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This superbly filmed Italian drama stands with Bellocchio's best work. Originally titled "Ora di religione."
It's messy and unsettled, but Bellocchio's distaste for the cynicism and mendacity is potent and sincere.
The New York Times
Though the narrative is spotty, and occasionally confounding, there is an epic warmth in the way it's rendered.
"A very odd thriller" is how Italian director Marco Bellocchio describes My Mother's Smile, his uncannily beautiful and deeply humanist exploration of the nightmares that resurface from a Roman atheist's Catholic childhood.
An artful look at religious hypocrisy, interfamily dynamics and the way people wrestle with personal history long after the original events are over.
It's a bit of a mess but strong stuff nevertheless -- a mournful, often wickedly funny religious satire that suggests what Kafka might have come up with had he been raised Catholic.
Philadelphia Inquirer
In the end, Bellocchio suggests in this spiritual thriller that perhaps faith is the dream from which we do not awaken.
Miami Herald
There are many nuances to My Mother's Smile, not all of them evenly told. Yet even when the conversations sound absurd, the film never fails to captivate.
New York Post
A thoughtful, provocative film that understandably ruffled a few feathers in its native Italy -- the portrayal of the church is far less than beatific.
It's a sly, subtle portrait of systematic hypocrisy.

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