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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Release Date:

9 March 2001 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

La habitación del hijo  »

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Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Intimate, deep, and... rated R
30 October 2002 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

Moretti becomes more mature, more intimate, more personal. While playing an increasing role in Italian politics (with his movement of opposition to the right-wing government), in his films he has abandoned the sharp political criticism of his debut (Ecce Bombo, Io sono un Autarchico), and the cynical and funny social observations of "Bianca," "Palombella Rossa," and "Caro Diario" to give us a compelling portrait of grief.

A noticeable thing about this film is that the stupidity and ignorance of the MPAA gave it an R rating. Apparently, according to the MPAA, teenagers are welcome to see the stupid violence of "Independence Day," or the idiotic cardboard characters of "Spider Man" (both rated PG-13), but should not, except under adult supervision, know that the death of a teenage child is a shocking and traumatizing experience for a family, and could shatter their painfully constructed unity.

The decision of the MPAA provoked outrage in Italy and surprise in Europe. It is amazing that people of such obvious ignorance should be allowed to make such crucial decisions: they should be held responsible for the garbage they feed to teenagers, and for keeping them away from meaningful films.

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