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Deadroom (2005)

| Drama | March 2005 (USA)
Deadroom centers around four encounters, each confined to a single room. A man helps a young woman remember her past. A husband and wife confront each other about their infidelities. A ... See full summary »
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Deadroom centers around four encounters, each confined to a single room. A man helps a young woman remember her past. A husband and wife confront each other about their infidelities. A journalist interviews a famous author about the mysteries hidden in his novel. A secretary visits her former employer to tell him how much she's always loved him. Each of these conversations could happen any day, every day -- except that the young woman has been raped and murdered, the husband has died in a terrible automobile accident, the employer has perished in afire, and the novelist has passed away from old age. The four intertwined stories weave a tale that is shocking, humorous, tragic and uplifting. In Deadroom, secrets are shared, truths are revealed, and each of the eight characters comes to an understanding they could not have gained without the touch of death. Written by David Lowery

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Intriguing
28 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

Despite a title that may suggest horror, DEADROOM is a psychological anthology that explores the possibility of meeting with the departed.

The four writer/directors take the concept and run with it, with four very different tales of people who wish to speak with the dead, all with their own twists. If you're good at predicting plot twists, you'll find them, but you will still thoroughly appreciate the storytelling. The decisions for when to cutaway to another story were thoughtful, and enhanced the stories. The set designs and costuming also worked well. The somewhat unsettling opening sequence puts the audience into a questioning mindset that enhances the experience.

Out of over thirty new films I saw at SXSW '05, DEADROOM is one of the most memorable, and in my top five in a very strong and diverse program.


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