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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.

Director:

Jeff Baena

Writers:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Little Hours See more »

Filming Locations:

Tuscany, Italy

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Gross USA:

$1,647,175, 12 October 2017
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Dave Franco and Alison Brie are actually married in real life. 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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Nun of this is appropriate
29 June 2017 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. It's not often when the obvious comparison to a movie is the classic 1975 comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and it's even more unusual for such a film to be making the rounds at festivals (I saw this at Oak Cliff Film Festival) where schedules tend to be loaded with serious and dark subject matter. This outlandish comedy won't be to everyone's taste, as it is profane and at times mean-spirited.

The year is 1347 when writer/director Jeff Baena's story kicks off outside a convent where it takes less than a couple of minutes to realize that these aren't your usual nuns. Profanity spews forth, as does laughter from the audience. Dave Franco plays a servant who has a good reason to flee from his King (Nick Offerman) and agree to a cockamamie plan suggested by the local priest (John C Riley). The plan has Franco working at the convent pretending to be deaf mute, while struggling to decline the advances from the aforementioned warped nuns played by Aubrey Plaza (the director's long-time girlfriend), Alison Brie, Kate Micucci (Unleashed).

Plot is barely an after-thought here, and most of the movie plays like interrelated Saturday Night Live skits. In fact, Fred Armisen and Molly Shannon are part of the ensemble, along with Paul Reiser and Adam Pally. Just as the characters begin to wear a bit thin, a new character is introduced, resuscitating our interest. Each of the actors deliver, but it's Armisen and Micucci who are especially fun to watch, as is Riley's tendency to turn communal wine into a community beverage.

Raunchy medieval comedies filled with debauchery and outrageously misdirected nuns could be classified as a bit of a stretch. However it makes more sense when you learn that Mr. Baena has adapted this from Giovanni Boccaccio's "The Decameron", and his use of modern day dialogue and attitudes, delivered by an ultra talented comedic cast, makes this one to watch after a particularly rough day or week of work. Expect an altar filled with f-words and blasphemy with a wink. If you are OK with that, you'll likely laugh and enjoy the temporary reprieve from real life … even without any killer rabbits or Knights who say "ni".


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