The Son’s Room

Saturday, March 31 - Sunday, April 1, 2012

Moretti in person Sat Mar 31 at 7:30! 35mm print “The first half-hour or so of Moretti’s Palme d’Or winner deftly paints an unsentimental portrait of an ordinary, almost complacently happy family in a small Italian coastal town. Then the unthinkable occurs. The teenage son dies in a diving accident, and his parents and sister find themselves so distracted by guilt, anger and confusion that they start drifting apart. Then an unexpected letter arrives for the boy from a girlfriend they never even knew existed. Subtle, psychologically astute and engagingly unassertive in tone, the film builds gently but surely to an emotionally powerful climax in which the family – especially the psychiatrist father (Moretti) — are forced to reassess everything they ever put their faith in. Wisely, Moretti steers clear of sentimentality, allowing the deceptively simple narrative speak for itself. A gem.” – Time Out (London)

Part of the series La Vita e Cinema: The Films of Nanni Moretti

  • Country Italy
  • Language In Italian with English subtitles
  • Year 2001
  • Running Time 99 minutes
  • Director Nanni Moretti