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The Keys to the House(Le chiavi di casa)

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Italy, Germany, France

2004

Rated PG • 1h 45m

Director Gianni Amelio

Starring Kim Rossi Stuart, Andrea Rossi, Alla Faerovich, Pierfrancesco Favino

Genre Drama

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Gianni has a disabled son, who he abandoned at birth. Years later, when the teenager's doctor suggests that he reconnect with his father, the pair meet for the first time. Navigating a newfound connection full of shocks and wonders, Gianni realizes the boy has found the keys to his heart.

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80

L.A. Weekly by

There is nothing obvious about this subtle yet powerfully subversive look into the emotional toll and confusion of dealing with a disabled child.
80

Variety by Deborah Young

Radiates a warm humanity and uplifts the spirit. Subtle rather than sentimental, it lacks easy tears though attentive viewers will find it lacerating enough.
63

New York Daily News by Elizabeth Weitzman

Both Rossi and Charlotte Rampling, as the mother of another young patient, do fine work. But the only surprises come at the end, too late to move us the way they should.
70

Wall Street Journal by Joe Morgenstern

An unusual amalgam of formulaic feel-goodism and shocking tough-mindedness, a movie that allows us to decode the inner life of its hero while he's decoding the world around him.
70

TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

Even more astonishing that the superb acting is the simple fact that director Gianni Amelio has managed to craft a touching tale of a father reunited with his disabled son without the slightest whiff of sentimentality.
80

Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan

Though it is a work of fiction, we have the sense every minute that we are watching something real, something with the unmistakable taste of life.

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