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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 »
16 wins & 16 nominations See more »
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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
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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)
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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 »
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Referenced in Good Morning, Night (2003)See more »
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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
In the name of the mother, 25 February 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

Marco Bellocchio is a voice in the Italian cinema that has been present for about four decades now; he is still going strong. Like a good wine, Mr. Bellocchio gets better with the passage of time. His latest film to get a commercial run is "Ora di religione". This is a complex movie worth taking a look at it, as it presents us a different input on how the director, who also wrote the screen play, views religion, and the Catholic Church in general.

Italy is a supposedly Catholic country. Like the rest of Europe, Italy is going through a change in the way the Catholic Church exerts its influences in everything. More and more, people are asking about what they were taught as children and the realities of modern life where science explains mysteries that were not questioned before.

If you haven't seen the film, perhaps you should stop reading here.

Mr. Bellocchio decides to take a look at the issue of sainthood and its ramifications, as it affects a bourgeois family in turmoil. The Picciafuoccos come from a family of five sons. Egido, has killed his mother, who is being considered for canonization because someone claims he has been cured of a horrible fatal disease by praying to the matriarch of the family.

At the center of the story we find Ernesto, the artist son. He becomes concerned when Irene, his estranged wife, tells him about a change in their young son, Leonardo. This boy has become obsessed with the dogma being taught to him in his school. In his young mind, Leonardo can't differentiate between reality and what he has learned. Thus, he feels about talking to God, because he's everywhere.

Ernesto learns about the possibility of his mother being declared a saint by a cardinal who wants to interview the family and clarify an aspect of her death. The machinery has been set in motion. Ernesto realizes with horror how the family is affected by the news. Ernesto gets to realize what each brother, as well as his aunts, stand to benefit when his late mother be declared officially a saint. The wheels of commercialism have been set in motion and they will not stop the personal ambitions from each one in the family.

In Sergio Castellitto, the director has found the perfect actor to play Ernesto. Mr. Castellitto has demonstrated he is one of the best actors of the moment, as well as an excellent director. He gives an amazing performance as Ernesto, the son that questions his family's motives as well as what he sees in that society.

The ensemble cast is wonderful. The film is dark. It kept reminding this viewer of some of the best films of the Italian classic cinema without imitating any style at all. Mr. Bellocchio is an original who has his own voice. He questions a lot of things that most of us have taken for granted, but are unresolved in the prodigious mind of Marco Bellocchio.

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