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A young college student is sent to prison as much for killing a pedestrian with his car as for not paying his parking tickets. When the opportunity presents itself he escapes and is subsequently on the run with his girlfriend. But how long can this situation last?Written by
Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>
This is an offbeat drama;Michael Sarazin is perfectly cast as the lunar poetic young man ,who seems overtaken by events ,as he was in his lifetime performance in "they shoot horses don't they?".Although he's poisoned with protection,we feel how irrational how misfit he is in the world he lives in:the first sequence of the toy boat (model) and the bluesy lazy song by Randy Newman (heard twice) which fits the movie like a glove is revealing as is the sequence we first meet a member of his family ,the straight auntie ,in the apartment which looks like a time capsule of the early seventies:a Mothers of Invention cover ,a Dylan poster...
Even after what he has done,the whole family sides with him (because their bourgeois honor is at stake),but the hero feels an invisible menace ,something in the air in the country he lives in ,something which remains very vague ;A recurrent feature in mulligan's work :something is threatening in the shadow ;see" the spiral road" "the stalking moon" "the other" and even "baby the rain must fall" ;it's certainly not a one -year sentence which scares him ,but perhaps a society he cannot be part of because he is not prepared to accept a compromise,to be the "spit picture of cousin Terrence".
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