Made during confinement, In My Room plunges us into the poignant story of a woman at the twilight of her life, through recordings of the director's deceased grandmother. Living rooms become stages where life is performed. Windows become portals to the lives of others.
A COVID-19 lockdown film, it's hard to tell what this will look like at a different time. Diop turns the format-a commissioned film for a fashion brand-into a meditation on confinement, community and family, setting recordings of conversations with her late grandmother over lockdown diary-style footage of her own tower-block flat and its environs: shots of sunsets, flying birds, neighbours in their apartments at once as gestures to film (Rear Window, the use of natural landscape as corollary or contrast to human habitation and drama) at once resonant and desperately empty, the relentless force of loneliness in the recordings echoed in, commenting on and being commenting on by the footage, yet with a distance established so that the connection feels at once necessary and abstract, natural and forced.
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