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

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Giovanni Sermonti
Irene Sermonti
Giuseppe Sanfelice ...
Andrea Sermonti
Sofia Vigliar ...
Renato Scarpa ...
Roberto Nobile ...
Paolo De Vita ...
Luciano's Father
Roberto De Francesco ...
Record Store Clerk
Dive Shop Clerk
Antonio Petrocelli ...
Lorenzo Alessandri ...
Filippo's Father
Alessandro Infusini ...
Silvia Bonucci ...
Marcello Bernacchini ...


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 <>

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

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9 March 2001 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

La habitación del hijo  »

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


$1,014,416 (USA) (14 June 2002)

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As of 2015, this is the last film directed by Nanni Moretti where he also plays the main character. All his subsequent appearances in his own films are either supporting roles or extended cameos. See more »


Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »


Written and performed by Michael Nyman
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Normal people can also cry
4 November 2011 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

A psychoanalyst, his wife and their two teen age children (a boy and a girl) lead a happy life together. The father gives his consultations and we watch some of them with troubled patients talking about their problems. On his spare time father and son jog together very pleasantly. And suddenly tragedy falls upon them: the young boy dies in a skindiving accident. The family atmosphere grows worse. The husband-wife relationship becomes sometimes very harsh because each of them feels differently their son's loss: while the father feels it deeply inside him but with little exteriorization, the mother opens her heart and expands her feelings more openly including with other people and doesn't understand his apparent absence of reaction thinking the he thinks more about himself than about his lost son. The husband goes on giving his psychoanalysis consultations dealing painfully with people suffering from several psychic troubles but soon realizes that he is no more able to do that. Finally they get in touch with their son's girlfriend whose existence they only know some time after the son's death and that meeting seems to have some beneficial effect on their lives. All this is shown and told without exaggerated pathos in normal daily scenes with normal people that can also cry their deep sorrow but without any excessive theatrical attitudes. The images reveal well enough how they feel without need to resort to gestures or postures too dramatic but with much realism and great psychological depth. The film has also a very quick cut rhythm with sudden transitions from one scene to another in a different atmosphere. It is a movie that rivets us from the beginning till the end although without any starts but placing us with exactitude in the characters' skins.

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