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Marco Bellocchio

My Mother’s Smile

L’ora di religione (Il sorriso di mia madre)

A successful painter is shocked to learn that the Catholic church might make his mother a saint.

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Italy 2002
Dir Marco Bellocchio
With Sergio Castellitto, Jacqueline Lustig, Chiara Conti, Gigio Alberti
English subtitles

A notable painter (played by the always outstanding Castellitto) estranged from his upper-class family learns the shocking news that the Catholic Church are in the process of considering making his deceased mother a saint. This is a mesmerising, full-blown, late-career masterpiece from Bellocchio, dripping with irony, insight and savage wit about the family and modern religion.


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