The Road Movie is like nothing you have seen before. We hope. Compiled exclusively from real-life dashcam footage filmed across the sprawling and almost continually snowy Russian Republic, The Road Movie revels in extreme and absurd human error: time and again, we watch as drivers speed across icy highways, losing control as they launch into on-coming traffic—or in one especially memorable instance, into the river below. Drivers face mortal harm as incidents of road rage lead to gunfire, as a deranged pedestrian attacks a woman’s windshield, and, in the film’s most spectacular sequence, as a carload attempts to cross through an uncontained forest fire. Filled with the wall-to-wall profane commentary of the film’s unseen drivers and passengers, The Road Movie is by turns a harrowing, white-knuckle experience and Jackass-brand comic spectacle. It is also an anarchic and deeply unsettling portrait of contemporary Russia.
Director Dmitrii Kalashnikov | 2016 | In Russian with English subtitles | 67 minutes | NR (very strong language and intense situations; viewer discretion is strongly advised) | DCP