Tough and sensible film, whose heart is in the right place.
| Original Score: B-
Takes on the challenge of overcoming the obstacles entailed in working with a handicapped actor.
Tackles issues like guilt, shame and compassion with admirable sensitivity.
| Original Score: 3/5
| Original Score: 3/4
Amelio, one of the true modern heirs of the great Italian neo-realist tradition, is a filmmaker of great subtlety, emotional precision and socio-psychological acumen.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Radiates a warm humanity and uplifts the spirit.
Amelio intelligently steers clear of lachrymose speeches, swelling orchestral music, and cheap redemption and instead probes away at the ambivalent feelings of parents towards their handicapped off-spring.
Amelio tells the story with a silent stillness that belies the intense emotions that churn under the surface.
| Original Score: 4/5
A touching tale.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Amelio deals with the sensitive subject in a mature matter, refusing to descend into Hollywood-style schmaltz.
| Original Score: 3/4
A film of quiet, understated power and authentic grace.
It takes a story that could be turned into the most florid kind of tear-jerker and instead tells it with an exactness and a restraint that makes it powerfully effective.
This compelling Italian drama will have you weeping before the credits roll.
| Original Score: B+
The kind of quietly unassuming tear-jerker that works its way into your heart despite the occasional cries of protest emanating from your head.
We always understand why these people feel the way they do and, remarkably, believe we well might act the same were we in their shoes.
Amelio's camera captures with subtlety and without sentimentality the state of mind of a parent for whom every child running freely in the park is a painful reminder of another's limitations.
A film that treats a difficult subject with the delicacy of real art.
Subtle yet powerfully subversive look into the emotional toll and confusion of dealing with a disabled child.
The Keys to the House is a compelling Italian drama about a father-son reunion and the bravery needed to open one's heart to another.
Feels as if its being telegraphed from a cosmic fugue state, and means to get (and stay) beneath the skin.