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Lives of the Saints

Lives of the Saints (2004)

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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

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Jan 30, 2007

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (7)

Ambitious and beguiling.

January 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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dares, from the unlikely vantage of Britain's criminal underworld, to look heavenwards - and, in its darkly pessimistic way, to see nothing there.

June 19, 2007 Full Review Source: musicOMH.com
musicOMH.com

As painfully hypnotic as watching a religious zealot ranting in the street and carrying a banner proclaiming the second coming.

January 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Comes across as an obscure Renaissance play which has been badly modernised.

January 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent on Sunday
Independent on Sunday

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.

January 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK)
Sunday Times (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.

January 26, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

"Muddled" is the polite word, balderdash the preferred one.

January 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

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.

January 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The Italian denim company Meltin' Pot paid for Rankin and Chris Cottam's unendurably pretentious stab at gangland street spirituality. Why?

January 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

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.

January 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Bizarre, involving and highly original, this leftfield gangland fable adds up to a strange, surprisingly moving experience.

January 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

A bizarre brew of Brit-grit, magic realism and religious allegory.

January 26, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC

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