Best Movies by Farr

The Son's Room

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What's it About

A successful psychiatrist in northern Italy, middle-aged Giovanni (Moretti) is happily married to bookish beauty Paola (Morante). He enjoys his life and its routines, and is especially proud of the close relationship he has with his teenage children, Irene (Trinca) and son Andrea (Sanfelice). So when he learns that Andrea has drowned on a scuba-diving trip, Giovanni is thrown into a tailspin of despair and self-recrimination.

Why we love it

Known as a comedian, the immensely talented actor-director Nanni Moretti here shows a keen talent for drama, giving us a devastating portrait of how a father's grief creates turbulence and torment in an upper-middle-class family. Wracked with guilt and unable to continue his professional work, Giovanni eventually attempts to recover from tragedy, helped by the unexpected arrival of a stranger with a connection to Andrea. This moving melodrama covers similar terrain as Todd Field's "In the Bedroom," but Moretti offers a more soulful take on healing.

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"