The Keys to the House

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Released 2004

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The Keys to the House

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Director:
Gianni Amelio
Released:
2004
Rating:
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When his wife dies during childbirth, repairman Gianni (Kim Rossi Stuart) can't accept the responsibility of his newborn son and gives him up. Fifteen years later, he meets his son, Paolo (Andrea Rossi), for the first time on a train to Berlin, and discovers that he's disabled. The meeting is awkward, and Gianni is stunned by the treatment Paolo receives from his German doctors. Eventually, with the help of another parent (Charlotte Rampling), Gianni learns to cope with delayed fatherhood.

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times 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.

  • 80

    Variety 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.

  • 70

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    The kind of quietly unassuming tear-jerker that works its way into your heart despite the occasional cries of protest emanating from your head.

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