Neatly packaged, with all the loose ends tied up, some films fade from the memory almost before the credits roll. The Son's Room couldn't be more different. The story of an Italian family striving to come to terms with the seemingly senseless death of their son and brother, Nanni Moretti's film thrives on questions. "Why did he die?" and "What's left for everyone else?" are the biggies, but it's the thousand smaller ones that truly take mum, dad and sis to fragmentation point.
Moretti (who also stars as psychiatrist dad Giovanni) gently builds a portrait of a content, harmonious family life. Then tragedy strikes and this seemingly rock-solid family unit cracks and splinters. A powerful film your mind will gnaw and worry at in search of answers.