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The Keys to the House (2004)

Le chiavi di casa (original title)
Meeting his handicapped son for the first time, a young father attempts to forge a relationship with the teenager.

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Andrea Rossi ...
Alla Faerovich ...
Nadine
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Alberto
Manuel Katzy ...
Taxi driver
Michael Weiss ...
Andreas
Ingrid Appenroth ...
Hospital warden
Dimitri Süsin ...
Boy watching TV
Thorsten Schwarz ...
Male nurse
Eric Neumann ...
Playground boy
Dirk Zippa ...
Young man on wheelchair
Barbara Koster-Chari ...
Nurse
Anita Bardeleben ...
Doctor
Ralf Schlesener ...
Newspaper seller
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"Prepare yourself for suffering if you intend to be close to him." So speaks the mother of a young woman with severe disabilities, speaking to Gianni, the father of 16-year-old Paolo, himself developmentally disabled. Gianni abandoned the boy at birth, when the child's mother died, and Paulo's aunt and uncle have raised him. They have contacted Gianni and asked him to take Paulo to Berlin for a battery of medical tests. Images of people walking, running, skating, and dancing dot the screen as Gianni and Paulo get to know each other. Over a few days, Gianni tries to sort out his obligations and his desires. Will he accept his role as father to this engaging, mercurial, disabled youth? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$726,410 (Italy), 10 September 2004
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Trivia

Kim Rossi Stuart was director Amelio's first choice for the male lead right from the start. See more »

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Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

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Deus Do Fogo E Da Justiça
Written by Lima / Almeida
Performed by Virginia Rodrigues
Courtesy of Warner / Chappel LTDA 2000
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witty, unsentimental but affecting
3 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

I was so very affected by this piece, it moved in a steady pace from the meeting of Paolo and Gianni to their travel to Germany and their time in the hospital. The director presents Paolo as an incredibly spirited adolescent; you can't help but be curious about him and follow him throughout the day. He is very independent and his new father attaches himself to his son as a sort of handler but soon he becomes very emotionally attached. It's mesmerizing to watch Paolo because he's such a fully formed character, very witty and always brightening the mood of others around him yet unafraid to speak candidly. As we follow Paolo the film learns more about his story and the story of Gianni. The film moves very quickly and is without a wounded sentiment that one might expect. Although I did cry in moments of rehabilitation, I was not exhausted from a guilt or sadness but almost charmed.


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