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My Mother's Smile (2002)

L'ora di religione (Il sorriso di mia madre) (original title)
A celebrated painter receives a visit from a cardinal's assistant, who informs him that his mother could become a saint.

Director:

Marco Bellocchio
20 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergio Castellitto ... Ernesto Picciafuocco
Jacqueline Lustig Jacqueline Lustig ... Irene Picciafuocco
Chiara Conti Chiara Conti ... Diana Sereni
Gigio Alberti Gigio Alberti ... Ettore Picciafuocco
Alberto Mondini Alberto Mondini ... Leonardo Picciafuocco
Gianfelice Imparato ... Erminio Picciafuocco
Gianni Schicchi Gianni Schicchi ... Filippo Argenti (as Gianni Schicchi Gabrieli)
Maurizio Donadoni Maurizio Donadoni ... Cardinal Piumini
Donato Placido Donato Placido ... Egidio Picciafuocco
Renzo Rossi Renzo Rossi ... Baldracchi
Pietro De Silva Pietro De Silva ... Curzio Sandali
Bruno Cariello ... Don Pugni
Piera Degli Esposti ... Aunt Maria
Toni Bertorelli Toni Bertorelli ... Count Ludovico Bulla
Maria Luisa Bellocchio Maria Luisa Bellocchio ... Zia Ernesto
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Storyline

Ernesto is a successful artist who has his life turned upside down by his family's wishes for the canonization of his murdered mother. His extreme dislike for her ignorant ways brings about a greater connection with his insane brother who killed her, while his other brothers favor her beatification. There is a struggle of wills and will power. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Genres:

Drama

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

19 April 2002 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

My Mother's Smile See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,167, 13 February 2005

Gross USA:

$41,432

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,079,416
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Marco Bellocchio: Man with Count Bulla at the party. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Good Morning, Night (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Moderato
(from "String Quartet No. 3") (1995)
Music by Peteris Vasks
Performed by Miami String Quartet
© Editore originale: Schott Musik Int. GmbH & Co. KG
Subeditore per l'Italia: Sugarmusic Spa
Per gentile concessione 1999, Conifer Records Limited
Conifer Records, 1999
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Castellitto is amazing.
18 April 2005 | by alphaphan-1See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film. I think that Sergio Castellitto was brilliant. He is one of my favorite actors and he did not disappoint me at all in this film. I recommend that you rent it if you are in the mood for a very interesting story and great acting. Yes, it was one of those films where you interpret the ending, but so much the better. I like to think after a film and not be fed any formulaic plot-- which this film did not follow at all. I hope Sergio Castellitto continues to get cast in these great roles. I loved him in "Ne Quittez Pas" too! Oh, it's too bad that these films don't get released in America though! Euros can get kind of pricey!


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