ROOM ★★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FILM | SEVEN DAYS - DC

Di­rected by Lenny Abra­ham­son. Star­ring Brie Lar­son, Ja­cob Trem­blay, Joan Allen, Sean Bridgers, Wil­liam H Macy

A psy­chopath im­pris­ons a young woman (Lar­son, tran­scen­dent) and her son (Trem­blay, equally good) in his gar­den shed. Abra­ham­son’s Os­car-show­ered adap­ta­tion of Emma Donoghue’s novel sounds like a grim af­fair, but the sen­si­tiv­ity of di­rec­tion, writ­ing and per­for­mances ul­ti­mately lifts the spir­its. The film acts as an in­ci­sive, pen­e­trat­ing study of the pres­sures that all par­ents feel: guilt, in­ad­e­quacy, panic. Room de­serves ev­ery syl­la­ble of its ac­claim. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 117 min

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