Roadgames (Richard Franklin, 1981)

Long-distance driving consists of an ever-multiplying set of connections between the man-made and natural worlds. The wheels engage in rumbling rubber communion with the asphalt. Tiny insects meet not-so-cute with windshields. Wind whispers to steel. Dust snuggles up with chrome. But as this film suggests, to imagine what is happening in the machines propelling their passengers to unknown destinations is to affirm our separation from humankind. Are those groggy faces behind the windows hiding secrets? Are the exhausted hands gripping the sweaty wheel aching from recent cruelties? And what exactly is in the lunchbox perched on the front seat?

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