Sometimes one doesn’t know what to expect from a movie or a book at all. Reading a review can also make you very judgmental of a team’s love affair with a story that they have put so much time and money to turn into life.
So The Purple Frog has a way of making choices here.
Over the years, it has realised that for a book, if it has WON a Booker, it will match the sensibilities and touch the heart that often gets frozen with everyday life and its rigour.
And in movies, if it has been NOMINATED for the Academy award, it will be appreciated here in part or full, for sure.
So ROOM is a story of captivity of two people who view it differently because one has seen life outside the room and one has not.
Joy (the ma) who has seen the world finds the 10-by-10 foot room a burning hell and Jack (the son) who hasn’t seen anything except his mom and the room believes it is their world. Despite the chilling plot and setting, the movie gives you so many occasions to smile.
Both the actors are remarkable.
Every minute of the movie is like entering very very private moments of a very very private relationship. The mother-son conversations and their moments are as tight and warm as the room itself. They make the room their world. You can feel the world they mean to each other. Their bond and the friendship.
The wolf (Old Nick)
He would come every night and the girl held captive has taken it as her fate. She prods him only as much as he can take. She nudges him only as much as he can bear and offers herself just when she sees his entire energy gathering in and around his limbs. She has been there for seven years and for the past five, since the boy has arrived, she has only tried to save him and feed him off the little groceries the wolf gets her.
In there, after the wolf leaves
There is a routine, there are songs and reading and writing and play and tears and comforting and everything in its purest form.
Joy raises the boy with great resilience and the part when she realizes he is grown up to be told the truth, she un-lies.
Not ready to accept that there is another side to the wall, he shows denial. (Watch this clip to see how hard it can be to Show/see reality).
Just when he accepts the new realities, she readies him to be brave and act.
The story continues
Now it is about his entry into the world, his once-in-a-while wish to want to go back to the comfort of the room and saving his mom once again who is now falling into the pits of depression.
From sending her his strength, his long jungle boy hair, to carrying a bit of her with him in the form of a bad tooth, there are very personal moments of a bond which you feel grateful for witnessing.
Towards the end he says – There are so many things out here. And sometimes it’s scary. But that’s ok. Because it’s still just you and me…
And that’s when you know how patiently he waited for ma to look at him and find Room-like peace in a different spot in the world.
One of those movies that can be watched every few years for perspective…
Thing this week
Made the room here more comfortable.
Got the walls painted in hues of the favorite color.
Read a bit about Typography. Saw some work of very dedicated artists.
Felt inspired, so instead of printing some perfect looking fonts, took the risk of trying hand writing. Felt pain in the wrists. Decided to write on paper as much as possible.
Got the work framed and it doesn’t look half bad. The work is still in progress…