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Room Review - AVClub

AVClub: Sometimes epilogues can be more meaningful than the stories to which they’re appended. Take Room. Emma Donoghue’s best-selling, award-winning novel and Lenny Abrahamson’s big-screen adaptation both spend as much time on the “what happens next” as the “what happened.” In the first part of the film—constituting less than half of its running time—a young woman and her 5-year-old son endure being held captive round-the-clock in a psychopath’s garden shed. Then they escape, and the second part is about how they recover and reintegrate into a society that doesn’t know how to react to their whole ordeal. On their own, each segment of Room is tense and emotional. But they’re even better placed back-to-back.

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