Wonder Woman
Broers
La región salvaje
En amont du fleuve
Daughters of the Dust
'Tell me, brother...'

Room 514

Israel, 2012 | Sharon Bar-Ziv
Claudia Siefen checked in from Vienna to see the world premiere of the Israeli film Room 514.

It is a room without a window where the director leads us. At least there is no window shown in the next 87 minutes. It must be hard to breathe in there because it is all so small, too. A few office-chairs, a table, some metal shelves and file cabinets along the walls. The elevator takes us to the 5th floor. Something uncomfortable seems to await us there. The female soldier is pushing the elevator button. That constricted cell will take her to that other one and tears start to flow. She is the ordered investigator in this case. A soldier will wait there for her and it will be her responsibility to figure out what exactly has happened.

But first it is a woman talking to a man. He does not take her seriously and from there it unfolds, that certain feeling of authority to exert power. She knows how to talk to a soldier. In this dry light she moves close to him, lowers her voice and starts talking. She knows where she wants to get him and it is only a question of time to nail him. These washed out colours, light blue and grey and beige and her blonde hair is strictly tied back. These colours and this light will stay that way but what is going on in her mind? Some fantasies pop up. Time is the elusive thing in this portrait of right an wrong. If you do something wrong does it turn out to be something good because someone told you to do that wrong thing? Are you a better person because you fulfilled expectations?

There could be glimpses of freedom while we see her taking the tube. If there had not been that cold light again and these washed-out colours, too. The investigation keeps being interrupted by her mother's phone calls while the investigator is doing her duty. Obviously she is expected to cut it short. But ambition leads her on and on, using all the tricks she gets hold of. One second her voice is soft and touching, the next she is abusive and imperious. It is supposed to be an easy case and she wants the results fast. It is all about the results she is expected to deliver.

It is a pure chamber play and you can almost smell the thick air in that little room. The sentences are fired in the beginning but when the strength of the characters gets lost every word weighs a ton. It is all about 'if' and 'when' and there is always someone higher in rank than you. But does that free you from your responsibility? She gets stuck in that circle until the point where it is unendurable. The close photography reinforces that impression. Also words can get so wrong. There will always be a mother calling. And in the end there always seems to be someone's mother crying.

Claudia Siefen

Room 514 (Sharon Bar-Ziv, Israel 2012. 87')



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Room 514

Februari 2012 #340

Slow Criticism 2012

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R U THERE
R.W. FASSBINDER COLLECTIE I & II
RABAT
RABBIT HOLE
RABBIT ON THE MOON
RABBIT-PROOF FENCE
Race
RACHEL GETTING MARRIED
RACING STRIPES
RADELOOS
RADIOLAND MURDERS
LA RAFLE.
THE RAGE: CARRIE 2
The Raid
The Raid 2
The Railway Man
RAIN DOGS
THE RAINBOW WARRIORS OF WAIHEKE ISLAND
RAINING STONES
RAISE YOUR VOICE
RAISING CAIN
RAISING HELEN
THE RAMEN GIRL
Ramon en het Paard van Sinterklaas
Rams
La rançon de la gloire (Xavier Beauvois over)
RANDOM HEARTS
RANGO
Rânia
RANSOM
RAPA-NUI
RAPID FIRE
RAPUNZEL
RASPUTIN
THE RAT PACK
RAT RACE
RATATOUILLE
RATCATCHER
Ratchet & Clank
RATJETOE EN DE THORNBERRY'S: BIJ DE BEESTEN AF
RATJETOE — DE RUGRATS FILM
Die Räuberin
The Raven
RAVENOUS
Raw
RAY
Razend
THE READER (Stephen Daldry over)
THE REAL BLONDE
THE REAL HOWARD SPITZ
Real Steel
Réalité
Reality
REALITY BITES
THE REAPING
REAR WINDOW
Reasonable Doubt
REBECCA
Rebelle
Rebels
REBELS OF THE NEON GOD
Rebelse stad
THE REBIRTH
THE REBOUND
THE RECKONING
RECLAIM YOUR BRAIN (FREE RAINER)
RECONSTRUCTION
RECOUNT
THE RECRUIT
RECYCLE
RED
Red 2
RED BEADS
RED CORNER
RED DRAGON
RED DUST
RED EYE
RED HOT
Red Lights
RED PLANET
RED RIDING HOOD
RED RIDING-TRILOGIE
RED ROAD
RED ROCK WEST
THE RED SHOES
THE RED STUFF
The Red Turtle
THE RED VIOLIN
REDACTED
REDS
LE REFUGE
Refugiado
REGARDE LA MER
REGENERATION
Het regent gehaktballen 2
HET REGENT GEHAKTBALLEN 3D
Regilaul
La región salvaje
Regression
LES REGRETS
REIGN OF ASSASSINS
REIGN OF FIRE
REINDEER GAMES
LA REINE MARGOT
DIE REISE NACH KAFIRISTAN
RELAX... IT'S JUST SEX!
THE RELIC
La religieuse
RELIGULOUS
Remainder
THE REMAINS OF THE DAY
REMBRANDT
REMBRANDT'S J'ACCUSE
Remember
REMEMBER ME
REMEMBER THE TITANS
RENAISSANCE
LES RENDEZ-VOUS DE PARIS
RENDITION
Renesse
RENO 911!: MIAMI
Renoir
RENT-A-FRIEND
Réparer les vivants
The Repentant (El Taaib)
THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS
REPO MEN
REPRISE
REQUIEM
REQUIEM FOR A DREAM
RESCUE DAWN
RESERVATION ROAD
RESERVOIR DOGS
THE RESIDENT
RESIDENT EVIL
RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE 3D
RESIDENT EVIL: APOCALYPSE
RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION
Resident Evil: Retribution
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
RESISTANCE
La résistance de l'air
RESPIRO
RESSOURCES HUMAINES
Rester vertical
Restless
RESTORATION
RESURRECTION MAN
Retour à Ithaque
THE RETURN (VOZVRASJÈNJE)
RETURN OF THE JEDI
RETURN TO HANSALA
Return to Homs (IDFA)
RETURN TO ME
RETURN TO PARADISE
De reünie
The Reunion
REVANCHE
REVELATION
The Revenant
Revenge of the Green Dragons
REVENGER'S TRAGEDY
THE REVENGERS' COMEDIES
REVISION: APOCALYPSE 2
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD
The Rewrite
REX GILDO, DE VAL VAN EEN SCHLAGERKONING
REYKJAVIK-ROTTERDAM
Rhino Season
RHYTHM IS IT
RICHARD III
RICHIE RICH
RICHTING ENGELAND
RICHTING WEST
Ricki and the Flash
RICKY
Riddick
Ride Along
Ride Along 2
RIDE WITH THE DEVIL
RIDICULE
RIDING ALONE FOR THOUSANDS OF MILES
RIDING GIANTS
RIEN À DÉCLARER
RIEN À FAIRE
DE RIETFLUIT
RIFF RAFF
RIGHTEOUS KILL
THE RING
THE RING 2
THE RINGMASTER
Rings
RINGU/RING
RIO
Rio 2
RIO, EEN DAG IN AUGUSTUS CAMPO GRANDE — CENTRAL DO BRASIL
Rio: I Love You
The Riot Club
Riphagen
RIPLEY'S GAME
Ripper Street
Rise of the Guardians
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Risen
RISING SUN
RIT OVER DE GRENS
THE RITE
THE RIVER
A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT
THE RIVER WILD
DE RIVIER OKKERVIL
RIVIERA HOTEL
RIZE
RKO 281 — THE BATTLE OVER CITIZEN KANE
THE ROAD
THE ROAD (DE WEG)
THE ROAD HOME
Road North
THE ROAD TO ELDORADO
THE ROAD TO GUANTANAMO
ROAD TO PERDITION
THE ROAD TO WELLVILLE
ROAD TRIP
ROADRACERS
ROADS TO KOKTEBEL
ROB ROY
Rob the Mob
UNE ROBE D'ÉTÉ
Roberto Succo
ROBIN HOOD
ROBIN HOOD, MEN IN TIGHTS
Robinson Crusoe
Robocop
Robot & Frank
ROBOTS
ROCCO E I SUOI FRATELLI
THE ROCK
Rock of Ages
ROCK STAR
ROCK'N ROLL JUNKIE
ROCKNROLLA
ROCKY BALBOA
HET RODE KORENVELD
ROGUE ASSASSIN
Rogue One — A Star Wars Story
ROGUE TRADER
Rokjesdag
ROLE MODELS
ROMANCE
ROMANCE & CIGARETTES
ROMANCE DE VALENTÍA — ONLY THE BRAVE
ROMANZO CRIMINALE
ROMASANTA
ROMEO IS BLEEDING
ROMEO MUST DIE
ROMPER STOMPER
ROMY & MICHELE'S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION
Ron Goossens, Low-Budget Stuntman
Ronal The Barbarian
RONIN
ROOKSPOREN
Room
Room 514
ROOS REBERGEN — "WEET IK NIET ZO GOED..."
ROPE
ROSAS DANST ROSAS
LES ROSEAUX SAUVAGES
ROSENSTRASSE
ROSETTA
ROSIE: THE DEVIL IN MY HEAD
ROSINE
ROTVOS
ROUGH MAGIC
THE ROUND UP
ROUNDERS
LA ROUTE
ROUTE IRISH
The Rover
A Royal Affair
A Royal Night Out
THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS
RR
RUBBER
RUBY & QUENTIN
Ruby Sparks
RUDO Y CURSI
RUDYARD KIPLING'S THE JUNGLE BOOK
RUGRATS IN PARIS
RUHR
THE RUINS
THE RULES OF ATTRACTION
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
The Rum Diary
RUMBA
RUMBLE IN THE BRONX
RUMOR HAS IT...
Run All Night
Run and Jump
RUN, FAT BOY, RUN
RUNAWAY BRIDE
THE RUNAWAY JURY
THE RUNAWAYS
RUNDSKOP
The Runner
Runner, Runner
RUNNING SCARED
Rush
RUSH HOUR
RUSH HOUR 2
RUSH HOUR 3
RUSHMORE
DE RUSLUI
RUSSIAN ARK
Ruth & Alex