Monday, April 25, 2016

The Son's Room (2001)

Cannes Film Festival 2001

Nanni Moretti
For its depiction of a united family's destruction following the death of a child
Palme d'Or
Nanni Moretti

Directed by Nanni Moretti
My rating: 3 stars out of 4

A psychoanalyst raises his family in a modern Italian city. When his teenage son unexpectedly dies in a diving accident, it threatens to tear it apart. He has difficulty carrying on with his practice: listening to the incessant complaining of his patients becomes a chore and he resents one of them who called him away on the day his son died. His wife struggles to keep her composure. His daughter has problems at school. A few months later they receive a letter from a girlfriend of their dead son and decide to contact her. She at first refuses but then later shows up at their house unexpectedly while hitchhiking with her new boyfriend. They befriend the family and give them some closure. Nanni Moretti directs himself and wrote the screenplay in this realistic, if depressing, drama.

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