Household Saints

Household Saints

USA | 1993 | 125 min. | Nancy Savoca

February 2 - 4, 2024

Based on Francine Prose’s fifth novel, Nancy Savoca’s comic chronicle of a spirited Italian-American New York family perfectly balances humor, tragedy, and pathos. New 4K Restoration.

Vincent D’Onofrio’s Joseph Santangelo is a butcher with a wicked sense of humor who “wins” his wife Catherine (an uncharacteristically reserved Tracey Ullman) in a pinochle game. Together they experience the ups, downs, and wacky in-betweens of city life until teenage daughter Teresa slowly overtakes the film with her yearning to join a convent. 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 appearances from Michael Imperioli and Judith Malina among others, Household Saints announced a unique voice in 1990s New York City independent filmmaking. 

Household Saints has been digitally restored and remastered by Lightbox Film Center at University of the Arts (Philadelphia) in collaboration with Milestone Films with support from Ron and Suzanne Naples. 

  • Director: Nancy Savoca
  • Principal Cast: Lili Taylor, Tracey Ullman, Vincent D’Onofrio, Michael Imperioli
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1993
  • Running Time: 125 min.
  • Producer: Richard Guay, Peter Newman
  • Screenplay: Richard Guay, Nancy Savoca
  • Cinematographers: Bobby Bukowski