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La stanza del figlio (2001)

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

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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When Margherita Buy auditioned for the role of Paola, she acted all of her scenes. Nanni Moretti eventually chose Laura Morante for the part. See more »

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Le Dita del Piede
by Raymond Carver
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not a feel-good movie in the usual sense of the word
15 March 2015 | by bill-729-637551See all my reviews

If you watch this film expecting to be entertained in the sense of having a good laugh you will definitely be disappointed. However, if you want to see how a family manages to deal with a tragic loss and come out of it stronger than before, you should be satisfied, even if the basic string of events is rather negative. Nanni Moretti manages to keep his wry sense of humour despite the characters' misfortunes. Altogether a film which confirms the strength which most of us can find even in adversity. I enjoyed it, even though I am not really a fan of films which show sad events. If you can understand Italian I think you will find it an especially rewarding experience to watch it in the original, as many of the actors were already masters of their craft back in 2001, and have gone on to become famous in later years. Thumbs up!


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