we meet joy and her 5-year old son jack in their "room". we find out, joy's been there for 7 years, she was kidnapped when she was 17, so obviously jack was born there. "room" is his world, and his mom tried to explain their situation so a child can understand it.
people on TV aren't real, dogs aren't, trees and the ocean either. everything's magic, the window in the roof, the food and supplies their host provides. we find out, their room is actually a sound-proof shed with a combination lock (clever little kidnapper).
after celebrating jack's 5th birthday and seeing how smart he has become (already reading properly) joy comes up with a plan to escape. they manage to be taken back to joy's family, but how does jack cope with all the space?
I loved how they focussed on the emotional state of all the characters, and didn't show much of the kidnapper himself. it's all about jack's transition and ultimately transformation. but we also see joy, the mum, struggle when what should make her happy actually doesn't.
well-deserved academy award for brie larson and coming from austria, this hit close to home.. what is real and why, because we know or we believe?
"be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about."