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Room

  • Drama
  • Thriller
  • 2015
  • Lenny Abrahamson
  • 112 mins
  • 15

Summary

Drama adapted from Emma Donoghue's novel, starring Oscar-winning Brie Larson. The mother of five-year-old Jack strives to make her son's life as normal as possible. But it's a difficult task given they are incarcerated in a claustrophobic space, the only world Jack has known since birth.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Emma Donoghue found inspiration for her bestselling novel Room in the real-life case of Josef Fritzl, who incarcerated his daughter in a basement for 24 years and systematically raped and impregnated her. Her screenplay for this film version also tells its story from the innocent point of view of five-year-old Jack (newcomer Jacob Tremblay), born into the cramped captivity he shares with his mother (Oscar-winning Brie Larson), abducted seven years ago. Directed with tactile, close-up empathy by Lenny Abrahamson, 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. 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.

Credits

Cast

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MaBrie Larson
JackJacob Tremblay
Grandpa RobertWilliam H Macy
Old NickSean Bridgers
NancyJoan Allen
LeoTom McCamus
Dr MittalCas Anvar
DougMatt Gordon
Office ParkerAmanda Brugel
Officer GrabowskiJoe Pingue

Crew

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DirectorLenny Abrahamson

Details

Theatrical distributor
Studio Canal
Released on
2016-01-15
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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