The Son's Room, which picked up the 2001 Palme d'Or at Cannes, marks a departure for writer-director Nanni Moretti. The films that made his name outside Italy, Dear Diary and Aprile, were both highly personal and politicised semi-documentaries, and a strong political sense underlies the half-dozen or so features he made before them. By contrast, The Son's Room is a subtle, intense study of a family cracking apart under the impact of grief, with no overt political element. For all that, it's the most moving film that Moretti's yet made. "It captured me" he says "more... than any other [story] I'd worked on previously. It's a film in which the director shares his emotions with the audience, without imposing his own feelings." As usual, the director plays his own lead character. Here he's Giovanni, a successful psychiatrist in a provincial Italian city (Ancona on the Adriatic coast). He has a beautiful wife, happy in her own career, and two bright, good-looking teenage children, a son and a daughter. Then, out of nowhere, tragedy strikes and in its aftermath, the fissures begin to show in the idyllic façade. Giovanni in particular reveals the insecurities and neuroses lurking behind his tolerant, easy-going demeanour. Moretti homes in on his characters with clear-eyed compassion, never milking the tragedy for facile sentiment but sparing us nothing of the gut-wrenching grief they feel. Nor does he succumb to the temptation of a feel-good happy ending: we are left with a hint of hope for the future, but no more. This is intelligent, mature filmmaking that respects its audience. On the DVD: The Son's Room comes to disc with just the trailer--and the flabby US trailer at that. A commentary from Moretti would have been more than welcome. Still, the transfer, in the original 1.66:1 ratio, is impeccable, with Dolby Digital 2.0 sound to match. --Philip Kemp [show more]
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play Declared Best Picture at the Cannes Film Festival this universally touching film tells the unforgettable story of a man facing the greatest challenge of his life Giovanni is a psychoanalyst who thought he had all the answers In contrast to the worries and neuroses of his patients Giovanni&39;s reassuringly calm existence revolves around the security of his loving family and the comfort of his daily routines So when an unthinkable tragedy hits home and turns his life upside down he must somehow summon the courage to deal with his grief while giving strength to those who need him the most! Released to overwhelming critical acclaim this ultimately uplifting emotional journey has drawn praise for its subtle realism and remarkable power! Actors Stefano Accorsi Laura Morante Nanni Moretti Silvio Orlando Guiseppe Sanfelice Claudia Della Seta & Jasmine Trinca Director Nanni Moretti Certificate 15 years and over Year 2001 Screen Widescreen 1851 Anamorphic Languages Italian - Dolby Digital Surround Subtitles English Duration 1 hour and 35 minutes (approx) Region Region 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players
Nanni Moretti ('Dear Diary') writes, directs and stars in this story of family grief and bereavement. Psychiatrist Giovanni (Moretti) lives happily with his family in a small Italian coastal town. One Sunday he is due to spend time with his son Andrea (Giuseppe Sanfelice), when he receives an anguished call from Oscar, one of his patients, and feels he must go and see him instead; later that afternoon Andrea dies in a diving accident. Over the following weeks, Giovanni, his wife Paola (Laura Morante), and daughter Irene (Jasmine Trinca), remain shell-shocked with grief; with Giovanni suspending his practice, and relations between himself and Paola becoming increasingly difficult. When a letter then arrives from a girl who Andrea had met the previous summer, a girl who none of the family knew anything about, they all become curious to learn more about this person who meant so much to their departed son and brother.