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The Keys to the House (2004) - Plot Summary Poster

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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>
  • Alberto and her wife Livia have raised their disabled nephew Paolo from birth. His mother, Giulia, died during the delivery and his father, Gianni, left the boy in the hospital and has never seen him. Alberto calls Gianni and tells him that he should travel with Paolo to Berlin for a medical treatment in a specialized hospital. Gianni has his first contact with his son, and during the trip, her feels connected to Paolo. In Berlin, he befriends Nicole, the mother of a disable woman, who tells him how much he would suffer if he decides to stay close to his son.

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Meeting his handicapped son for the first time, a young father attempts to forge a relationship with the teenager.

    - Written by Anonymous

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