Paul Verhoeven to Direct Lesbian Nun Story BLESSED VIRGIN

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Paul Verhoeven to Direct Lesbian Nun Story BLESSED VIRGIN

You can never have too many lesbian nun movies. 

Paul Verhoeven will direct Blessed Virgin (Sainte Vierge), starring Virginie Efiria. The two previously worked together on Elle, which was the director's first French-language film and proved to be quite the combustible little drama. Blessed Virgin will also be a French-language production. 

Producer Said Ben Said made the announcement via Twitter. In their report, ScreenDaily notes that the source material is Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy by Judith C. Brown. Here is their synopsis of the academic work: 

"Having entered a convent in the Tuscan town of Pescia as a child, [17th century abbess Benedetta Carlini] rose-up the ranks, propelled by her claims of a series of lurid mystic visions and the appearance of stigmata on her body.
But she was later ostracised by the church after an investigation discredited her claims as a sham and uncovered evidence of affairs with other nuns in the convent. There has been much academic debate over the true reasons for her downfall."
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jcoa2April 26, 2017 10:51 AM

Verhoeven's entire career has just been a warm up for this project, the great lesbian nun movie that all future lesbian nun movies will be measured against.

PatApril 26, 2017 11:40 AM

I'm so pumped!!!! I'm a HUGE nunsploitation fan!!! Best movie news in a long time.

PatApril 26, 2017 11:40 AM

For sure!!

Peter MartinApril 26, 2017 11:59 AM

And, digging into the story, it really does appear to be right up his alley, as far as controversial subject matter. Very promising.

Peter MartinApril 26, 2017 12:00 PM

I can't help thinking that he'll tweak expectations, while still including elements that offend people. So, perhaps, an ideal combination!

YojimboApril 26, 2017 12:04 PM

Paul Verhoeven to Direct Lesbian Nun Story BLESSED VIRGIN
So genie's exist?
How many wishes does Mr Verhoeven have left I wonder.

PatApril 26, 2017 12:17 PM

Yeah, you so know he will. It would be a safe bet he might go for the female route of how they have been treated in Christianity. That's what I would do. The term female priest or bishop is actually a relatively new term in most of Christianity, I would mine that angle for all it's worth if I was him! Then add in some extreme violence and sex, while underpinning it all about modern day society and their false-god worship of female consumerism. Boom!

KurtApril 26, 2017 12:31 PM

I really wish someone would write a screenplay adaptation of Alastair Reynolds' CHASM CITY, and hand it over to Paul Verhoeven, along with US$150M . One can dream.

MehliensApril 27, 2017 6:37 PM

The man is an unstoppable force of outrage. Love this!

Elytron FrassApril 28, 2017 11:28 PM

my body is ready