The Little Hours is the upcoming film adaptation of The Decameron, a 14th century collection of novellas by Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio about a group of people fleeing the plague in Florence.
But it’s not what you think. It’s a comedy.
Medieval nuns Alessandra (Alison Brie), Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza), and Ginevra (Kate Micucci) lead a simple life in their convent. Their days are spent chafing at monastic routine, spying on one another, and berating the estate’s day laborer.
After a particularly vicious insult session drives the peasant away, Father Tommasso (John C. Reilly) brings on new hired hand Massetto (Dave Franco), a virile young servant forced into hiding by his angry lord. Introduced to the sisters as a deaf-mute to discourage temptation, Massetto struggles to maintain his cover as the repressed nunnery erupts in a whirlwind of pansexual horniness, substance abuse, and wicked revelry.
Loaded with comedic talent and written with an off-kilter, yet knowing touch, THE LITTLE HOURS is an immensely charming romp. Writer/director Jeff Baena’s riotous follow-up to Sundance Film Festival favorites LIFE AFTER BETH and JOSHY has transferred the nervy comedic energy from his earlier work to the Middle Ages with hilarious results. I can’t wait!