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Monday, February 15, 2016

Room by Lenny Abrahamson, 2015 (R)

with Sean Bridgers, Joan Allen, Brie Larson, William H. Macy, Jacob Tremblay

Held captive for years in an enclosed space, a woman (Brie Larson) and her 5-year-old son (Jacob Tremblay) finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.

It had been a long time I didn't feel so terrible after a movie, so moved, so frustrated by the darkness of our specie. The movie explore the beautiful and unusual relationship between a mother and her child, through captivity and in the outside world, with such a realism and without the compensation of feeling good they are out, or that the bad guy is being caught and tried, nor the settling feeling that everything is going to be fine, that the media are going to be respectful... This is a cruel story of victims that try nevertheless to share a beautiful life despite the most horrible things they are victims of. Jacob Tremblay is giving an amazing performance, as well as the rest of the cast, and the director Abrahamson managed via impeccable direction to allow us to see through the naive eyes of the boy, at time to the point that we cannot stand because we are from the outside world, and we understand far more than this boy does. Definitely Oscar material.


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