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Story

Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti's signature talent for the overheard, unexpected, and happened-upon detail lends The Son's Room, the story of a grieving middle-class family, the unnerving quality of an unwanted surprise. Giovanni (Moretti) is a successful psychoanalyst whose family life is remarkably placid and enviously intimate: his beautiful wife (Laura Morante) and two intelligent, attractive teenage children are unafraid of their emotions. When his son, Andrea (Giuseppe Sanfelice), drowns in a diving accident, Giovanni is driven to suspend his practice and unintentionally betray his patients as he is haunted by what small choice he might have made in order to avert his son's death. Moretti, more widely known for his comedies, masterfully recreates how seemingly trivial things can take on such importance in the aftermath of tragedy. The intricacies of remembering are traced with such a light touch that the cumulative impact of the film is far greater than its many well-chosen details. Winner of the Palme d'Or (highest honor) at the Cannes International Film Festival, The Son's Room, which refuses melodrama at every step, is a deeply affecting portrait of familial love and the ritual of grieving. --Fionn Meade

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Laura Morante
Nanni Moretti

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Nanni Moretti
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 99 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaFeb 1, 2002
    EuropeFeb 15, 2002
    JapanJan 19, 2002
    AustraliaMar 21, 2002
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaOct 8, 2002
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