El Baño del Papa (The Pope's Toilet)
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El Baño del Papa (The Pope's Toilet)
Uruguayan directors César Chalone and Enrique Fernández co-helm the nutty Spanish-language farce El Baño del Papa (The Pope's Toilet). The film unfolds in 1988, during Pope John Paul II's visit to Uruguay. While dozens of economically struggling locals devise plans to turn a buck from the arrival of the papal father -- such as baking cakes and wrapping chorizo sausages -- only one concocts a scheme to earn a fortune from defecation. Beto, a nickel-and-dime smuggler, reasons that all of those cakes and sausages will be digested rather quickly and that over 50,000 locals will soon be… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The cast of pros and amateurs provides realistic performances, and co-director Charlone's lensing makes beautiful use of the rough landscape in a movie even the pope would enjoy."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"The Pope's Toilet entertains, even while it illustrates how the impoverished can adjust their religious ideals out of desperation."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"Despite the sensationalism of Holy Father's arrival, the subtext here is that there's a speck on the map whose poor are treated as well as a backed-up john."
‑ Matthew Nestel, Boxoffice Magazine
"Not as funny as the title would suggest."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"It's charming in a proper way, entirely avoiding sentiment and can be counted one of the best films in town."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Watch it now, and you'll be surprised how such a little movie can cut so deeply to the bone."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"The movie isn't as bad as I feared, but I can't give it much of an endorsement, either."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"A celebration of hope, humor and resilience among the humble and only secondarily a dig at media distortion and the disconnect between the Church and the poor."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"This bittersweet parable has loads of charm but several graver issues are also raised."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Lots of bruised humour, quiet virtuosity - watch for the slow-motion montage of disaster - and doggy-eyed optimism."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"The Pope's Toilet cloaks religious critique in the scrappy tempo of irremediable poverty and irrepressible enterprise."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"The Pope's Toilet excels most in its expression of a particular time and place, which Charlone films with the kind of physical intensity and realism associated with recent Argentine cinema."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"Although not the best imaginative movie title ever to grace a matinee sign, The Pope's Toilet resonates with a distinctive warmth and sense of reality and purpose."
‑ Frank Ochieng, Movie Eye
"Charming and hilariously offbeat."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"El Baño Del Papa (which translates as The Pope's Toilet) is an engaging and humane affair, never losing sight of its characters' material hardships."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
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