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The Little Hours

  • 2017
  • R
  • 90min
  • 84%
  • 5.8 / 10

Convent life has always been serene and quiet for three nuns, but when a runaway servant disguised a deaf-mute becomes a gardener at a convent, they find themselves in the throes of turning their backs against their faith while the gardener continues to fight to hide his true self from the nuns.

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The movie is loosely based on the tales of the book The Decameroon by Giovanni Boccaccio. This short novella was written in the 14th century and was a popular one in Renaissance Italy. The movie only chronicles parts of the novella, notably the first and second stories of the third day. Many of the actors in this film has starred in much larger and significant roles and have even directed some films themselves. The film follows and shows the life of nuns very much like it would have actually been during the 14th century in Europe where nuns played a large role in society.


about the movie

The Little Hours is a 2017 comedy film set in medieval times. It tells the story of three nuns who try to resist every iota of temptation for the newly-hired garderner at the convent. The movie was directed by director Jeff Baena. It stars an ensemble cast of well-known actors including, but not limited to, Alison Brie, Kate Micucci, Dave Franco, John C. Reilly, and Molly Shannon. The movie made its debut at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The movie overall was not a huge success and did not garner that much attention. Due to these factors, the movie only grossed 1.6 million in its box office weekend. This gross was much lower than the expectations that were set for the movie. Despite this the film was met with positive remarks by critics, with review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes giving it a 79% approval rating.