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Review | The White Room | Steven M Ulman

The White Room
Anubhav Chakraborty

June 10, 2021 3 min read

Existence is a greater challenge than evolution and these words were put ‘raw’fully in Steven M Ulman’s ‘The White Room’. The portrayal of quantified emotions within a human mind is the highly appreciated treatment one can come up with in this kind of interactive paradigm.

‘The White Room’ basically signifies that vacant place of our mind where we establish our thoughts with the indulgence of memories and experience. By birth, we grow up with nothing but the wisdom we gain from the outside world. That outside world creates emotions inside our own ‘White Room’ i.e our mind. The characters introduced by the storyteller were quite precise and demographically astounding like Laziness, Ego, Logic, Anxiety, Anger and Hopelessness. On top of that the story even contains a trigger i.e the Girlfriend.

The White RoomThe emotions inside the mind were only waiting for a trigger and that happened when the Girlfriend left the character behind. He was in total denial with his altar hence the submission to depression happened and thereafter it introduced all the emotions inside the mind whisper in between. First the talks between Laziness, Ego, Logic and Anxiety began that intrigued Anger to step in. Anger successes Hopelessness. The struggle was massive yet silent from outside.

The treatment used by the director is quite excellent because it contains a sense of interaction with the audience that would make them seated throughout. The audio itself had a role to play as the alarm sound was only heard by Laziness that portrays the need of waking up from his position of denial. The music itself contributes a vast part in plot building and introduction of the characters. Music is an important instrument in deriving a good environment for a film and here Ulman tried out less sound effects to portray the isolated state of the mind which was quite impressive.

The White RoomHere, the law sustains as Hopelessness indulges himself as Anger starts to fade away. Soon after, Hopelessness, being true to his nature, ends everything. The arts on the wall also signifies the haphazard experience the mind had all the way. It literally was a reflection of the past.

The film may have lost its sanity in some plots before introducing particular characters but it is sensible yet loud and has a deep message encoded within struggle is not the word but survival. Ulman portrays quite brilliantly that Existence is a greater challenge than evolution.

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