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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. We feel it, in our hearts. And therein lies the great power of this small, wise film.
  2. 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.
  3. 90
    Wise and surprisingly witty, the film is a minor masterpiece and could serve as a fitting companion piece to America's "In the Bedroom," another superb film about the torments of bereavement.
  4. Moretti's performance is low-key but detailed. He makes the psychiatrist a fascinating guy, rather austere and restrained, a Northern Italian, not an expressive Neapolitan.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    Stands apart for its raw, quiet emotion and its shattering sense of truth.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Occasionally melodramatic, it's also extremely effective.
  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 sceneI 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. Collapse
  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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