New York Film Festival Review: ‘In My Room’

The idea of “The Last Man on Earth” is certainly not new, but In My Room takes a look at the scenario from a long game perspective. The opening of the film is visually jarring and in hindsight is a fantastic set up for both our leading man and plot. The world’s population vanishes overnight. The introduction to this is subtle at first, so if you were to go into this film completely unaware of the plot, you may miss the first signs. The film’s emotional ride is all over the place. Panic sets in and then, very momentarily, a “fuck it” attitude. Hans Löw physical transformation from beginning to end it startling. Not to mention his intellectual prowess. Without an electronic grid, one has to adapt pretty quickly to survive. It makes one ponder their own abilities to last if some cataclysmic event were to occur. This guy has a system and strives to improve upon it daily without losing his mind. I’d love to report an uplifting ending, alas I cannot. Without going into detail, you’re left to route for a man that could very easily be you in a dark and twisted, “I hope to hell this never happens to me” kind of way. In My Room goes to dark places and sits there, and then makes you sit there, and in doing so is an incredibly effective film.   

Directed by: Ulrich Köhler
Germany / 2018 / 119 minutes / NR

Grasshopper Film

About Liz Whittemore

Liz grew up in northern Connecticut and was memorizing movie dialogue from Shirley Temple to A Nightmare on Elm Street at a very early age. She will watch just about any film all the way through (no matter how bad) just to prove a point. A loyal New Englander, a lover of Hollywood, and true inhabitant of The Big Apple.