full review in Greek
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Those who find this kind of material weepy are advised to give it a pass.
| Original Score: 3/5
I left the cinema feeling rather frustrated because the potential for a great film was so clearly there.
Such a minimalist drama that, if not for the actors, we'd barely care if father and son ever reconcile.
Both Rossi and Charlotte Rampling, as the mother of another young patient, do fine work. But the only surprises come at the end, too late to move us the way they should.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The kind of quietly unassuming tear-jerker that works its way into your heart despite the occasional cries of protest emanating from your head.
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.
Amelio tells the story with a silent stillness that belies the intense emotions that churn under the surface.
| Original Score: 4/5
Tough and sensible film, whose heart is in the right place.
| Original Score: B-
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
| Original Score: 3/4
Takes on the challenge of overcoming the obstacles entailed in working with a handicapped actor.
A film that treats a difficult subject with the delicacy of real art.
A film of quiet, understated power and authentic grace.
| Original Score: 3/4
Feels as if its being telegraphed from a cosmic fugue state, and means to get (and stay) beneath the skin.
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 deals with the sensitive subject in a mature matter, refusing to descend into Hollywood-style schmaltz.
Subtle yet powerfully subversive look into the emotional toll and confusion of dealing with a disabled child.
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.
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.