The Pope’s Toilet

Section: World Cinema
Directed by: Enrique Fernández

El Baño del Papa
Uruguay, Brazil, France, 2007

Dir.: Enrique Fernández, César Charlone
Scr.: Enrique Fernández, César Charlone
Phot.: César Charlone
Editor: Gustavo Giani
Music: Luciano Supervielle, Gabriel Casacuberta
Cast: César Troncoso, Virginia Méndez, Mario Silva, Nelson Lence, Virginia Ruíz
Format: 35 mm; Color
97 mins


It’s 1988, and papal fever has gripped the Uruguayan border town of Melo. Speculation is rife that over fifty thousand Brazilians will cross into Melo for John Paul II’s highly anticipated visit. The inhabitants of this impoverished small community believe that his visit will spell both their spiritual and material salvation, as the faithful will be sure to buy all the chorizo sausages and cakes that the townspeople can produce. Beto (César Troncoso) has another idea. Rather than hawk food and drink, he will build a public washroom so that all those full stomachs can have a place to relieve themselves. Unfortunately, this scheme requires money.

Featuring a mix of both professional and non-professional actors, the film paints characters whose struggles are true to life. As they strive to keep their heads above water, we see the vicious circle that poverty breeds. The only thing that seems clear is that neither the pope nor a toilet can make anyone’s dreams come true. (Diana Sanchez)

See also:
Half Moon Hello, Stranger
Kek Las Cruces
One Night in One City Our Time
Pao's Story Stop Revolution
The Swallows Have Arrived Those Three
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