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White Room (1990)

Norm, a confused young man, lives two lives, one in and one out of reality. One night, he witnesses the murder of rock video star Madelaine X and feels guilty, as he did nothing to prevent ... See full summary »

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Zelda
Barbara Gordon ...
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Stuart Aikins ...
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Harold Luft ...
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David Ferry ...
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Tracy Moore ...
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David Pressault ...
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Dwayne McLean ...
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Sandy Creighton ...
Woman on Steps
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Norm, a confused young man, lives two lives, one in and one out of reality. One night, he witnesses the murder of rock video star Madelaine X and feels guilty, as he did nothing to prevent it. At Madelaine's funeral, he meets a mysterious woman in black. Norm then gets a job at a news stand through a Cindy Lauper like girl called Zelda. They discuss the mystery around Madelaine's death. Written by Blair Stannard <stannard@sonetis.com>

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Unknown Gem
27 December 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The troubled Norm (Maurice Godin) lives with his parents and during the night he peeps women in their houses. When he witnesses the murder of the rock star Madelaine X (Margot Kidder), he feels partially guilty since he only called the police and did not help her. Norm decides to leave home and tells his parents that he is going to write a book. While looking for a job, he meets Zelda (Sheila McCarthy) and she offers a work in her news stand to him. When Norm meets Jane (Kate Nelligan), he follows her and offers to work as gardener in her house in the country and they fall in love for each other. When Norm discloses the secret that Jane actually dubbed Madelaine X, he writes the draft of a book with the true story and tragic consequences.

"White Room" is an unknown gem, one of those weird refreshing movies that are worthwhile watching and slightly recalls the masterpiece "Blue Velvet". The bitter love story has an atmosphere of a dream in some moments, and the conclusion seems to be a fairytale. The annoying character of Zelda is necessary for the conclusion of the story, but she irritated me most of the time. In the end, life is beautiful in the world of fantasy. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Segredo do Quarto Branco" ("The Secret of the White Room")


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