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My Mother's Smile
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The Church supports the claim that Ernestos mother held miraculous healing powers, but if she is going to be ordained, the Church needs to prove that her violent death, at the hands of the most unlikeliest person, culminated with a vow of forgiveness for her murderer. Ernestos relationship to the murderer provides the Church with its last chance of uncovering the truth, but he is reluctant to succumb to his familys pressure and schemes. Overwhelmed by the fact that he didnt sense the conspiracy beneath him, the conflicts haunting him come to the fore and his memory of his mother opens up a gaping chasm that forces him to reconsider the past and live the present differently.
- Interview with director Marco Bellocchio
- Interview with actor Sergio Castellitto
- A Conversation between Bellocchio and Castellitto
- "A Day on the Set" featurette
- Theatrical Trailer
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Painter Ernesto Picciafuocco's (Sergio Castellitto) is an atheist, separated from his wife Irene (Jacqueline Lustig) who has custody of his son. His son Leonardo (Alberto Mondini) has, for reasons unknown to Ernesto, become interested in religion and Irene informs Ernesto when he comes to pick up the child that he has been heard speaking to God. What follows this disclosure is a father/son sensitive discussion about Ernesto's atheism and his son's need to believe in an afterlife and a God. Disturbed by his son's state of mind, Ernesto is further challenged by a visit from a Vatican priest who informs Ernesto that his mother is about to be canonized! Ernesto is apparently the last to learn of this turn in family events (being an atheist) and discovers the family is pushing to have the canonization hurried in order to raise their status (and money) in Italy's social realm. Ernesto cannot comprehend why his mother should be made a saint as she has been less of a mother than most: her candidacy is based on the fact that as she was murdered by her own son Egidio (Donato Placido) she forgave him, making her a martyr.Read more ›
they are quietly plotting with the Church to have his mother canonized
as a saint - mostly for personal gain and prestige - even though
there's great question as to how much the 'official' version of his
mother's life has been distorted and re-invented to help the cause.
There's something chilling, in a moody, David Lynch, Nic Roeg sort of
way about the handling of this nightmare scenario (the director calls
it 'a very strange thriller'), where a man is pressured to accept his
clearly flawed, cold, and distant mother as a saint 'for the good of
But along with it's skewering of people using religion to very
non-religious ends, there's also the pain and confusion of a man
without faith grasping to make sense of life, parenthood, and love.
There are some plot lines that lead nowhere, just leading to more
questions. Some of it gets a little Gothic, to the edge of silly, but
the performances, music and camera-work keep pulling you back in, and
haunting moments have stayed with me.
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Strange, but to be expected of an Italian film. I have seen many Italian films and most are much different from American films. Read morePublished on May 23, 2008 by Zavaglia
Was there repentance? Was there canonization? Was there a mistress? (And, if so, was she a prostitute, a co-conspirator, or--more, simply--just a liar? Read morePublished on December 30, 2007 by The Concise Critic:
Nobody does tragedy like the Italians. It was darker and sadder than I expected. I bought it because I liked the star. He was in Mostly Martha.Published on May 9, 2007 by L. Wiedemer
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