I saw this recently on the Sundance Film Channel. Thought provoking and
concise. Despite it being a "short," I think this film says a lot. It
definitely held my interest. By using Black and White, basic elements of
film are that much more pronounced. Light and shadow, good and evil, now
then. As I viewed the film, it was not letterboxed, but it didn't seem that
the director used very wide film to begin with. Stanley Kubrick did this
also, because he knew his films would often be shown on TV. I wonder if Mr.
Cowie had this in mind.
The film opens with a stop sign on a desert highway. Traffic does not stop
going the other direction. Lola finds herself literally on a road. She has
been there before. Was she returning for a reason? What if she had not been
there a first time? This is what the film delves into. She meets a Drifter,
as it were. One with the elements, possibly. The Robert Frost semblance is
more than him just reciting verse. When giving her name, Lola pauses,
exhaling a cigarette. It is as if she is not giving her real name. Is she
cautious of him or does she keep a secret? Mild conversation turns to
and philosophy. Does Drifter do something for Lola, or was he the bright
spot in a nightmare she dreamt?
This is the kind of "film" that most "movie-goers" will not like, because
seeds something in your mind and makes you think about it. As we go through
life, we all realize, as we take our hits, that nothing stops going the
other direction. But we can consciously avoid some of those hits. I believe
this to be Mr. Cowie's moral. I did like his film. Anyone who has taken a
little bit of time and an intro film class will appreciate this.
I would assume, if one went to school in the mid-nineties, as I did, and as
I would imagine Mr. Cowie did.
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