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The Son's Room (2001)

La stanza del figlio (original title)
R | | 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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Nanni Moretti

Writers:

Nanni Moretti (story), Linda Ferri (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nanni Moretti ... Giovanni Sermonti
Laura Morante ... Paola Sermonti
Jasmine Trinca ... Irene Sermonti
Giuseppe Sanfelice Giuseppe Sanfelice ... Andrea Sermonti
Stefano Abbati Stefano Abbati ... Patient
Stefano Accorsi ... Tommaso - a Patient
Toni Bertorelli Toni Bertorelli ... Patient
Dario Cantarelli Dario Cantarelli ... Patient
Eleonora Danco Eleonora Danco ... Patient
Claudia Della Seta Claudia Della Seta ... Raffaella - a Patient
Luisa De Santis ... Patient
Silvio Orlando ... Oscar - a Patient
Sofia Vigliar Sofia Vigliar ... Arianna
Renato Scarpa ... Headmaster
Roberto Nobile ... Priest
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Storyline

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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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | Latin

Release Date:

9 March 2001 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

La habitación del hijo See more »

Filming Locations:

Ancona, Marche, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,887, 27 January 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,014,416, 16 June 2002
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Simple, yet beautiful.
16 June 2014 | by adi-kadrekarSee all my reviews

This is one of the movies I wouldn't like to rate. But I would recommend each and everyone of you to watch it. I'm sucker for Palme D'or winners and how could I miss this one? I'm pretty sure the concept of losing out a family member have been explored by many directors, but there is something unique about this one. Directing himself in the movie (I really think it's a very difficult job to do that), Nanni Moretti hasn't put a foot wrong. And, if you're looking for a very good screenplay and some breathtaking cinematography, this is not your thing. This movie is all about actors pouring out their emotions on screen and a really sweet background score. What got me raving about the movie is how we blame every single action of ours when things don't go our way (I think majority of us to do that). La Stanza Del Figlio is simplicity personified. I'd say a must watch.


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