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A film from the 60s about a boy who listens to his mother's voice on reel to reel tape recorder

If I recall correctly, it's from the sixties.  It's Italian or French, and it is in black and white.  I only remember fragments of the film.  The mother recently passed away, the dad is filled with grief, left with him is the boy and his brother.  The boy became ill and there's a carer for him and his brother while his dad is away.  The boy discovered a reel-to-reel recorded voice of his mother that was in his father's study/library and he word listen to it. His dad caught him one day.  That';s about as much as I can remember....
asked Feb 1, 2015 in Name That Movie by cloudycloud (8 points)

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"Imcompreso" aka "Misunderstood" (1967)
From IMDb review:
A consul's wife dies, and he's left on his own with his two children. He's a good father, but he wants his older son to become adult, to act like a man. ... In many a melodrama, we have heard the mother say after the father's death, "Now you're the man". Comencini's work is the contrary: for him, even if a child shows more perceptiveness than the grownups, he still remains a child who should be allowed to suffer, to cry and to love. Because the father thinks that a big boy does not need tenderness anymore, he takes only the little brother in his arms.
The mother is still here even if the boy does not see her anymore. There's a painting in the house, a tape which the father recorded before her death, and mainly a big garden where the two brothers speak of intimate things like death. All the nannies in the world that the wealthy dad can pay cannot. ... The first part of the film tends to show that Milo, the little kid, is the frail one ...
answered Feb 1, 2015 by MystMoonstruck (10,229 points)
selected Feb 2, 2015 by cloudycloud
This is amazing!  I've been trying to remember for such a long time! Thank you.. yes this is it!!  :D
You're welcome! And, thank you for the Best Answer!

By the way, the film was remade some years later:
"Misunderstood" (1984)

Henry Thomas was coming off the success of "E.T." when he did a number of films, including this one, "The Quest" aka "Frog Dreaming", and "Cloak & Dagger".