Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room” was awarded with the prestigious People’s Choice Award at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Sunday. The poignant tale is adapted from Irish–Canadian writer Emma Donoghue’s best selling 2010 novel that narrates an anecdote of a confined mother and her five-year old son.
The extraordinary movie got the pitch after being determined by audience voting. The award for “Room” is generally reckoned as a key indicator towards an anticipated Oscars win. As in previous years, TIFF movies like “12 Years A Slave” and “King’s Speech” have been herald of the Academy Awards. That augurs well for the prospects of “Room”.
Last year, Abraham, the film-maker from Ireland, has made a mark at Sundance with his film “Frank”, featuring Michael Fassbender as Frank Sidebottom. Now his fifth feature film, which is the first film for him that sets outside his home country.
Director Lenny Abrahamson seems uncertain of how to translate Emma Donoghue’s novel to the big screen – but his cast appear more confident. The story has been accounted from the boy’s perspective, who has been confined in a room for his entire life. The actors were applauded with rave reviews when the film had its world premiere the week before at Telluride. Eight-year-old Jacob Tremblay has portrayed the character of the little boy Jack in reel where Brie Larson has made us numb by playing the mother that depicts her outstanding acting skills.
The unusual tale digs out how an innocent relationship of the mother and son gets a new blend when life has taken a toll on them. The son grows up witnessing life from a distinct perspective as his own father abducts them and her mother gets raped and abused for years.
The novel was inspired from the case of Josef Fritzl, who imprisoned and raped his daughter for a total of 24 years in a basement in Austria. This resulted in seven children and three of which lived with their mother in the internment. The film possessed a different treatment that revolves around the love between mother-son rather being a crime thriller. (via The Guardian)
The film will hit theaters on October 16th.
Photo Source: Toronto International Film Festival