An unsuccessful painter is alerted by the Catholic Church that his late mother is up for canonization (!?) and he has trouble accepting the decision. I admire Bellocchio's attempt to address ambiguity towards Christianity and the personal struggle with faith, but this concept is too far a stretch for believability to allow (the reasons for making the woman a saint are vague and frail; I don't think it's quite so easy to be deemed a saint or that the Church would ever actively recruit such an ignoble candidate). Further, Bellocchio's style leans towards the overly symbolic and abstract, with a handful of somewhat pretentious digressions causing the already feeble setup to veer off-course. As for Mothers being considered Saints, if my own Mother doesn't achieve that status for putting up with my endless bullshit all these years, no one should.
The Religion Hour (My Mother's Smile)
Director: Marco Bellocchio
Year Released: 2002