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Household Saints

Opens on April 12

Director: Nancy Savoca Run Time: 124 min. Release Year: 1993

Starring: Judith Malina, Lili Taylor, Michael Rispoli, Tracey Ullman, Vincent D'Onofrio

Nancy Savoca’s star-studded indie gem is a chronicle of a spirited Italian-American New York family that perfectly balances humor, tragedy, and pathos. Joseph Santangelo (Vincent D’Onofrio) is a butcher with a wicked sense of humor who “wins” his wife Catherine (a stellar Tracey Ullman) in a pinochle game. Over the protests of his mother (Judith Malina) who talks to ghosts and makes deals with saints, Joseph marries Catherine. When the old lady dies, her spirit is channeled into her granddaughter Teresa who overtakes the film with her yearning to serve God.

“This warm-hearted jewel of a movie was directed by Nancy Savoca, whose previous films are True Love and Dogfight (which also starred the priceless Lili Taylor). She treasures eccentricity in people.” ~ Roger Ebert


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