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American Women's Club of Hamburg

Raum (Room)

USA 2015
Opening March 17, 2016

Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson
Writing credits: Emma Donoghue
Principle actors: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Joan Allen, William H. Macy

Raum (Room) Joy (Larson) has been kidnapped as a teenager, sexually abused and gotten pregnant in captivity. She has been cut off from any contact to the outside and is confined to one windowless room with her now five-year-old son Jack (Tremblay). Though the film doesn’t lack suspense this isn’t a crime thriller. It is a moving and inspiring story about parenting but also about ‘reality’ and ’perception’, told from the child’s perspective, with Oscar®--‐worthy performances, script (Emma Donoghue) and direction (Lenny Abrahamson). With maturity beyond her age, Joy has been able to spare Jack the nightmare that she lives every day and created a nurturing environment that not only is his whole world; he believes this is the world. She established a remarkable trust between them and taught him love and mindfulness for his surroundings by referring to each object without an adjective as if it was a given name: ‘Chair’, ‘Sink’, ‘Bed’, ‘TV’ or ‘Room’. When he starts acting up and questioning their situation, Joy realizes that they won’t be able to go on like this much longer and devises a plan to break free. ()

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