Synopsis: Room is a 2015 Canadian-Irish[4][5][6] independent drama film directed by Lenny Abrahamson and written by Emma Donoghue, based on her novel of the same name. The film stars Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, Sean Bridgers, and William H. Macy. It is about a woman (Larson) held captive for seven years in an enclosed space, and her 5-year-old son (Tremblay), who finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.
Genre: Drama
Production: Element Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 103 wins & 136 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min


Darkness. The faint background hum of a refrigerator. A light

clicks on, briefly, then snaps off again.

Then on again, for a little longer.

We wake groggily with JACK (five), blinking up at MA (26).

She's standing in a worn t-shirt and underwear beside a lamp,

switching it on and off at apparently random intervals. She

cranes up at the recessed skylight, Room's only window.

The irregular flashes of lamp-light reveal glimpses of this

little world lined with cork: ten foot a side, seven foot

high, gabled ceiling rising to ten foot.

Clusters of Jack's and Ma's vivid drawings are pinned all

over the walls, quivering in the draft from the vents. Done

with five crayons (red, yellow, blue, orange, green) and

pencil on toilet tissue, lined pages or cardboard, they show

dogs, trees, aliens, rocket ships, figures labelled 'Jack' or

'Ma'. Delicate mobiles (uncooked spaghetti, threads,

plastics, foil, down from pillows, cloth scraps) dangle.

A wardrobe with slatted louver doors. On top, toys crafted

from garbage, a Labyrinth from toilet-roll insides.

A dresser with a TV. A homemade pack of cards, papier

checkers and chess. A Fort constructed from vitamin and other

bottles and cans. A single meagre African violet in a pot on

the TV.

A round dining table, two fold-up chairs side by side.

A bath with a single small towel over the side.

A toilet, with a flotilla of homemade toy boats floating in

the tank which is oddly missing a lid.

A sink, with a single worn toothbrush, toothpaste, dish soap,

a broken comb, folded rags for washcloths. A small square of

mirror tile hung up over it.

A small kitchen cabinet. A dish rack: two each of big and

small white plates, bowls, tumblers, knives, forks, spoons

(one with a melted handle), a scissors, can opener, serrated

knife, wooden spoon, spatula.

A basic stove (with more folded rags on its handle, for pot

holders), one frying pan and one saucepan.

A small refrigerator (more toys on top), a tiny trash.



A rocker. Above, a shelf. Ten books stacked. Homemade toys.

A reddish Persian-style rug on the floor.

A grey steel door, no handle. On the wall, a ten-digit

keypad with a red light like a watching eye.

Ma looks over at Jack and sees that he's awake. She mouths

'Sh' at him, soothing him back to sleep. Keeps signalling.

Darkness again, as Jack's eyelids fall.



Faint light. Jack and Ma sleep face to face in a double bed

under a thin quilt. Pale skin, long hair, wearing t-shirts.


You cried all day and left TV on

till you were a zombie. But then I

zoomed down from heaven through

Skylight into Room -

(makes noise of descent,

then crash landing)

and I was kicking you from the

inside, boom boom, and then I shot

out onto Rug with my eyes wide

open, and you cutted the cord and

said “Hello Jack.”

Jack wakes.


Ma. I’m five!



A little later, Ma, at the kitchen counter, measures out two

small bowls of cereal.

Jack moves round Room touching things: Rug's rusty bloodstain

from his birth; the scarred Table; chairs; faucets, etc.


Morning lamp, Morning rug, Morning

wardrobe ..

(he looks under the bed)





Morning Eggsnake. It's my birthday.

I'm five.


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Ma puts breakfast on the table. Sits.

Jack sits, too. Ma gives him a half vitamin pill from an

almost empty tub. She takes a contraceptive pill from a

generic pack. They start to eat. Ma winces.

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Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue (born 24 October 1969) is an Irish-Canadian playwright, literary historian, novelist, and screenwriter. Her 2010 novel Room was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize[2] and an international best-seller. Donoghue's 1995 novel Hood won the Stonewall Book Award.[3] and Slammerkin (2000) won the Ferro-Grumley Award for Lesbian Fiction.[4] Room was adapted into a film of the same name, for which Donoghue wrote the screenplay which was subsequently nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. more…

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