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The House of Smiles (1991)

La casa del sorriso (original title)
A septuagenarian couple are attracted to each other in a retirement home but find the institution and their fellow patients frown on their relationship.

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Complete credited cast:
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Adelina
Dado Ruspoli ...
Andrea
Enzo Cannavale ...
Avvocato
Nuccia Fumo
Nunzia Fumo
María Mercader ...
Elvira
Lucia Vasini ...
Giovanna
Francesca Antonelli ...
Rosy
Elisabeth Kaza ...
Esmeralda
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Silvia Betti
Lucio Caizzi
Mohamed Camara
Ester Carloni ...
(as Ester Carlone)
Baldassarre Caruso
Caterina Casini ...
Dottoressa Peri
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Adelina, a former "Miss Smiles" beauty queen, is a resident at a senior citizen retirement home. Her joie de vie and unfaded beauty make her attractive to the male residents, especially Andrea, a dapper and charming but married septuagenarian. Their initial mutual attraction evolves into physical desire, but their families and the conservative culture of the institution conspire against their consummating their love. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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1 March 1991 (Italy)  »

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A Casa do Sorriso  »

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Andrea: [to Adelina] Ours is a doomed love. Men oppose it and nature as well.
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Sobre las olas
Written by Juventino Rosas
Played at retirement home
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grow old gracefully
31 October 2008 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

One of Marco Ferreri's movies from later in his career focuses on a woman in a retirement home and her new relationship. Protagonist Adelina (Ingrid Thulin) hooks up with a man whose wife is undergoing treatment. Many of Adelina's acquaintances don't approve of her relationship, to the point that someone steals her dentures. This sets in motion a whole new series of events.

What I found to be a really interesting part of "La casa del sorriso" ("The House of Smiles" in English) was the African music. The African immigrants brought a most unexpected dimension to a movie with a seemingly routine story. But anyway, I've liked every one of Marco Ferreri's movies that I've seen, and I recommend this one.


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