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The House of Smiles (1991)

La casa del sorriso (original title)
A septuagenarian couple are attracted to each other in a retirement home but find the institution and their fellow patients frown on their relationship.

Director:

Marco Ferreri
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ingrid Thulin ... Adelina
Dado Ruspoli Dado Ruspoli ... Andrea
Enzo Cannavale Enzo Cannavale ... Avvocato
Nuccia Fumo Nuccia Fumo
Nunzia Fumo Nunzia Fumo
María Mercader ... Elvira
Caterina Casini ... Dottoressa Peri
Lucia Vasini Lucia Vasini ... Giovanna
Francesca Antonelli Francesca Antonelli ... Rosy
Elisabeth Kaza Elisabeth Kaza ... Esmeralda (as Elizabeth Kaszá)
Silvia Betti Silvia Betti
Lucio Caizzi Lucio Caizzi
Muhammad Camara Muhammad Camara ... (as Mohamed Camara)
Ester Carloni Ester Carloni ... (as Ester Carlone)
Baldassarre Caruso Baldassarre Caruso
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Storyline

Adelina, a former "Miss Smiles" beauty queen, is a resident at a senior citizen retirement home. Her joie de vie and unfaded beauty make her attractive to the male residents, especially Andrea, a dapper and charming but married septuagenarian. Their initial mutual attraction evolves into physical desire, but their families and the conservative culture of the institution conspire against their consummating their love. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | French

Release Date:

1 March 1991 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A Casa do Sorriso See more »

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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 Letterbox
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Quotes

Esmeralda: [Giving Adelina her dentures] Here. this way, when he'll kill you, it will be a little like he was kissing me.
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Soundtracks

Nel blu dipinto di blu
Composed by Domenico Modugno
Plaintive version played as motif on piano at retirement home
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The House of Smiles
12 January 2012 | by MartinTellerSee all my reviews

A man and woman meet at the hospice they both inhabit, and fall in love... but find their amorous exploits frowned upon by their families, the staff, and even some of their peers. Like MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW and its descendant TOKYO STORY, this movie touches on how we treat our elderly. But it adds an element that neither of those films could address: sexuality. Marco Ferreri (himself in his mid-60's at the time and surely starting to think about these issues) makes a stand for a senior citizen's right to intimacy, privacy, dignity and vanity. It's a warm and funny film, done with great sensitivity and sharp humor. Occasionally the comedy gets a little broad, but I loved touches like the contrast provided by the silly, lurid soap opera on the television. Ingrid Thulin (in her final on screen role, and what an inspired bit of casting) and Dado Ruspoli make a charming couple, Thulin especially is an absolute joy to watch. I also loved the African immigrants who provide our protagonists with their only safe haven. And such a bittersweet melancholy to the ending. Another win for Ferreri.


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