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The Little Hours (2017)

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In the Middle Ages, a young servant fleeing from his master takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns. Introduced as a deaf mute man, he must fight to hold his cover as the nuns try to resist temptation.

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Jeff Baena

Writers:

Giovanni Boccaccio (based on "The Decameron" by), Jeff Baena (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alison Brie ... Alessandra
Dave Franco ... Massetto
Kate Micucci ... Ginevra
Aubrey Plaza ... Fernanda
John C. Reilly ... Father Tommasso
Molly Shannon ... Sister Maria
Fred Armisen ... Bishop Bartolomeo
Jemima Kirke ... Marta
Nick Offerman ... Lord Bruno
Lauren Weedman ... Francesca
Paul Reiser ... Ilario
Adam Pally ... Guard Paolo
Paul Weitz ... Lurco
Jon Gabrus ... Guard Gregorio
Rolando Abbarchi Rolando Abbarchi ... Old Man Priest
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Storyline

On the run from the battle-seasoned Lord Bruno for sleeping with his wife, the handsome and willing servant, Massetto, flees to the safety of the woods during the warm and peaceful summer of 1347. There, after a chance encounter with the always boozy but merciful Father Tommasso, the young charmer will find refuge into his convent's sanctuary, on one condition: to pretend he is a deaf-mute. However, Massetto's tempting presence will unavoidably upset the already frail balance of things within the sexually-repressed female realm, as nun after nun desperately seeks an escape from their tedious way of life and an extra reason to molest the charming handyman. In the end, will those cloistered Sisters finally find out what they had been missing out on all these years? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

Obedience - Poverty.

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic nudity, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Little Hours See more »

Filming Locations:

Tuscany, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,676, 2 July 2017

Gross USA:

$1,647,175

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,647,175
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film spoofs The Decameron (1971). It is not the first time this has happened, Virgin Territory (2007) did the same. See more »

Quotes

Lord Bruno: [to his staff] One of you sluts thinks he's quite the jester.
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O Frondens Virga (O Leafy Branch)
Performed by Oxford Girls' Choir
Written by Hildegard of Bingen
Courtesy of Celestial Harmonies
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At times captivating, at times bewildering
21 August 2017 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"The Little Hours" (2017 release; 90 min.) brings the story of a group of nuns in a small convent. As the movie opens, we are reminded it is "Garfagnana 1347", and we watch as the nuns go about their daily tasks and deal with their frustrations. Meanwhile, the handyman at a nearby castle is found out to be cheating with his master's wife, and as luck would have it, he ends up being hired by the priest running the convent. It's not long before some of the nuns have "impure thoughts"... To tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: the movie is very loosely based on/inspired by the book "The Decameron" by Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio (and source for the infamous 1971 movie of the same name by Pier Paolo Pasolini). Writer-director Jeff Baena takes a couple of the dozens of tales found in that book, and builds a script around it that is intended to showcase several of the actresses playing the nuns, including Alison Brie and Audrey Plaza (the latter also being a co-producer). The handyman is portrayed by Dave Franco (brother of James Franco, and looking remarkably similar). It took my quite a while to get into the flow of the movie, as at first we're not sure what to make of all this (the F-bomb laced outbursts, for one). Is this even comedy? If so, it's certainly one with a heavy twist of semi-absurd Monty Python-inspired comedy. The movie really hits its stride in the second half, where there are some memorable scenes (the "confession" taken by the priest of the handyman truly is a classic). The priest is played hilariously by John C. Reilly, who seems to revel in this part. Given that I had no idea in the initial 20 min. whether I would even stay through the end of the movie, that is quite remarkable!

"The Little Hours" premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival to positive buzz, and so when it finally opened this weekend at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati, it was a given that I would check it our. The Sunday evening screening where I saw this at was attended nicely, somewhat to my surprise. Maybe people will find this a quirky little comedy. For me it was a bit too much all over the map, even if the second half is markedly better than the first half. In any event, I encourage you to check it out, be it in the theater, on VOD or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion.


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