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Written by · Published Dec 5, 2016

Every day until Christmas Eve, a member of Suffolk Libraries staff will reveal a book, CD or DVD they will be giving as a Christmas present, and why. Today, library and information advisor Nilima Banerji recommends Room.


I would give the DVD Room to friends in need of a bit of inspiration this Christmas. The film portrays the story of a young mother and her son kept in captivity for a number of years, their escape and the difficulties of adjusting to life in the great wide world again, especially after such a traumatic experience.

The subject matter is serious and thought-provoking, but ultimately this is a story about love and the strength of the human spirit in the face of terrible adversity. It features a wonderful performance by Brie Larson as the mother, which rightly earned her a BAFTA and a Golden Globe.

This film will make you think, it will make you cry, and above all it will make you grateful for loved ones, for freedom and for life itself.

This is one of our advent calendar suggestions for 2016. See the whole calendar →

Nilima Banerji

I'm a library and information advisor.