La Stanza del Figlio (The Son's Room) (2002)
A family struggles to go on after a devastating loss in this deeply emotional drama from Italy. Giovanni (Nanni Moretti) is a psychiatrist with a successful practice in a small community near the ocean. Giovanni has a warm relationship with his wife Paola (Laura Morante), and they have a pair of well-adjusted teenage kids, Andrea (Giuseppe Sanfelice) and Irene (Jasmine Trinca). But the family's calm is shattered when Andrea is unexpectedly killed in an accident. Giovanni finds it impossible to continue with his work, and blames himself for the death, since he was planning to go jogging with Andrea that morning before he opted instead to take an emergency call from a client. Paola and Irene try to keep their emotions in check, but both find this all but impossible as they sink further into anger and grief. The appearance of an unexpected visitor, however, forces the family to confront their feelings about Andrea. Arianna (Sofia Vigliar) is a girl who had a summer romance with Andrea the year before, and has come to town to pay him a surprise visit, unaware of his recent death. In addition to starring, Moretti directed and co-authored the script. … More
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Critic Reviews for La Stanza del Figlio (The Son's Room)
Moretti's comedies and sarires are more interesting than this family melodrama about loss and grief, though he should be commended for making a touching and sensitive film that never descends into cloying bathos.
With tender skill, [director] Moretti illuminates Samuel Beckett's familiar summation 'I can't go on--I'll go on.'
A work of powerful understatement, artfully crafted and subtly acted.
We're all guilty of worrying about things that are completely unimportant; this film is a wonderful reminder that we shouldn't.
A thoughtful and haunting study of the ways a family copes with the unthinkable.
proves once again that some of the best films do not come from America.
The Son's Room refers to every room this family will inhabit for a long time -- he's an unseen, ubiquitous presence -- but they may learn to lead ordinary, even joyful lives again.
I certainly found its depiction of a family affected by grief far more believable and effective than the strident dish-breaking, breast-beating of In the Bedroom.
Moretti plays Giovanni, a psychiatrist who predictably finds it difficult to sustain interest in his profession after the family tragedy. Too predictably, in fact.
Ranks with such films as In the Bedroom, Ordinary People, and Terms of Endearment in the sensitivity with which it observes the effect a child's death on the remaining members of the family.
This is not an easy film. But it could be, by its art and heart, a necessary one.
Chances are, if you were impressed by In the Bedroom, you'll be even more taken by Moretti's wrenching little film.
Seeps into your consciousness, never letting go even when it's finished.
An honest and compelling film that effectively explores grief and the search for resolution.
Told lovingly and for the most part realistically, The Son's Room -- which won Cannes' latest Palme d'Or -- has moments of power within its quiet atmosphere, and showcases Moretti's moving performance.
Audience Reviews for La Stanza del Figlio (The Son's Room)
Nanni Moretti bring a sentimentalist, but criative and entertaining drama, that become a study about, not only family, but individual people in they pain and hope. Finest performances with the direction by Moretti make The Son's Room, one of the best films of the 2001.More
The Son's Room is a simple but tender drama on loss and healing. Artfully presented and subtly acted. Great soundtrack. Precise emotive content. A silent chaos.More
Very difficult to watch in spots but for all the right reasons. A tender and truly touching drama. It feels "real" and is not cloying.More
Got this movie recommendation The Son's Room long time ago from a dear friend and till now I saw it complete. Director Nanni Moretti told the story of a family breaking apart after the death of their son. Moretti himself played the father,a psychiatrist, that after his son's death he could not go on with his work. A movie dealing with the lost of the people we love the most, our children,and there is no cure for the sadness. Despite the tragedy in the movie Moretti managed to make the viewer smile even in the darkest moments.The movie was almost perfect and I was deeply moved by the good acting of these Italian actors.
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