In 1867, a world-weary judge on the papal court, wants to resign, disgusted by the violence to which the papacy resorts to hold secular power, but he learns that a brief liaison with a countess 20 years’ before produced a son, one of the rebels arrested.
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Too theatrical for my taste, the film has its good moments like the trial with the 12 bishops judging the rebels. But all in all, I didn't like the mood of the film. It's subjective I know but I'm not a professional critique.