TIFF Kids 2017: Our Review of ‘Room 213’

Posted in Festival Coverage, Movies, TIFF Kids 2017 by - April 08, 2017
TIFF Kids 2017: Our Review of ‘Room 213’

Room 213 (Rum 213) is the Swedish language (English subtitled) moody ghost story by director Emelie Lindblom.  Aimed at the preteen market, the film has a very The Watcher In The Woods feel to it which is a great thing as that is a film I absolutely adore.

The film tells the tale of Elvira, Bea and Meja, three young girls who are going to spend the week as roomies in the previously locked up and rarely spoken about room 213 in the stately quarters of their summer camp. As is typical with preteen girls, they spend their time getting to know each other by playing games, talking about boys and pranking the boys that they fancy. As their belongings start to inexplicably go missing, mystery texts are being sent and supernatural happenings occur, the girls begin to point the finger at each other creating a divide in the group. Elvira seems to be the most affected by the supernatural events and the girl’s band together again to get to the bottom of it.

The film is beautifully shot. Lindblom has a great eye for how to shoot something to get the most out of a scare without it being overly frightening for the demographic. The film is nicely paced and engaging, also important demographically. It was a really fun watch for me and made me feel like a kid again, getting excited by solid filmmaking like it was the first time.

I think it’s perfect for tweens so if you have a younger kid that spooks easily maybe hold off till they are a little older as the eerie supernatural tone and scares may be overwhelming.

This film is wonderfully executed and one I would recommend and would watch again. Its horror fun for the whole family!

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