The Keys To The House (le Chiavi Di Casa)

on December 22, 2004 by Kevin Courrier
"The House Keys" touches on familiar territory, but in an unfamiliar way. Paulo (Andrea Rossi) is a disabled young man who was abandoned at birth by his distraught father, Gianni (Kim Rossi Stuart), after his mother died delivering him. Years later, Gianni comes back into Paulo's life and is asked to accompany him for medical tests in Berlin. It's hoped that an emotional bond between father and son might bring about a breakthrough in Paulo's attitude towards life.

Most movies of this nature, like "Rain Man" or "Awakenings," are all about how we become ennobled by those who suffer the afflictions of life. Although Amelio ("Stolen Children," "Open Doors") avoids becoming maudlin, thanks to the dry-eyed performances of Rossi (who is handicapped) and Stuart, he sometimes goes to the other extreme. "The House Keys" is such a minimalist drama that, if not for the actors, we'd barely care if father and son ever reconcile. Starring Kim Rossi Stuart, Andrea Rossi and Charlotte Rampling. Directed by Gianni Amelio. Written by Gianni Amelio, Sandro Petraglia and Stefano Rulli. Produced by Enzo Porcelli. A Lions Gate release. Drama. Italian-language, subtitled. Not yet rated. Running time: 105 min

Tags: Sandro Petraglia, Stefano Rulli, Lions Gate, Drama, Enzo Porcelli, Andrea Rossi and Charlotte Rampling. Gianni Amelio, Kim Rossi Stuart

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