La Stanza del Figlio (The Son's Room)


La Stanza del Figlio (The Son's Room) (2002)


Critic Consensus: The Son's Room is a moving and contemplative study of grief.


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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.

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Critic Reviews for La Stanza del Figlio (The Son's Room)

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (30)

Like a good shrink, Moretti watches with an unflinching but compassionate eye.

Mar 6, 2018 | Full Review…
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With tender skill, [director] Moretti illuminates Samuel Beckett's familiar summation 'I can't go on--I'll go on.'

Feb 9, 2007 | Full Review…
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Nothing in The Son's Room is conventionally sentimental or reassuring.

Jul 20, 2002 | Rating: 4/4

The Son's Room addresses both death and life with honesty and respect.

Mar 29, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Often called Italy's answer to Woody Allen, Nanni Moretti takes a turn for the serious in The Son's Room and acquits himself in first-rate fashion.

Mar 29, 2002 | Rating: 3/4

We are given characters so gentle and so human that we become instantly fond of them.

Mar 22, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for La Stanza del Figlio (The Son's Room)

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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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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.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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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.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

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Image and video hosting by TinyPic 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.

Daisy  Maduro
Daisy Maduro

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