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Held captive for years in an enclosed space, a woman and her young son finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.

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Lenny Abrahamson

Writers:

Emma Donoghue (screenplay by), Emma Donoghue (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brie Larson ... Ma
Jacob Tremblay ... Jack
Sean Bridgers ... Old Nick
Wendy Crewson ... Talk Show Hostess
Sandy McMaster Sandy McMaster ... Veteran
Matt Gordon ... Doug
Amanda Brugel ... Officer Parker
Joe Pingue ... Officer Grabowski
Joan Allen ... Nancy
Zarrin Darnell-Martin ... Attending Doctor
Cas Anvar ... Dr. Mittal
William H. Macy ... Robert
Jee-Yun Lee Jee-Yun Lee ... News Anchor
Randal Edwards ... Lawyer
Justin Mader ... FBI Agent
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Storyline

ROOM tells the extraordinary story of Jack, a spirited 5-year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted mother. Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is anything but typical--they are trapped--confined to a 10-by-10-foot space that Ma has euphemistically named Room. Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, and she will stop at nothing to ensure that, even in this treacherous environment, Jack is able to live a complete and fulfilling life. But as Jack's curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma's resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world. Written by A24

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Room See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,335,563, 16 October 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,677,674

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,262,783
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Though many remember the case of Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Georgina DeJesus, the story portrayed in Room shares much more similarities with the Fritzl case, which emerged in April 2008. Elisabeth Fritzl was kidnapped, assaulted and repeatedly raped by her father, Josef Fritzl, who held her captive for for 24 years, which resulted in seven children; three of them remained in captivity with their mother. Elisabeth was tricked into the bunker by her father, like Ma was tricked by Old Nick into the shed; The bunker built to keep Elisabeth in shares similarities with the shed seen in Room; the story told by Ma to Jack in order to explain the "world" they're in resembles what Elisabeth told her children; Josef used to shut off their lights or refuse to deliver food for days at a time to punish them; Elisabeth also had her means of escape created by her son's medical conditions - one of her children had to be hospitalised with kidney failure; she and the children needed extra care for their sensitivity to light and germ exposition. It's possible some aspects of the Fritzl case served as inspiration for the book, released in 2010, 2 years after the case made the news. See more »

Goofs

When Ma and Jack visit room at the end of the film, Jack opens the left door of wardrobe first, then the right. When he closes the doors, he closes the left first, then the right. The right door does not close completely (they are coordinated doors). In the next scene (a wider shot), we see Jack looking around and the doors are closed completely. When the scene changes back to a close up, the right door is not closed completely again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ma: Ssh. Go back to sleep.
Jack: [reciting to himself] Once upon a time, before I came, you cried and cried and watched TV all day, until you were a zombie. But then I zoomed down from heaven, through skylight, into Room. Whoosh-pshew! And I was kicking you from the inside. Boom, boom! And then I shot out onto Rug with my eyes wide open, and you cutt-ed the cord and said, "Hello, Jack!"
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Crazy Credits

In the "Special Thanks to" part of the credit, there's the name of Jack White, the guitarist and vocalist of the band The White Stripes, a poster of which can be seen in a scene in Joy's bedroom. See more »

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The best film I've seen in years: indescribable!
24 October 2015 | by mulandarksideSee all my reviews

I know one thing, I will never, ever forget this heartrending, unbelievably-acted 'movie' for the rest of my days. I'm just at a loss for words and struggling to describe how truly powerful and heart-grabbing this story was. I'll go so far as to say that if you don't cry, shed a tear, or feel the urge to weep profusely after (or while) watching Room, you don't have a heart. The mother (Brie Larson) and her son (Jacob Tremblay, 9 years old!) carry this entire movie. The beauty of Room is in its bare rawness, realness and universally relatable nature. What can I say? It tapped into something deep, deep, deep within me and just ripped my heart to shreds and had me in tears; sometimes tears of sadness, and other times tears of heavenly joy. It made me smile at times and even laugh. But most of all, it always had my eyes glued to the screen and my soul enthralled by what I was witnessing. This is one of the best, truly real stories ever told and one of the best uses of cinema I've ever seen. ...Try not to read much/anything about it before going in to see it (and yes, definitely catch it in a theater near you ASAP). Go in and be engrossed and moved (in ways I can't describe) by this experience. 10/10 *Hands down* the best film of 2015, and the single best thing I've seen in years. :')


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