Two highway road workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind.
Iris invites her friend Jack to stay at her family's island getaway after the death of his brother. At their remote cabin, Jack's drunken encounter with Hannah, Iris' sister, kicks off a revealing stretch of days.
After a rough time working a night shift job in the city, Alvin is spending the summer on a remote two-man public works crew, painting lines on newly paved roads through what is a recently wildfire-ravaged region of Texas. He is camping along the way, living off the land, even doing so on his days off. He is what he considers a responsible man, earning and sending money to his girlfriend, Madison, a single mother, so that she need not concern herself with anything besides child rearing. The junior second that Alvin hires for his crew is Madison's brother, Lance. Alvin's controlling and judgmental nature comes to the surface in his dealings with more immature and irresponsible Lance, who goes back to the city on the weekends so that he can have "his little man squeezed", something he cannot understand in Alvin being without Madison or any woman for such a long stretch of time. Alvin prefers to stay in the burnt out woods on the weekends as being alone with his thoughts and his chores -...Written by
8.2 miles is 13196.6 metres. Divide by 9.6 metres for the stripes plus the distance between the stripes, and that's 1374.6 stripes. See more »
The amount of painting that was done would have required a considerable amount of paint. There is only one gallon shown, where Lance paints his shoes. See more »
[about cassette tape]
Hey! What are you doing?
I was falling asleep. I thought it would be a good idea to change the station situation.
It wasn't. I was listening to that.
I know, but it's boring for the rest of us. I was falling asleep doing the work.
So, I wanna play this tape. I wanna play this play to get motivated and pumped up, ya know?
I know, I know you want to play that tape. Look, you know what, Lance, I'm not here to start a fight. That's not what I want to do. But I ...
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The letters for the title appear in time with the taps of the hammer as they hammer a post into the ground. See more »
I really love this movie, because these characters are so damn lovable. You really want to follow these characters the entire time. It captures this type of work very well, because I used to work in a job like this. You have trust with your co-worker, but you don't feel like it's appropriate to be honest with them on a personal level, rather than a business level. The comedy is there, it's subtle, but it's mainly just watching life. This is one of those movies where there isn't much story, but there is a lot of character development. Going from that, I hate it because it's not orthodox to the supposed "correct" way of filming a great movie. Me, I'm a perfectionist with my movies and I love to see movies be portrayed like the great stories/screenplays of Casablanca or Almost Famous. This movie is just... life. It lacks story, but it has true, human characters. It is its own movie and has its own style. Which is not a very good reason to why I wouldn't like the movie, but that is my honest reason. Still, I love it and it impacted me in a way that was subtle and odd. Usually, if a movie hits me, it's visible right away. I had to watch this on Netflix about three times to finally accept that it had an influence on me. I recommend it to anyone after something different, but if you're into indie movies like me, then you'll love it. I really do appreciate movies like this.
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