Jan Komasa’s Suicide Room (Sala Samobojcow, 2011)Vol. 2 (February 2011) by Konstanty Kuzma
Virtual reality is the new thing in cinema. Recently, Hollywood presented its (re)take on this topic with the 3D-film Tron Legacy, a sparse story about a man who falls into a computer program. At the Cannes Film Festival, among the 2010 line-up were Chatroom by Hideo Nakata and R U There by David Verbeek, two films that are set in parallel realities. Now, at the Berlinale 2011 Panorama section, Polish director Jan Komasa premiered his film Suicide Room, the story of a boy who flees the problems of reality by entering a chat room for suicidal people.
Suicide Room stands in the line of contemporary Polish culture, and in its rawness very much resembles Wojna polsko-ruska by Xawery Zulawski, a film based on a first-time novel that follows the fictional and non-fictional experiences of the youth. Zulawski and Komasa present a courageous young cinema: one that tells its stories forthrightly, with the vulgarity and violence it holds as necessary. In this sense, Suicide Room is not an easy film to watch. Komasa depicts the world of suicidal people and does not refrain from showing it the way it is. But although the audience is asked to bear through the images, the characters are flat and one-dimensional, which makes the experience restricted to the 110 minutes that the film lasts: there is no aftertaste to the film, nothing that makes us think. The conflict that escalates at the end is not one that we can relate to, and so- diffused by music and cutting, the final scene is one that does not confront us. Another problem of the film seems to be the story: although there is a general tension throughout the film rooting in the fact that the audience cannot predict how far the members of the Suicide Room will go, there is no story to support this acute tension with a dramatic backbone.
On the other hand, this is precisely the kind of world that Komasa is taking us to: one of acuteness and sensation that lacks true meaning. Suicide Room is not only a reflection on youth culture, but simultaneously on society. A central conflict of the film is the relationship of Dominik- the protagonist- and his parents, who are themselves troubled, but until the very end do not understand the problems that Dominik is facing. Even though the film is based around a chatroom and a social network, the world that Komasa depicts is one that lacks communication and mutual understanding. In Suicide Room, all characters are culprits, and all characters are victims. Reality is defeated through a suicide- a messianic victim- that makes the others realize where they stand. And so in the end, there is only one victim, and many culprits.
Suicide Room is not a psychological or even story-based film, but rather one that uses the basic elements of cinema to tell a story through different visual means. It is cinema that dares to be different.
I loved the movie Suicide Room. I would have to disagree with one thing in this article: there was not a single thing lacking in the movie. The movie was completely honest and I felt for or was against each character that was in the movie, in part or in whole. The movie was honest and showed a guy who would never have killed himself and wrung through so many different obstacles that make him think otherwise. The movie was excellent and deserved every star it got in it’s ratings.
I. Love. This. Movie. It made me cry and think about my depression and suicide attempts. It’s one of my favorite movies. Be sure to watch this movie! Also, I have a few questions: is Dominik gay?, what happened to Sylwia?, did Dominik kill himself? & what happened to Dominik’s parents?
I think Dominik was bi (he liked Sylwia but he came when he was fighting Alex soo..), Dominik definitely killed himself but you could see that he regretted it because of the ending (the whole ‘call my mother!’ thing) but we don’t know what happened to Sylwia at all
Yes, Dominik died in the end. When you see the part that he finally sees Sylwia in person is actually a hallucination caused by the alcohol and the pills he took. His parents, they divorced and are completely sepparated from each other after Dominik dies. Sylwia, I don’t know what all she does, but from learning that Dominik dies, gives her the courage (or so I hope) to finally leave her room after three years of solitude to go outside where she screams and cries in frustration.
To answer your question whether Dominik is gay or not, in the beginning, he felt like he was gay, but through out the movie, he seems to gain love towards Sylwia and thus by the end of the movie, he’s gained bisexual tendencies.
I hope this answered all of your questions
Quote: This is one of the best foreign movies I’ve ever seen in my life! <3
That is a silly question. Dominik says about 50 times he is gay. Sylwia unplugged her computer and ran outside for the first time in 3 years, since she was upset from Dominik dying. Dominik was going to suicide with Sylwia, but she hadn’t shown up, and he had taken to many pills, and ODed. Dominik’s parents then got a divorce and is shown at the end of the movie.
dominik did kill himself and i think dominik was bisexual.
1- he is either gay or bi. honestly, i dont think even he knew what he was.
2- never Ever answered
3- He did. he tries to throw the pills back up, but fails thus overdosing
4- They divorced. his mom seemed to grieve him more and she seems to have gotten in a new relationship
dominik is really not gay i think he is bisexual and i think sylwia killed herslef after dominiks mom said he died and and dominik did kill himself he took the pills dur and dominiks parents probably had a hard like without bominik
Dominik was confused about his sexuality. Sylvia continues living. If you actually watched the movie, and payed attention, you would know that at the end of the movie, Dominik’s mother is talking to Sylvia, and tells her he killed himself. So yes, he committed suicide. And Dominik’s parents just continue with life.
Dominik, in the beginning wasn’t totally committed to dating girls. And by this dare, found out that in fact, he liked men. Sylwia, is a mystery, no one knows. Dominik did in fact commit suicide at the end of the movie. And Dominick’s parents split, due to the fact of their sons suicide and the stress that it caused them. They began dating other people and just divorced.
I literally just watched the movie and it was breathtaking. to be honest I never really understood what suicide was and why until this movie.
I just finished the movie and… It sounds like me…. I like movies I can relate to. I hate how suicide seems so easy and yet, after this, my thoughts went away… it seems painful, as I just wanna burst into tears…
this movie reminds me so much of my past, and it’s helped me get over it in a way, actually. one thing that really angered me with the movie was that alex was never bullied ((im not saying bullying is ok)) or no one ever brought up the situation with him. he did in fact kiss dominik and that right there should have been enough to get people talking, especially since he was basically the most popular guy in school. still an amazing movie though.
Totally true. He could have supported Dominik when he was the one initiating everything.
Aleks tormented Dominik with teases and such. He never actually thought Dominik was forward with the boys. No one knew actually. Not until Dominik accidentally had a … moment, during judo practice when he was sparing with Aleks.
I say that this movie is based on true facts and i can say that maybe the game can be true who knows? Right? Anyway, everything could be possible in this world now a days…are many people dying for the games and we all know this.. Trouble is…we can’t do anything Suicide Room…maybe truly exists so……
the game is real i joined a suicide room to and this boy wants to kill himself and i already have tried my life is all the same as dominik’s
I guess I was pretty disgusted by the entire film. Of course, the acting, lighting, camera job, and CG was superb and all – but I was still disgusted. I can’t love or recommend it like so many others can. I can’t relate with the same emotions, because I’ve somehow dealt with the serious things I’ve gone through. I’ve had a happy life even if I went through racism, deaths of close ones, good friends with depression, etc.
I felt terrible for Dominik, but even he was a spoiled kid at the beginning. All the characters had major problems throughout the entire film. It’s a sad reality for many people out there though. The people involved could have done just a little to be better and avoid so many issues that victimizes each other. Even the love between Sylvia and Dominik was twisted.
People, never lose hope. Suicide is never an option, and there’ll be a light waiting at the end of that tunnel you think you can’t get out of. It may sound cliche, but Dominik didn’t find happiness with his last decision either.
I absolutely loved this movie. I just don’t agree with how the parents reacted to Dominik’s problems when they came to light, how they handled him saying he was gay, how they handled it with him when he refused to go to school after his self harm episode when the police came. They handled it completely wrong!
I know, Dominik’s a boy who got everything he ever wanted, but when you look at the situation closer, you realize all he really wants is his parents to be home more. They involve themselves in their work so much that they aren’t home for days, sometimes over a week at a time. If they were home at all when Dominik locked himself in his room for 10 days, I’m surprised as hell that they didn’t try to even say one word to him when they were home.
How they went about trying to get him some help, was totally pissy ass wrong. You don’t try once and say hell with it and find someone that will give him medicine to get him out of his room to make themselves look better because he finally went to school and took his exams. The psychologist that prescribed him the medication needed to have her license taken away. A three minute talk doesn’t give you time to diagnose a patient and go straight to meds, it takes a few times that are hour or so long with a therapist over a few days is how you have enough to diagnose and medicate. His parents only thought of themselves when they called the second doctor.
Yes, I know this is all just a movie, but it happens in real life, that’s why I get so upset everytime I watch that one certain part of the whole thing. Other than that once part that ticks me off, it was a great movie, like I said before.
The Suicide Room was different from other movies.I live in Arizona and the choices film makers make for inspirational movies is pathetic.No talent and if there is it’s barely any.However this movie was different.It made me think of the world in a new way.Most directors shy away from suicide or go near it but only explore the rough edges this movie broke those barriers and went in.My only question is what happens to Sylwia and Dominik’s friends and family.
the suicide room is the best movie i dont really tell people but that game he plays there is one in our world and i am in it and this boy wants to kill himself and i keep asking why? i talk to this kid so much that we are in love and he stays in his room forever and i have tried killing myself by cutting and went to hospital i live alone now and i dont ever go outside. MY POINT IS MY LIFE IS JUST LIKE DOMINIKS!!!!!! <3
Hey so I know this is like a year old comment and stuff but
1. Yaass The Suicide Room is amazing!!
2. What is the actual game called in real life?
3. I’m sorry to hear that ;( I know that these issues are hard to deal with and I hope both him and you are both still here
4. Stay strong
he dies so she would live.. I think that his suicide – the los of his life is what makes her realize the value of her own life — they trade places in a way -Dominik and Sylwia – –
— I do like the film, although I am not a fan of the ending – his death
but I suppose that there simply is not a better way which would make people realize the value of life as such .. take for example Romeo and Julia – nobody would care about this lovestory if it wasnt for its tragic end
— throughout the film.. everybody is rooting for him and nobody wants him to commit a suicide – at least, i was like that – i hoped that dominik and sylwia would help out each othern OUT, that they would end up tgt or something — what is the most important – that they would live, figure everything out .. but no such thing happened .. no happy ending for Dominik — his body dropped like a bomb and destroyed a lot of things-sure, but at the same time – it made space for new ones – ..
I don’t care for critics on this movie, they’re wrong, I also don’t care for those who say they didn’t connect to it because it’s not really about that, It’s trying to show you that suicide isn’t a game, life is so important and in taking Dominic away like that, to be honest, I wasn’t expecting it, I thought he would meet Sylwia and then try to stop her in person and show her he cares for her but instead, but obviously that didn’t happen, this movie means a lot to me. I can easily connect to this movie,
I started cutting over a year and a half ago when I was in a bad relationship, I only cut because a while before that I had a suicidal friend whispering in my ear telling me I should just bleed instead and that it takes the pain away, he would show me pictures and videos of him cutting himself and I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t have him telling me it was okay.. so I did it when I caved under stress from things, from that point on I did it a lot, I became addicted to cutting, the relationship fell apart after a year and many suicide attempts had happened that year, I also know a lot from that, I thought it would be easy, but it’s not that easy. I overdosed a few times on anything I could get and I would drink it with peroxide so it would burn my throat and make it bleed and it just made me sick and throw up a little bit and it was very painful, I’ve learnt that suicide isn’t the way to go about things, I really love this movie because it shows how things can get to someone, like Dominick wouldn’t have done that if he didn’t have Sylwia whispering in his ear..
Also, his parents were in the wrong, yes he had rich parents, but they hardly gave a damn when they found out that he had harmed himself and they were homophobic and rude to him, so they deserve to feel pain from it.
I still struggle with cutting,it is something that I try not to do but I have ended up going back to it.. I am getting better, but not for anyone but myself, I want to be better..
And I have to say, this movie was honestly amazing, the acting was amazing, it was just great, one of my favourite films,
Sorry for writing a looonng story D:
but those who say that this movie is stupid doesn’t understand that this stuff happens a lot. Rich or not, it happens to a lot of people..
This is an amazing movie! Well, I don’t like the ending, it made me cry several times. I know it’s a movie but I feel sorry for Dominik. I know that similar incidents like this happens in real life. I just hoped that in the end Dominik will meet Sylvia and together they will understand the value of their lives, they could have just live for each other, and help and be a example, motivation for others who are in their suicide room. I really really hate the ending, every time I watch the movie I feel empty and sad. And Dominik wouldn’t have to die if his parents and Sylvia understood him. I feel very sorry for Dominik mostly because he really didn’t want to die, he wanted to live. And in my opinion Dominik isn’t gay, otherwise he won’t love a girl, Sylvia, and would not die for her. I just wish that there was someone for him to guide him. And I just wish he never met Sylvia.
Anyways it was a great movie, and it was a One of a kind movie.
THE MOVIE WAS LITERALLY WONDERFUL 🙁
Dominik is the most pathetic character ever but I still enjoyed the movie, I’m just really mad sylwia didn’t die with him. ++ Even though he’s such a loser, I can’t help but have a crush on him <3