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The Keys to the House

  • Drama
  • 2004
  • Gianni Amelio
  • 106 mins
  • PG

Summary

Meeting his handicapped son for the first time, a young father attempts to forge a relationship with the teenager.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Deftly handling a delicate subject, this is a sensitively played and genuinely moving study of an absentee father's reconciliation with his disabled son. Inspired by Giuseppe Pontiggia's autobiographical novel, Born Twice, Italian director Gianni Amelio's life-affirming drama benefits from the joyful performance of teenager Andrea Rossi as the abandoned child. However, his naturalness sometimes contrasts sharply with the acting craft involved in Kim Rossi Stuart's otherwise admirable performance as the father coming to terms with his past actions and present responsibilities. Charlotte Rampling also excels as a devoted mother who offers Rossi Stuart some much-needed advice. Unfortunately, the film loses its way when it leaves the claustrophobic environs of the hospital where Rossi is being treated, and heads for Norway in search of his pen pal.

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Credits

Cast

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GianniKim Rossi Stuart
NicoleCharlotte Rampling
PaoloAndrea Rossi
NadineAlla Faerovich
AlbertoPierfrancesco Favino
Taxi driverManuel Katzy
AndreasMichael Weiss
Ward sister in hospitalIngrid Appenrodth
Boy who watches TVDimitri Susin
Male nurseThorsten Schwarz

Crew

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DirectorGianni Amelio

Details

Theatrical distributor
Artificial Eye
Released on
2005-04-01
Languages
English | German | Italian | French
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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