The Son's Room

The Son's Room

Original film poster
Directed by Nanni Moretti
Produced by Angelo Barbagallo
Nanni Moretti
Written by Nanni Moretti
Starring Nanni Moretti
Laura Morante
Jasmine Trinca
Giuseppe Sanfelice
Silvio Orlando
Sofia Vigliar
Claudio Santamaria
Stefano Accorsi
Simona Lisi
Music by Nicola Piovani
Distributed by Sacher Film
Release dates
9 March 2001
Running time
99 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

The Son's Room (Italian: La stanza del figlio) is a 2001 Italian film directed, written, produced by and starring Nanni Moretti. It depicts the psychological effects on a family and their life after the death of their son. It was filmed in and around the city of Ancona.


The film tells a very raw and realistic story of the death of a teenager in a middle-class Italian family. Giovanni has a troubled relationship with his seventeen-year-old son Andrea and would like to make up with him by jogging. Andrea, annoyed by the presence of his father, accepts the invitation, but on the very first day of jogging, Giovanni has a firm commitment. The second day Giovanni has to cancel the jogging with Andrea due to an urgent call from one of his patients. Andrea goes with friends to go scuba diving instead. Unable to make it back to the surface in time after following a fish into a cave, Andrea dies, without being able to be reconciled with his father. Giovanni, with his wife Paola, is no longer able to console himself for the loss of his very young son and he can only give him a final farewell in the funeral home along with all the other young friends of Andrea.



The Son's Room was the winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.[1] The film was Italy's submission to the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but it wasn't nominated. The film also appears in Empire's 2008 list of the 500 greatest movies of all time at number 480.[2]

Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian, included the film in its list of ten 'Best films of the noughties' (2000-2009).[3]


  1. "Festival de Cannes: The Son's Room". Retrieved 2009-10-17.
  2. The 500 Greatest Movie of All Time
  3. Bradshaw, Peter (25 December 2009). "Best films of the noughties". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 January 2015.

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