|Friday *||Fri *||24.06.2022||24.06.22||14:00||Stadtkino Basel|
Australia 2022. 180 Min.
Color. English/ DE
In presence of the director
This is an unexpected road movie; at the same time, it’s a huis-clos film whose set consists almost entirely of the inside of a car. Except for the idyllic drone glimpses of leisure time spent in the countryside that function in direct contrast. We are taken into the vehicle of Andrew, a middle-aged Melbourne lawyer, as he returns home from work over the course of a year. He sometimes gives a lift to David (the director), a work colleague. The lost time of the daily commutes, dreaded by most, receives an unlikely engaging treatment and by extension invites us to treasure the small little things in life. Not the clearly charming chirping bird you have paid no attention to, but those dull moments in disguise that can just slip by unnoticed.
As the ending of this understated epic journey nears its course, we can’t help feeling as if we are reaching the end of a book that has moved us deeply and we begin to stall the reading, savoring each page in contention so it doesn’t come to the unavoidable end. The same happens with this film; we grow strongly attached to these characters, their humanity revealed unassumingly, their worries and warmth, we share their perspective from our back seat in the car, we’ve become travel companions not an audience. So much so that we want the ride to continue.
(Susana Santos Rodrigues)
|Cinematography||Simon J. Walsh|
|With||Andrew Rakowski, David Easteal, Cheri LeCornu, Inga Rakowski|
|Sound Design||Nick Batterham|
|Sound||Steven Bond, David Easteal|
|World Sales||Pascale Ramonda|