YFS Past Screenings & Events
This screening took place on
Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 7:45pm
Yukon Arts Centre
Highly suspenseful and sensitive without resorting to melodrama, Room is a unique and touching exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child. Jack (played with magnetism by Vancouver’s Jacob Tremblay), five, was born in captivity. The shed in which he and his Ma (Brie Larson) are confined is all he knows.
When Jack and his Ma finally escape, he is both awestruck and terrified by the outside world. His Ma, on the other hand, must face the long and difficult process of recovery after being imprisoned for so long.
Based on the novel by Irish-Canadian writer Emma Donoghue, who also wrote the screenplay.
Nominated for 4 2016 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Winner of ALFF Audience choice award for ‘Best Canadian Fiction Film’ 2016.
“Larson gives a powerful performance, which has earned her a Golden Globe, with more prizes potentially on the way. She is very good at conveying the nauseous wretchedness of her life: the strain of concealing the truth from her son, or rather the strain of behaving as if the truth does not exist, since it would be impossible to explain… This is a disturbing and absorbing film, shrewdly acted, particularly by (Brie) Larson. It lets the audience in; it does not just let the nightmare stun them into submission. You make a real emotional engagement.” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
- Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
- 2015, Ireland/Canada
- 118 minutes
- Parental Guidance Advised