After premiering to rave reviews at the Telluride Film Festival, Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room” is next bound for the Toronto International Film Festival. Based on Emma Donoghue’s novel of the same name, the film stars Brie Larson and relative newbie Jacob Tremblay — who are both already earning major kudos for their work in the film — as a mother and son who are trapped in a single room and must adjust to life once they finally break out of it.
The offcial synopsis reads: “‘Room’ tells the extraordinary story of Jack (Tremblay), a spirited 5 year old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma (Larson). Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is anything but typical—they are trapped—confined to a windowless, 10-by-10-foot space, which Ma has euphemistically named ‘Room.’ Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, and she will stop at nothing to ensure that, even in this treacherous environment, Jack is able to live a complete and fulfilling life. But as Jack’s curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma’s resilience reaches its breaking point, 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.”
The film’s first full-length trailer has arrived, and in between said rave reviews, it manages to pack some hefty emotion into the minimum of time. It may be too early to really start buzzing about awards season, but “Room” can’t help but look like a big-time contender already.
“Room” will next play at the Toronto International Film Festival this month. It opens in limited release on October 16, followed by a nationwide expansion on November 6. Check out the new trailer above