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Sundance: 'The Little Hours' heads to Gunpowder & Sky

26 January 2017 2:34 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The company that recently acquired FilmBuff has picked up North America and select territories on Jeff Baena’s latest drama.

Baena’s follow-up to Sundance 2016 selection Joshy and Sundance 2014 entry Life After Beth stars Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza and Kate Micucci as Italian nuns having a hard time keeping their vow of celibacy.

The cast includes Dave Franco, John C Reilly, Molly Shannon, Fred Armisen, Jemima Kirke, Lauren Weedman, Paul Reiser, Adam Pally, Paul Weitz, Jon Gabrus and Nick Offerman.

Liz Destro of Destro Films produced The Little Hours with Plaza. Starstream Media, Bow and Arrow Entertainment, Foton Pictures, Concourse Media and Exhibit served as executive producers.

Jake Hanly and Janet Brown negotiated on behalf of Gunpowder & Sky with Wme Global and CAA for the filmmakers. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Aubrey Plaza Leads a Hilarious Cast of Sexually Deviant Nuns In Jeff Baena’s ‘The Little Hours’ — Sundance 2017 Review

20 January 2017 3:04 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

You know you’re in for a good time when a trio of nuns turn to the genial farmer who greets them one morning with the retort, “Don’t fucking talk to us!” That’s the underlying charm of “The Little Hours,” in which every joke stems from people talking the last way you’d expect of them. Matching a crackling wit with the absurd dissonance of time and place found in the best of Monty Python and Mel Brooks, “Little Hours” is so eager to please that its one-note humor lands with ease.

Writer-director Jeff Baena’s improv-laden twist on “The Decameron,” in which wily 13th-century nuns speak in raunchy contemporary dialogue and engage in sexual deviance, milks its premise for as many jokes as possible and then keeps going, with uneven but mostly hilarious results. Overall, it’s a perfectly satisfying snapshot of subversive comedy that delivers where it counts. »

- Eric Kohn

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Sundance Film Review: ‘The Little Hours’

20 January 2017 2:50 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

What for American satirist Jeff Baena (“Life After Beth,” “Joshy”) must have felt like a radically innovative idea — take a medieval piece of literature, such as Giovanni Boccaccio’s “The Decameron,” and recreate it with an irreverent modern sensibility — is in fact a strategy that Euro auteurs have been doing for decades. Not that a somewhat overinflated sense of novelty makes Baena’s twisted nuns-gone-wild comedy “The Little Hours” any less entertaining.

Only the most ascetic of filmmakers sets out to create a starchy period piece about naïve maidens pining away in airless old castles. The trouble is that even when such racy directors as Benoit Jacquot and Catherine Breillat attempt to modernize such material, between the subtitles and cultural differences, too much is lost in translation. “The Little Hours” is, then, a medieval convent comedy for the megaplex crowd, one that dispenses with the notion of nuns as prim-and-proper »

- Peter Debruge

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