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

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$1,014,416 (USA) (14 June 2002)
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The Latin lines that crop up are from Lucretius' De rerum natura. The full passage reads as follows: "Haec sic pernosces parva perductus opella; namque alid ex alio clarescet nec tibi caeca nox iter eripiet, quin ultima naturai pervideas: ita res accendent lumina rebus. (Lucretius, De Rerum Natura I, 1114-1117) An (old-fashioned) English translation: "These points, if thou wilt ponder, Then, with but paltry trouble led along... For one thing after other will grow clear, Nor shall the blind night rob thee of the road, To hinder thy gaze on Nature's Farthest-forth. Thus things for things shall kindle torches new." See more »

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a life turned inside out
17 August 2011 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

Giovanni (Nanni Moretti) is a capable psychiatrist revered by his patients, who copes with his work because he knows a loving wife, son and daughter are waiting for him at the end of the working day. The sudden death of their son in a diving accident threatens to destroy the remaining family, as each retreats to grieve in their own way. An unexpected visitor allows them to make the journey, quite literally, to the other side of remorse.

You can tell this is not a Hollywood film because for the first 30 minutes, nothing happens. Giovanni works, comes home, cooks, runs, makes love to his wife, engages with his children while giving them their space. It is all very naturalistic and convincing, but there is no drama. Suddenly, a small item is snatched in the market, a car horn is blown - small, incidental fragments that are portents of the end of everyone's life in this family as they know it. Tomorrow, they will all be someone else.

And so Andrea dies and the grief kicks in. But they get better. The film engages you by creating multi-dimensional, charming yet flawed characters who we believe in and so care for when their world gets turned upside down. What happens to them you already know; how it happens is what keeps you watching. I enjoyed it without feeling the need to offer up tears; I felt the death as a sadness rather than a tragedy. This will not be everyone's cup of tea as a film, but the small moments that constitute our lives are faithfully represented, and the continuous montage of patients in Giovanni's office provides humour and pathos. This was my first Moretti film. There is enough here to bring me back.


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