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Format: DVD
Sku: 40714169
UPC: 031398176152
UPC 14: 00031398176152
Rating: NR
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An Extraordinary Adventure Of The Heart.
Gianni is reunited with paolo, the 15 year old son he has never seen: a son he abandoned at birth. The reunion is not gianni's idea - it's that of paolo's doctor who hopes the connection will benefit the troubled boy.

"Deservedly Italy's candidate for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.  Time Out New York

Editor's Note
Taking to some difficult material with a sublimely delicate touch, Italian director Gianni Amelio offers a personal cinematic treatise on mental illness, physical disability, and child abandonment in THE KEYS TO THE HOUSE. Gianni (Kim Rossi Stuart) is a father who removed himself from the child rearing process when his mentally and physically challenged son, Paolo (Andrea Rossi), was born. Paolo's mother died giving birth, so a kindly couple picked up the reigns and raised him under trying circumstances. Fifteen years later, a guilt-stricken Gianni gets back in touch with his son, offering to accompany him on a trip to a hospital in Berlin. Paolo cautiously agrees to the trip with his father, but the reunion is awkward for both parties. The level of care Paolo requires is problematic for Gianni, while Paolo seizes the opportunity to unleash some pent up anger he's kept simmering beneath the surface for the previous 15 years. But a chance meeting at the hospital between Gianni and a fellow parent of a disabled child, Nicole (Charlotte Rampling), presents the beleaguered father with a lifeline. Offering helpful advice, Nicole's words provide Gianni with the glue needed to mend his fractious relationship with Paolo. But as Amelio's film reaches its conclusion, some surprising revelations threaten to undo all of Gianni's attempts at reconciliation.

Presenting some well-considered musings on the difficult relationship between the disabled and their able-bodied counterparts, THE KEYS TO THE HOUSE triumphs by offering some rarely afforded screen time to an oft-neglected section of the community. Director Amelio treats his subject matter with the dignity and respect it deserves, always treading carefully so as not to condescend, and ultimately offering a cogent statement that lingers long in the mind after the final credits roll.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/7/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 107 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2004
Video UPC UPC: 00031398176152
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Alla Faerovich
Video Cast Info Andrea Rossi
Video Cast Info Charlotte Rampling
Video Cast Info Kim Rossi Stuart
Video Cast Info Elda Ferri, et. al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Franco Piersanti - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Giancarlo Basili - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Gianni Amelio - Director
Video Cast Info Gianni Amelio - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Giuseppe Pontiggia - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Luca Bigazzi - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Sandro Patraglia, et. al. - Writer
Video Cast Info Simona Paggi - Editor


Venice Film Festival (2004)
Video Award Name Gianni Amelio, Winner, Best Film
Video Award Name Kim Rossi Stuart, Winner, Best Actor

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"[T]he kind of quietly unassuming tear-jerker that works its way into your heart." 12/22/2004 p.E5

Los Angeles Times
"[Told] with an exactness and a restraint that makes it powerfully effective." 12/22/2004 p.E18

"[S]oft an unassuming..." 04/01/2005 p.137

Sight and Sound
"Amelio creates a rarefied atmosphere using sound, colour and a slow cinematic pace." 04/01/2005 p.63

The Onion AV Club 7 of 10
More a snapshot than a portrait, Amelio's film deals only with how Stuart's feelings develop over a - Keith Phipps

The Village Voice 7 of 10
...Amelio's camera captures with subtlety and without sentimentality the state of mind of a parent f - Leslie Camhi

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Rampling,Charlotte
Product attributeLabel:   Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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