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L'ora di religione (Il sorriso di mia madre)
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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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An often fascinating and disturbing, occasionally arch and over the top, look at faith See more (17 total) »


  (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 .... 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
Alfredo Alvigini .... assistant editor
Pasquale Cuzzupoli .... color supervisor
Gian Luca Guerra .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Fabio Ferri .... music engineer
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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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)
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Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2002 (#06)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:
Featured in Voi siete qui (2011)See more »
Che cossè l'amorSee more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
An often fascinating and disturbing, occasionally arch and over the top, look at faith, 5 January 2012
Author: runamokprods from US

A divorced atheist painter, removed from his family, comes to find out they are quietly plotting with the Church to have his mother canonized as a saint – mostly for personal gain and prestige - even though there's great question as to how much the 'official' version of his mother's life has been distorted and re-invented to help the cause.

There's something chilling, in a moody, David Lynch, Nic Roeg sort of way about the handling of this nightmare scenario (the director calls it 'a very strange thriller'), where a man is pressured to accept his clearly flawed, cold, and distant mother as a saint 'for the good of the family'.

But along with it's skewering of people using religion to very non-religious ends, there's also the pain and confusion of a man without faith grasping to make sense of life, parenthood, and love.

There are some plot lines that lead nowhere, just leading to more questions. Some of it gets a little Gothic, to the edge of silly, but the performances, music and camera-work keep pulling you back in, and haunting moments have stayed with me.

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