L' Ora di Religione (Il Sorriso di Mia Madre) (The Religion Hour) (My Mother's Smile)
L' Ora di Religione (Il Sorriso di Mia Madre) (The Religion Hour) (My Mother's Smile) (2002)

Ernesto (Sergio Castellitto of Va Savoir) is a successful artist and devout atheist who finds out that his mother, whom he despised, is being considered for sainthood. Ernesto's young son, Leonardo (Alberto Mondini), influenced by his… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 19, 2002
DVD Release Date: May 16, 2006
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Castellitto's performance is the strong center of this surreal, fascinating film about a man's questioning of his religious beliefs and his relation to his mother.

Marta Barber
Miami Herald

Enigmatic and mesmerizing.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Exceptionally handsome, somber film.

Kent Turner

Bellocchio famously took on the Catholic Church and the Italian family in his frenetic first film ... Now 40 years later, Bellocchio's attack on the same institutions is calmer and more temperate.

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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

An artful look at religious hypocrisy, interfamily dynamics and the way people wrestle with personal history long after the original events are over.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

It is a riveting, rich portrait of an atheist who thinks he's resistant to faith but may be in the throes of a feverish conversion.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Never as engaging as the mystery surrounding it.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

It's a bit of a mess but strong stuff nevertheless.

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David Rooney

In the central role, Castellitto's powerfully focused performance manages to keep the complex drama grounded.

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Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

It's messy and unsettled, but Bellocchio's distaste for the cynicism and mendacity is potent and sincere.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
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[font=Century Gothic]In "My Mother's Smile", Ernesto(Sergio Castellitto, who is superb), an artist, is dumbstruck when he is approached one day… More