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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.

Director:

Gianni Amelio

Writers:

Gianni Amelio (story and screenplay), Sandro Petraglia (story and screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Rossi Stuart ... Gianni
Charlotte Rampling ... Nicole
Andrea Rossi Andrea Rossi ... Paolo
Alla Faerovich Alla Faerovich ... Nadine
Pierfrancesco Favino ... Alberto
Manuel Katzy Manuel Katzy ... Taxi driver
Michael Weiss Michael Weiss ... Andreas
Ingrid Appenroth Ingrid Appenroth ... Hospital warden
Dimitri Süsin Dimitri Süsin ... Boy watching TV
Thorsten Schwarz Thorsten Schwarz ... Male nurse
Eric Neumann Eric Neumann ... Playground boy
Dirk Zippa Dirk Zippa ... Young man on wheelchair
Barbara Koster-Chari Barbara Koster-Chari ... Nurse
Anita Bardeleben Anita Bardeleben ... Doctor
Ralf Schlesener Ralf Schlesener ... Newspaper seller
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Storyline

"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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy | Germany | France

Language:

Italian | German | French | English

Release Date:

10 September 2004 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Keys to the House See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$726,410 (Italy), 10 September 2004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Andrea Rossi suffers from muscular dystrophy in real life. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

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Written by Vasco Rossi
Performed by Vasco Rossi
Courtesy of EMI Music Italy S.P.A.
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A special road movie
10 October 2004 | by michelerealiniSee all my reviews

Gianni (Kim Rossi Stuart) has never seen his son Paolo, who is disabled. But Fate makes them meet, Gianni accompanies him to Germany where the child can follow a new therapy... It is also a trip where the young father tries to catch up with the relationship with his son. In hospital Gianni meets a woman (Charlotte Rampling) who has a also a disabled daughter, a woman which teaches him very much about accepting differences.

Gianni Amelio doesn't direct a spectacular movie about handicap (it's not like "Rain Man"), he directs a road movie which seems sometimes (from a technical point of view) a documentary. There's not room for too many tears, dramas and moralistic considerations. It's a pretty film which has the goal of showing problems the way they are, without exaggerations. There's much reality and humanity.


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