6.22.2007

La Stanza del Figlio

Sometimes there's movies you've been wanting to see for a long time, but somehow keep delaying. Requiem for a Dream is such a film for me: I've heard it's great, I want to see how great it is, but I enver quite feel up putting myself through it.

La Stanza del Figlio I've actually owned on DVD for a while, but the word "tearjerker" on the backflap held me back. Luckily, I had a friend over, and she picked it as the film we would watch.

The thing is, this is not a tearjerker. Yes, it is about a son dying. Yes, it's about grief, and there is much crying done in the film. But at no point did I ever feel manipulated. The film never felt melodramatic, the music never swelled to try to push feelings over the top. For lack of a better word, it felt real.

Maybe that's why I didn't cry, even if I'm usually quick to shed a tear or two over a movie (or book, for that matter). But I was more moved than I've been in a while, because everything felt true.

Did I mention it's funny, too? The main character's a shrink, and much of it stems from his patients, but despite the fact that they're all somewhat pathetic figures, the overall sense you get is that despite everything, life does go on.

La Stanza del figlio is not a masterpiece. It's too small in scope for that, too innocuous. But it's note-perfect in what it sets out to do, and definitely worth watching. Just don't let the "tearjerker" label scare you away.

1 comment:

cjKennedy said...

Hi, you don't know me but I clicked over from Hollywood Elsewhere and right away three things caught my eye: 1) there's another person on this movie-going planet who just hasn't been able to sit down and watch Requiem for a Dream and is a little embarrassed by it and 2) you admired the best part of Death Proof where the cars burst out onto the road with all the regular cars (the scene that made me decide the movie was more than just QT playing around) and 3) you keep a log of the movies you see. I'm not sure whether to be troubled or comforted by the fact that other people do that too, but it's interesting.

Anyway, sorry for the rambling comment. Looks like a nice blog. I return you now to your regularly scheduled programming.