Household Saints

Friday, January 12 - Thursday, February 1, 2024

New 4K Restoration!

Post-screening conversation with Vincent D’Onofrio at 6:35 p.m. on Friday, January 19!

Based on Francine Prose’s fifth novel, Nancy Savoca’s chronicle of a spirited Italian-American New York family perfectly balances humor, tragedy, and pathos. Vincent D’Onofrio’s Joseph Santangelo 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. Perfectly embodying a modern-day Bernadette, Lili Taylor imbues Teresa with a mix of dedicated innocence and naïveté. Executive produced by Jonathan Demme, with notable performances from Michael Imperioli, Michael Rispoli and Victor Argo, HOUSEHOLD SAINTS represents a unique voice in 1990s independent filmmaking.

Previously screened with Q&As with dir. Nancy Savoca and Rich Guay on Friday, January 12 and Saturday January 13.

Winner: Best Supporting Female, Film Independent Spirit Awards

  • Country USA
  • Year 1993
  • Running Time 124 minutes
  • Format 4K Restoration
  • Distributor Kino Lorber / Milestone Films
  • Director Nancy Savoca
  • Cast Tracey Ullman, Vincent D'Onofrio, Lili Taylor, Michael Imperioli, Michael Rispoli
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil

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