Recommended Star

El Bano del Papa DVD

aka The Pope's Toilet, Cesar Charlone, Enrique Fernandez, 2007


RRP: £19.99
You save £9 (45%)

Add to Basket

On order, dispatched within 5-10 days. Delivery timesUsually 5-7 days to reach UK addresses... Europe takes around 2 days longer and International destinations take 1-2 weeks

FREE to UK addresses.
Costs to other countriesUK: Free
Western Europe: £1.25
Rest of the world: £1.88

Returns Policy
If you are unhappy with your purchase, you can return it to us within 14 days. More details

Your Rating


1 Review // 0 Lists

Film Details

Directed by Cesar Charlone, Enrique Fernandez

Produced in 2007

Main Language - Spanish with English subtitles

Countries & Regions - European Film, South American Film


Cesar Troncoso, Henry De Leon, Mario Silva, Nelson Lence, Virginia Mendez, Virginia Ruiz


Contemporary ComedyContemporary DramaEuropean FilmSouth American FilmComedy Drama

MovieMail's Review

This sweet and evocatively titled Uruguayan comedy is keen-eyed and unsentimental.

Almost certainly one of the sweetest films you’re likely to see this year, this charming – but also keen-eyed and unsentimental – Uruguayan comedy tells the story of the twinkle-eyed but luckless Beto, a man who scrapes a living by smuggling goods across the Brazilian border on his bicycle. However, when Pope Juan Pablo II decides to come to his small Uruguayan border town, he – along with the rest of the villagers – decides it is his one chance to cash in on the flurry of activity that the visit prompts. Inspired by everyone else’s idea to sell food to the expected hordes, Beto’s grand plan is to build a toilet outside his house for paying customers (“half or full service”), but to do so he first has to deal with the corrupt border patrol.

With its air of a modern-day morality tale, in which the pomp and platitudes of the church are contrasted with the realities of life at the sharp end of poverty and debt, this is a heartbreaking, beautifully played, bittersweet comedy about honesty, friendship and family ties. Not coming to the Vatican’s top 10 anytime soon!

on 10th December 2008
Author of 94 reviews

El Bano del Papa El Bano del Papa El Bano del Papa

Film Description

Set in rural Uruguay in the late 1980s, this deadpan morality tale from director Cesar Charlone shows how an impending visit from the Pope to the small town of Melo stirs up a flurry of activity among the town's poorest residents, all of whom hope to grab this one opportunity to make their fortune by catering to the needs of the flood of pilgrims expected to arrive in the town for the Pope's visit. Beto (Cesar Troncoso), whose meagre livelihood has hitherto depended solely on his battered old bicycle, hits upon the idea of a paying toilet as the best guarantee of striking it rich - and proceeds to wheel and deal his way into paying for it with all the family's hard-earned savings.

DVD Details

Certificate: 15

Publisher: Soda Pictures

Length: 90 mins

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 4th October 2010

Cat No: SODA062

Film Stills

El Bano del Papa El Bano del Papa El Bano del Papa

View Gallery

Community Reviews


Create your own list

Customers who liked this also liked...

Related Films

Also from director Cesar Charlone

View all Cesar Charlone films

Also from director Enrique Fernandez

View all Enrique Fernandez films

More from publisher Soda Pictures

Soda Pictures