Abel Ferrara ruminates on the last days of his hero, the Italian film director Pier Paolo Pasolini, presenting him as something like a modern-day saint. This 2014 docudrama feels most alive when it shows Pasolini discussing his anti-modern views with journalists; Ferrara, directing a script by Maurizio Braucci, clearly admires Pasolini for his contributions to intellectual discourse, and the film emphasizes this aspect of his prodigious output (which included novels, poems, essays, and films) at the expense of much of his other work. This doesn’t really address the influence of Catholicism on Pasolini’s philosophy either, though (not surprisingly for Ferrara) it does devote significant time to his sexual urges and hatred of capitalism. In hindsight the film’s refusal to deliver a definitive portrait seems like a strength—by filling an entire movie with just a few elements of Pasolini’s life, Ferrara implies just how monumental his influence on European culture was. Willem Dafoe grounds the film with his self-effacing lead performance (it makes for a nice balance with Ferrara’s reverential direction), and Ninetto Davoli (Pasolini’s longtime muse) turns in a welcome appearance. In English and subtitled French and Italian.