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How 'Room' balanced a child's love for his space with the ugly reality of captivity

How 'Room' balanced a child's love for his space with the ugly reality of captivity

When director Lenny Abrahamson set out to adapt Emma Donoghue's bestselling novel "Room," he didn't realize the Herculean effort this inventive story would demand of the cast and crew.

"Room" explores the poignancy of childhood through the view of a 5-year-old boy who is born and raised in the 10-by-10-foot garden shed where he has been held captive with his mother. As in the 2010 novel, the film makes the shed, called simply Room, as much a character as Ma, played by Brie Larson, the boy Jack, played by Jacob Tremblay, and kidnapper Old Nick, played by Sean Bridgers. So are Wardrobe, Bed, Rug, Door and Skylight.

But rather than resort to escapist animation...

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