In The Little Hours, writer/director Jeff Baena (known for the 2014 zom-com Life After Beth) adapts a story from The Decameron — a classic collection of novellas by the 14th century Italian writer and poet Giovanni Boccaccio — and gives it a sexy modern twist.
In a secluded convent in Tuscany, the sedate yet repressed lives of a small group of nuns (led by Aubrey Plaza and Alison Brie) are thrown into erotic chaos by the arrival of a handsome handyman (Dave Franco) who is hiding from his old boss (Nick Offerman) and pretending to be a deaf-mute to avoid interacting with the ladies. Before long, however, frocks come flying off and long-buried desires are bubbling to the surface as the convent becomes a hotbed of unbridled lust and debauchery.
What makes The Little Hours so weird and funny is that the nuns — and supporting players like the Mother Superior (Molly Shannon), the priest in charge of the convent (John C. Reilly) and even a traveling bishop (Fred Armisen) — speak in modern, anachronistic language, either insulting, bawdy or outright obscene. Like its source, The Little Hours turns the idea of religious chastity on its head and mines rich satiric material out of the pleasures of the flesh.
In two video interviews — first Plaza, Brie and Shannon, then Baena, Franco and Armisen — the cast and filmmaker talk about nuns having fun, life in the 14th century and more…