DAVIDSON FILM CLUB
Davidson Film Club Presents “Room”
The Davidson Film Club is pleased to invite you to a discussion of the Canadian film, “Room,” winner of the Oscar and Golden Globes for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.
“In a year of gut-wrenching dramas, this is definitely the biggest emotional roller coaster of them all.” Audience Review
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
Canada (2015, 1h58)
We will discuss “Room” on Zoom on Saturday, November 28, at 7:00 p.m.
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Discussion will be led by Davidson College Nancy & Erwin Maddrey Professor Emeritus of Psychology Ruth Ault, a career-long specialist in child development.
There is no membership fee for this program, only the modest cost of the on-line film rental (see below) that yields no revenue to the Davidson Film Club.
“Room” tells the extraordinary true story of Jack, a 5-year-old who is looked after by his mother, “Ma.” Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love, playing games with him and telling him stories. Their life, however, is anything but typical: Ma was kidnapped seven years before and sequestered in a 10-by-10-foot space she has named “Room.” Jack believes that only Room and the things it contains (including himself and Ma) are “real.” Ultimately, 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. . .
Including the Oscar and Golden Globes Best Actress awards, “Room” won an astounding 105 prizes and another 140 nominations, including multiple Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay awards at international film festivals throughout the world.
Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer 93%, Audience Score 93%.
“Led by incredible work from Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, “Room” makes for an unforgettably harrowing — and undeniably rewarding — experience” (Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus)
““Room” is a powerful imagining of an extraordinary situation, but it’s also a poignant evocation of the ordinary, everyday intensity and complexity of the bond between mother and child.” Philippa Hawker
““Room” offers highly imaginative and, at times, visionary film-making that transcends its claustrophobic settings and defies genre stereotyping” Geoffrey Macnab, Independent (UK)
“Superbly constructed and passionately made, “Room” is the kind of rare indie jewel that only comes around once every few years.” Chris McCoy, Memphis Flyer
“Director Lenny Abrahamson, together with cinematographer Danny Cohen, take Emma Donoghue’s screen adaptation [and] elevate and expand the emotional heartbeat…filling the screen with dynamic indelible imagery and emotion.” Debbie Lynn Elias, Behind The Lens
“Room” is available by mail from Netflix, if you are a subscriber. It also can be watched for free on the N. Mecklenburg Libraries Kanopy/Hoopla app, or may be rented for $2.00 on Vudu for https://www.vudu.com/content/movies/details/Room/743740?cmp=rt_where_to_watch.99
A trailer is available on the Vudu website above if you would like to take a quick peak.
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Hope to see many of you on Zoom on Saturday, November 28, for the discussion of the on-screen rendering of this mind-boggling true story! Share the link with your friends! There is no charge by the Film Club, and there is room for everyone!
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