The Sons Room

(aka 'La stanza del figlio')

directed by Nanni Moretti
Italy 2001

"Nanni Moretti's extraordinary drama THE SON'S ROOM, which won the Palme D'Or at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, tells the harrowing story of a once tight-knit, happy family having to come to terms with a devastating loss and get on with their lives. Nanni Moretti, the writer-director of the charming CARO DIARIO, which was based on his own life, has created this piece of fiction from scratch, but he nails it so well it is hard to believe it is not a documentary. Moretti, who not only stars in and directs the film but is also cowriter and co-producer, plays Giovanni, a happily married man with two wonderful children; he is also a psychoanalyst with a group of patients both hysterical and sad. He enjoys running through the streets of Ancona, but when he opts to make a rare house call one Sunday morning instead of going for a run with his son, tragedy strikes, and he can't help blaming himself and his choices. He starts having trouble listening to and caring about his patients, and he also distances himself from his wife, played magnificently by Laura Morante. One of the underlying themes of the film is the need to make--and break--scheduled appointments that threaten to overtake one's life with its potential for compulsive obsession; as Giovanni dreams of past scenes playing out differently, he can't help but think that if he had rearranged his schedule based on the importance and necessity of his appointments, his idyllic world might not have been turned upside down."

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Distribution Alliance Atlantis Region 1 - NTSC ( NOTE: Same version available in US under Miramax )
Runtime 1:39:30  minutes
Video 1.85:1.00 Letterboxed WideScreen / anamorphic
Average Bitrate: 4.94 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
Bitrate: Alliance

Audio Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)   
Subtitles English, Close Captioned for the Hearing Impaired (in English), None

Alliance Atlantis (NOTE: Same version available in US under Miramax, without the French audio option)

DVD Encoding: Region 1

Theatrical Release Date: January 1, 2001
DVD Release Date: October 8, 2002
Run Time: 99 minutes
Production Company: Alliance Atlantis

Aspect Ratio Regional Information Disc Details 
1.85 : 1 

Anamorphic Widescreen-NTSC : 
Closed Captioning: yes
Master format: Film
Sides: 1 (SS-DL)

Edition Details:
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Closed-captioned
• Widescreen anamorphic format

• Theatrical trailer ( 4:3 )

• Trailers (also 4:3)  for : Children of Heaven, Amelie, Miramax Year of Gold, In the Bedroom


The transfer, although anamorphic, is fine but I guess I was expecting more. It is just not totally vibrant, but then again the film does not show scenes gravitating towards that anyway. No Edge enhancement to speak of... very slight. Good film grain at times. The sound and film itself are wonderful. The extras again are bare bones... and it would have been, at least nice, if the trailers were widescreen. This rating is almost solely for the film. out of

DVD Release Date:  October 8, 2002
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Distribution Alliance Atlantis Region 1 - NTSC ( NOTE: Same version available in US under Miramax )

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