The Keys to the House
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A man makes friends with his teenaged son for the first time in this emotional drama from Italy. Gianni (Kim Rossi Stuart) fathered a child with his wife, but she died in childbirth, and the baby was born with severe physical and mental handicaps. The boy, Paolo (Andrea Rossi), was raised by the late woman's family until he reached the age of 15, when Gianni decided he wanted to meet and spend time with his son. With Paolo scheduled for treatment with medical specialists in Germany, Gianni offers to pick up his son and travel with him to Berlin. At first, Gianni is taken aback by the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Amelio, one of the true modern heirs of the great Italian neo-realist tradition, is a filmmaker of great subtlety, emotional precision and socio-psychological acumen."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"It takes a story that could be turned into the most florid kind of tear-jerker and instead tells it with an exactness and a restraint that makes it powerfully effective."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Tough and sensible film, whose heart is in the right place."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Tackles issues like guilt, shame and compassion with admirable sensitivity."
‑ Patrick Peters, Empire Magazine
"Amelio tells the story with a silent stillness that belies the intense emotions that churn under the surface."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Radiates a warm humanity and uplifts the spirit."
‑ Deborah Young, Variety
"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."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"full review in Greek"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Those who find this kind of material weepy are advised to give it a pass."
‑ Jules Brenner,
"A touching tale."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Amelio deals with the sensitive subject in a mature matter, refusing to descend into Hollywood-style schmaltz."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"The kind of quietly unassuming tear-jerker that works its way into your heart despite the occasional cries of protest emanating from your head."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Takes on the challenge of overcoming the obstacles entailed in working with a handicapped actor."
‑ Gloria Monti,
"Amelio intelligently steers clear of lachrymose speeches, swelling orchestral music, and cheap redemption and instead probes away at the ambivalent feelings of parents towards their handicapped off-spring."
‑ Tom Dawson,
"A film of quiet, understated power and authentic grace."
‑ Timothy Knight,
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