Saturday, August 27, 2016

Room (2015)

Academy Awards, USA 2016

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Brie Larson
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Ed Guiney
Best Achievement in Directing
Lenny Abrahamson
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
Emma Donoghue

Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
(Blu-ray, A24)

A woman and her young son live alone in a one-room shed in suburban Ohio. They are being held captive by a man who rapes the woman regularly while the boy sleeps in a wardrobe closet. After several years, she devises an escape plan, which miraculously succeeds. They move in with her parents, who have undergone their own changes over the years, and struggle to adapt to the outside world. Well-acted and conceived, but also cold and aloof. Attempts to be philosophical by including narration of the boys point-of-view, growing up in an alternate reality consisting of one room and a TV, seem like an afterthought.

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