My Mother's Smile Movie Review 2002

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Controversial drama about religion and family. Artist--and atheist--Ernesto (Castellitto) is disdainful when he learns from a church emissary that his deceased mother (Conti) is a candidate for canonization. Ernesto loathed his pious, cold mother, who was murdered by his mentally unstable brother, and his attitude deepens the rift with his family, who are looking at monetary and social gains should the beatification take place. Both melodramatic and mystical, the narrative is also sometimes puzzling. Italian with subtitles.


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Available on DVD
Running time 103 minutes.
Originally from Italian.

Cast and Crew

Religion, Art & Artists, Nuns & Priests, Italy, Family Drama, Saints
Marco Bellocchio
Sergio Castellitto, Jacqueline Lustig, Chiara Conti, Alberto Mondini, Gianni Schicchi, Maurizio Donadoni, Gigio Alberti
Pasquale Mari
Marco Bellocchio
Riccardo Giagni
Maurizio Argentieri, Francesca Calvelli, Sergio Ballo, Marco Dentici
Marco Bellocchio, Sergio Pelone, RAI, Filmalbatros, Istituto Luce

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