11 March 2016.
This film, that spends half of its time in the confines of one room with just a mother and her little boy, yet remains powerful and touching, is a masterwork. Based on the novel by Emma Donoghue, it’s a riveting tale directed by Lenny Abrahamson, with amazing portrayals by little Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larson as his mother.
Nominated for 4 Oscars, one of which went to Larson as Best Actress, this story of a woman imprisoned in a room for seven years is profound on many levels, both emotional and intellectual. The moment of the little boy’s discovery of the outside world is at once frightening and wondrous. And the complex, painful reactions of the mother, her son and their family are captured with great understanding and sensitivity. Here is a superb film that should not be missed.
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Neptune Ravar Ingwersen reviews film extensively for publications in Switzerland. She views 4 to 8 films a week and her aim is to sort the wheat from the chaff for readers.