Backroads (Noyce, 1977)

Backroads (Phillip Noyce, 1977)

Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit  –Proverbs 10:2a

A fun little minimalistic road movie with several quiet moments and beautiful natural images. A couple of nobodies steal a car and go on some meaningless travels, picking up friends and strangers along the way. Much of what I love about movies exist in this one – lingering pace, a moody soundtrack, lush outdoor cinematography; it’s an aesthetic wonder. But it’s a bit minor when it comes to character care. I never felt any real sense of need to see these events in these people’s lives and it’s probably because they don’t do much but drive around and mumble. Noyce never attempts to make any sort of emotional connection. It’s a fine safe approach and beats going overboard the other direction, but it does prevent it from being a masterpiece.  8/10



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