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The Keys to the House-Movie Review 05/07/2011

Posted by Films to consider in Drama, Emotional Drama, Italian language film, Movies.

The Keys to the House (Italian) 2004
La Chiavi di Casa

Among other awards and nominations:
Winner, Pasinetti Award, Best Film (Amelio); Best Actor (Stuart), Venice Film Festival
Nominated, Young Artist Award, Best Leading Young Performance (Rossi); Best International Feature Film (Italy), Young Artist Awards
Winner, Best Foreign Film, Turia Awards
Nominated, Best Actor (Stuart); Best Director (Amelio); Best Editing (Simona Paggi); Best Film (Amelio; Enzo Porcelli); Best Music; Best Screenplay, David di Donatello Awards

Directed by Gianni Amelio
Starring Kim Rossi Stuart, Charlotte Rampling, and Andrea Rossi

For the first time, Gianni (Stuart) meets Paolo (Rossi), the disabled son he abandoned fifteen years earlier when the boy’s mother died in childbirth. Not knowing what he himself expects or understanding what his obligations are, Gianni tries to forge a relationship with Paolo. He finds that it’s not an easy task, considering the physical, mental, and emotional challenges the boy is faced with.

A touching film that never loses sight of the day-to-day realities of living in such a situation and never gets overly sentimental or didactic. Three outstanding performances by Stuart, Rossi, and Charlotte Rampling, who plays Nicole, a mother raising a severely disabled daughter largely on her own.

105 min. Rated PG.



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