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Room (I) (2005)

 -  Drama | Mystery  -  January 2005 (USA)
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An overworked, middle-aged Texas woman embezzles from her employer and abandons her family to seek out a mysterious room that has been appearing to her in visions during seizure-like attacks.

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Julia Barker
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Bobby Barker
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Jules Barker (as Alexandra Kiester)
Hannah Nicolas ...
Nikki Barker
Jacqui Cross ...
Laveta
Marco Parella ...
Frank
Gretchen Krich ...
Alex / Suzy
J. Shanon Weaver ...
Big Tex
Jessica Hedrick ...
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Athina
Carlos Treviño ...
Psychic (as Carlos Trevino)
George Manly ...
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Frank Barajas ...
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David R. Jarrott ...
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In contemporary Houston, Julia Barker and her husband live paycheck to paycheck; she delivers meals on wheels and works Bingo nights. She's stressed. She's gotten over-weight and doesn't recognize the puffy and tired face she sees in the mirror. She's having migraines and blackouts, and she's seeing visions - of a desolate room. Suddenly she leaves for New York City, checks into a cheap hotel, and goes in search of the room. She follows any sign she can find: a sudden encounter with an old friend, a meditation group, a Tarot reading, and an invitation to a party. Is she getting closer? But to what? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Not much beyond the movie poster
18 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you like films with beginnings, middles, and ends, this is not for you. There is much to like about parts of this film. The acting is good, the cinematography is good, the music and sound design is excellent, and the editing is very good. Still, I would have preferred going to any trailer park in Texas and drinking beer with the residents. The film is so much like real life that it makes me long for real life instead of watching an imitation. I don't need to pay to see banality on screen when I can walk out the door and see it for free, and in a more interesting, interactive way. This would have made 2 excellent experimental films of about 8 minutes each. This is not a "message film," but rather a very long mood piece, and unfortunately, all of that was conveyed by the movie poster. "Room" reminds me of Richard Linklater's first feature film, "It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books." I disliked that film for many of the same reasons, and now Linklater is one of my favorite directors. I hope the same will happen with this filmmaker.


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