When we first meet 5-year-old Jack and his mother, Joy, in Room, they are imprisoned in a modified backyard shed. Their lives are miserable — though Jack can’t possible realize it — but at least there is structure and a version of sanity that is maintained by the limitations of Room’s four walls.
But once Jack (Jacob Tremblay) and his mother (Brie Larson) join the real world after years of abusive isolation, her mind is suddenly freed up to reflect on their torturous experience. In this exclusive clip from director Lenny Abrahamson’s adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s best-seller, Joy jousts with her mother (Joan Allen) over Jack’s screen-time, a common parental concern, but one that she’s especially sensitive too as he acclimates himself to other people and the giant world beyond Room. But as his mother and grandmother argue, Jack looks on with alarm — he just might be the most well-adjusted of the three.
“I don’t know what’s wrong with me,” says Joy, after snapping at her mother. “I’m supposed to be happy.”
Room, which opens in select theaters on Oct. 16, won raves at Telluride and Toronto, where it won the People’s Choice Award and leapt into the Oscar conversation. Larson, the 26-year-old who won attention for her performances in Short Term 12 and Trainwreck, is currently the odds-on frontrunner for Best Actress.
For the film’s trailer, scroll below.