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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »


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Endless grief
19 March 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The family ties in this film are so astoundingly true to life, it almost brings back the tears... I cannot think of a better film dealing with grief than La Stanza del Figlio, I swear on my own life. You could think that there was nothing new to bring to the subject of the movie, and boy would you be very very wrong. Moretti deals with the loss of his son in such an amazingly realistic way, it's almost scary... And the sister, played by Jasmine Trinca, is also an endearing character. You truly and deeply feel what their family feels - the negative reviews on this type of movie are ill-directed because they are NOT the target audience. They unfortunately sneaked in the wrong theater !!

Moretti's best. Period.

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