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Lives of the Saints (2004)

Vittorio Innocente, a young man, estranged from the tragedies of his Italian immigrant family, has spent his adult life denying his past. When his estranged father starts to stalk ... See full summary »

Director:

Jerry Ciccoritti

Writers:

Malcolm MacRury, Nino Ricci (novel)
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Credited cast:
Sophia Loren ... Teresa Innocente
Fab Filippo Fab Filippo ... Vittorio Innocente
Jessica Paré ... Rita Amherst
Sabrina Ferilli ... Cristina Innocente
Kris Kristofferson ... Matthew Bok
Nick Mancuso ... Mario Innocente
Michael A. Miranda Michael A. Miranda ... Alfredo Innocente
Jennie Raymond ... Kate Townsend
Kate Trotter ... Mrs. Amherst
Stephanie Anne Mills ... Elena Amherst (as Stephanie Mills)
Flavio Pacilli Flavio Pacilli ... Young Vittorio
Joseph Marrese ... Teen Vittorio
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Damir Andrei Damir Andrei ... Older Artist
Valeria Benedetti Michelangeli Valeria Benedetti Michelangeli ... Ship Nurse
Robert Bockstael ... Nathan Cordingley
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Vittorio Innocente, a young man, estranged from the tragedies of his Italian immigrant family, has spent his adult life denying his past. When his estranged father starts to stalk Vittorio's sister, Rita, with murderous intent, Vittorio is moved to return to his family and uncover the decades-old secrets that have torn his family apart. Written by diablo

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A gripping family saga of passion, betrayal and forgiveness.

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Drama

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Wow
3 January 2005 | by Jey047See all my reviews

American mini-series should be half this good. This could easily have been a feature film and would have been nominated for an academy award. Almost all the actors give incredible performances, but the true standouts are Sophia Loren and Fabrizio Filippo, who I've had great expectations for since I first saw him in "Ready or Not", more than ten years ago. His performances in the last several years, including "Waydowntown" & "Queer as Folk" have been standout, but here we finally see the true potential he has to be a true leading man. And Sabrina Ferilli also did an incredible job. It's simply impossible to keep your eyes off of her when she is on the screen, as her face says more than her words and you dare not miss an expression.

Visually, this movie is like a painting brought to life, particularly the scenes in Italy. The use of the horizon and colour reminded me of Claire Denis' "Beau travail" and is almost a character itself, saying as much as any of the actual people.

Jessica Paré's performance was fair, though clearly the weak point in the film. Still, I can't think of another film I've seen on television recently, that comes close to matching this one in scope, beauty, intensity, and pure passion. There's no doubt that this was a work of love for all those involved in the making of this film.

If you have the chance, see this movie. You'll be glad you did.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 January 2005 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

La terra del ritorno See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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