My Mother's Smile

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  • Summary: A fascinating portrait of a man (Castellitto) who is forced to reconcile with his own atheism after receiving a shocking appeal from the Church requesting his participation in the canonization of his "saintly" mother. (New Yorker Films)

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  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
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  1. This superbly filmed Italian drama stands with Bellocchio's best work. Originally titled "Ora di religione."
  2. It's messy and unsettled, but Bellocchio's distaste for the cynicism and mendacity is potent and sincere.
  3. In his best film in years, Marco Bellocchio crafts a stringently moral tale that carries a hint of horror.
  4. In the end, Bellocchio suggests in this spiritual thriller that perhaps faith is the dream from which we do not awaken.
  5. 75
    There are many nuances to My Mother's Smile, not all of them evenly told. Yet even when the conversations sound absurd, the film never fails to captivate.
  6. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    70
    In the central role, Castellitto's powerfully focused performance manages to keep the complex drama grounded.
  7. It's a sly, subtle portrait of systematic hypocrisy.

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