to Alex Gor­don, Pope com­pe­ti­tion.

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