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Palme d'Or winner at Cannes, this 2001 feature is something of a departure for Nanni Moretti, who's known for his semiautobiographical, highly political comedies about daily life in modern Italy. The Son's Room is purely fictional, starring Moretti as a psychiatrist with a satisfying, comfortable bourgeois life—the kind of life Moretti might have mocked in his earliest films. The doctor has a full practice and a good relationship with his wife (the radiant Laura Morante), a publisher of art books, and their two well-adjusted teenagers, all living in a sunlit apartment by the sea. Then a sudden accident reconfigures everything that has been so lovingly, carefully put together. With tender skill, Moretti illuminates Samuel Beckett's familiar summation “I can't go on—I'll go on.” In Italian with subtitles. 95 min.

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