2008. Switzerland/France/Belgium. Ursula Meier. 95 min.
Thursday, April 2, 2009, 9:00 p.m.
The Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center
2008. Switzerland/France/Belgium. Directed by Ursula Meier. An ordinary middle class family lives an ordinary life in their ordinary house that sits next to an unused highway. With no neighbors or cars for miles, they live a typical day-to-day existence. Michel (Olivier Gourmet) goes to work by getting into his car on the other side of the empty stretch of road that seems to lead nowhere. Marthe (Isabelle Huppert) maintains a calm household while her teenage daughter listens to music and suns herself next to the guardrails. Life is good—or at least average. But when the highway is suddenly opened and cars whizzing by become the norm, the family's dynamic changes: dad's stressed, mom's freaking out, and things spiral out of control. Director Ursula Meier (Strong Shoulders, ND/NF 2003) keeps an even hand on the proceedings with just the right balance of farce and drama. 95 min.