My Mother's Smile (2005)

My Mother's Smile
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 42mins.
Genres Drama, Foreign
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Luigi Lagrasta Line Producer n/a 161 5000001
Daniela Ceselli Assistant Director n/a 163 5000002
Marco Bellocchio Story By n/a 120779 4000002
Marco Bellocchio Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Marco Bellocchio Producer n/a 3 3000001
Sergio Pelone Producer n/a 3 3000002
Pasquale Mari Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Francesca Calvelli Editor n/a 172 7000001
Sergio Ballo Costume Designer n/a 169 13000001
Maurizio Argentieri Sound Designer n/a 120915 14000001
Beatrice Kruger Casting (FBI Casting) 179 10000001
Marco Dentici Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Riccardo Giagni Original Score Original Score & Music 120839 8000001
Marco Bellocchio Director n/a 2 2000001
Toni Bertorelli Actor Bulla 1 1000014
Gianii Schicchi Actor Filippo Argenti 1 1000005
Maurizio Donadoni Actor Cardinal Piumini 1 1000006
Alberto Mondini Actor Leonardo 1 1000004
Chiara Conti Actor Diana 1 1000003
Jacqueline Lustig Actor Irene 1 1000002
Gigio Alberto Actor Ettore 1 1000007
Bruno Cariello Actor Don Pugni 1 1000008
Gianfelice Imparato Actor Erminio 1 1000012
Pietro De Silva Actor Curzio Sandali 1 1000013
Donato Placido Actor Egidio 1 1000011
Piera Degli Esposti Actor Aunt Maria 1 1000010
Renzo Rossi Actor Baldracchi 1 1000009
Sergio Castellitto Actor Ernesto 1 1000001
Ernesto is a successful painter/illustrator, recently separated from his wife, but entirely devoted to his impressionably young son, Leonardo. When Ernesto receives news from the mysterious Don Pugni, secretary to the equally enigmatic Cardinal Piumini, that the Vatican wants to anoint sainthood to his mother, he is stunned to discover that the beatification process has been under way for nearly three years. Ernesto learns that his family has been quietly spearheading the campaign to canonize his mother behind his back. The family had feared that Ernesto's atheist conviction and his disdain for his dead mother would destroy any hope they had of winning the beatification and, more importantly, the individual rewards that each family member expects to gain from it. Ernesto also discovers that his wife enrolled Leonardo in religion classes. The religion classes steer the boy into a growing obsession with God, inevitably forcing Ernesto to reexamine the merits of faith in contrast to his world as an artist and free atheist. The Church supports the claim that Ernesto's 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. Ernesto's relationship to the murderer provides the Church with its last chance of uncovering the truth behind his mother's death, but Ernesto is reluctant to succumb to his family's pressure and schemes. Ernesto doesn't believe his mother should be a saint, and he says no, much to the anger of the Church and his family. Overwhelmed by the fact that he didn't 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.