Rules of the Road tells the story of a love affair and its demise through one of the objects shared by the couple: an old beige station wagon with fake wood paneling.
A typical American family car for an atypical American family, it provides the women at first with all the familiar comforts. But when their relationship ends, the car becomes the property of one and the bane of the other's existence. Even long after their separation, this tangible reminder of their life togetherand thousands of its imitatorscontinues to prowl the streets of the city, haunting the woman who no longer holds the keys either to the car or the other woman's heart.
Through spoken text, popular music and images
from the streets of New York, Rules of the Road takes
a somewhat whimsical, somewhat caustic look at how
our dreams of freedom, pleasure, security, and family
are so often symbolized by the automobile.
"... the light, almost whimsical tone of the film should
not blind us to the part of it that is irreducibly personal.
Station wagons are everywhere; everybody's got a sad
love story. But only one filmmaker, to my knowledge, has
Su Friedrich's eye....With Rules of the Road, she creates
a film like a perfect short story."
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