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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 »

Director:

Patricia Rozema

Writer:

Patricia Rozema
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Nelligan ... Jane
Maurice Godin ... Norm
Margot Kidder ... Madelaine X
Sheila McCarthy ... Zelda
Barbara Gordon ... Mrs. Gentle
Nicky Guadagni ... Narrator (voice)
Stuart Aikins Stuart Aikins ... Casting Director
Harold Luft Harold Luft ... Mr. Gentle
David Ferry ... Record Executive
Tracy Moore Tracy Moore ... Record Executive
Erika Ritter Erika Ritter ... Radio Interviewer
Ziggy Lorenc Ziggy Lorenc ... TV Interviewer
James Coburn James Coburn ... Bar Journalist
David Pressault David Pressault ... Flamenco Dancer
Dwayne McLean Dwayne McLean ... Attacker
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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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Drama

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Soundtracks

Dixit Dominus
Excerpt form "Adagio and Allegro"
Composed by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by Lloyd Bradshaw Choral Singers
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A film that lingers
6 May 2007 | by supindervaraitchSee all my reviews

Again i saw this film in the early 90's on the UK television, and the stark and surprising storyline keep coming back to mind.

The emotional involvement of the film is total, no other film has ever had that impact. I've watched all of Rozema's films and none have this level of emotional crudity and success.

It's difficult to compare this film with any other; however the film 'high Art' comes close to the level of detached intensity this film induces.

A fantastic cast, Nelligan is beautiful and the directing is suitably claustrophobic.

In short, this film is an alternative existential masterpiece; recommended viewing for angst ridden generation x'ergs.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1990 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

A fehér szoba See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Company Credits

Production Co:

Vos Productions Inc. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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