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My Mother's Smile (2002)

L'ora di religione (Il sorriso di mia madre) (original title)
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 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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19 April 2002 (Italy)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$9,167, 13 February 2005, Limited Release

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$40,246, 11 September 2005
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Harmonielehre, for orchestra
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Music by John Adams
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© Edizioni A.M.P. su licenza BMG Ricordi (Casa Ricordi)
Per gentile concessione Nonesuch Records by arrangement with Warner Special Products
Nonesuch Records, 1984
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A brave film for an unexpected Sergio Castellitto
14 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

I can only say that in the poor Italian cinema scenario, a film like this one from Marco Bellocchio definitely has an important role.

Nothing to do with the best Bellocchio's filmography but considering how difficult is to treat this argument in a very politicized Vatican environment, this film gives you at least some good arguments to think about.

Sergio Castellitto gives his best, his acting is well according to what you would have expected from his character. The film at the end is a bit unconcluded but worth surely its view.

Rating: 6/10


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