Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Son's Room (2001)

A middle class Italian family quietly struggles to cope with sudden and profound grief in Nanni Moretti’s forthright and affecting drama. Moretti wrote, directed and stars as a strict Freudian psychoanalyst whose comfortable world is shattered by the loss of his teenage son.

As the family work through their shock and sorrow, each member experiences transformative moments and makes important, life changing, decisions. But the film never strays into depressing histrionics or sentimentality, rather the grieving process is handled with truthfulness, clarity and sophistication. There are also moments of love, joy and humor as the film reaches it’s satisfying, perfect pitch conclusion. Highly recommended to fans of intelligent, realistic dramas about everyday life.

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