Room worth a view

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business -

DARK but not de­press­ing, emo­tion­ally drain­ing but still with hope, Room is a re­mark­able story about a mother and her child deal­ing with the world af­ter hav­ing no con­tact with it for sev­eral years.

Five - year- old Jack (Ja­cob Trem­blay) and his mother Ma (Brie Lar­son) live in a small space they call “room”, which is fur- nished with the ba­sic ameni­ties, has no win­dows and only a sky­light to min­i­mally con­nect them with the out­side world.

We learn Ma was kid­napped by Old Nick (Sean Bridgers), the man who in­ter­mit­tently brings sup­plies and sex­u­ally abuses Ma on his vis­its, and has been held against her will for seven years.

Rais­ing Jack to shield him from the re­al­ity of their sit­u­a­tion (Jack has to stay in the closet dur­ing Old Nick’s vis­its), she teaches him there is only space out­side the room and im­ages on tele­vi­sion are make-be­lieve.

When the two man­age to es­cape, Ma must rein­te­grate and re-con­nect with her now bro­ken fam­ily, while Jack dis­cov­ers aspects of the out­side world he has never been ex­posed to.

Deeply un­set­tling yet mov­ing, Room is a har­row­ing ac­count of peo­ple mak­ing the best of a dire sit­u­a­tion who are then faced with the “real world” and the ad­just­ments that en­tails.

In­ter­est­ingly told from Jack’s point of view, it still al­lows us ac­cess to Ma (or Joy, her name be­fore the ab­duc­tion), who reen­ters a world she learned to block out. While Lar­son has re­ceived Academy Award recog­ni­tion for her role through a Best Ac­tress nom­i­na­tion, young Trem­blay de­serves equal ac­co­lades.

There are sev­eral heart­break­ing mo­ments but also mo­ments of heart-warm­ing hu­man­ity.

Ja­cob Trem­blay and Brie Lar­son in Room.

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