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Irland/Kanada 2015 - with Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, William H. Macey ...

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Movie info

Original title:Room
Direction:Lenny Abrahamson
Cinema release:17.03.2016
Production country:Irland/Kanada 2015
Running time:Approx. 118 min.
Rated:Age 12+

5-year-old Jack (Jacob Tremblay) lives with his mother Ma (Brie Larson). She tries everything to give her beloved child as happy a life as possible. She plays with him, celebrates everyday rituals, reads to him and bathes him. But there is so much Ma can't offer him. For the two of them are trapped in a room that is only 9 square feet. This is where Jack has lived since birth. He doesn't know anything else, the outside world is completely foreign to him. Even though Ma has managed to create an entire universe for her little boy in a very small space, she notices that he begins to ask more and more questions about what is outside of space. She knows she must act now if she is to free herself and her son from this prison alive. She plans a risky escape attempt, unaware of how terrifying the world outside could be for her and Jack after all these years of isolation.

With Raum, director Lenny Abrahamson has created an extremely intense, challenging film that grabs its audience and doesn't let go anytime soon. The film achieves this not with a striking portrayal of violence, but in a very subtle, quiet way. With this restraint, it succeeds impressively in illustrating the horror that Ma has to live through and at the same time shows how her self-sacrificing love has preserved the boy's childlike imagination even in this prison, so that together they have created their own little world here, in which Jack is allowed to experience something like a happy childhood. Even though her tormentor may have broken her spiritually, Ma wants to do everything she can to ensure that Jack doesn't suffer the same fate.

For her role of the young mother who braves all mental anguish to save her son in any way she can, Brie Larson has rightly been awarded an Oscar. However, that honor should have gone to her co-star as well. What the actor, who was only 8 years old at the time of filming, has delivered here is truly great cinema. Tremblay's acting seems absolutely authentic and especially in the scene of his escape attempt extremely intense. With the talent that lies within the boy, one can only hope that after a few years in the business, he doesn't suffer the same fate as so many child actors.

The interplay of direction and actors, orchestrated to perfection with a sensitive hand, adds an enormous emotional punch to the already stirring story. It is precisely because Abrahamson's staging never really presses hard on the tear-jerker and resists any temptation to let the whole thing degenerate into a crowd-pleasing mawkishness with overly conventional kitsch and pathos that the film's impact can unfold with all its might. The result is a drama that viewers won't soon forget. It's not a light entertainment film, but challenging fare that gets under your skin. You have to be able to get involved with it. If you can, you'll get one of the strongest cinema dramas of the year. A great work that impressively proves how powerful even very small films can be. And for that, of course, there is a: Absolutely worth seeing!

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Cinema trailer for the movie "Space (Irland/Kanada 2015)"
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