Room | Chicago Reader


The first half of this Irish-Canadian indie is so depressing I could barely stand it, but in the second half my emotional investment paid off handsomely. Loosely based on the Josef Fritzl case, it's the story of a young woman (Brie Larson) who's been kidnapped, held captive for seven years in a tiny room, and serially raped, which has left her with a five-year-old son (Jacob Tremblay). After they finally escape from this cloistered existence, finding shelter with the boy's grandmother (Joan Allen), the young woman begins to struggle with post-traumatic stress while the boy tries to wrap his head around this thing called "the world." Lenny Abrahamson—whose previous feature, Frank, also dealt with social dislocation—directed a script by Emma Donoghue, who adapted her own novel. With William H. Macy and Tom McCamus.



  • Lenny Abrahamson


  • Brie Larson
  • Jacob Tremblay
  • Joan Allen
  • Sean Bridgers
  • Tom McCamus
  • William Macy
  • Megan Park
  • Amanda Brugel


  • Ed Guiney
  • David Gross
  • Andrew Lowe
  • Emma Donoghue
  • Jesse Shapira
  • Jeff Arkuss
  • David Kosse
  • Rose Garnett
  • Tessa Ross

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