GenreDrama Music directorFranco Piersanti LanguageItalian
WriterGiuseppe Pontiggia, Gianni Amelio, Sandro Petraglia, Stefano Rulli Release date10 September 2004 (2004-09-10) (Italy) Initial releaseSeptember 10, 2004 (Italy) CastKim Rossi Stuart (Gianni), Andrea Rossi (Paolo), Alla Faerovich (Nadine), Pierfrancesco Favino (Alberto), Manuel Katzy (Taxi driver), J. Michael Weiss (Andreas) Similar moviesDirected by Gianni Amelio, Kim Rossi Stuart movies, Movies about disabilities
The Keys to the House (Italian title: Le chiavi di casa) is an Italian 2004 dramatic family film based on the story Born Twice (Italian title: Nati due volte) telling the story of a young father meeting his handicapped son for the first time and attempts to forge a relationship with the teenager. The film was directed by Gianni Amelio.
Gianni (Kim Rossi Stuart) has left his son Paolo (Andrea Rossi) in the care of others since the day he was born. He has not been able to cope with the fact that Paolo’s mother died in childbirth and Paolo has not grown up like all the other children because of his handicap. Paolo is now fifteen years old and is about to meet his father for the first time. Gianni has been asked by the caretakers of his son to take him to a Berlin hospital for yearly tests and check-ups. According to their doctor, the "shock" of meeting his own father could help Paolo in his treatment.
When Gianni boards the night train which Paolo is already riding, it is Gianni who is in for a shock. Paolo does not seem particularly impressed nor disturbed by this first meeting with his biological father. He seems more interested in his Game Boy instead. Gianni and Nicole (Charlotte Rampling) meet accidentally in the Berlin hospital, and even though he feels awkward and almost ashamed at being seen as having fathered "such a child", they somehow connect. Nicole has spent her life caring for her daughter and could teach Gianni something if only he were willing to listen. Through a series of chance encounters aided by a book left behind by Nicole (Born Twice Italian title: Nati due volte, incidentally the book on which the film is based), they meet several times and get talking.
The film has won nine awards and fourteen nominations.
In the same year of its release (2004) it won four awards and one nomination in the Venice Film Festival:
In the second year (2005) it won:
One award and six nominations in the David di Donatello Awards:
Three awards and five nominations in the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists: