Lives of the Saints
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Lives of the Saints
A young boy's innocence is shattered when his mother enters into an elicit affair with a mysterious blue-eyed stranger in a two-part, four hour miniseries directed by Jerry Ciccoritti and starring Academy Award-winner Sophia Loren. Vittorio Innocente is a typical young boy from the tiny Italian village of Valle del Sole. When Vittorio's youthful innocence is shattered by his mother's enigmatic boyfriend, the youngster is compelled to shed light on the mystery of his mother's past by piecing together her remarkable story one chapter at a time. As he does so, Vittorio gradually… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ambitious and beguiling."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Comes across as an obscure Renaissance play which has been badly modernised."
‑ Nicholas Barber, Independent on Sunday
""Muddled" is the polite word, balderdash the preferred one."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"The direction from Rankin and Chris Cottam is very uncertain; there is lots and lots of shouty acting and a cringeworthy denouement worthy of Viz comic's legendary cockney villain Big Vern."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"dares, from the unlikely vantage of Britain's criminal underworld, to look heavenwards - and, in its darkly pessimistic way, to see nothing there."
‑ Anton Bitel,
"Not every turn in the story is well judged, but what's more damaging is that the film's general aura is not sufficiently powerful."
‑ Edward Porter, Sunday Times (UK)
"Thanks to some sluggish pacing, sketchily drawn characterisations (notably Marc Warren's doubting priest) and a predictable, gun-toting finale, though, it ends up as far less than you might have hoped for."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"Bizarre, involving and highly original, this leftfield gangland fable adds up to a strange, surprisingly moving experience."
‑ Saxon Bullock, Film4
"As painfully hypnotic as watching a religious zealot ranting in the street and carrying a banner proclaiming the second coming."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"The moral of this well-shot but grossly uneven film is obviously that, once you get what you want, you may well find either that you don't want it, or that devastating complications can ensue."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"The Italian denim company Meltin' Pot paid for Rankin and Chris Cottam's unendurably pretentious stab at gangland street spirituality. Why?"
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"A bizarre brew of Brit-grit, magic realism and religious allegory."
‑ Matthew Leyland,
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