This is not a Hollywood mega-film: no major stars, no supermodels, no fun. It is a serious independent film with real-to-life actors. It presents an offbeat story which thrusts us viewers into the tortured, schizoid mind of Julia Baker. It is a helter-skelter ride from an overstressed working mother in Texas to the shattered person she becomes, alone in her personal, confused hell in New York.
She is compelled to find the large, spacious "room" she dreams of. She abandons her family to follow cryptic, hallucinated clues to find this "room". It ends with a blurred, double-visioned hallucination, which takes her (and us) looking down at something, who knows what, very close up. The blurred vision continues to look down from a perspective spinning upward into space. That alone is worth the price of the film rental. It is very unsettling to be sent on this schizophrenic journey way out of reality. But it is a masterful inside, experiential view of schizophrenia, apart from actually being schizophrenic. It is totally absorbing. Check your reality at the theater door.
If, however, you have a Hollywood movie mindset and no appreciation of where writer-director, Kyle Henry brilliantly wants to take you, you're apt to think this movie is a totally plot less, bizarre, incomprehensible, incoherent trip to nowhere. And a total waste of time. And you should pass on this one.
As a refresher, I include here a quote from a helpguide.com article on "What Is Schizophrenia":
"Schizophrenia is a brain disorder that affects the way a person acts, thinks, and sees the world. People with schizophrenia have an altered perception of reality, often a significant loss of contact with reality. They may see or hear things that don't exist, speak in strange or confusing ways, believe that others are trying to harm them, or feel like they're being constantly watched. With such a blurred line between the real and the imaginary, schizophrenia makes it difficulteven frighteningto negotiate the activities of daily life. In response, people with schizophrenia may withdraw from the outside world or act out in confusion and fear."