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The Son's Room (2001)
"La stanza del figlio" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  9 March 2001 (Italy)
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A psychoanalyst and his family go through profound emotional trauma when their son dies in a scuba diving accident.

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Giovanni Sermonti
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Irene Sermonti
Giuseppe Sanfelice ...
Andrea Sermonti
Sofia Vigliar ...
Arianna
Renato Scarpa ...
Headmaster
Roberto Nobile ...
Priest
Paolo De Vita ...
Luciano's Father
Roberto De Francesco ...
Record Store Clerk
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Dive Shop Clerk
Antonio Petrocelli ...
Enrico
Lorenzo Alessandri ...
Filippo's Father
Alessandro Infusini ...
Matteo
Silvia Bonucci ...
Carla
Marcello Bernacchini ...
Luciano
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Giovanni is a successful psychoanalyst who has to put up with the seemingly endless string of trivial details his patients ramble on about. Yet his family provides a loving and steadfast foundation for his life that can even survive a problem like their son, Andrea, being accused of stealing a rare fossil in school. That foundation is profoundly rocked when Andrea dies in a scuba diving accident. Although the usual arrangements run smoothly, the emotional harm is profound. Giovanni begins to obsessively dwell on the missed chances he had with his son that might have saved his life, even blaming his patients. In addition , his wife is inconsulable and his daughter is becoming anti social in their loss. In the midst of this turmoil, a secret of their son's life is revealed that provides healing in a way they never anticipated. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@rogers.com>

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Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

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$4,887 (USA) (25 January 2002)

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$1,014,416 (USA) (14 June 2002)
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When Margherita Buy auditioned for the role of Paola, she acted all of her scenes. Nanni Moretti eventually chose Laura Morante for the part. See more »

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A (near) masterpiece!
22 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

What can I say except that I need to see it again? I try to write down what I think but somehow I prefer scribbling some jargon on a note pad... there are also a lot of hidden details to previous films that you have to watch out for with your eyes wide shut. The images haunt you and leave you mourning. Ecstasy for having encountered cinema at it's most powerful. How to portray pain in film? the symptoms of anguish? the rituals involved... The most striking scene for me is at the fairground. It hits you like a freight train and leaves you mesmerized for the second half of the film. The son's room is at the bottom of the sea, on the surface of an instant photo, a secret path though many a different door... Press replay on what is not past nor future but pure emotion of imagining what will never be, love streams, the loneliness of long distant runner... Tragedy and crisis (individual and social and it's many other meanings!) have always been present in Nanni's cinema but here he's reached an unprecedented maturity. One minor flaw is the stereotypical portrayal of the patients treated by Moretti playing a psychoanalyst. It's a little too predictable for such an original filmmaker although I'm well aware that the patients are all movie projectors projecting the artist's own constant obsessions. I do hope English speaking viewers will have a chance to see it.


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