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La stanza del figlio (2001)

R | | Drama | 9 March 2001 (Italy)
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
Stefano Abbati ...
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Tommaso - a Patient
Toni Bertorelli ...
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Dario Cantarelli ...
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Eleonora Danco ...
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Oscar - a Patient
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Arianna
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Roberto Nobile ...
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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 inconsolable 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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La habitación del hijo  »

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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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Insieme a te non ci sto più
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True, real emotion
6 October 2001 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Nanni Moretti's deserved winner of the Palme D'Or was a controversial choice, if only because it is a film grounded in reality and truth. We know these characters for a change, they are the neighbours whom we fear approach because of their loss and raw pain.

Moretti, in his subtle yet magnificent performance and in his deft, assured direction, has crafted a film which transcends cliche and sentimentality in spite of its well trodden subject matter. As in his earlier effort, 'Caro Diario' the viewer is held transfixed by his languid cinematic storytelling, which is nonetheless riveting.

Without resorting to pat endings or easy solutions to the characters' individual suffering (beautifully rendered by each of the performers, whose roles portray distinct yet relevant facets of grief) the film manages a redemption in unexpected, yet highly satisfying, fashion. I left the screening at the Toronto International Film Festival feeling completely exhilarated and grateful to this natural filmmaker.

A beautiful portrait of true, real emotion.


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