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My Mother's Smile (2002)
"L'ora di religione (Il sorriso di mia madre)" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  19 April 2002 (Italy)
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A celebrated painter receives a visit from a cardinal's assistant, who informs him that his mother could become a saint.

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Ernesto Picciafuocco
Jacqueline Lustig ...
Irene Picciafuocco
Chiara Conti ...
Diana Sereni
Gigio Alberti ...
Ettore Picciafuocco
Alberto Mondini ...
Leonardo Picciafuocco
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Erminio Picciafuocco
Gianni Schicchi ...
Filippo Argenti (as Gianni Schicchi Gabrieli)
Maurizio Donadoni ...
Cardinal Piumini
Donato Placido ...
Egidio Picciafuocco
Renzo Rossi ...
Baldracchi
Pietro De Silva ...
Curzio Sandali
Bruno Cariello ...
Don Pugni
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Toni Bertorelli ...
Count Ludovico Bulla
Maria Luisa Bellocchio ...
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Ernesto is a successful artist who has his life turned upside down by his family's wishes for the canonization of his murdered mother. His extreme dislike for her ignorant ways brings about a greater connection with his insane brother who killed her, while his other brothers favor her beatification. There is a struggle of wills and will power. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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$9,167 (USA) (11 February 2005)

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$40,246 (USA) (9 September 2005)
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Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2002 (#06) See more »

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When Ernesto looked up his family on the computer Egidio's birth year was listed as 1950. Seconds later when he looks again, it is listed as 1951. See more »

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Moderato
(from "String Quartet No. 3") (1995)
Music by Peteris Vasks
Performed by Miami String Quartet
© Editore originale: Schott Musik Int. GmbH & Co. KG
Subeditore per l'Italia: Sugarmusic Spa
Per gentile concessione 1999, Conifer Records Limited
Conifer Records, 1999
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Somber look at Italian Catholicism
6 October 2002 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

Interesting, hard to categorize (not a tragedy, not a comedy, maybe somewhat of a satire?) movie about a son who's mother (assumed to be anything BUT saintly) is being recommended for Sainthood. Movie seems to believe that the Catholic church hasn't done a very good job of assessing her qualifications....and given the current problems the Catholic Church is facing in America....it's quite believable. The tone is pretty somber; some of the plot is confusing at times, and I wondered if there was supposed to be a "higher meaning" than the action on screen? But even though there seemed to be lots of loose ends, it made me think....though no conclusions could be drawn. Part of the Chicago International Film Festival....fits that genre well.


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