The underrated Robert M Young direct this comedy about a pope bored with all the bureaucracy of the role who gets locked outside the Vatican and decide this is all God's plan for him to go to a small Italian village do some actual work. Very gentle and nice observed with great location shooting and a strong cast. The key scenes between Tom Conti's pope and Giancarlo Giannini's former priest are particular good. The main subject, the differenc between symbol and action, is very well handled most because Young's approach renders it throw a series of gestures and exchanges. This is too much of small, and to be honest catholic, movie to get much tracking with cinephiles but it isn't far off of let's say Leo Mccarey work in a similar vain of human comedy with religious undercurrent.