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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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Toni Bertorelli ...
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Dario Cantarelli ...
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Eleonora Danco ...
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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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Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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La habitación del hijo  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$4,887, 27 January 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,014,416, 16 June 2002
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Water Dances
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i can't imagine how this film won a prize...
8 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

I will be straightforward with all. This movie, with all the build up and in view of the Palme d'or and hailing from Italy which does have its share of good movies, is a huge disappointment.

Three reasons why, and I will be very short. 1) The acting is stiff, awful and without any emotions or talent. The only one that I could rate above average would be, surprisingly, the daughter; she plays her part reasonably well. All the others are motionless, and emotionless, a way of acting which certainly does not belong in this movie.

2) the script. The movie doesn't go anywhere. It just kinda lingers along. Nothing really happens. Now I'm not talking about exploding cars or that type of action, i'm talking about development of characters, psychological changes, good screenplay. None of that.

3) I have never seen a movie so boring that treats a subject as emotional and difficult as the loss of a son in such an unemotional and uninteresting way.

Since I don't want to include any spoilers, I won't go into too much details. The film is not worth it anyway. This is by far one of the worst movies I have ever seen, especially in view of what I had expected.


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