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The Best of 2010: 'Room in Rome'

Room in Rome


This is no doubt the sexiest film of 2010, directed by Julio Medem of Sex and Lucia notoriety. Room in Rome is exactly what its title says with its entire story taking place in one room, barely leaving this location. This does not necessarily mean that the film is uncinematic or afraid to go above and beyond in its storytelling. In fact, this room has to be one of the most gorgeous rooms I have ever seen shot on film. In a manner similar to Alfred Hitchcock, the film is restricted to this one space with only occasional glimpses into the outside world as seen on a balcony or through satellite images of the earth; made to see other locations in the world that the characters are describing. However, this review is not meant to talk only about the room.

This film is about two women who fall in love with each other. Despite people’s opinions on this subject, one can not escape the notion that love can occur in all types of situations and the idea of love can break down all various barriers set up by culture. Actresses Elena Anaya (alumni of Sex and Lucia) and Natasha Yarovenko have incredible chemistry. Their beauty may seem “too Hollywood” for certain viewers, but due to the fact that everything in this film is meant to look beautiful—this does not seem too far of a stretch. The women introduce themselves as their masks and begin to discover who they really are through the many talks they have between their lovemaking. I have never seen another film depict a passionate night as realistically as this. The pattern that the script chooses to follow in order for the audience to learn about these people (sex, talk, sex, talk…) feels altruistic and honest. Balancing this with the disappointment of reality (the stuff that people try to avoid), Medem also decides to throw in some breathtaking motifs into the abstract. One such segment includes a scene when Elena Anaya’s character becomes heartbroken, and the moment reveals an arrow piercing her chest. Natasha Yarovenko then proceeds to pull the arrow out of her heart in order to stop the bleeding and the heartbreak. This entire sequence is not jarring or non-sequitir, and feels incredibly consistent with the rest of the film’s tone.

The playful dialogue and mystery into the girls' backstories keeps the viewer glued to the screen, and of course many will already be pretty fired up the incredibly sexy love scenes. The film’s score by Jocelyn Pook also pierces the heart, and as you watch the film, you can see it take a toll somehow on the women over time. All and all, Room in Rome is a unique romance about the uniqueness of two people falling in love and the resulting aftereffects.