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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.

Director:

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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Genres:

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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European films
14 February 2019 | by lbournelosSee all my reviews

I read almost all the reviews, before watching the film. I was impressed by the contradictive opinions. Some 1500 users (approx. 10%) rated it from 5 to 1. Personally, I was fascinated by the film. On the other hand I will never blame anyone who disliked it. I just try to understand why someone rejects what I like and that's why I read the "negative" reviews twice, trying (like Giovanni) to analyze reviewers' characters. Certainly this is not a film for Hollywood/Marvel fans. European cinema deals mostly with real people in real life incidents and stories. Therefore they apply to completely different audiences than the above mentioned fans. So, for European mentalities the film is very good, believe me!


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