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  • Summary: An Italian psychoanalyst and his family must overcome their grief following the death of their son in a freak diving accident that changes their lives forever.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. Moretti gives us something different but very important. He shows us how life goes on.
  2. Reviewed by: Meredith Brody
    90
    With tender skill, Moretti illuminates Samuel Beckett's phrase "I can't go on -- I'll go on."
  3. 90
    In the end, it's that reserve that makes it work. Keeping his distance, the director lets viewers see in full the moments in which grief turns the world into a narrow, never-ending tunnel.
  4. 75
    The Son's Room is the anti-"In the Bedroom." I mean that as a compliment.
  5. A stately and deeply affecting look at the human condition, told in something like a series of snapshots.
  6. 70
    You leave the film like one of Giovanni's patients rising from the couch -- far from healed, but amused and pacified by the sympathy that has washed over you. [4 Feb 2002, p. 82]
  7. 30
    The film portrays a family undone by grief over the death of a loved one; that, in any event, is its plot synopsis. More accurately, the film is a wallow of authorial narcissism, and a tedious, unrelenting, uninteresting wallow at that.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. JMc
    Nov 17, 2011
    10
    I rented The Son's Room again the other day, after many years. I was stunned by the understated emotional wallop it packed. That final scene is the most haunting damn thing. I can't get it out of my mind. I'm going to the shops now to see if I can buy the DVD. Expand
  2. Mar 29, 2012
    6
    I watched this film several years before on TV, but interrupted and left unfinished, this time finally completed in the Febiofestâ

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