Long Term 12; Brie Larson Takes Up Residence in Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room”

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Brie Larson is about to delve into some coarse dramatic terrain that will make Short Term 12 look like a walk in the park. Deadline reports that the actress has boarded Lenny Abrahamson’s Room where she’ll play the role of Ma, a captive mother living in modern day slavedom.

Gist: Based on Emma Donoghue 2010 novel partially inspired by the 2008 case of Austrian woman Elisabeth Fritzl, this is about a woman (Larson) kidnapped as a teenager who has been held captive for years in a tiny room where she lives with her 5-year-old son Jack. To the boy, Room is the only home he’s ever known.

Worth Noting: The 2010 novel won a slew of prizes and was among New York Times Best Books of the Year.

Do We Care?: It’s difficult to look forward to a harrowing project where rape, offspring, violence and confinement are strewn into the narrative, but it’ll be a joy to see Larson plow into psychological land mine. We’re also interested in seeing if the film will use the POV of the novel: which belongs to the five year-old son.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, editor-in-chief and film critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (Talk to Her), Coen Bros. (Fargo), Dardennes (La Promesse), Haneke (Caché), Hsiao-Hsien (Three Times), Kar-wai (In the Mood for Love), Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry), Lynch (Mulholland Dr.), Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), von Trier (Breaking the Waves)