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L'ora di religione (Il sorriso di mia madre)
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Release Date:
19 April 2002 (Italy) See more »
A celebrated painter receives a visit from a cardinal's assistant, who informs him that his mother could become a saint. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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400 Screens, 400 Blows - Vincere
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  (in credits order)

Sergio Castellitto ... Ernesto Picciafuocco
Jacqueline Lustig ... Irene Picciafuocco
Chiara Conti ... Diana Sereni
Gigio Alberti ... Ettore Picciafuocco
Alberto Mondini ... Leonardo Picciafuocco

Gianfelice Imparato ... 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

Piera Degli Esposti ... Aunt Maria
Toni Bertorelli ... Count Ludovico Bulla
Maria Luisa Bellocchio ... Zia Ernesto
Letizia Bellocchio ... Zia Ernesto
Giovanni Cappelli ... Autista
Ada Ferrata ... Madre Ernesto
Lino Bonanni ... Eugenio
Hubert Grieco ... Gaspare
Amerigo Alberani ... Oppositore Bulla
Mariam Guled Giama ... Cameriera Irene
Valentina Karakhanian ... Cantante lirica
Giorgio Cantelli ... Arbitro duello
Renata Moro ... Segretaria zia Maria
Stefano D'Amadio ... Fotografo set
Giuseppe Eusepi ... Il Cristo
Elena Bellocchio ... Prima bambina
Chiara Natoli ... Seconda bambina
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Marco Bellocchio
Fabrizio Giannini
Serena Mastrosimone

Directed by
Marco Bellocchio 
Writing credits
Marco Bellocchio (written by)

Produced by
Marco Bellocchio .... producer
Sergio Pelone .... producer
Original Music by
Riccardo Giagni 
Cinematography by
Pasquale Mari 
Film Editing by
Francesca Calvelli 
Casting by
Beatrice Kruger  (as Béatrice Kruger)
Production Design by
Marco Dentici 
Set Decoration by
Paola Riviello 
Costume Design by
Sergio Ballo 
Makeup Department
Rosalba Cimino .... additional makeup artist
Sabrina Romanelli .... hair stylist
Production Management
Sandra Bonacchi .... production supervisor
Gianluca Chiaretti .... production manager (as Gian Luca Chiaretti)
Luigi Lagrasta .... general organizer
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniela Ceselli .... assistant director
Giuseppe Eusepi .... assistant director
Art Department
Marco Bellocchio .... paintings
Daria Calvelli .... paintings
Gian Maria Cau .... assistant art director
Briseide Siciliano .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Maurizio Argentieri .... sound
Gianluca Basili .... sound effects editor
Sergio Basili .... foley artist
Filippo Bussi .... sound consultant: dts
Emanuela Di Giunta .... sound editor
Vincenzo Nardi .... boom operator
Angelo Raguseo .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Franco Galiano .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Gianluca Dentici .... visual effects artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Francesco Cavazza .... first loader
Giancarlo Checchi .... electrician
Duccio Cimatti .... Steadicam operator (as Guido Cimatti)
Stefano D'Amadio .... still photographer
Mercedes Porter Hope .... assistant camera
Riccardo Ricci .... grip
Daniele Rucci .... grip
Casting Department
Cristina Raffaeli .... casting assistant
Editorial Department
Pasquale Cuzzupoli .... color supervisor
Gian Luca Guerra .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Riccardo Giagni .... music consultant
Other crew
Caterina Barlucchi .... additional script supervisor
Iole Natoli .... script supervisor
Roberto Ornaro .... production accountant
Lucille Cristaldi .... additional thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L'ora di religione (Il sorriso di mia madre)" - Italy (original title)
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105 min | France:102 min (Cannes Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Director Cameo: [Marco Bellocchio]Man with Count Bulla at the party.See more »
Miscellaneous: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Good Morning, Night (2003)See more »
Che cossè l'amorSee more »


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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
It reminds you how painful it is to THINK, 24 October 2003
Author: Paolo A. Gardinali from United States

L'ora di religione is not a beautiful movie in any sense of the word. It is dark, the shadows and lights of Rome are matched by the moody vision of the director. Bellocchio plays with images Fellini style, but doesn't focus so much on the caricature in 8 & 1/2 style, but tries to convey the ambiguity of contemporary religious life. It's the ambiguity of modernity; cell phones versus pictures of the saints, the feared "immaginette" Italian kids grew up with. Nothing can change, but so much has changed. Bellocchio's movie style is ripe with symbols: a fat Jesus crosses the road with a plastic cross. Priests in the Vatican force african kids to climb stairs on their knees: the church is portrayed to exploit the same old mother load: the poor, the weak, the ignorant, the child. At some point Ernesto, the main character masterfully played by Castellitto finds himself involved in an incongruous duel with a symbol of a past so remote it appears comical: he loses the duel instantly as the swords cross. Nothing can change. Yet we can maybe hope to keep our identity, and even if god's pervasive presence deprives us of freedom, as Ernesto's son is taught, falling in love, shouting a blasphemous curse can be an act of individuality. Or maybe not.

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