Lenny Abrahamson (2015)

15 Certificate


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Emma Donoghue skilfully adapts her own acclaimed novel Room, a claustrophobic thriller inspired by the case of Josef Fritzl, the Austrian man who incarcerated his daughter in a basement for 24 years and systematically raped and impregnated her. Both book and film avoid lurid true-crime trappings by telling their fictional story from the innocent point of view of five-year-old Jack (preternaturally assured newcomer Jacob Tremblay), born into the cramped captivity he shares with his mother (Oscar, Bafta and Golden Globe-winning Brie Larson), abducted seven years ago. Directed with tactile, close-up empathy by Lenny Abrahamson (Frank), Room establishes an almost mundane routine of home-education, exercise and co-dependence, punctuated by the nocturnal visitations of "Old Nick" (Sean Bridgers), their anonymous captor. A moving, heartbreaking portrait of the mother-son bond, Room also explores the complexity of the "real" world, something Jack has never experienced. Though the book's readers will know the outcome, seeing this almost unbearable nightmare realised with such care and restraint is an ultimately uplifting experience.


A woman who has been held captive for years lives in a single room with her son, who has never experienced life beyond its walls. She resolves to make sure he has a complete and fulfilling life, but after troubling news from her captor, she realises it is imperative they do everything they can to escape. Drama based on Emma Donoghue's novel, starring an Oscar-winning Brie Larson, with Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen and William H Macy.

Cast & Crew

Ma Brie Larson
Jack Jacob Tremblay
Nancy Joan Allen
Robert William H Macy
Old Nick Sean Bridgers
Leo Tom McCamus
Dr Mittal Cas Anvar
Doug Matt Gordon
Director Lenny Abrahamson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 15 Jan 2016