Household Saints w/ dir. Nancy Savoca, producer / co-writer Rich Guay & author Francine Prose (Revival House/Close Up)

Trailer Review CLOSE UP Tickets - Starr Cinema


Saturday, May 11

An iconic early ‘90’s cast are masterful in this gratifying and spunky film about three generations of Italian American women, one of whom was the prize in a pinochle game, one who talks to ghosts, and another who believes to have a direct connection to God. The performances from Vincent D’Onofrio, Lilli Taylor, Michael Imperioli, and Tracey Ullman are worth the price of admission alone, and the vibrant story, based on the book pulls at heartstrings. (Nancy Savoca, US, 1993, 124m)

“Savoca’s subject is larger: She wants to show how, in only three generations, an Italian family that is comfortable with the mystical turns into an American family that is threatened by it. And she wants to explore the possibilities of sainthood in these secular days. That she sees great humor in her subject is perfect; it is always easier to find the truth through laughter.” – Chicago-Sun Times

About Nancy Savoca – Born and raised inThe Bronx, Savoca began her career as a production assistant to John Sayles on his film The Brother From Another Planet, and as an assistant auditor for Jonathan Demmeon two of his films: Something Wild, and Married to the Mob. Her first full-length movie, True Love, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. She was among five writers and co-wrote all three segments of the Demi Moore-produced If These Walls Could Talk, a miniseries about abortion rights, and she directed the first two segments. She continues to make groundbreaking films and TV.

About Richard Guay – Guay is a New York City-based American film producer. His productions include True Love which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1989 Sundance Film Festival, Dogfight, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Kinsey, and Shutter.

About Francine Prose – Writer Francine Prose is the former president of PEN America as well as a Guggenheim fellow, PEN Translation Prize-winner, and visiting professor at Bard College. Her novel, Blue Angel, a satire about sexual harassment on college campuses, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Household Saints, was adapted for film. In 2010, she received the Washington University International Humanities Medal, reserved for those who continue humanistic endeavors in scholarship, journalism, and literature.