Giovanni is a psychiatrist, who enjoys a loving relationship with his wife and teenage children. But one day, his son Andrea is killed in an accident, and an unexpected visitor forces the family to confront their grief.
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Patrician self-aggrandisement. Further research is required to deduce whether any other works in Moretti's portfolio rise above this mediocre offering. Maybe the 2001 Palme d'Or for this film was an acknowledgement of his previous efforts. 'The Son's Room', minus the context of Moretti's oeuvre, is unconvincing.
(3.5 stars) Gentle and touching. Directed with a very soft touch. Never felt heavy-handed. Everyone was quite likeable throughout the film. And although the material seemed to be handled very passively, the film did not shy away from the pitfalls of grief.
Watching the film, I originally rated it 3/5. But after that, I could not get "The Son's Room" out of my head. Or the music. Or every scene. It's actually a truly special film, even if it doesn't feel like it at the time.
A beautiful film. It is a difficult, almost unbearable watch at times, if you really empathize with the characters that is. Nanni Moretti reveals he is a true humanist with little or no sentimentality: at the heart of this emotionally sincere film there are universal themes about bereavement & the grieving process.