Keys To the House

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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.


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 40714169
UPC 031398176152
UPC 14 00031398176152
Format DVD
Release Date 8/7/2007
Rating NR
Fathers And Sons
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
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
Uncut "[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
Gianni Amelio
Kim Rossi-Stuart
Charlotte Rampling
Cast & Crew
Alla Faerovich - Actor
Andrea Rossi - Actor
Charlotte Rampling - Actor
Elda Ferri, et. al. - Producer
Franco Piersanti - Original Music By
Giancarlo Basili - Production Designer
Gianni Amelio - Director
Gianni Amelio - Screenplay
Giuseppe Pontiggia - Based On Novel By
Kim Rossi Stuart - Actor
Luca Bigazzi - Cinematographer
Sandro Patraglia, et. al. - Writer
Simona Paggi - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
UPC 00031398176152
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 107 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Venice Film Festival (2004) Gianni Amelio, Winner, Best Film,Kim Rossi Stuart, Winner, Best Actor
ReviewSource The Onion AV Club
Review More a snapshot than a portrait, Amelio's film deals only with how Stuart's feelings develop over a
Reviewer Keith Phipps
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource The Village Voice
Review ...Amelio's camera captures with subtlety and without sentimentality the state of mind of a parent f
Reviewer Leslie Camhi
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Rampling,Charlotte
Label Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Time Out New York Deservedly Italy's candidate for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

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