Skid Marks

It was decided at last night’s La Pizza gathering that Quentin Dupieux‘s Rubber, an 85-minute film about a killer tire with psychic powers, is probably worth seeing. It’ll be shown here as a special Critics’ Week screening (La Semaine de la Critique) sometime soon. Just don’t ask me to supply the date, time and location. I got enough aggravation.

Dupieux directed, wrote and shot it. The cast is headed by Stephen Spinella, Roxane Mesquida, Jack Plotnick, Wings Hauser, Ethan Cohn and Charley Koontz.

“I’m still na√Øve enough to believe that there is still room for unconscious and format-free films,” Dupieux says. “The too formatted films, structured as emotional machines, annoy me. I like the idea of doing a film on a living tire, with no narrative structure nor dramatic stakes. It’s possible!

“Also, The budget was very limited : I conceived the script, taking into account our means, and I like working like that a lot.

“Rubber is the story of a serial killer tire that refers to his youth: Around the age of 12, my father’s video camera made me feel like filming. Then I discovered horror movies in video clubs and I instinctively needed to remake some fragments at home. And why a tire? I can’t answer questions starting by why. Life is full of mysteries. Why don’t we see the air around us? Why a tire? This is the same question.”

7 thoughts on “Skid Marks

  1. This sounds like a lot of fun. I like the director’s remarks re: narrative. It’s refreshing. I feel a bit suffocated by the obsession with realism(or seeming-realism), linearity and so called “logical plots” in movies today. Seriously. “Plot hole” is the most mis-used term in film discussion.

    Evocation of a mood as opposed to tight plotting has fallen out of style. And with David Lynch off saving the world via TM we need a little creative chaos in the cinema.

  2. Jack Plotnick? I guess we now know the film has a mincing nerdy gay character since that’s the only character he ever seems to play.

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