By Catherine Matson
Rubber, the latest film by Quentin Dupieux aka Mr. Oizo, has it all: a killer roaming the sunny California desert, a beautiful woman, cops, explosions, mystery. This surreal thriller, which is both shocking and laugh out loud funny, is scored by the super hip music of French producer Mr. Oizo and Gaspard Auge from the band Justice.
Rubber is a crazy, beautiful film about a killer tire named Robert (go ahead and say it – French style). Why a tire? No reason, really. He roams the desert in search of a beautiful woman, busting open heads along the way, all the while being tracked by a strange audience; an obsessed mob watching with binoculars from a nearby mountain top, like some unwitting tourists watching lions hunt gazelles on the Serengeti.
The stories blend together, animated perfectly by the original score. Strange visual jokes appear out of nowhere, sometimes referencing other great filmmakers and visual artists like Hitchcock and surrealist Ray Johnson for example. The movie has good timing, but slow builds in the suspense. Don’t expect a fast paced Troma-styled slasher flick. At times Rubber has the feeling of a exquisite music video. Super fans can look out for brief cameos by Auge and Busy P, known for once managing Daft Punk.
Rubber is an exceptional homage to ‘no sense’. It is a great film to see with your friends, so call them up, go and have fun.
Playing at NWFF, April 8-14, 7 and 9 pm, 35mm, 85 min.
The official trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3P2DWU0kSw
Mr. Oizo – Flat Beat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmjdvsA8RFM