El Baño del Papa (The Pope's Toilet)
El Baño del Papa (The Pope's Toilet) (2007)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 21, 2007
DVD Release Date: April 14, 2009
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An offbeat charmer, The Pope's Toilet is a humorous, well-crafted tale with plenty of heart and a poignant social message.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

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.

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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice

The Pope's Toilet entertains, even while it illustrates how the impoverished can adjust their religious ideals out of desperation.

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Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine

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.

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David Fear
Time Out

Watch it now, and you'll be surprised how such a little movie can cut so deeply to the bone.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

The movie isn't as bad as I feared, but I can't give it much of an endorsement, either.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

The Pope's Toilet cloaks religious critique in the scrappy tempo of irremediable poverty and irrepressible enterprise.

Robert Koehler

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.

Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

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.

Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
In "The Pope's Toilet," to make ends meet, Beto(Cesar Troncoso) smuggles goods across the Brazilian border by bicycle where on one trip his pal… More
Jojo Shek
This movie is a GEM! The story is filmed based on a true event that happened in 1988 when the Pope visited Melo, Uruguay. It's beautiful, sad, inspiring,… More

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