Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Son's Room (La stanza del figlio) (2001)

Director: Nanni Moretti. Cast: Nanni Moretti, Laura Morante, Jasmine Trinca. 99 min. Rated R. Italy/France. Drama.

An Italian therapist is leading a normal life with his wife and teenage son and daughter, until tragedy shatters the family, and they go through the grueling process of piecing life back together. If I had seen this melodrama (my first exposure to Italian auteur, Nanni Moretti) before similar films like Rabbit Hole or The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, I probably would've achieved greater admiration; but after those traumatizing films, this family's mending process looks somewhat ... easy. Those films got it right: you never recover from such a disaster. You become a different person. You never heal.

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