"What most critics failed to appreciate [...] are the intricacies of White Room's experiments with narrative structure. Although the plot revolves around Norman's affair with a reclusive artist named Jane (Kate Nelligan) who is the voice behind a murdered pop singer named Madeleine X, White Room's deeper subject matter has to do with the epistemological status of fiction."
-- Lee Parpart
Parpart, Lee. "Political Alignments and the Lure of 'More Existential Questions' in the Films of Patricia Rozema." In North of Everything: English-Canadian Cinema Since 1980, edited by William Beard and Jerry White. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2002. (p. 295)