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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. 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. 80
    "A very odd thriller" is how Italian director Marco Bellocchio describes My Mother's Smile, his uncannily beautiful and deeply humanist exploration of the nightmares that resurface from a Roman atheist's Catholic childhood.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    It's a bit of a mess but strong stuff nevertheless -- a mournful, often wickedly funny religious satire that suggests what Kafka might have come up with had he been raised Catholic.
  5. An artful look at religious hypocrisy, interfamily dynamics and the way people wrestle with personal history long after the original events are over.
  6. 70
    As absurd as the situation gets--and the film occasionally launches into surreal asides that only heighten the absurdity--director and star both keep it grounded in the situation's emotions.
  7. 60
    It's a sly, subtle portrait of systematic hypocrisy.

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