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The Son's Room

  • Drama
  • Family
  • 2001
  • Nanni Moretti
  • 95 mins
  • 15

Summary

Award-winning drama directed by and starring Nanni Moretti. Giovanni is a successful psychoanalyst who lives a comfortable life with his wife and two teenage children in a small Italian town. But their domestic harmony is shattered when a tragic accident takes the life of one of the family.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

Rarely has the raw subject of bereavement been so brilliantly portrayed than here in director Nanni Moretti's heart-wrenching account of how a provincial, middle-class family copes with the death of a child. The deserved winner of the 2001 Palme d'Or at Cannes, Moretti's pitch-perfect tragedy is almost unbearably moving and rings undeniably true. On a day he's supposed to spend with his son Andrea (Giuseppe Sanfelice), psychoanalyst Giovanni (Moretti) is called out on a patient emergency; Andrea goes scuba diving with friends instead and is accidentally killed. In the aftermath, Giovanni introspectively obsesses over his actions on the fateful day, while his wife and daughter also begin to crack under the pressure of their inconsolable anguish and the previously close family begins to pull apart. Anchored by superb performances, Moretti's powerful meditation on sorrow and the journey to understanding is a near-faultless masterpiece.

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Credits

Cast

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GiovanniNanni Moretti
PaolaLaura Morante
IreneJasmine Trinca
AndreaGiuseppe Sanfelice
OscarSilvio Orlando
RaffaellaClaudia Della Seta
TommasoStefano Accorsi
AriannaSofia Vigliar

Crew

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DirectorNanni Moretti

Details

Theatrical distributor
Momentum Pictures
Released on
2002-02-15
Languages
Latin | Italian
Guidance
Contains swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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