The Son's room

The Son's room

DVD - 2002 | Italian
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A family struggles to go on after a devastating loss. Giovanni (Moretti) is a psychiatrist with a successful practice. He has a warm relationship with his wife, Paola (Morante), and they have a daughter, Irene (Trinca) and a son, Andrea (Sanfelice). The family's calm is shattered when Andrea is unexpectedly killed in an accident. Giovanni finds it impossible to continue with his work, and blames himself for the death, since he was planning to go jogging with Andrea that morning before he was called away for a patient. His wife and daughter tried to keep their emotions in check, but both sink further into anger and grief. And then the appearance of an unexpected visitor forces the family to confront their feelings about Andrea. Arianna (Vigliar) is a girl who had a summer romance with Andrea the year before, and has come to town to pay him a surprise visit, unaware of his recent death
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Miramax Home Entertainment, 2002
ISBN: 9780788839399
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Son 2002
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: MPAA rating: R
Alternative Title: La Stanza del figlio


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Mar 09, 2013

even within a family, grief is an individual experience. there is no magic that protects us from tragedy.

Aug 26, 2012

This movie provides a strong emotional exploration of the cause and effect of trauma upon a normal family. The father is a therapist who is heavily invested in his work of helping his patients try to recover from the causes of their fear and grief, but this does not help him deal with his own trauma. The cause of the trauma is unexpected: there is no way to avoid the trauma, there is no crime, and nobody is to blame. The effect upon each member of the family is a self imposed series of emotionally devastating attempts to find some reasonable explanation for the trauma each of them has suffered. The father reflects upon his expectations of his family and himself in an effort to deal with his grief. In the end, he changes, adapts, and moves on with his life as a means to survive the trauma. This movie is a reminder that life is messy and often includes events for which nobody can be blamed. A person's emotional inability to deal with life may be due to events beyond his/her control: the therapist can easily become the patient.

Aug 07, 2010

Coping with the death of a loved one is hard for anyone.
Imagine what it is like for a psycho analyst as he listens to the trite phobias of those who come to him.


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