Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam war veteran attempts to discover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusion, and perception of death.
"Back Roads" centers on a young man stuck in the Pennsylvania backwoods caring for his three younger sisters after the shooting death of his abusive father and the arrest of his mother. ... See full summary »
How strange - the previous reviewer remembers this on a double bill with Warhol's "Bad", and I saw it in Leicester Square, London, on a double bill with "The Hills Have Eyes" in 1977. Those were the days of creative programming gone mad. All I remember is being slightly irritated by what I thought was a rather self-conscious attempt at a half hour of "Art". But having said that, I was somewhat the worse for a bevy of Scotch and was impatient for the Wes Craven movie. I was also young and ... well.. in many ways a self-consciously "Arty" youth. So work out the psychology. I always liked Peter Barkworth's work, endearing and low-key, very British, like that other fine character actor Geoffrey Keen. I remember once talking to Barkworth in a Hampstead supermarket and complementing him on his work in "Telford's Change". He was of course suitably modest and charming. Gone, and not forgotten.
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