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The Keys to the House (2004)

Le chiavi di casa (original title)
Meeting his handicapped son for the first time, a young father attempts to forge a relationship with the teenager.

Director:

Gianni Amelio

Writers:

Gianni Amelio (story and screenplay), Sandro Petraglia (story and screenplay) | 2 more credits »
15 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Rossi Stuart ... Gianni
Charlotte Rampling ... Nicole
Andrea Rossi Andrea Rossi ... Paolo
Alla Faerovich Alla Faerovich ... Nadine
Pierfrancesco Favino ... Alberto
Manuel Katzy Manuel Katzy ... Taxi driver
Michael Weiss Michael Weiss ... Andreas
Ingrid Appenroth Ingrid Appenroth ... Hospital warden
Dimitri Süsin Dimitri Süsin ... Boy watching TV
Thorsten Schwarz Thorsten Schwarz ... Male nurse
Eric Neumann Eric Neumann ... Playground boy
Dirk Zippa Dirk Zippa ... Young man on wheelchair
Barbara Koster-Chari Barbara Koster-Chari ... Nurse
Anita Bardeleben Anita Bardeleben ... Doctor
Ralf Schlesener Ralf Schlesener ... Newspaper seller
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Storyline

"Prepare yourself for suffering if you intend to be close to him." So speaks the mother of a young woman with severe disabilities, speaking to Gianni, the father of 16-year-old Paolo, himself developmentally disabled. Gianni abandoned the boy at birth, when the child's mother died, and Paulo's aunt and uncle have raised him. They have contacted Gianni and asked him to take Paulo to Berlin for a battery of medical tests. Images of people walking, running, skating, and dancing dot the screen as Gianni and Paulo get to know each other. Over a few days, Gianni tries to sort out his obligations and his desires. Will he accept his role as father to this engaging, mercurial, disabled youth? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

Italy | Germany | France

Language:

Italian | German | French | English

Release Date:

10 September 2004 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Keys to the House See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,537,451
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Gianni Amelio was commissioned to make the film by Italian television who wanted an adaptation of Giuseppe Pontiggia's book "Born Twice". Amelio was particularly inspired to follow the project through after meeting Andrea Rossi, who plays Paolo. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

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Written by Vasco Rossi
Performed by Vasco Rossi
Courtesy of EMI Music Italy S.P.A.
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witty, unsentimental but affecting
3 September 2007 | by veganbltSee all my reviews

I was so very affected by this piece, it moved in a steady pace from the meeting of Paolo and Gianni to their travel to Germany and their time in the hospital. The director presents Paolo as an incredibly spirited adolescent; you can't help but be curious about him and follow him throughout the day. He is very independent and his new father attaches himself to his son as a sort of handler but soon he becomes very emotionally attached. It's mesmerizing to watch Paolo because he's such a fully formed character, very witty and always brightening the mood of others around him yet unafraid to speak candidly. As we follow Paolo the film learns more about his story and the story of Gianni. The film moves very quickly and is without a wounded sentiment that one might expect. Although I did cry in moments of rehabilitation, I was not exhausted from a guilt or sadness but almost charmed.


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