A mix of domestic ethnic drama and religious parable, director Nancy Savoca's HOUSEHOLD SAINTS is hard to categorize. More admirable in intention than in execution, its subject matter and pacing may turn off mainstream moviegoers.
The story opens in post-WWII New York, with a particularly intense pinochle game in which Lino Falconetti (Victor Argo) bets his daughter to a young handsome butcher, Joseph Santangelo (Vincent D'Onofrio), who wins. Lino later claims he was kidding, but Joseph does succeed in marrying the
stubborn but ultimately loving Catherine (Tracy Ullman). This doesn't please Joseph's mother Carmela (Judith Malina), who finds Catherine sorely la...