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24 Ratings

The House of Smiles

La casa del sorriso

Directed by Marco Ferreri
Italy, 1988


A septuagenarian couple are attracted to each other in a retirement home but find the institution and their fellow patients frown on their relationship.

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The House of Smiles Directed by Marco Ferreri

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1991 | 2 wins including: Golden Bear

Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists

1992 | 3 nominations including: Best Director

David di Donatello Awards

1991 | 4 nominations including: Best Supporting Actor

What are people saying?

  • Samuel T.'s rating of the film The House of Smiles

    Ferreri is out of control. I mean, I hate to use the term Buñuelian, but is he not the title holder of such a term? And to next level extremities mind you, like an old white couple fucking inside a watermelon tailored trailer in "Africa," a small community of blacks just outside the retirement home of whites, and even inside this home, the dregs are of the darkest humanitarian exercises. I get the social implications

  • FISCHER's rating of the film The House of Smiles

    Sur un thème rarement abordé au cinéma : la vie sexuelle des personnages âgées, un film transalpin certes inégal, mais néanmoins intéressant, bénéficiant surtout de l'interprétation inspirée d'Ingrid Thulin et Dado Ruspoli...

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