Owen Gleiberman
February 22, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Son's Room

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
99 minutes
Limited Release Date
02/01/02
performer
Laura Morante, Nanni Moretti, Giuseppe Sanfelice, Jasmine Trinca
director
Nanni Moretti
distributor
Miramax
author
Linda Ferri, Nanni Moretti, Heidrun Schleef
genre
Foreign Language, Drama

We gave it an A-

It takes skill these days, if not nerve, to put a vital, happy nuclear family on screen and to let us share in every quiet tremor, every gentle jostle and smile of their steady, deep-flowing contentment. The Son’s Room was directed and cowritten by the Italian filmmaker and actor Nanni Moretti (”Caro Diario”), who has given himself the role of an affectionate father and urbane professional shrink. A tragedy occurs, as tragedy sometimes will, except that there is no catharsis here, only a heartfelt exploration of the means by which happiness repairs itself. A-

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