A family try to live with the reality of their lives after the abandoned highway they have lived adjacent to for years is suddenly reopened to traffic.
Ursula Meier has called her latest offering “a road movie in reverse”. However, this dystopian parable could just as easily be labelled psychological horror, paranoic sci-fi or black comedy. Isabelle Huppert, Olivier Gourmet and their three children have spent a blissful decade living in a house abutting an abandoned highway, but when the authorities suddenly open it, the family’s privacy is replaced by a non-stop toxic intrusion. Seemingly the inevitable coda to Jean-Luc Godard’s Weekend and Jacques Tati’s Traffic, this is a deeply disconcerting provocation about the future of civilisation: a powerfully performed vision of an insignificant humanity.
Insightful and moving, with some sterling performances.
Reviewed by David Parkinson